Category Archives: Artist Spotlight

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Jen Delyth

Owen here! Today I’d like to tell you about Jen Delyth, a Celtic artist from Wales!

To me, Jen Delyth’s work really typifies the modern Celtic artist. Vibrant glowing colors with heavy shading; mythological symbols so deep that they hold meaning whether or not we know their origin; free flowing play between larger forms and intricate details. Jen Delyth’s work also benefits from knowledge of multiple Celtic cultures, which provides a much larger palette of mythology to draw from.

According to Jen Delyth:

“I am intrigued by the marriage of old and new, ancient and future. This work is a personal journey into the language of Celtic myth and symbol, the beauty of nature, a simple interpretation of Celtic spirituality expressing the Mystery of the inter-connectedness and balance of all things.”

In Jen Delyth’s piece “Warrior“, you can see a wealth of details folded into open space. As you travel through the piece, more and more animals being to appear. Everything is dotted with lines, as if every subject in it is unsure of its place in reality. To me, this reads a lot like looking out into the night and trying to discern what is there, catching details for just a moment before losing them.

In the piece “Leaping Hare – Hare Leaps Through The Fire“, Jen Delyth presents a rabbit in motion. Classic Celtic animal figures represent much more what the animal is known for, rather than exact representations. This hare is in the middle of abstract and realism, so you can see how historical artists came to their artistic conclusions. The places where the limbs join provide space for slight decoration. Curved lines lead to more elaborate spirals. Details like the ears are not required to remain where they would naturally be found, but are instead able to be moved in order to better serve the composition.

Learn about Jen Delyth’s process in this post from Amber Lotus Publishing!

You can also  find more of her work in these places:

Website
Gallery
Shop

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Mino Re

Owen here! Today I’d like to introduce you to the work of Mino Re, of Innovative Stone Arts.

Mino Re works in cast stone, oils, and carved acrylic. I am personally drawn to his work by the intricate and delicate knotwork that is carved and molded into stone. He does classic knotwork with lovely innovations – beautiful fluid lines; figures and shapes that are modern yet still distinctly celtic.

From his Etsy page, he explains a bit about his history:

I create original, affordable, unique stone art for home and garden. I find inspiration in intricate geometries like Celtic knots, fractals, spirals, and paisleys. These become decorative elements applied to my sunfaces, whimsical creatures, and interpretations of historical statues and antiquities.

I was born in Italy and learned from my father, an expert sculptor and painter. I worked in the field of architectural precast for thirty years, designing and engineering solutions for new construction and restoration. My art is now my focus, and I enjoy sharing my work at shows as well as on Etsy.

In addition to my cast stone, I work in other media as well: oil paintings, drawings in pencils and charcoals. If you’re interested in learning more about how I create my art, visit my website and blog at www.innovativestoneart.com or convo me and ask a question!

My favorite Mino Re design is this gorgeous tiger, a stone plaque cast from a plaster mold. You can see more examples of his designs here, including some that are for sale.

When presented with beautiful, complicated work, it is easy to imagine that the artist behind it simply popped into existence with highly polished skills. They snap their fingers and poof! A new masterpiece appears. This is easily disproven when given the chance to view the work that goes into creating a piece of art.

Thankfully in Mino Re’s case, he provides a thorough explanation of how some of his pieces have come together. He also has a blog where he posts photos of his work in progress – so you can see for yourself how the complexity arises!

For more, you can visit Mino Re’s:

Etsy Page
Website
Blog

 

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: The Creative Frog

Owen here! Today I’d like to introduce you to the Creative Frog!

Recently I made the decision to reach out to creative people in my area, and to share what I learned. I had just decided on the format I wanted to use when I stumbled across the work of Margaret Nathon, the artist behind the Creative Frog.

She makes whimsical felted wool dolls called Jabberwoolies. Turnip is an adorable adaptation of the vegetable she’s named after.

Margaret also offers hand puppets, which give her a way to use up any leftovers from her doll making (Thus eliminating waste!) This bright and cheerful one is named Saffron, and is made up of parts from 7 different sweaters!

I’m also a huge fan of her felt foods, which have simplified designs but also contain wonderful and clever details. Check out the crinkles on this set of burger and fries!

Now that you’ve seen some of her work, it’s time to get to know the Creative Frog a little better! Margaret was kind enough to take time out of preparing for the holidays to answer a few questions.

Q: How long have you been making art?
A: Creating with fibers has always been part of my life…you brush your teeth, you create. My mom and her mom were tailors, quilters and seamstresses. It was just something we all did. Guess I started selling my items in the 70’s when I was at home while my children were young. I started working with wool in 2006.

Q: What has been your favorite art experience?
A: One of the sweetest compliments was overheard as a customer looked at a grid of my dolls and commented “Well, this person certainly LOVES her work!” Humor and whimsy are important to me and my soft sculptures also evoke a sense of the past…figures in pleated skirts and cardigans…the “Nancy Drew” look.

Q: What has been your biggest hurdle?
A: So…fiber is my medium, inspiration is from my past and the desire to make people smile. My technique is to take wool fibers and manipulate them… Recycled wool is dyed, twisted, felted and manipulated until a soft sculpture figure appears! My dolls called Jabberwoolies, are little testaments to my having overcome the fear of putting myself out there. I never have a set plan when I begin. The dolls just evolve and no two are alike. I sometimes look at photos of all my dolls and puppets and can’t believe I actually made and sold them all. I think hand-crafting is sometimes considered a second class art to studio art… but I have always been drawn to folk art of all kinds. I have never taken art classes and my college degree was in English lit and creative writing.

Q: What piece are you most proud of?
A: All of my creations are special but I have 2 painted muslin frog dolls, one is dressed in vintage linens to look Eastern-European…with a babushka on her head; the other is wearing a petticoat only and has a red wig.  They were created in the 1980’s. That is why I use The Creative Frog as my business name.

Q: What advice would you give someone just starting out?
A: It is wonderful to create art that people like to buy so then you can keep doing it. NEVER create to sell would be my advice to a new artist. Create for the sake of creating. I rarely duplicate any doll or puppet. Look everywhere for inspiration…library, museums, thrift shops, photos, nature…and be patient as your craft evolves.

Here are some of the places that you can find Margaret Nathon’s work:
The Creative Frog site
Etsy