|Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery|
Fall has arrived on the Olympic Peninsula. Cooler & overcast days along with rain turning into snow on the mountains will be the season's gift to us all. Yet spectacular colors & textures still can be seen at the Blue Whole Gallery with the art works of Jan Tatom & Karin Anderson. Each has a distinctive way of expressing their inspiration in art. Jan reveals her vision by working in purchased & hand-spun fibers revealing weaving patterns with the use of two looms. While Karin works in acrylic, mixed media and assemblage incorporating a multitude of materials. Brighten up your day and view these artist's colorful visions on First Friday, November 7th and throughout the month at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim, Washington.
|Jan working at her Schacht Loom|
|Using a loom's shuttle & bobbins|
Jan Tatom enjoys the weaver's world where threads are woven with unlimited color combinations obtained from dye processes along with creative loom designs and woven geometric patterns. It is an ancient art form found in all human cultures that reveals cultural identity, historical events, fashion trends and artistic skills. Jan is fascinated with the possibilities that fiber can offer and she is inspired by the colors of spring or fall, along with the natural beauty of the Olympic Mountains. The challenge is to interpret such inspirations as creations that include fabric garments, discharged & dyed rayon scarves, & hand-woven wearable art as well as decorative and utilitarian pieces.
|A swift used in winding yarn.|
In order to create such objects Jan uses hand-spun fibers, a swift that winds yarns into skeins, along with two looms, a Schacht & a Gilmore, that are warped simultaneously to form decorative and utilitarian pieces. The results are an expanded range of colors, patterns with different weave structures and unlimited forms.
|Double Weave Block|
Here are a sample of Jan Tatom's fiber inspirations that reveal patterns, weaving skills that please the eye and serve a multitude of uses. (i.e. wearable art that may be used as a table runner or wall hanging.)
|Ikat Handwoven with beads, Tencel discharge|
|Undulating Wall Hanging / Runner, Perle Cotton|
Truly, Jan has mastered the skills of weaving. Her artistic creations reveal the passion and the inspiration she has for fiber art. The color range & textures obtained by special dye processes along with creative loom designs & weaves offers the visitor to the Blue Whole Gallery an inspirational look at wearable art as well as a decorative & utilitarian pieces. Explore this weaver's world and join Jan Tatom at the Gallery on November 7th, from 5 to 8pm & throughout the month.
|Karin working in her studio|
Karin Anderson is a mixed media artist whose work is eclectic, colorful & fun. Not content to stick with one medium or style, Karin works with a multitude of materials ranging from acrylic, watercolor, gouache, & pastels, to collage & assemblage. The latter can be seen below.
|"Portrait of an Artist"|
Karin's inspiration comes from everyday things: leaves, rocks, flowers, newspapers, fabric, found objects & (her favorite) rusty junk. These objects become the spark for her creative process. She finds great satisfaction in re-purposing these elements into her art to stir up a story, memory or a laugh from the viewer.
Karin is always eager to experiment and explore something new. She uses vibrant colors to create simple, bold compositions.
|"Are We There Yet"|
Karin's creative inspirations combine both a love of color & an unconventional approach to art, revealing her unique view of the world. She has the ability to take the everyday object and turn it into an intriguing work of art. She achieves this with skill and daring. Visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, November 7th and throughout the month to view Karin's imaginative work and exploration into the world of art.
Jan Tatom and Karin Anderson will be the featured artists on November 7th from 5 to 8pm at the Blue Whole Gallery. Enjoy their approach to art and talk with the artists themselves on this first Friday.
Both artists welcome your contact:
Karin Anderson: at email@example.com
Home phone: 360-681-8481 Cell phone: 360-477-7923
Jan Tatom: at firstname.lastname@example.org