Hi Everyone! I am Christina Neit (aka Good Quill Hunting and sometimes fondly referred to as ‘Quilly’) and a previous ‘Social Market for a Mirrix’ winner, 2010 and one of this year’s Designers of the Year for Beadwork magazine. I am so happy to have been selected to do this again! I had such a great time learning the ‘Big Sister’ loom last time. This time I opted for “Little Guy’ and it is just as incredible, only slightly smaller.
I have some new ideas I would like to try out this time around. I may make another piece over that I made last time and really loved (and sold right after I made it) and I have a piece (split loom necklace) I started many years ago on an old loom I had before the Mirrix loom. In moving from Maine to Colorado almost 4 years ago, the bottom threads on the loom were cut, so as a result, I have to start it completely over, which is fine because now I can put it on the Mirrix, I even have all the beads and the pattern has not been lost 🙂 So those are some starting points until I get in my grove again.
I have some old videos from last time on YouTube and that is where you will find all the new ones I am going to be doing. Hopefully much better than the last ones I did! LOL I am also considering doing a Google Hangout or a Hangout ‘On Air’, we shall see and I will most certainly let you know in advance.
I hope I am able to inspire you and bring you new ideas. Cheers to Claudia and Elena for having the most awesome loom there is!
Never before have we received so many high-quality applications for Social Market for a Mirrix. The first time we went through the whole bunch we aimed to separate applications into “no” and “maybe” piles and realized quickly we had to refine our criteria because no applications were going into the “no” pile! It was an impossibly tough choice and we hope some applicants reapply the next time we do this.
Please know that if you applied and were not chosen it doesn’t mean we didn’t love your work or your writing or weren’t impressed with your skills; because there’s a good chance we were impressed with all of those things but your particular skill set wasn’t ideal for our goals this time around. We wanted to make sure our participants were all very different and represented different skill sets.
In the end, we chose three people to participate.
First we have Janna Maria Vallee from the New York Metropolitan Area. Janna has a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University and a BA of Fine Art from Concordia University where she learned various weaving techniques. She has been a blogger since 2008 and runs the site http://www.vancouveryarn.com/ as well as her own. Janna has never used a Mirrix Loom before and we look forward to seeing the difference a Mirrix makes for her tapestry weaving (right now she is using a makeshift loom).
One thing that stood out for us in her application was this bit about the subject of her work:
“The subject matter in my work usually begins with ideas around interpersonal relationships and community. I am particularly drawn to the repetitive, meditative aspects of making textiles, which is particularly relevant in today’s fast-paced, autonomy-driven world. Community is an idea that in entrenched in the history of textiles, so I like to think of my handwork as a personal protest against those aforementioned ways of being.” -Janna
Check out her website here http://www.jannamaria.com/
Next, we have Julia Hecht from New Mexico. She is a former pediatrician who sees art as a method of self-healing. Currently Julia is a bead shop owner, sharing her passion for art and beads with others.
We loved this excerpt from her application, “Today I find myself in the role of inspiring others to create beauty. Creating beauty is medicine for the soul. While I do advanced level work, I repeatedly find myself gravitating towards beginners. Many women are fearful and especially vulnerable when trying something new. Through humor, and enthusiasm (and I hope, humility) I seem to be able to help these women let go of their fear and move forward into the creative process.”
See her blog here: http://beadfingers.blogspot.com/ (she is also working on a website that will launch this month, poppybeads.com)
Finally, we have the fabulous Christina Neit. You may remember Christina as our very first Social Market for a Mirrix participant way back in 2010 (or as Beadwork Magazine’s 2014 Designer of The Year). We have been anxious for Christina to continue the amazing work she started back then and seized this opportunity to once again work with her and watch her show off the amazing things a Mirrix Loom can do with an experienced beader at the helm.
Our favorite part of Christina’s application? The ideas she has for Mirrix projects! We won’t share now, but trust us, you’ll be excited to see what she has in store.
Visit Christina’s website here http://goodquillhunting.com/
Thank you again to all who applied. We are humbled that so many of you wanted to be a part of this program.