CIFI~Art Doll Challenge Pieces

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

~Theodore Geisel

"FLO-The OWL Mail Carrier".....Artwork by Amy Maisel.....Mixed Media Art Doll

"Roo-The Mushroom Hunter"......Artwork by Amy Maisel.....Mixed Media Art Doll

The Theme for the Challenge of the 2011 CIFI Art Retreat was "The Enchanted Forest". I love childrens stories, movies and art and was very inspired by all of these things when creating my pieces.

CIFI....Creations in Fiber Inc.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.
~Alan Alda

"Wisdom of Love~Tree Goddess".....Artwork by Amy Maisel.....Mixed Media

My first Art Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico this past June was an amazing experience for me!!!! I made some wonderful new friends there and created artwork I have never thought possible for me! I Stretched my creativity to new places, learning about new products, techniques and styles. My teachers (Sherry Goshon and Jean Bernard-Two amazing artists)at the retreat were amazing. I have taken many college art courses in the past, but nothing like this. It was stretched so far beyond that any borders of the box! They were a great DUO, and I hope to take classes from them again in the future!!!!

Hardware Store Art Doll

Progress, under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools
~ Karl Kraus

Hardware Store Artdoll.......Artwork by Amy Maisel.......Mixed Media Wood and Hardware

Recently I went on a family trip to Breckenridge and on one of my many walks, I walked by a free-be pile from a garage sale......Well I couldn't pass up all this old hardware, like: old metal wheels, locks, keys, glass slides, hinges, etc!!! An older gentleman was looking at the stuff too and said "What a bunch of Junk" and I said "No, these are treasures"! He then Hmmmmmfffffttt. and walked into the garage.....they were his old "Treasures"!!!! I came home and made this Funky Guy out of some of those old treasures and a few new ones!!!

Not Your Average Barbie Doll

“Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”
Christian Dior quotes (French Fashion designer, 1905-1957)

Butterfly Barbie.........artwork by Amy Maisel........Mixed Media Altered Barbie Doll

My art group did this project based off of the original class done by Barbe Saint John at Art Unravelled. We used all kinds of Jewelry bits and pieces as well as game pieces, plastic toys, etc. We then used Apoxy Sculpt to attach all the pieces. I used a candle votive and other metal finds to make mine into a Garden Butterfly Barbie!!! I glittered her up and added some butterflies to complete the look......Love my Altered Barbie!!!!!