I was interviewed by the Mountaineer, and finally got around to reading the article. Here it is:
(excerpt) By Stina Sieg | Oct 06, 2011
"The joy of taking things in an unexpected direction isn’t new to Christina Serra, another of this year’s new vendors. The young mom from Asheville is a fiber artist — but not in a way most people have ever seen. Instead of knitting or weaving, she creates needle-felted wall hangings. Her pieces, which often feature animals in nature settings, almost look as if they’re made out of watercolors, not roving.
“Not very many people do this. It’s a very rare thing,” she said. “This is very different. It’s making fine art out of wool.”
Though she’s dealing with a medium that has been around for millennia, she’s happy to be carving out her own niche with it. That she gets a chance to share her art at a festival she’s been attending since she was youngster is a nice bonus. Though she’s been doing the rounds in the Asheville festival scene, she knows that Church Street is a completely different animal. For her and other vendors, coming to a show with so much history and prestige isn’t just a business opportunity. It’s a treat.
“It’s kind of a fun little adventure,” she said."
(I linked the full article above on Mountaineer.)
SO, yes, it has been many months since I have last posted any new news on here, but here is a quick re-cap:
*July 26th-my mother passed-away from a severe ICH. *
She is already missed, and always loved.
Otherwise, I have been slowly coming back to work, and am now working at a ferocious speed in order to keep up with all of the shows I have been attending, and the two I have yet to attend.
I have been making fall feltings recently, many small felted pumpkins, and I made three fall wallhangings for this year, all of which found lovely homes at the Waynesville Church Street show. Picture below of some of the pumpkins.
Also, we have been working on our Halloween decorations for the annual party. This year we will be making an even larger effort to get donations for Trick or Treat for UNICEF. We used to go trick or treating, mostly for the purpose of collecting donations for UNICEF (since we dont eat the candy; we give the kids 'healthy' quality sweets, and a small toy instead), but the amount of people who were prepared to give for UNICEF was shamefully small. About 80% of houses we approached had to make quite a search for change to donate, and most had not been asked previously that evening. So, we decided to have Halloween parties instead, where everyone can have a reason to dress and play safely, and hopefully donate what they can to help the kids.
I want to give many thanks to those of you who came to see me in Hendersonville and Waynesville, and supported me. Thank you very much, and I hope you will enjoy your pieces for many years:)
I just make things