Migrating to My New Blog Site Today

November 6, 2011

New Combined Blog and Website

My newly designed blog and website are now “live”, so this will be my final post on this blog site.

My new blog address is:  http://www.aynhanna.com/blog/

Please join me at my new blog site here  for my future posts.

For Subscribers of this Blog

Those of you that are subscribed via your email address, you don’t need to do anything.  We have migrated your subscription information to the new site, so you should continue to receive my blog posts in your email inboxes.  I plan to publish my first post from my new blog site sometime this week, so look for that in your inbox.

For those of you that are subscribed to this blog via RSS feed reader, here is the new feed link for my blog:


I am excited for this next “2.o” version of my online presence and hope that you will all join me over at the new site so we can continue to connect through cyber space!


Gettin’ Social with A New Art Exhibit and Blog Changes Coming

November 2, 2011

Social Media Immersion

Be helpful.

It’s the #1 most important thing I learned in Alyson B. Stanfield’s (aka Art Biz Coach) Social Media Immersion workshop a couple weekends ago.  I went with lots of questions about Facebook, Twitter, Google+, blogging and learned a lot in 2 days.  Not only did we learn a lot, we made many new artist friends, as there were 45 of us participating in the workshop.

Barbara and Alyson enjoying Alyson's book, "I'd Rather Be in the Studio". By day 2, we were all pretty giddy with our heads packed full of new information.

I have a long list of action items and a plan for next steps to improve my online presence and be more social.  I’ve also been thinking a lot about what “be helpful” means for me – how can I be helpful to those of you that read my blog, those that I connect with on facebook and twitter and those of you I’ve yet to meet in cyberspace.

I have some ideas for things I can share to be helpful, including more about effectively using the various social media platforms.  But I’m also really interested to hear from you – how can I be helpful to YOU?  If you have particular ideas, I’d love to hear them – you can leave me a comment below!

Fun times at the Social Media Immersion Workshop

2 person Show at Bas Bleu Theater in Fort Collins

Besides attending the SM Workshop this past month, I’ve been heads down in the studio working to complete some new work for a new show which we just installed this past weekend at the Bas Bleu Theater here in town.  It’s a 2 person show, my first one with my partner Barbara Gilhooly, and we have a total of 36 pieces in the show – paintings, fiber, and works on paper.

The exhibit will be on display now through Dec 30th.  We will have an artists’ reception on Friday, Dec. 2nd, from 5-7pm.  There will also be a Beet Street Arts & Drafts event at Bas Bleu on Tues, Nov 15, 5-7pm (RSVP required) which will be another fun opportunity to see us and see our show.

Postcard we'll be sending out to announce our show

Changes coming

And speaking of social media immersion…I am in the process of revamping my own online presence, creating my “2.0” version of my website and blog, now that I’ve had my original site up for a couple of years and my blog for 1.5 years.  It’s time to re-fresh my web presence to reflect my newest self.

I want a site that not only is well-designed, but that gives me more control, to be able to make all my updates myself, and to also integrate my website with my blog.  So, I’m working with Pat Velte of WhiteWing design to create my new integrated website and blog design.

What does this mean for you if you are subscribed to this blog?

If you have subscribed to my blog with  your email address (you currently receive my blog posts in your email inbox), you should not need to do anything.  When we complete the migration of my blog to the new site, if all goes well, I’ll be able to bring you all along with me and migrate your subscriptions.

If you have subscribed to my blog via RSS feed reader, you will need to re-submit your subscription.

You’ll know that we’ve completed the migration because the look/feel format of my blog posts will be different, and my blog will be located at aynhanna.com (no longer at aynhanna.wordpress.com).

Our plan is to complete this blog migration before 11/26, so you should see these changes get implemented within the next 3.5 weeks.  I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going, although you’ll probably know once you “see” the difference.

Wish me luck with all the changes!

My Fabric Stack(s)

October 11, 2011

My hand-dyed fabric stacks

An Informal Fabric Stack Project

Last week on her blog, artist Lisa Call had a fun idea – have each of us that has stacks of fabric take photos of our stacks and post them on our blogs and then add a comment on her blog, so that we can all go enjoy looking at each other’s colorful stacks.

This idea sprung as a tangent of another similar project – the Paper Stack Challenge – that Seth Apter of The Altered Page posted on his blog.

The idea in either case is that multiple artists will post photos of their own “stacks” on their own blogs, and then add a link in the comments section of either Lisa’s post (if fabric artist) or Seth’s post (if paper artist), so that everyone can check out all the cool “stacks” we’ve all got.

