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The Story of Hempel Studios, Part II

Most people imagine the artist caught up in fits of passion, creating, oblivious of the needs of daily life.  We picture the sculptor chipping away in a frenzy of artistic ecstasy. The most exciting part of creating art is indeed the conceptual phase at the beginning.

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The Story of Hempel Studios, Part I

God gave me a vision of a sculpture that I had to make. I pulled out a pen and sketched out the image on an overturned piece of stationary. I drew an image of a woman, shown from the waist up. Her head and eyes turned dramatically to one side as her body twisted in the opposite direction. The visual effect was that of a spiral.

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Sculpture in the Courtyard

Join us at this wonderful art exhibition, presented by Thacher & Rye and Gaslight Gallery.

This unique event takes place in the Thacher & Rye courtyard.

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Claire McCardell in the Media


Thanks to designer Tory Burch, Claire McCardell’s name is on everyone’s lips! Tory Burch appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the re-release of Claire McCardell’s 1956 book, “What Shall I Wear?”

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How Making Art Taught Me to Love My Body

The way an artist looks at a model is unlike the way we look at one another in any other context. There is no judgment for the way a model compares with glossy magazine images or how they measure up to cultural beauty standards.

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The Tiny Tools of the Trade

Tools are an extension of our own hands, but we always begin with what we already have. In this post I introduce you to my favorite tiny tools!

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A Story About Drawing

It was Tuesday Night Drawing group. If it weren’t so sacrilegious to say, it was our church. We never missed a Tuesday, even during that terrible snow storm last year. I walked the mile into town to draw.

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A Tale of Two Aprons

put on my kitchen apron. My aprons keep my clothes cleaner, certainly, but they are important for managing that mental shift I make everyday from working artist to working mother.

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Trade Your DoomScrolling for a Book

I’ve been plugging my phone in earlier in the evening and spending that time reading. It’s amazing how many pages I’ve been able to read! T

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