Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dress You Up in Paper and Braids

NOTE: Tickets are now VERY limited. Get your tickets for Friday night (May 1) here.
Wearable Art Extravaganza Sketchbook - © Samantha Grenier 2015
Original sketch concepts for WAE Spring 2015. © Samantha Grenier.

The Wearable Art Extravaganza is here!

The Miracle Providers NE have picked out an awesome theme for this Spring's fashion/drag show: The 4 Elements. How could pick an outfit for ONE element? I couldn't, so I'm making an outfit for each element… plus the finale. Five. FIVE outfits.

Here's a splash of what to look for:
Fire Element Dress - WIP/Skeleton © Samantha Grenier 2015
Dress of coffee filters. © Samantha Grenier 2015.

Fire Element Dress - WIP/Fire Lights © Samantha Grenier 2015
Mini "Flames". © Samantha Grenier 2015.

Coffee Filter Dress Design - WIP © Samantha Grenier 2015
Dress of coffee filters (Earth). © Samantha Grenier 2015.

Coffee Filter Dress Design - WIP © Samantha Grenier 2015
Painted coffee filters. © Samantha Grenier 2015.

Coffee Filter Dress Design - WIP © Samantha Grenier 2015
Painted coffee filters. © Samantha Grenier 2015.
Coffee Filter Dress Design - WIP © Samantha Grenier 2015
Painted coffee filters. © Samantha Grenier 2015.
Coffee Filter Dress Design - WIP © Samantha Grenier 2015
Dress of coffee filters (Wind). © Samantha Grenier 2015.

Aries Zodiac Dress - WIP/Braids © Samantha Grenier 2015
Future Dress - Braids. © Samantha Grenier 2015.

As one can see, I've got a lot going on, but I am just ONE of the many other designers involved. Want to attend the event? Some tickets are still available - they can be purchased and reserved here. Official invitation below:

Wearable Art Extravaganza, May 1-2, 2015 @ Western Ave Studios, Lowell, MAWearable Art Extravaganza, May 1-2, 2015 @ Western Ave Studios, Lowell, MA

Be sure to Like the WAE Facebook page to for additional sneak-peeks.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Event-ing: April and May

Paper Knot Studio Events - April 2015

Whoosh! March is gone and April looks like it's going to be a whirlwind adventure. I've got a LOT in the works and a bunch of upcoming events to note:

First up is the April Open Studio at Western Avenue Studios and Lofts: THIS Saturday, April 4th, from noon - 5pm. Please stop by and say hi… and buy some art from me and/or the 150+ other artists on site. ;-) I will be in my studio (#112) working on costumes and more picture book portfolio (more on that shortly).

Next up, I have a piece in the Four By Four for Education show over at the Brush Gallery. The show has been up a few weeks. The final day/fundraising reception: Saturday, April 11th, from 2 − 5pm. My piece on display is the Woven Heart (#141 in the slideshow). Admission is $25 which benefits a UMASS Lowell (art) scholarship. The admission fee also gets you one of the original pieces from the show.

Woven Heart - Paper on canvas. © Samantha Grenier 2015
Woven Heart © Samantha Grenier 2015
To cap off my month, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference is back: April 24-26th. I will be at this event, mingling with my fellow Kid-Lit'ers and soaking in the inspiration. I don't want to wish my month away, but I can hardly wait for this conference.

While all this is going on, I'm preparing for the The Wearable Art Extravaganza: May 1 − 2nd, from 8pm to 11-ish, perhaps…. I will have FIVE pieces roaming the catwalk/adorning the bodies of performers. This is a MUST SEE event, and space is limited so I strongly encourage getting tickets early. Find ticket information here. And here's your cordial invitation:

Wearable Art Extravaganza - Western Ave. Studios May 1-2, 2015Wearable Art Extravaganza - Western Ave. Studios May 1-2, 2015

But wait, there's more! Just like last year, I will periodically hoist up images of my work in progress for the Wearable Art Extravaganza, here on my blog (also Instagram and the WAE Facebook page). I am not alone in the process, so check out (and LIKE) the WAE Facebook page to stay abreast of all the designers' sneak-peeks.

