A few years ago I reconnected with a dear friend Celia Merrick. She kept telling me that I needed to meet her daughter. I meant to stop by Murray Street Coffee Shop where she worked part time but it never happened. Then in December 2012 Celia called me from her home in Bastrop and invited me to join her at Lizzy's Art Show at Factory Girl in Deep Ellum. That evening I met Lizzy Wetzel and adored her instantly. She is a warm, loving, fun person and a delightful artist of the highest caliber.
ART IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Lizzy's creations: Heart shaped lavender and cornmeal soaps (an all in one approach to cleanliness and creative fun) and a bouquet of hand made felt flowers. Both are part of her "Snake Oil" line and are available at Factory Girl.
Lizzy describes her perspective concerning her creations: "The artwork I make is often temporal & concerning decay as much as growth. My work is made to answer questions, to heal spaces, to transmit love. I never wanted to pollute my 'magick' making by turning it into a commodity.
Snake Oil began as a means to support The Medicine Show, my solo show at Women & Their Work Gallery (Austin, TX, 2009). I started making diamond shaped medicine bags, small hand made totems that I felt OK about selling without compromising the temporary and sacred nature of my installation & performance work. Since that time, Snake Oil has grown to include other crafted treasures as my interest in felt making, dying, and fibers has expanded."
INDIGO SHIBORI DYED ONE OF A KIND GARMENTS
"This year Snake Oil & Factory Girl have teamed up with our collaborative capsule line of one of a kind indigo dyed separates. So far it has been a fun experiment! It is rewarding to make something very functional--something that someone will feel very special yet very comfortable to wear."
"I have been teaching art classes to children and adults since 2004, and teaching is constant learning. The more I learned to love fiber work, the more it found its way into my teaching. It really seems like people are hungry to learn and make things with their hands, and the felting and dying seem to be mediums that translate easily to a variety of skill levels to satisfy that desire. It is always an honor to facilitate the creative process. "
My friend Celia shared her insights concerning Lizzy's calling: "If I could boil all down I would say that Lizzy has always been an artist and though she is a hard worker, highly intelligent and capable of success in any number of careers; she has no choice but to be an artist for that's who she is and she's always known it. Lizzy would have to compromise her integrity and forsake her purpose to be otherwise, which is something I have never seen her do. It is a career that demands courage. She has that courage."
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Medicine Show One woman show in 2009
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