Posted on | January 4, 2015 | 4 Comments
I have the assignment today of introducing myself to you. For me this is a daunting task, for me I am most comfortable and happy to tell you about the LOVE’s of my life- my husband, my children, my parents, my home (in the great state of Texas) and my faith and even my love of coffee!! But Me…. hmm, let’s see how far back should we go….”I was born on a cold December day in 19__”…NO that’s too far back. Let’s fast forward a little bit to when I was around 8,
crocheting (1st LOVE), knitting and embroidering sitting right there with my teacher, my mother (who was born and raised in France). She instilled in me the love of working with my hands and the incredible feeling that comes with the words “Handmade” or “Made with Love.” I watched and learned collage, candle making, sewing, painting and so many other art forms from my mom, my best friend and I still continue to learn with and from her. Let’s fast-forward again to my 20’s when I added to the skill set more embroidery such as, silk ribbon embroidery and smocking but also came into view apparel art and jewelry making (LOVE). Then came the explosion of the scrapbooking world, my love of paper and collage (LOVE even more) was fed. Even though I do not create scrapbooks, I do create memory moments. Can I just pause here and say how I love all the avenues of art that I have worked with- some more than others but I see the potential in all and therefore, my art studio and sewing room are evidences of that love!
Okay, I think you get a sense of my past, let’s fast forward to present day…My love for handmade and heartfelt hasn’t diminished over the years, it has become even more of a passion for me, more of a way of life. When you or I create from our heart, our dreams, our inspirations – no matter the medium, our home, our family and our friends receive a part of us. And we have accomplished the incredible feeling of creating joy in our journey.
When my girls were old enough, we began just as my mother did with me. Instilling the love of handmade in their precious hands. They are 20 and 13 now and both have their own passions, which include – knitting for one along with art and the other the love of crocheting and they both have a deep appreciation for the time and talents of others.
My style has been described as a pairing of sweet sentiment with unexpected treasures – putting all my LOVE’s together. Being on the ICE Resin® Design Team is an amazing opportunity and I want to bring to your art what it has brought to mine. I hope in the coming year that I will share with you not only the “how to’s” but the “how you’s” – how you can put your heartfelt, hopes into works of art -no matter your choice of medium, no matter your sense of style- for we all have a little piece of our heart to share.
Chantal Johnson is a mixed media artist and teacher living in Rowlett, Texas. She is married and has three children. Her work has been featured in Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Somerset Home, Green Crafts and Somerset Studio. She is also a 15 time ribbon winner for the State Fair of Texas in the Creative Arts competitions in categories such as collage, crocheting and embroidery. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at email@example.com. Visit her blog at Wishblooms