Whew! I think my April is full! Hope to see you around ;-)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Because I {HEART} Snow

© Samantha Grenier 2015 - Spatter Heart
Gifts from the HeArt Promotion at Western Ave. Studios & Lofts

Saturday is looking like we're expecting a little bit more *s-word* (snow). Just a little bit. Not enough to keep people inside…. at least not enough to keep me inside. I will be "studio-ing" in Lowell this for First Saturday Open Studios, snow or no-snow. I invite you to stop in for a visit because it will be worth the trip.

For this Open Studio, Western Avenue Studios and Lofts (WAS) is hosting a sweet promotion in honor of Valentines Day: Visit the heart-marked studios and get a sticker. Try to collect as many stickers as you can for a chance to win up to $75 in WAS Gift Certificates. I am one of a participating artists, so stop by Studio #112 - I will have a (heart) sticker for you!

Additional details about the Gifts From the HeArt program are available on the WAS website. While there, you can preview all the participating studios. There is also a special Facebook page for the event if you'd like to add it to your calendar.

So {heart} snow, {heart} art! Hope to see you Saturday!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Strutter Search

Catwalk Strutters Wanted for Wearable Art Extravaganza May 1-2, 2015

Last Fall's Wearable Art Extravaganza, hosted by the Miracle Providers NE, was a smashing hit. We're all up and eager to work on the next show, but we're looking for a little help. First on the agenda: MODELS. We need models and we're going to need some soon. All shapes, sizes, ages, genders welcome…. Well, maybe not children… nor animals.

Want to show off on the catwalk? Join us.

Designers are getting garments ready for the runway and the show set is in the works. Bodies are needed to fill our artistic creations, and if you have other performance skills, BONUS. The Extravaganza's Spring theme is Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. Everyone is excited about the theme, so we can tell already this show is going to be a lot of fun! As a model, you will be fitted for an element… or maybe two, or four ;-) Some of the designers (such as myself) are attempting costumes for all four elements, and since most models are shared, we're hoping to get as many people committed to the runway as possible, to avoid potential snafus.

Interested? Please fill out this form. We are going to have a meeting Monday, February 9th - if you can make it, please join us so that you can meet the various designers. If you're still on the fence about modeling, come to the meeting anyway. If you'd like to participate in a non-model way, there are other volunteer positions available, such as stage help, hair and makeup, and event assistance. The meeting is going to be held in the Onyx Room at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, Massachusetts (C/D Mill, 1st floor). Freely contact me if you need help with directions, or need a little more coxing to help out.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Twenty-Fourteen Revisited

Hello January!

As the world reflects on 2014, many (people) want to re-start. I just want to keep 2014 going, so I'm NOT picking an official "word of the year", nor am I going to commit to any new resolutions. We'll I do have the one (Less Dunkins), but to be fair it's a 3-year carry-over. Every year I get a little better.

2014 was good to me. I think I'm the cheese standing alone with that statement, but it's true and I'm proud of it! Of course, I don't want 2014 to come to an abrupt end; I want it to live on and on and so for me it will. 

So here's hoping Twenty-Fifteen is just 2014 in a new outfit.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Late Night Studio-ing

Holiday Open Studio - Western Avenue Studios #112

Tomorrow night is the final Holiday shopping excursion at Western Avenue Studios & Lofts. The Loading Dock Gallery is hosting a Homemade Holiday Shopping Night. Stop by after work if you'd like - Official Gallery/shopping hours are 5pm - 9pm, Thursday, December 18th.

I will be stopping by the gallery as well. I hear there will be some food sold to benefit the Miracle Providers. I have a couple things to finish up in the studio, so naturally my door will be open once I've finished shopping/grazing/socializing. My studio hours will be (about) 6:30-9:00 pm. I'm located on the 1st Floor in the C/D Mill.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Strutting My Paper Feathers

Peacock Dress and Jacket - © Samantha Grenier 2014
Peacock Dress and Jacket.
© Samantha Grenier 2014.

Tah-dah! The finished peacock-inspired garment. Yep - inspired by this guy:

Peacock - From the HNMNH