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RT JANUARY 2014 Issue 4, Vol 1
W o m e n in A r t 2 7 8
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS ASIA
Aditi Bhatt: Impressionism, Expressionism
Jennifer mourin: Figurative
Nazl覺 P覺nar Kamac覺: Boho Chic Fiber Art Jewelry & Accessories
Stephanie neville: Embroidery
Birgit Kalkofen: Painting
Plamena Antonova: Wood Carvings
Svetlana Senchurova: Origami, Painting & Photography
Vanya Toncheva: Handmade Jewelry
AMANDA HOPKINS: Photography & Jewelry Design
Amy thornton: Jewelry
Anita miller: Fine Art Photography
anne klar: Three Dimensional Sculpted Painting
Avesha Michael: Handcrafted Porcelain Jewelry & Home Decor
Diana Saputo: Handmade Artistic Jewelry & Handbags
Erin Rogers Pickering: Watercolor Paintings & Illustrations
Helena Tiainen: Painting
Hirjalda Mobley: Handmade Shoe Clips & Accessories
JOEY NASH: Oil, Watercolour & Pencil
Laurie Beringer: Jewelry Design
Liesl Marelli: Photography & Publication Design
Linda Wood: Mixed Media
Noshaba Bakht: Arabic Calligraphy & Trees
SAMANTHA MILLER: Photography
shaolan sung: Oil Painting & Typography Art
TRACIE BLYTHER: Designer Soaps & Essentials
ART a note from the editor january 2014
A new year
has begun and that means another year of exciting new beginnings, adventures, creations, masterpieces and memories worth creating. To begin the New Year, our cover page contest theme “Global Family Day,” which is celebrated historically on January 1, seems like a perfect fit for our artists and the magazine itself. Global Family Day evolved from the United Nation’s “One Day in Peace” celebration. While we are unable to bring peace around the globe, we can each take part in supporting those around us and encouraging peace. After all, global movements begin within each of us and then spread like wildfire. The winner of our cover page contest is a Malaysian artist, Jennifer Mourin, whose artwork is a wonderful depiction of community, support, peace and happiness. The breastfeeding women we feature on our cover may be controversial to some but as a magazine created to support and empower women, Jennifer’s artwork is a perfect fit. We wish every one of our readers and artists alike a year of prosperity, happiness, love, community, peace and empowerment.
Happy New Year! LMarelli Liesl Marelli Editor-in-Chief @LBMarelli
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Jennifer Mourin Jennifer Mourin is a self taught Malaysian artist of Eurasian decent, living and working in Penang. She uses mostly acrylics and oil-inks, but loves the fluidity of gouache. Benevolently haunted by memories of her mother’s Thai village in Kelantan (North east Malaysia), she turned her love of sarongs the women wore, and the strength of the women there, into totems for her artistic identity. One consistenly recurring theme in her art is breastfeeding, as Jennifer is incredulous at how such a loving, nurturing act is often considered a controversial act in society, with women regularly maligned for doing so.
each breastfeeding mother reduces problems of pollution and waste disposal. Breastfeeding is not resource intensive: there is no need to use up land, water, metals, plastics, and fuels, all of which cost money and deplete the environment. Beastfeeding helps to protect our environment. “So I reclaim this, revelling in the power of mothers supporting mothers, women supporting women. A woman has a right to choose whether she wants to breastfeed her child. When she does choose, it is only right that she is supported to breastfeed and nurtures her child whether at home, in the workplace, or in other places she exists as a part of the society that she lives in. And this support should come from husband, partner, immediate and extended family, her community, and her socio-political leadership. And I am especially fascinated by how women have supported one another for generations and inter-generationally in many communities: from sharing of knowledge, imparting of skills and experience, to a comforting word, smile or hand on the shoulder indicating care, camaraderie, support and solidarity. Mothers deserve to be supported and loved!”
“I have become increasingly aware of how such a nurturing, loving, act as breastfeeding has ironically become a controversial, even ‘obscene’, act in society’s cynically-jaundiced-highly sexualised eyes. From Canada, to the Caribbean , from the UK to the United Arab Emirates, from Malaysia to China to New Zealand, women are demanding for the normalisation of breastfeeding in their societies, and for the provision of facilities that will support and ensure that they can feed their children free of censure and ridicule!” Motivated by the work of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), her art is influenced Breastfeeding provides total food security for by their THE FIVE CIRCLES OF SUPPORT for infants. There is no more readily available, affordable breastfeeding, which illustrate the potential societal and nutritious food source than breastmilk, a influences on a mother’s decision to breastfeed, and complete food for infants up to six months of to have a positive breastfeeding experience. The age. Breastfeeding continues to provide the CIRCLES OF SUPPORT are: Family and Social growing child with essential nutrients and energy, Network, Healthcare, Workplace and Employment, helping to prevent malnutrition and micronutrient Government/ Legislation and Response to Crisis deficiencies in the second year of life and beyond, or Emergency, all surrounding women in the along with other foods. Breastmilk is the first centre circle. Women are in the centre because the food for babies, but breastfeeding also benefits presence or absence of support from society impacts women, families, communities, and our planet them directly. Women also have an important role as a whole. Breastfeeding produces no wastes; in securing support and in providing it to others.
Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community. Adelaide Hoodless
finnish - american artist
Helena Tiainen painting
I believe that everything on this planet is related. It is also my understanding that we are all made from the same particles that circulate here on planet earth and combine to manifest in rich multitudes of forms over and over again. We are all brothers and sisters and cousins and uncles and aunts and you name it. All seeming separation is really an illusion because even an island under the ocean is totally connected to the land that surrounds it.
left: Everything All The Time above: Love is Love
top right: No Small Dream
bottom right: Life Persists
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Growing up in a little town in New England, I had a wonderful palette of colors to give me inspiration to create. In addition to the beautiful scenery, my mother was a huge influence. She enhanced, nurtured, and encouraged the wonderful artist who was hidden somewhere inside me! Watching her work with paint, pencil, pastels, and charcoal, I was inspired to begin my own journey as an artist. She taught me to appreciate such artists as Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and Maxfield Parish.
I began painting with acrylics and oil but also work with mosaic art pieces, clay-board, and burn photos into wood (pyrography). However, from the encouragement of my youngest sister Jenny, my recent work includes a much different medium; soap! My sister taught me the basics of working with soap and I took off from there. I try to step outside that â€œsoapâ€? box to create little distinctive masterpieces either by making them with my own molds or purchasing them. To be unique in every way is very important to me and I hope to convey through my
work. Although they are almost too beautiful to use, I tell people that each one has a destiny; to be used! I have lived in many places throughout the United States (New England, the South, and the Rocky Mountain region) and although I have not experienced a global culture, I have experienced the different cultures they each had to offer. These places have helped me produce unique and colorfully designed soaps. I also gather ideas from looking through fashion magazines (finding different choices of color to work with), listening to different kinds of music, and bouncing ideas off my family members. The shop allows me to make my living at home while attending college for my Masters in Health Administration. I am a mother of two and hope to inspire them the way my mother and family had inspired me.
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My passion for photography is fueled by my love for life, world cultures and the beauty of our planet, which I believe deserves our love, attention and respect. I am also deeply moved by this quote ... â€œLeave nothing but footprints; Take nothing but pictures; Kill nothing but time.â€?
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german - born painter
Birgit Kalkofen of pepponi art
Born in Germany, Pepponi is living since 20 years in Palma de Mallorca / Spain. After working for 33 years in tourism, living overseas and travelling around in Europe, America, Asia and Africa (11 years in Kenya). She started painting as a child and meanwhile painting is her most favourite hobby. Being commended and complimented by her friends, family and people around her, she got the inspiration to continue seeking an unforgettable experience with her artistic talent. Of all tried out materials she prefer painting on wood. The combination of abstract and figurative style, playing with light, the portrayal of perspectives and mostly the strong expression of colours are her trademark. Pepponi gets inspired by everything, what is surrounding her – every kind of art, books, pictures, textiles, exhibitions, events, colours, light, sea, beach, sunrise and sunset, animals, landscapes, seasons, nature, plants and flowers – the list is never ending. Especially the colours and the smell of Africa and Asia are deeply in her memory. No wonder that with this background in the past years her colourful paintings have found some admirers. Pepponi has exhibitions in Spain and abroad, and her artworks are part of private collections worldwide, such as Spain, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Australia and India. In Deutschland geboren, lebt Pepponi seit 20 Jahren in Palma de Mallorca. Sie ist viel in der Welt herumgekommen, hatte private und vor allem berufliche Aufenthalte in Europa, Amerika, Asien und Afrika, davon alleine 11 Jahre in Kenia. Bereits in ihrer Kinderzeit malte sie ihre ersten Bilder. Sie experimentierte viele Jahre mit unterschiedlichen Materialien. Heute malt sie bevorzugt mit Acryl auf Holz. Das Spiel und die Kombination mit abstraktem und figurativem Stil, mit Licht, die Darstellung von Perspektiven, Harmonie - und vor allem die starke Ausdruckskraft der Farben sind ihr Markenzeichen. Pepponi lässt sich von allem, was sie umgibt, inspirieren – jede Art von Kunst, Bücher, Fotos,
Textilien, Ausstellungen, Farben, Licht, Meer, Strand, Sonnenauf- und Untergang, Tiere, Landschaften, Jahreszeiten, Natur, Pflanzen – die Liste ist unerschöpflich. Besonders die Farben und Gerüche Afrikas und Asiens sind ihr noch ganz besonders lebhaft in Erinnerung. Mit diesem Hintergrund ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass ihre farbenfrohe Kunst weltweit immer mehr Bewunderer findet. Pepponi’s Bilder werden in Ausstellungen in Spanien und im Ausland gezeigt. Ihre aussergewoehnliche Kunst ist Teil von privaten, weltweiten Sammlungen, z. B. in Spanien, Deutschland, Schweiz, Grossbritannien, Vereinigte Staaten, Australien und Indien.
