Submitted by Artist: Deann Rubin What is a typical day for you? What is your ideal day in the studio? I am going to lump these two questions together because I do not have a typical day anymore. I am finding out that the older I get, the less time I have and the greater demands on my time.
Both my typical and ideal day/night is getting up, taking a leisurely bath where I think about what I plan to do that day, with my art, any other issues in my life. After my usual chores (emptying waste cans, scooping the litter box, grooming my Persian cat Milo, putting away the dishes in the drainer), I eat something while looking at the RFT, Time magazine, the newspaper or mail. Then I make any phone calls that I need to. With my head clear of all that, I sit down to the loom to weave.
For the library show, I am weaving on my upright student tapestry loom which I often use for demonstrations. I will weave all afternoon and all night. I get up every so often to stretch, go to the bathroom, get a drink, get back and look at the piece from a distance. I take a break for dinner with my husband Michael. I weave until 3, 5 or 6 in the morning.
What music do you listen to? I wake up to NPR (90.7 radio) and have it on all morning. In the afternoon, I usually continue listening to NPR but not always. In the evening, we have the television on. After, Mike goes to bed, I find movies I like or a rerun of a favorite television show, such as: Mr. Brooks, CSI Miami, Cold Case, Die Hard,CNN. When I am on the loom, I listen to the shows and occasionally look over to see the screen.
Please describe your creative process: how you create, when, where, with what materials… My creative process varies but usually I find something, an image, that I respond to. I do many drawings/ sketches of the image with pen/pencil and paper or, I draw on the computer in Adobe Illustrator with the mouse. I often refine the drawing improving lines or areas, illuminating what I do not like through the use of tracing paper or new files. When I get a drawing I am satisfied with, I add color. On the computer, I might try many different color ways. After I get exactly what works, I print. Then, I spend hours tuning the print color to match what I had on the screen. On the computer, I do not use black to tone down a color, instead, I use the opposite color on the color wheel.
Did you chose or were you chosen to create art? I have always drawn and loved to draw. I do not remember not drawing. I have always been interested in design/style, in clothing, cars, furniture, interiors, hair. I am constantly noticing texture, color, pattern and beautiful light and shadows. And, I have always been drawn to textiles and responded to ceramics. I can not think of art in terms of chosing or being chosen to create art. Art is just part of me, my essence. I think about art all the time. My ideas are constant and lifetimes ahead of my actual produced works.
When a simple strand of thread is knotted, stitched or woven into art, you know that the touch of an artist's hand has transformed the simple to the sublime. Innovation in Textiles 8, coordinated by the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO and presented biennially, investigates contemporary fiber art. This fall, more than 20 local galleries, non-profit and private arts organizations will collaborate to showcase textile arts, guest lecturers, fiber centered workshops and programs, free of charge. This biennial, collaborative exhibition will focusing on a wide range of materials and techniques; soft yarns woven into tapestries, shaped and dyed shibori wearables, paper stitched with horse hair, fusions of glass and fiber and quilts whose colors rival the palettes of the Old Masters. The exhibits, lectures and workshops will demonstrate how a single strand of thread is transformed, through process, manipulation and its materiality, to a complex and sublime work of art.