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Women’s Art Retreat in Lovely Cuyahoga Falls!

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Come Join us for a 3 day retreat/creative frenzy with amazing artists: Wanda Montgomery, Annie Morgan, Mo Mosyjowski and Me… If I wasn’t teaching this, I would definitely be attending!

sugarplumscary doll

I will be teaching my Sugar Plum Scary Class, a no-sew doll that not only gets your creativity going full force, but also allows for an easy way to let your friends know what you are REALLY thinking!

You will learn:

  • The finer points of wielding your glue gun with accuracy, confidence and the best results.
  • How to construct a two sided stump doll without ever picking up a needle.
  • Using your sketch book to preview your ideas and access those deep hidden creative nuggets.
  • A fun way to string hair so it will look stylishly beaded.
  • How to find the face of your dark and wickedly funny side and the contrasting mug of that ever-present sunny side of yours.
  • A little about the history of the fertility and ceremonial dolls of Ndebele and their uses and meanings.
  • Unfettered embellishing with all that stuff you have left over from your many art and craft adventures, and some basic beading skills as well as scrap quilting collage.
  • And finally you will end up with a doll that can quietly, without a single syllable said, announce your mood to the world at large and bring a smile to almost any face.

Go to their website for info on the rest of the presenters, the accommodations and the sign-up sheet!

http://www.cvartcenter.org/workshops.html

 

Enjoy the day and stitch, stitch, stitch away!  Li

The Show Is Closing….

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

… Ah… A sad not-morning person…

Thank you to all who visited the creatures and folk at the Canton Museum of Art!  It has been such an honor for me to share the galleries with the reveried Ladies of A Celebration of Women in the Arts Director’s Choice II.  If you are in OH near Canton, rush on down to the museum this weekend Saturday from 10 – 3 or Sunday 1 – 5.

Li Hertzi, Author, Illustrator, Designer, Artist

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I am not a morning person!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

I am not a morning person bird doll

This is the truth… I am NOT a morning person. I do my best work at night and in the shower. This little guy is part of the exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art that will open on the 16th… Next Thursday! Wow! Please come and enjoy the amazing art of the other talented women,and a bit to eat.

Get more info HERE.

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Crafty Summer? Maybe Soon…

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Birdy Sketch Book Cover finally finished by Li

Birdy Sketch Book Cover finally finished by Li

So far, this summer has found me deep in the throes of intense horticultural noodling that far outstrips my mini-former-apartment-dwelling-aggi-expertise.   That and the fact that Bob Marley seems to be haunting me with his “everything is going to be alright” chillin tunes hasnt inspired me to clean up the studio.  Why does that matter, you ask?  Well I cant make dolls if I cant find the fabric!

BUT

I do know where the machine is, and my art supplies are here somewhere… So I made this sketch book cover just to get my hands dirty with something other than dirt, and to force myself to step away from the computer.  There was another impetus tho… I discovered that my neighbor is the famed LaLa of Paper Allure in Canton, Ohio.  She was having a Driveway Sale and I scored big time!  Boxes of beads, Juicy scraps of fabric that I would never think to buy but are glistening examples of perfection, and pieces of this and that rich with possibility!  I couldn’t let the loot just sit there now could I?

Visit Paper Allure’s link here.

Also, shoot on over to Mary Ann’s store and get some patterns to make some funky dolls this summer!

Akua'ba by LI Hertzi

Akua'ba Doll Pattern by LI Hertzi

Important Buddhist Thought and Great book for summer crafters

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

“If you’re not a Buddhist you think there are Buddhists and non-Buddhists,
but if you’re a Buddhist you realize everybody’s a Buddhist — even the bugs.”

Shunryu Suzuki

Our family has a Zen Calendar purchased because… well… it had nice graphics and it was on sale at Borders. Now, every morning as we sit down at the table and enjoy breakfast, we are each happy Buddhas.