argentine - taiwanese artist
oil painting & typography art
â€œIn Art, play like a child. Play without restraint, although born female. Discover your freedom of self-expression: we were all meant to be free. But most importantly, love yourself and your art. Without frontier and without fear.â€?
jennifer mourin figurative
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“My art features strong women. It celebrates women responding to the on-going changes in their environment and communities - as creators, as care-givers, mothers, lovers, goddesses and more.” Jennifer Mourin is a self taught Malaysian artist of Eurasian decent, living and working in Penang. She uses mostly acrylics and oil-inks, but loves the fluidity of gouache. Benevolently haunted by memories of her mother’s Thai village in Kelantan (North east Malaysia), she turned her love of sarongs the women wore, and the strength of the women there, into totems for her artistic identity. One consistently recurring theme in her art is breastfeeding, as Jennifer is incredulous at how such a loving, nurturing act is often considered a controversial
act in society. “When women do choose to breastfeed, it is only right that they are supported to breastfeed whether at home, in the workplace, or in other places she exists as a part of the society that she lives in. And this support should come from all sides of society: husbands, partners, immediate and extended family, community, and sociopolitical leadership. Mothers deserve to be supported and loved!” she asserts. As such, Jennifer revels in the power of mothers supporting mothers, women supporting women. Drawn to also having some fun with her art, Jennifer paints little tableaus of cats, noting: “they are fascinating, infuriating, cuddly, dignified, mysterious, majestic, maddening, always interesting and never boring!” She has also created her own version of landscapes. Her BodyScapes” series explores the tactile, loving, sensual and comforting aspects of the human touch and relationships between men and women.
ukranian - russian artist
origami , painting & photography Светлана Сенчурова
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I am of Russian descent, but I live in Ukraine. “Svetlana” is translated as bright, clean, the one that carries light. This name defines a style of my life and my art. I always wanted that my paintings and crafts can awaken people’s soul. A year ago I was initiated into Reiki. And now I fill my arts with this divine energy. So my art is not just a decorations, I make it with the healing energy to improve the space around us!
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Sofisticata was created so that I could do what I love. I want to incorporate uniquely beautiful details into your special days! I want you to feel gorgeous and loved, I hope my designs will add that special touch of glamour to your wedding, holidays, or just to your everyday life! I love creating pieces that make you feel feminine, and sophisticated, items that make you go, “ooooh” and... “aaaaah!” My pieces are for anyone who wants that special something and aren’t afraid to be a little different! I search for the highest quality materials possible for each piece I create. Every component that goes into my work is completely handpicked by me to ensure the finished piece is extraordinary. I’m always on the search for unique materials and sparkling lovelies to incorporate into my designs, and I’m always busy creating new pieces. I hand-stitch all of my pieces for lasting perfection. I get most of my feathers locally, and all from cruelty-free farms that were shed naturally! I have always loved creating, and designing anything and everything from shoes to home items. My inspiration has been the love for God’s creation around me, all the vivid colors of the flowers, the birds and butterflies in my back yard, and the gorgeous rainbows we are blessed to have in Florida, also all my mom’s creativity throughout my life!
united arab emirates artist
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Confessions of a Bored Housewife As part of the UNISA Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition (2013), UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa Confessions of a Bored Housewife (2013) is an installation of soft sculptures and fantasy furniture, expressing the exploration and enjoyment of female sexuality. Additional information at stephanieneville.com
fine art photography
pakistani - american artist
arabic calligraphy & trees
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samantha miller photography
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linda woods mixed media
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american jewelry designer
laurie beringer of
N orthCoast Cottage
Beautiful, affordable, original handcrafted jewelry
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three-dimensional sculpted painting
c o o l b reeze
a bov e : a m o m e n t
i cannot think of anything more exciting then bringing a blank canvas to life. i refer to my medium as
sculptural painting. i often hear,
feel as though i am in the painting.â€? these comments tell me that the
dreams that i am painting are in essence universal dreams. my art is about
restoring the beauty of a bygone time. an artist is blessed with two lives.
