Scrap Bag Challenge - Brenda Brown

Each artist who participated in the First EVER Scrap Bag Challenge that ran from March 22, 2014 til Earthday, and answered my virtual interview questions will be featured here over the next few weeks. The Scrap Bag Challenge took place, on the fly, as a part of the unearthing and purging in my studio.  As Shire City Sanctuary comes to be, my studio shrinks with glee - allowing me renewed freedom from stuff  and allowing our Makerspace room to accommodate a sewing room, screen printing shop, and teaching space.

We had over 50 responses within 24 hours of posting on facebook and sending our eblast announcement!  50 boxes were shipped across the world from Germany to Australia to our neighbors here in Pittsfield!  Wowsers!  The EXCITEMENT!!

Next up, Brenda Brown! She is our neighbor here in The Berkshires.  A momma to two little ones, LOOK what they came up with!!  So SWEET!


05.28.14 Brenda Brown Complete

1.  I am a single mother of two little babes Michael age 5 and Grace age 3. I used to create a lot of mixed media arts before I became a mom but haven't really felt I had the time these past few years. We love spending time in nature hiking with our dogs and gathering "treasures".


2. I also used hot soapy water for the felting of the acorns and the "cris-cross applesauce bracelets. I used plastic needles for my children to be able to use and textured yarn to sew the super hero cape together .


3.  I was inspired by my children's daily interest in my "box" they would constantly take out the pieces and play with them every time I attempted to "work" on the project. After many days of me  strategizing my project and them  playing pretend with capes and super power protection bracelets I decided that this was going to be a family project and to include them in the entire process. We shopped for plastic needles and buttons of their liking and they created what they dreamed of instead of me and it was a joy a surprise and an experience to watch them learn to sew , felt and create beautiful pieces .i had no idea that they had an interest in fiber arts. They loved playing with the textures and patterns . i found the sensory water aspect of the felting to be very soothing and healing to my at times very active and sensitive little one. Their confidence rose and their creativity was contagious. I made felted acorns with acorn tops we gathered from our many hikes over the past few years something I've wanted to make for years and haven't gotten around to . It was wonderful to have my love of fiber arts brought back to life.


4.  My children and I now love Felting together as a family. It's fantastic! We keep creating more and more memories.


5. I would tell people to include their family and friends in their creative journey because when your finished with your "product" your Memories and experiences will live on every time you look at the piece or talk about it with others. :) you can tell the story behind the piece and ...remember when .....