Now, while you are appreciating the bugs, the birds, the growing grass, and the weird guy in the car next to you, my little buddhas, check out this cool book!  The Crafters Devotional, 365 days of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit, by Barbara R. Call (with the able assistance of 365 or so crafters full of great ideas!)

On page 107 for a Tuesday on day 121, you will find my scrappy color wheel.  This is a really great  project for getting rid of your stash in a delightful way or playing with your pallet to discover a new color combo!  Try it and shoot me a pix!

Also, on page 113 is my Petroglyphs art from the EarthSky Man class.  I love petroglyphs – symbolic juice!  Check them out.

Have an interesting day!

Another BEAUTIFUL book from Quarry!

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

1000 Artisan Textiles

Another Wonderful book from Rockport/Quarry.  It is full, and I mean FULL of beautiful threads, creative masterpieces and rich inspiration.  And…  two of my thread-art pieces are in it!  Wah Hoo!  Go check it out at Amazon.

These were, of course, created on my Bernina!

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To all of my Knitting Friends!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The whole morning is knitted into the soft

Wonderful Knitty Natural Gas Ad

My nephew and I were chatting and he said go to wimps.com – this was there

WATCH IT!

People of the Yarn, Get out your needles and hook!

ENJOY

Summer Sewing…

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Well, I have been in a bit of a doll pit lately, so I just decided to use a UFO head and put a paperclay face on it to get me started.  God know, my UFO collection is massive, so I picked a nice flatish one, simple, and easy to add clay to.

By Li Hertzi

She looks a bit melancholy, but maybe spring will cheer her up… It is doing a wonderful job on me!  Crocuses poked their purpleness into the front yard and the sun finally came out, highlighting those tiny little veins in their translucent petals, Ummmm Beautiful!

Crocuses Scream Spring!

Be well, Play hard, Garden often, and enjoy the Spring!

Glass Beads and the Happiness Project!

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

The Happiness Project! How Perfect!

Art Doll Adventures Dolls Hanging Out

These guys are all happy that Art Doll Adventures is on a list on Amazon called the happiness project.  They are all about happiness, dontcha know! Click on their picture to go to the link and check out the company they are enjoying.
The Blue BIrd of Happiness is right after the Goddess of Eureka!

The Blue Bird of Happiness is right after the Goddess of Eureka!

Glass and Cloth, so different, so delicious!
My First Home Made Glass Beads!
My First Home Made Glass Beads!

The weekend before Christmas, after 3 aborted tries, I finally got to take a glass bead making class.  Lampwork is the official term, mostly referencing the original oil-fueled lamps used to melt the glass.  The kit I got included a map gas canister with a special nozzle just for bead making, a bunch of richly colored glass rods, a cookie pan (for protection of the table) some mandrills (steel rods that are used to spin the glass on) and some stylish goggles… yellow very protective stylish googles.

This craft has been around since ancient Syrian times – that would be the 1st century – old stuff!

Last night, I stayed up late making eyeballs… still working on that… but what could be better than truly BEADY eyes!

Birds

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Now that I live in Ohio with a pair of sofa-nested-bird-watchers and Meeme, the cougar of Stayman Avenue, (a Ragdoll Cat) I am acutely aware of the array of feathered distractions to be had!  So with that in mind and the fact that I made several versions of “the blue chickie of happiness” from my book and still have them in varying stages of finishedness around the studio, I am bird obsessed lately.

This one is pearched on a twig in a sparse forest of the smaller twigs.

Long ago I painted lots of different things with black and white stripes because my friend Laurel was always decked out in stripes – you never know how you are going to effect the people in your life – and recently I have cycled around to them again.

If you want to try this birdy, or one like it, check out the book!

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  • About Me

    Li Hertzi runs the aptly named, LiHertzi Design, a small graphic and illustration business where she designs for print, web, publishing, and cycling apparel manufacturers as well as drawing funny (and decidedly educational) things for anyone who wants them! "Art Doll Adventures" is Li's first book and full of fun and interesting cloth sculptures for you to make!

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