one is the routine and mundane . the other is the world you can create; one of fantasy and escape. therein lies the love affair between art and artist.
below : a sn ow y n i g h t
impressionism , expressionism
about the artwork: We were out one morning on the highway and happened to stop by a beautiful green field, curious, as we could not figure out what crop was growing.The farmer spotted us and offered us some of the sugarcane that was now ready to be harvested. We walked around the field and reached his house just outside which was this clothes line . There were a lot of children around who enjoy being photographed.. This one is a little shy though. I was touched by the farmers simplicity and openness. It occurred to me that there is still a world in which people open up their homes to strangers who are passing by, and share their scarce supplies without expecting anything in return. enced such hospitality several times.
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1 st p l ac e i n G lob a l F am i ly a n d
b hatt won the
C om m un i t y
art co n t e st .
ART american artist
Diana Saputo of luna essence
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Vanya Toncheva handmade jewelry
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Nazl覺 P覺nar Kamac覺 of p 襤 nara design
am a graphic designer who lives in Turkey, a lovely country which bridges Europe and Asia. I was born and raised in the beautiful and historic city of Istanbul, Turkey. I have two university degrees; Printing Technology and Fine Arts as a Graphic Designer. Artistry runs in my family; I grew up with art and at the end I became an artist. Fifteen years ago I began to make my own jewelry. For years I have researched about Anatolian history: Turkish lace, vintage crochets, semiprecious stones, authentic fabrics. People around me began to encourage me to share my designs with the world. After my husband and I left our jobs and lives in fast-paced Istanbul we decided moved to the seaside city of Antalya in southern Turkey and opened our Etsy shop. This is when my colorful journey begins. Colors and history fuel my desire to create unique designs. I feel so lucky for living nearby history and art. I love Antalya because itâ€™s a beautiful city nearby Mediterranean Sea where history and nature come together seamlessly. There are amazing historical sites around Antalya. Many ancient civilizations have been here including Lycia, Hittite, Pamphylia, Byzantine, Seljuk, Ottoman ... I explore these ancient sites and draw upon their inspiration. Also I search for different Turkish traditional fabrics, which are slowly being forgotten. I think we have much to learn from ancient history and art that is around us. My intention is revive some forgotten designs of the past by using eco-friendly materials on jewelry and scarves. Diversity of Anatolian history and artistic creations give me the opportunity for using different techniques and materials. There is a historical tale behind each and every design such as techniques like crochet, screen print, wire wrap, transfer print. I love the creative process and researching; matching colors and combine them with different motifs. Each of my designs are oneof-a-kind or is produced in small batches to preserve the fun of wearing something unique. Everything I create is made with lots of love and lots of care.
oil , watercolour & pencil
believe that Artists are storytellers and I especially love sharing the stories to be found in a mature face. I am fortunate to be able to support myself doing what I love and teaching is a big part of that so, the journey that I have taken, exploring different media to help my students find their voices as Artists, has enabled me to bring my unique voice to my work, whether I am working in Watercolour or Oils. I love using Watercolour, Pencil or Oils.
ceramic & porcelain jewelry
have been a ceramic artist and potter since I was 7 years old growing up in Chicago. At 8 years old my teacher told me never to become a potter, (not knowing why at the time, I took her advice to heart) and left it for most my life. she meant the financial struggle of it, I didn’t understand at the time, but it was my one love and I didn’t want that.... so I only recently came back to it missing the medium and needing contact with clay. when i’m away from it for many days, I dream of throwing on the wheel, quite simply it’s my one true love. I’m now starting to put my work out there on a commercial scale. My porcelain jewelry and ceramics works come from the purest, most organic place within me and it’s truly my joy to share them with others.
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photography & jewelry design
Plamena Antonova wood carvings
My work process begins with one of my favorite things â€“ going out for walks in nature. This is where I gather the pieces that I turn into small creatures. I collect driftwood at the beach and also wood pieces from the forest. These nature walks are my source of energy and inspiration.
Making things in smaller size gives them such a special feeling and touch. I also feel like miniatures bring so much coziness.
Erin Rogers Pickering
watercolor paintings & illustrations
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amy thornton jewelry
Jooniebeads Treasures is about giving every woman the chance to feel special, every day. My goal is to create a host of pieces that add a little something to the daily jeans and Ts or top and slacks and then throw in a bit of sparkle for those special occasions and keep doing it at prices that the every woman can afford.
