Interveiw with felting artist Christina Lane
Dear crafty folk ,
I would like to introduce you to the very talented artist Christina Lane
who has contributed the wondrous crystal cave woodland scape project to our monday craft group this week (see photos of crystal cave at the end of the previous post).We had a record turnout of 32 people to our Monday session which is testament to the inspiration her work brings to us crafty women and ultimately to the children.
Christina how did it feel sharing this beautiful project with so many women on Monday?
Exhilarating! I was overjoyed to be able to inspire others to tap into their own creative potential and imagination. I enjoyed the buzz of people at play and the merry mayhem that ensued as the muse stepped in and unlocked inhibitions.
Christina has kindly allowed us to share some photos of her other work she does for children.
What did you most enjoy about the process of bringing this project to the group?
The joy and delight that the group experienced was just totally mind-blowing.
I loved being part of the co-operative team process with Nikki and Mia.
I enjoyed brain storming and refining the ideas so that when we presented it to the group everyone would feel able to participate and have a successful result .
What inspires you in your creative work?
I am inspired by my love of nature and humanity .
I feel in absolute awe of the beauty, wonder and magic that comes with each new dawn.
I am inspired by seeing the world through the eyes of a child and the challenge of creating craft work in a way that shares that delight and sense of wonder with others.
My work is a response to the beauty around me and an expression that comes from, and endeavours to connect to, the heart and the soul of this beauty.
I love reading, poetry and music. One of my favourite artists is Albrecht Durer. I admire his amazing drawing, line work and detail. I especially love Mozart whose beautiful work are so intensly uplifting. Gratitude.
Christina you have a beautiful attention to detail in particular your characters facial expressions. What experience have you had with craft and art in the past?
As a child I spent many hours my aunt's French fashion salon playing with fabric scraps, colourful buttons and her sparkly bead box. My grandmother taught me to sew and encouraged me to explore art and craft. She sent some of my sketches to the National Art School in Sydney, N.S.W. Consequently I was invited to sit for an entrance test and was awarded a teacher training scholarship.
After a year teaching in the western suburbs, I decided that I could serve better as a social worker and returned to University. For one of my pracs I set up a Community craft group with the idea to present craft as therapy, reaching out to socially isolated women to build their skills and self esteem. At the time it was a weird and new concept but it worked .
At university I met my ex-husband, and when I completed my course we moved to rural N.S.W where I raised a family of four children. During this time I became involved with playgroup and fibre arts, patchwork and creative sewing. I was teaching Craft at night for Community education, knitting custom orders as well as running a craft supply shop and tourist information centre.
In the early 1990s our family moved to Canberra where my eldest daughter and I opened a cafe. At this time I also became involved with teaching English to refugees and set up a craft group for them. For many years I have painted miniature houses for sale in shops. Also during this period I worked in patchwork shops and was fortunate to be able to attend Canberra Quilters meetings which were a great motivational and inspirational force as well as joining the Cloth doll club.
Eight years ago I moved to Queensland again having the opportunity to teach patchwork and quilting .One of the groups is still meeting even though the shop has closed. Then through my new friend and neighbour Marlee, I was introduced to Jennifer McCormack. Again through Marlee I was led to Silkwood, connecting with Nikki and Mia and their beautiful craft group.
This little owl family is so special. Do you have some affinity to certain animals you create?
When I create a piece, animal or landscape, quilt or painting I do so with a deep love and respect for the subject.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Thank you for asking and allowing me to participate. Monday craft sessions are sacred. I hope I can continue to learn and inspire others. I truly believe that through craft we reach out to others and give an opportunity not only to make beautiful items and share that beauty but to enable people to create a sense of achievement and self respect as they explore the wonder of the world and of their own innate abilities.
Thank you so much Christina for kindly sharing your extensive experience with us and for giving your generous gift of creative inspiration us all!