A Unique Folk Art with a whisper to the past~

They truly ARE the voices in my head.







Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sharing Me




One never knows just how their words will be remembered by another ear or how we touch another heart by our actions. As time passes, we hope that what we do or say will be remembered as goode.


I sit here in front of a blank page and never really realize just how many people stop by and read my posts beyond friends and family. There are many of you however, that stop by regularly and enjoy this little spot of mine; perhaps with their morning coffee, or a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening. Over time, you have created a picture in your mind of who I am given details and stories I have shared with you. Some of you have followed my work and I since Crow Soup, or met me at a show. Some have collected my finished friends and others have made their own. Some have simply stumbled upon this tiny thread of a web of the Internet and settled in. Along the way, I've shared memories and pieces of life here in The Busy House as well as the Goode Comfort Cottage. There's critters, kids, MS and Autism. Some days take on a life of their own and others can be wrapped around like a fuzzy blankie. I can't say that I've ever met a functional family, but here we can but the FUN in dysfunction.



I am surprised when I learn that my details such as wire smiles, babushkas, or flounder eyes inspire other artists. Everything comes with a reason for it's being and it is simply my way of problem solving. It is my turn to smile, when I tell you that when I started this journey, I didn't know how to sew nor have I learned any great mastery of it it. It's simply a vehicle to tell my story, or introduce you to someone that has touched my heart or left an imprint in my memory.


I am simply me, no great story teller by far, although I am humbled by those of you that let me know that you enjoy my writings. I am neither the best at my art by a long shot. As my Dad told me long ago, there will always be someone better than you. It's not a competition, it is a way of life, a passion within that doesn't work 9-5, Monday through Friday. It's not someone sitting there dreaming up the next trend. There isn't a concept that hasn't been done, there is just you, making your art, telling your story, solving the problem and sharing your take on a concept in your own way. I don't make my art because there is an audience, but I'm darned thankful for the gift and to share it whether through my writing, my dolls or a pattern. Thank you Minnesota for picking up the phone and letting me know that I do touch lives and inspire, but know that so many of you do for me as well.

6 comments:

Therese said...

There is a wonderful Judy Garland
quote that reads:
'Always be a first-rate version of
yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.'

It's nice to see an artist be true to themselves and create beautiful works of works of art like you do.

Keep up the amazing work, and thanks for the smiles.

Therese Ü

Pots 'n Prims said...

You've truely inspired me so many times Stace! And you're a person I'm proud to call my friend!!
Always stay true to yourself! And keep up the amazing work!
Hugs!
lisa

NothingPlainByJane said...

Dear Stacey, I wouldn't be so humble if I were you. You are one of the most copied artists out there. I think that says plenty about how great you are and what a cut above the rest. People like to take credit for your clever ideas like your "wire smile" for just one thing...and so many of your designs in general. There is only one Stacey though, who can hold her head high. Every amazing thing you do is of your own creation, and what a breath of fresh air THAT in this world of "wannabe's". Jane

Robin said...

I have great respect for your work and believe that there are those amonst us that have a special gift for Folkart in the truest sense. I think you are one of those Folks. I love your style and though mine is quite different I enjoy your writing and creatures sometimes more than my own. thank you for your encouraging words, we all must travel along our creative path, pulling on the rope to bring from the depths of imagination our thoughts made into our creations. I am thankful for my own creativity. Its the best Gift I have ever recieved and what I value most in myself. have a day of Whimsy. Love to you. Robin

Ann said...

I hope everyone knows what a great "man gift" Jack is. I made one in Feb. for my husband's Valentine's Day gift. He makes the bed and puts Jack with the pillows as a decoration every day! Let me encourage all to make this for a Father's day or "whatever" gift! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us. Ann

NothingPlainByJane said...

To Ann in the previous posting: Thanks so very much for mentioning how great Jack is for a "man gift". You have, hereby, pushed me over the edge to make him. I can picture him tucked in with the pillows as you describe. I have been wanting to make him, and now I surely will after reading your interesting post. I also thank you, Stacey, for coming up with wonderful Jack, so unique and man friendly! Jane