Through Her Own Words

February 8, 2010

One of the artist I inner-viewed for my zine “The Inner Eye” has been chomping at the bit to read more on how the other artists answered questions I posed to them, so I thought it time to post another one, now that my group exhibition has been hung.

Today’s Inner-view is about Melinda Schwakhofer.

I first met Melinda a few years ago on her extended trip thru the States to reconnect with her heritage. Although born in the United States, she now calls Devon, England home.

Melinda is a very introspective and spiritual person who loves to cook but especially loves to eat GOOD food. As an artist, she love to tell stories with her art. At the moment she is on a “an inner journey” exploring the sacred aspects of her everyday life and artmaking. As she puts it, she is getting to know her ” Inner Monk and Artist.

Enjoy a little insight into artist Melinda Schwakhofer:

Journey Bundle

Inner Eye: What informs your artwork?
Melinda Schwakhofer: Nature, the ebb and flow of the seasons, certain architecture and urban environments, Jugendstil and Japanese design aesthetics, anything beautifully designed and exquisitely crafted.

inside detail

IE: Why fabric/thread/paint as a means of expression?
MS: I love the texture, fluidity and sensuality of fabric; the process of gathering and stitching materials together is like gathering my memories and experiences and making meaning from my life.  I’m currently exploring its sculptural qualities, combining opacity and transparency, surface design and incorporating text.


IE: Who continually inspires you?
MS: I’m inspired by the Divine Creator who makes the natural world around me and who ultimately inspires the music, literature, film and artwork which feeds me and my Mom who showed me how to put Love into everything that I do.

IE: What, if anything, precedes the full blow idea for a piece of art?
MS: Certain sights or experiences enter my soul and touch me on a very deep level.  Through my artwork I want to give it back to the world – the experience that I have had, the encounter and the depth of vision.

IE: What matters most to you about the work that you do?
MS: That I am able to infuse it with even a glimmer of the sacred and that the work is beautifully made.  That I make the work that makes me happy and is meaningful to me and that I don’t make work to bolster my ego or get caught up in competition/winning/justifying my work or myself via outside acclaim or recognition.

IE: What do you ask of yourself in terms of your art in the next 5 yrs?
MS: To make things that people can wear or meditate on (or both!), with words hidden on the inside, private and intimate.
– To make and sell my artwork – accordion books, prayer books, altars, wearable art via galleries, design shops and online.
– To make commissioned work for people who crave beauty and soul in their lives and to use my communication skills to connect with and discover what a person would like to have expressed in a piece of my artwork.
– To show my work in places where there is space for contemplation and which invite a sacred and soul experience.
– To work with people in a way that combines my counselling skills with spirituality and art-making.  Not necessarily Art Therapy, but deep, healing work via creativity.

IE: If you could not pursue your art, what other way would you spend your time?
MS: That’s like asking me if I couldn’t breathe, how I would spend my time!  Even when I’m not making art, there is an art to living.  It’s in my perception of the ordinary and every day, bringing mindfulness and creativity to all that I do and really seeing the world instead of just looking at it.

Melinda Schwakhofer


To read about other artist inner-views check here.

To purchase a copy of my zine “The Inner Eye” please check my Esty store.


Fabric Folly

December 8, 2009

Yesterday I had a chance to spend some time with some friends and frolic with fabric.

Nancy CookNancy Cook decided that she needed to purge some the the fabrics she no longer uses so she invited a few of us over to help her get her stash in order.

Six of us sorted and sized and labeled …and talked and laughed and perused her fabric for most of the morning.

It was fun fondling someone else’s fabric because it was all new to us.

Elizabeth Miller

Well most of us.I was sitting at the table with Elizabeth (a wonderfully fantastic and funny friend) and I had to laugh because every 5th fabric she recognized as a fabric that she owned as well.

One of the bonuses in helping Nancy was that we got to choose a “bundle” of fabric for ourselves for helping her out.

Everyone took home their bundle and some even purchased a little more  than that (see part of Elizabeth’s stash at left..hee hee).

At midday Nancy’s husband, Don, treated us to a scrumptious lunch that included something I”d never had before, bird’s nest vegetables, sorry I forgot to take a pic of the meal but OMG how good were they! And I know where I can find them too…..Trader Joes.

Anyway, all this is to redirect some of that fabric into someone else’s stash. Soon she will announcing her fabric sale. I think she will do the grab bag….fill a gallon bag with fabric for a nominal price. Look for her announcement on her blog soon.


See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,

AQS Quilt Expo, Knoxville, TN

August 7, 2009

I know, I know…long time no hear. I’ve been going, going, going and have now a chance to post.

Quilt Show 3friends09

Just got back from the AQS Expo in Knoxville, tired but enjoyed spending time with two good friends, DeLane and Susan. We walked the show and shopped but found out later that none of us bought much fabric. They did go halves on a needle felting machine tho and can’t wait to experiment with it.

Spent 3 days at home and now on our annual family vacation in the Bahamas, my home country, Toodles everyone. Will post pics of our trip and get back to art soon.


See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,

Visitors to my Blog

June 15, 2009

cluster map

Every once in a while I check out the cluster map of visitors to my blog. I love hearing form each of you when you post comments but as usual it fascinates me when people stop by to say hi and I see where they are from.  At the bottom of my sidebar is a widget that just pops a big blob of red for their location but I need more than that.

So I copied and pasted the stats below, not to show how many I have (believe you me, that number has never interested me) but to show how far away people are yet we can still be so close. Technology like this rocks wouldn’t you say?

Check it out below….and a big, BIG thanks to all y’all who have visited my little corner of the world (I’ve been in the South too long, love to say y’all now) and continue to follow my journey, I love having you along for the ride.

If you see your country below give me a shout out in the comments section and let me know what kind of art you do. I’ll pop on over to your neck of the woods and check things out. Would love to even post about your work on my blog.

p.s. even my home country, the Bahamas, is represented though it’s probably all my family checking in.  But hey….family rocks too!

United States (US)
Canada (CA)
United Kingdom (GB)
Australia (AU)
Germany (DE)
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France (FR)
Netherlands (NL)
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Mexico (MX)
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Norway (NO)
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Turkey (TR)
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Greece (GR)
Hong Kong (HK)
Saudi Arabia (SA)
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Austria (AT)
Ukraine (UA)
Bulgaria (BG)
Pakistan (PK)
Finland (FI)
Japan (JP)
Trinidad and Tobago (TT)
Colombia (CO)
Virgin Islands, British (VG)
Guam (GU)
Luxembourg (LU)
Latvia (LV)
Netherlands Antilles (AN)
Russian Federation (RU)
Chile (CL)
El Salvador (SV)
Hungary (HU)
Taiwan (TW)
Oman (OM)
United Arab Emirates (AE)
Iran, Islamic Republic of (IR)
Kuwait (KW)
Macedonia (MK)
Mauritius (MU)
Bolivia (BO)
Ecuador (EC)
Vietnam (VN)
Slovenia (SI)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA)
Slovakia (SK)

This is so way cool!


See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,