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T W O B L U E C A T S
We Want to Share Our Studios with You
We're two collaborating folk artists -- Diane Allison-Stroud and Annie Hayes -- who both live in the mountains -- Diane in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Annie in the Catskills (hence "blue" and "cats"). We love each other's work as well as the long, laugh-filled conversations we have as often as our schedules let us. This issue, as always, shows the way coincidence plays a part in this collaboration -- both of us have flower ideas going on in the work we're showing you here. We hope you love what you see here and on our websites -- it all comes from our hearts. Let us know what you think -- we'd love to hear from you.
D I A N E
19” x 19”
Limited Edition of 10
I have had this piece on my mind for so very long...every time I would go through my piles of notes of pieces that I hope to create at some point - it would always nudge me. Then summer comes, a time for slowing down in the mountains, a time to really focus on all the beauty that comes with summer....this is when I find myself painting new pieces that I adore, late into the night....
Most of my reproduction pieces date back to the 1800's. But I couldn't resist - this new piece is dated to 1900. The name itself "Eclipse" is what came to mind while painting....The moon and its many phases dancing with the sun...
pretty shades of blue, warm browns and a bit of terracotta sunshine...
Limited Edition of 10 and then it will be retired.
A N N I E
This has been the year of the bird, for me anyway. They just keep popping in my head and I find great joy in making each one different from the last, and full of its own special qualities. They're fun and sweet and mysterious. I love watching them and listening to their calls. Living in the northern Catskills provides a vibrant natural world and I appreciate that.
This one-of-a-kind rug, Caddie, is made of a lot of hand dyed wool. A blue and black buffalo plaid that I found a bunch of in Vermont creates iridescence on the wing. The border is wide and uses a method I've developed the past few years of making the corners darker, to emphasize that it's a frame. It follows the beautiful folk art tradition of isolating one tiny branch, having the bird perch on it, and finding ways to add blossoms.
11" high by 13.5" wide and backed with a black and white patterned bias binding. More views here on my site.
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Included this year in Early American Life's Directory of Traditional Artisans
Some shots from my studio. I made the pincushion and seem to carry it around with me wherever I go. Other shots are rugs in progress. The photo of a rug being made with the scissors and Sharpie is Caddie, the rug featured in this issue. And the photo of work spread out on the table has, not too clearly, Maddie the dog (on the floor) and Bella the cat (on the chair). They are good company
Below are some shots from my game board studio and my typical Friday night in our small town. Friday night is spent listening to music at "The Jones House", a local community center in our downtown area. It's nice to listen and stroll through downtown meeting familiar faces and enjoying summer surrounded by art and music. My chalkboard is how I keep track of my work - not very sophisticated, I know, but I do LOVE my system! Also a picture of my painting table and my little office nook...and on each side of my computer stool you will find a dog bed, for they want to always be at my feet.