Every year I try to take on a new project for interior design in my house or a clients. This year it’s cleaning out my junk room, as I call, it in my basement! I know your thinking, what is a junk room? You know what it is! It’s when all the junk you don’t know what to do with, clutters up one room in your house. I plan to de clutter this room and make it my in house artist studio. Being an artist, always has me thinking how can my work fit into a space and enhance it’s elegance? In interior design, there are several factors to making a space cohesive. There is the furniture, organization, design, theme, color, texture and art of course. Art is a big part of turning a drab space into something interesting and making it yours.
One of my favorite stores for design inspiration is CB2 in Georgetown, for in store and of course online. You can imagine how excited I was, when I received an invitation to a special interior design event sponsored by them. So of course I quickly hit that RSVP button to attend! I always want to learn new updated design tips, so I can cater my artwork to what the consumers want. The event was amazing, balancing an interior design knowledge portion by Monika of Zigzag Studios of DC with a reset DIY smudge stick activity. I enjoyed the question and answer section she allowed, because I did have some questions. This was my first time making a smudge stick and it was very fun! We also had the opportunity to look at the newest design ideas and products in the store.
I would love to know what are your design ideas for the new year. Are you cleaning out a space and refreshing it like me or resetting a space that needs a sprucing up? Remember paint always can turn a space brand new! Art is key and change to keep updating is ok! Please let me know what art you have in your space that means the most to you! Thanks again Refinery29 x CB2 x domino for the lovely invite to this amazing, insightful event! Art studio here I come! Below are DIY instructions to make your own smudge stick to reset your space!!!
DIY Smudge Sticks to Reset and Cleanse Your Space
4 - 5 rose buds or lavender sprigs
Roughly 15 sprigs of fresh herbs, like rosemary, sage and thyme
1. Start by trimming your flowers and herbs to size. Secure a long piece of twine around the base of your herb bundle and continue wrapping it until you reach the top. You want to make sure to wrap the twine as tightly as you can so that it stays bound when the flowers dry and shrink.
2. When you reach the top, tie your twine securely and trim the excess. Trim off any herbs that happen to be sticking out of the bundle.
3. Set your smudge stick aside and allow it to dry for at least two weeks.
4. To use, light your dried smudging stick with a lighter or match.
Starting at the Eastern most room of your home, circle around the room clockwise, wafting the smoke as you go.
Continue moving in a clockwise direction through the rest of your home, purifying each room similarly.
5. Finally, extinguish the smoke under either running water and set it aside to dry. You can reuse the same smudge stick until there is nothing left to burn.
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Montpelier Arts Center “Chronicles of
the African American Journey through Fiber Arts”
If you have read my previous blog posts, you
know art and creativity has always been a big part of my life from the
beginning. I was born into a whole family of creatives so “Art” plays a big role
in my day to day functions. This time it was time to let the light shine of my
mom, Andrea Stockton-Barton for this post! She’s taught me everything I know as
an artist, and I love how we can interact together, now that I’m a professional
artist like her. It’s truly a blessing to see how every year we can support one
another with our art openings and exhibits. My mom currently has her art on
display at the Montpelier Arts center, for their “Chronicles of the African
American Journey, through Fiber Arts” exhibit. We attended the artist reception
on Feb. 8th around 3pm, located on the basement 2nd level
of the building. The second level houses the art center’s current exhibits on
display and houses artist studios during residency periods.
My mother has a BFA degree from Pratt
Institute in NYC, with her specialty focus in “Fiber Arts.” As an artist she
wears many hats in different areas but her currently love is quilting different
fabrics together to form an intricate artwork. In the exhibit at Montpelier she
has two pieces on display that tell stories, of the African American journey
through her artistic knowledge and appreciation. Her first larger, wall hanging
piece is entitled “Motherland”, showing viewers the journey of how African masks
and the animals of Africa have correlations. This piece was designed through
initial sketches, and quilted with different colorful fabric prints. The second
piece takes you on a journey, portrayed through the colorful eyes of my mother,
who translates “Harriet’s Sunrise to Freedom” through a framed fiber art. The
artwork is a colorful burst of happiness! That illustrates through my
interpretation, how Harriet Tubman must have felt, once she made her way to
truly being free.
The whole exhibit is so beautiful and cohesively
curated by the arts center. I have many other favorites that art on display
which I will post pictures of. Everything exhibited is fiber art, but creatively
made in 2D and 3D pieces. This is a must see exhibit for all ages and perfect
for Black History month celebration activity. Below I will list all the info
for the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD.
Arts Center (Exhibition up through March)
Want to see
more fiber art from Andrea Stockton-Barton? Visit her art experience here!
Imani Bell is a artist and the founder of Imani Bell Designs (IBD). The work produced by IBD focuses quite literally on women of color. The colorful illustrations always have a flower to symbolize women as the source of life and they are always placed in the universe and sky.
Painter, Sculptor & Actor
Artist Cheat Sheet: 10 Questions to Get to know our Artist Imani Bell
1. Art medium?
I love all mediums! I think it’s a challenge and a blessing at the same time. It’s a challenge because I find it very hard to stay with one medium for long periods of time. But it’s a blessing because I am never limited to one form of art. I feel like I have multiple avenues to relieve myself artistically.
2. You are a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be, and why?
I’d be something bright! I’d be a crayon with multiple colors, like hot pink that transitions into a sunflower yellow with a kind of ombre effect.
3. What is your favorite 90s jam?
I have to be honest… I don’t really have one. But Tierra Whack a newer artist has my attention as of late. Or maybe Lauryn Hill… she was 90s right???
4. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Tigers tigers tigers!!! I’ve loved these bright and unique creatures since I was little. I’ve always loved how majestic and powerful they are.
5. What inspires you?
People inspire me! I love creativity in all shapes and forms. I am not really a dancer, singer or writer but when I see it and I can feel the passion and emotion behind the work I usually feel inspired to work. I feed off of that energy but I also look inside for my own!
6. If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
That is my current situation, so this question is too stressful! I don’t choose any of them I ignore them for as long as I can.
7. Estimate how many windows are in New York?
A trillion easy!
8. Describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind.
Yellow is walking out the door and feeling the first rays of sunlight on your skin and the feeling of joy when you do something silly or hear a baby’s laugh.
9. What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
I’m dangerous in a car… I think about everything! From moments I wish I handled better, to my schedule, to how I want to tackle the world and at the same time, sometimes I use driving to clear my head.
10. Weirdest art story?
It took me a while before I started sharing my talents with other people it wasn’t until high school when I finally admitted that I could draw to people, and for a while people did not believe me! To this day I will still have people say ” Oh like you’re a real artist ” to which I still don’t have a response…