Today’s featured artist is Patricia LaCroix:
I’m a mixed media and textile artist who makes art dolls, fiber jewelry, belly dance costumes, art journals, and anything else that I think would be fun to make. It’s only recently that I’ve given myself permission to do this because for most of my art-life I’ve held the incredibly erroneous belief that if it wasn’t something useful, I was wasting my time making it.
I have always played with textiles and dabbled with drawing. I learned to crochet and do macrame when I was 8, made my own Barbie clothes when I was 11, and taught myself embroidery as a teenager. My mother was an accomplished seamstress, so it surprised her that I didn’t take an avid interest in sewing until my late 20s. That was also the time when I started to practice mixing my methods – macrame, needlework, crochet, sewing, all of it at once in one project. This was also the time when my tribal belly dance costumes began to take shape. I was a modern dancer and gymnast, but I just fell in love with tribal belly dance at that time.
Mixed media art is something that I’ve only started exploring. Over the past four years I’ve pushed myself, mostly because I was having fun, but also because I was desperate to discover my own ‘style’. I still feel that my work is a long way from my internal vision, and yet I’m happy that I’m learning to enjoy the process. I enjoy working with watercolors – paint, pencils, crayons, markers, spray inks – anything water based, and I’m really growing to love colored pencils. I do sell all of my art. I have a Society6 (http://society6.com/patricialacroix) profile for mixed media work, and my textile creations, belly dance costumes, and everything else are on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueOwlArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu).
I’m a homeschooling mom to three boys, work as a non-fiction writer and social media manager from home, and like everyone else have housework, life, and friends to incorporate, I had to really work at setting aside time to create every single day. I get up at least an hour (or more) earlier than everyone else, and use that time to journal, draw mandalas, and get my day started with art. I find that I can take little bits of time throughout the day as long as I start it off this way. The days when I miss this ritual, it’s nearly impossible for me to squeeze-in even one 10 minute session. My tip for anyone wanting to incorporate ‘more’ of anything into their lives is to start each day as you intend to continue and you’ll always have time for the things that matter.
Thank you Artist Patricia LaCroix 🙂
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