Pane in the Glass
I work in both mosaics and stained glass. This began about 15 years ago when I took my first mosaics course through Ann Arbor Community Education. I fell in love with it! I continued to take classes in mosaics for about five years. Then I took a beginning class in stained glass, also through Ann Arbor Community Education. Now I had two loves!
I remember coming home after the stained glass class and telling my husband I needed to set up a shop for myself in the basement. This was about eight years ago and I have been busy in that shop ever since. I enjoy designing pieces and choosing the colors and textures to match the image I’ve created in my mind. The work is creatively fulfilling, constantly challenging, and incredibly calming.
I appreciate having an outlet through which to share my work with others. It enables me to experiment with different approaches and understand how my work impacts others. As I approach retirement, ending a long career in education, I know that creating both mosaic and stained glass pieces will become an even bigger part of my life.
Fine Art Watercolor
I am an artist and painter, and find my inspiration in nature’s beauty, colors, and backyard wildlife, especially birds. My work explores these subjects during ordinary, yet extraordinary moments. During the past several years, my art has focused on watercolor painting, and I’ve developed a passion for this medium.
At the heart of my work is a desire to capture one wondrous moment in time, which will not fade away, or wilt, or change with the seasons. I enjoy creating unique compositions of various nature scenes, and filling my paintings with colors that pop, harmonize, and balance.
Hand dyed and Handwoven Wearable Art by Debbi Cooper
My career as a fiber artist began at a very early age. Enchanted by my mother’s knitting & crocheting I “borrowed” her yarn and needles and taught myself. The idea that I could create something unique & fashionable was very exciting. As an adult I combined these two loves and added a third, fiber dyeing.
My philosophy in my clothing is to focus on creating interesting cloth. The handwoven pieces are created using 5 & 15 different yarns. All of the yarns are different: shiny/dull or thick/thin or bumpy/ smooth. This creates a cloth that is much more interesting.
The dyed cloth is similar in philosophy. There are layers of color instead of just one. I use a Japanese technique know as “shibiri” a more sophisticated method. It is my hope that you will find as much pleasure in wearing these cloths as I have had in making them.
In a cozy storefront lit with the rays of sunlight through its large panes of glass, sits a shop created by artists with a mission to sell and display handmade gift items crafted by Michigan artists’ hands. Artistica Gallery has been in its current location, next to the village clock at the Corner of Main and Broad Street, for over seven years. Look for our bright and friendly red door near the Village Clock … and come on in!
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