One of my racks of fabric.

Yes, I’m a Fabric Junkie!

But really, what textile artist isn’t?  Ok, some of us are worse than others.  I currently have a (spouse-imposed!) limit of 4 (oops, make that 3) racks of fabric.  Actually, the limit is for my own good and I need these boundaries, otherwise, well, my studio would likely become over run with fabric and I’d be so overwhelmed I’d never get anything done.

Another of my fabric racks.

I’ve acquired quite a stash in the few years I’ve been working in textiles and I do weed through it on occasion and donate some of it to charitable causes.  I’m working mostly with my own hand-dyed fabrics these days, so some of those commercial fabrics I found at thrift stores don’t quite have the same appeal now that they did back when I first acquired them and I know others will put them to good use.

A mini stack - a textile painting waiting to happen.

And sometimes it’s just necessary to let go of the old to make room for the new!

If you have a stack you’d like to share, please do join in the Informal Fabric Stack Project on Lisa’s blog.

Got a helicopter I could borrow?

October 4, 2011

2 Opening Receptions.  2 Towns.  Same Night.

OPTION A –  New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO. October 7, 5-8pm.

Two of my textile paintings are included in this juried show which is the inaugural exhibit at the newly renovated Lincoln Center.  I am excited to see not only the artwork, but also the spiffy new expanded gallery space.

OPTION B – Swimming Upstream: Juried Print Exhibit, 44T Artspace, Denver, CO.  October 7, 7-10pm.

I am a  juror for this show at 44T, and have included one of my intaglio etchings as a sample of my work.  So far I have only seen the works that were selected for this show via the digital image submissions so I am very eager to see the pieces in person.  There are works included in the show by several artists living throughout the US.

Eeenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo.

As much as I’d like to be able to attend both events this Friday night, that’s just not going to happen.

And as luck would have it, the 44T Artspace is planning to do not only an opening reception this week, but a closing one as well on Nov 26th.

So, I’m going to be attending the opening reception at the New Legacies show here in town at the Lincoln Center this Friday night.  If you’re in town, I hope to see you there.

If you’re in Denver, I hope you’ll stop by and see the print show.  I’ll be there for the closing reception in late Nov.

And if you’re somewhere else in the world, I hope you get out and go see some original art at a local gallery near you!

Sometimes I feel like a Duck

September 26, 2011

Our little black bear.

The image of this sweet confused young bear’s face is burned into my mind.  A week ago, we raised the deck door window shade, and much to our surprise and delight, there she was – sitting sideways under the pine tree, looking back at us with as much surprise and confusion as we at her.  We shared a few quiet moments before she ably lumbered over the fence into our neighbors’ yard.

We excitedly followed her progress over the next day, hearing that the DOW was going to let her find her way back to the mountains as long as she didn’t become a nuisance.  And then we got the news that 3 overzealous men from the DOW had shot her full of tranquilizers, causing her to fall out of a neighborhood tree, ultimately dying from her injuries.

What to do with that news?  So much anger, sadness and helplessness.  I cried a lot.  I keep seeing that sweet inquisitive face, and wondering why people have to be so hurtful and well, stupid.

Bear Medicine: Introspection

I kept thinking about this bear visit all week, and the gift she brought us.  It slowed me down from the usual daily race, and helped me remember that with all the crazy things going on in the world that we encounter, the only thing we truly can control are our individual reactions to the craziness.

I also started re-developing some focus again on myself, on routines that are healthful for my own body, mind, and spirit.  Thanks to my bear visit, I’ve been awakened from the trance yet again.

Ducks on the Long Arm machine.

What’s on the Long Arm Machine?

One of the routines I’ve been redeveloping this past week is to get into the studio and do some art each day, even if it’s only for a short while.  I had forgotten how much of a stress relief it is for me to have that daily meditative time, creating my art.

I’ve been focused on finishing a piece I started several months ago.  I finished constructing the top (pieced and appliqued fabrics which I hand-dyed and screen-printed) awhile ago and now am adding the drawing/stitching on the long arm.

The idea for this piece came from one of my vivid night dreams.  As I’ve worked to turn that dream image into a physical work of art, it has become a bold and graphic representation of how I felt in that dream.

Reconnecting with this piece, spending a little time each night in the studio working to finish it has helped me get back into a meditative rhythm not only with my art, but with myself.

Ducks getting stitched on the long arm.

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