Aditi Bhatt Impressionism, Expressionism Bangalore, India [web] aditi-bhatt.artistwebsites.com Jennifer Mourin Figurative Penang, Malaysia [fb] jennifer.mourin [e] firstname.lastname@example.org
Nazlı Pınar Kamacı of Pinara Design Boho Chic Fiber Art Jewelry & Accessories Antalya, Turkey [fb + etsy + pinterest] PinaraDesign [web] PinaraDesign.com Stephanie Neville Embroidery Dubai, United Arab Emirates [twitter] @StephNeville [web] stephanieneville.com EUROPE
Birgit Kalkofen Painting Palma de Mallorca, Spain [web] pepponi.de [etsy] Pepponi [twitter] @Pepponi Plamena Antonova of Plad Wood Carvings Varna, Bulgaria [etsy] plad [pinterest] plamy4
Svetlana Senchurova Светлана Сенчурова of WaveofLight Origami, Painting & Photography Rivne, Ukraine [fb] SvetlanaSenchurova [etsy] WaveofLight [twitter] @Senchurova
Vanya Toncheva Handmade Jewelry Haskovo, Bulgaria [fb + etsy] vanessahandmade [tumblr + pinterest] vanessahandmade THE AMERICAS
Amanda Hopkins of Hidden Wonders Photography & Crafts Photography & Jewelry Design Lebanon, Connecticut, USA [etsy] HiddenWondersPhotos [fb] HiddenWondersPhotography Amy Thornton of Jooniebeads Treasures Jewelry Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA [fb] Jooniebeads [etsy] JooniebeadsTreasures [Tumblr] Jooniebean
Anita Miller Fine Art Photography Herndon,Virginia, USA [etsy] NatureImagesByDesign [web] naturesimagesbydesign.com
Anne Klar Three Dimensional Sculpted Paintings Toronto, Ontario, Canada [web] anneklar.com [web II] anne-klar.artistwebsites.com
Avesha Michael Handcrafted Porcelain Jewelry & Home Decor Los Angeles, California, USA [etsy] aveshamichael [web] aveshamichael.com Diana Saputo of Luna Essence Handmade Artistic Jewelry and Handbags South Cairo, New York, USA [etsy] LunaEssence [twitter] @LunaEssence [fb] LunaEssenceArtisticJewelry
RT Erin Rogers Pickering of Erin Go Paint Vibrant Watercolor Paintings & Illustrations Maplewood, New Jersey, USA [etsy + fb] eringopaint [web] paintedhouseportrait.com [blog] eringopaint.blogspot.com Helena Tiainen Painting Berkley, California, USA [web] helena-tiainen.artistwebsites.com [e] HTiainen01@aol.com
Hirjalda Mobley Handmade Shoe Clips & Accessories Naples, Florida, USA [etsy] Sofisticata [twitter] @BeSofisticata Joey Nash of Joey Nash Artist Studio Oil, Waterclolour & Pencil British Columbia, Canada [web] joeynash.com [etsy] joeynash
Laurie Beringer Jewelry Designer of North Coast Cottage Lakewood, Ohio, USA [etsy] NorthCoastCottage
Liesl Marelli of Girona Consulting Photography & Publication Design West Palm Beach, Florida, USA [web] GironaConsultingINC.us [fb] GironaConsulting [etsy] GironaPrints Linda Woods of Linda Woods Artworks Mixed Media Valencia, California, USA [web] colormetrue.com [blog] iamartblog.com
Noshaba Bakht of Passion to Compassion Arabic Calligraphy and Trees Kansas City, Missouri, USA [etsy] noshiahmad [web] noshiahmad.com Samantha Miller Photography Ventura, California, USA [etsy] SammyPhoto [web] SammyPhoto.com [fb] sammyphotodotcom
Shaolan Sung of SeptArtPrints Oil Painting & Typography Art Rego Park, New York, USA [fb] SeptArt [Etsy] SeptArtPrints
Tracie Blyther of The Charming Frog Designer Soaps & Essentials Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA [etsy] thecharmingfrog [fb] thecharmingfrogwest [twitter] @thecharmingfrog
call to artists
Women in Art 278 magazine welcomes all female artists from across the globe and varying art genres. To learn more about featuring your artwork or submitting art for our cover page contests visit us online at www.Art278.org
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Announcing our January 2014 issue (available as a printed edition or purchase a digital copy). Congratulations to Malaysian Artist Jennifer...
Published on Dec 31, 2013
Announcing our January 2014 issue (available as a printed edition or purchase a digital copy). Congratulations to Malaysian Artist Jennifer...