Shows:  First, click on my curated collection on shopvida: www.shopvida.com/collections/jody-bare.  New show: Connections-Printmaking Exhibit:  https://rcnv.org/programs/rcnv-exhibits-the-art-of-nonviolence/  I have 5 pieces of work in this show, priced, matted and framed.  Since there will be no Open Studio, call and set up a time to visit my studio at 342 Pennsylvania Ave, Santa Cruz, Ca., if you need anything for birthdays, wedding presents,  or special events,  contact number.  831-425-8430  You can also buy my work at www.etsy.com/shop/Bareprint or www.facebook.com/jodybare.blockprint  Also, Many Hands just opened in Capitola.  PS.  Don’t forget, I do lino-cut prints for any special place in your home. Inspired from the sea, my latest scarves and prints: Night Owl print, Bumble Buzz  & Wild Weeds scarves are available.

 

2015-5-11 Tulips, Chryst,Bloom Magic prints 037Butterfly Block

Do you think growing up in an art studio makes you an artist? Maybe, I grew up in my mother’s studio, and enjoyed creating linoleum block prints then and today.  I was introduced to my medium when I was ten. My mother instructed me on how to carve a linoleum block for a Christmas card; however, the next time I worked in this medium was in a Textile Design class at Western Kentucky University. I was introduced to batik, tie-dye, silkscreen, and block printing. I loved it all. I even taught a Basic Design class at Western after I graduated. Later, in graduate school at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I minored in Textile Design. Batik was my thing then, but when I almost set my house on fire and nearly destroyed all the automatic dry cleaning machines in Knoxville, I changed to block printing. I became a full-time instructor at Miami University of Ohio in the Fall of 1975, but I continued to experiment in my printing and even took more design classes. I started designing vests and kimonos that I had printed with my newly carved spiral designs. Ironically, they were showing in an Art to Wear boutique in San Francisco. After three years in Ohio, I made a paradigm shift, quit teaching, and moved back to Kentucky in 1978.  Again this change gave me time to work on my printing techniques and design motifs. I had two one-person shows in Owensboro, Kentucky, worked summer fairs, and began to show nationally my quilted, lino-cut printed garments. Following that, I was asked to teach the Textile Design class at Western Ky. University, the original class that inspired my artistic direction.  In 1983, my husband and I decided to move to Santa Cruz, California. Finding that the streets are not paved with gold, it got harder to keep my art going.  I taught a Beginning Clothing Construction at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA , but my classes were cut due to an economic downturn in 1990.  Again, I had another shift. It was time to go back to my art, but it needed a message.  I started studying symbols across the world and across time.  I created story blocks that reflected birth, marriage, journey, death, creation, bliss, or in other words, basic archetypes of human experience. This cemented me as an artist. Later in 2000, I started printing on silk scarves and placing them in local galleries. I became an Open Studio artist in 2003. Today, I print my simpler designs of flowers, shells, and geometric motifs for Art to Wear, and I print my more detailed symbolic blocks as framed pieces.  My art continues to evolve, but I have not wavered from my original linocut print medium, and I still show off that first Christmas linoleum block. I made it into Open Studio for the 17th time, yeah! Check out: www. facebook.com/jodybare.blockprint , www.etsy.com/shop/Bareprint; plus, I have work on www.shopvida.com/collections/jody-bare.  Come to my studio: 342 Pennsylvania Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062.