The artist who has been the talk of town has stepped forward to explain her decorating of Hettinger with crocheted pieces of art – ranging from a bike, to a table and rocking chair, and most recently, trees.
Posted Jan. 18, 2013
By JAMIE SPAINHOWER
Adams County Editor
She does, however, wish to remain anonymous. Not from the area, but passing through town last summer, liked Hettinger and came back to add some new touches here and there throughout town.
“You will be hard pressed to find an expert who can give an exact definition for this form of artists expression,” she said of the creations. “It is the concepts of handmade folk art with industrially designed articles, like the bike, to create imagination grabbing encounters.”
She doesn’t make the crocheted pieces herself, but picks them up wherever she finds them, and then used the pieces to put together a design. She started with the bike, then added the table and rocking chair.
“The trees are challenging,” she said. “But combining nature and the handmade brings it to something totally different. They capture the attention and for a moment extends the imagination.”
When she was in Hettinger the first time she said she felt a sense of art, and something special about the community that would absorb a creative gesture, while having a positive, visual connection.
“It’s been a learning process and tapped the creative side,” she said.
A part of it may be the temporariness of the art, she said. It may be there a month or two and then gone, but always evolving as each project moves forward.
The trees are part of her love of the plains and the desert – the turquoise color of water, and the jewel of the desert southwest coming together to meld into something different.
“Another artist or any person may have a different perspective in the creating. As I was working I was amazed at them in their health and their age,” she said. “Everyone makes something every day that contributes to the ongoing beauty around them – I just put in something “extraordinary” that isn’t seen every day.”
When told the newspaper has received more inquiries about her yarn designs and is the talk of the town than any other subject recently she was delighted.
“Something as simple as colored bits of yarn are brining people together, getting them to interact and bringing out positive feelings,” she said.
What more could someone ask for?
Though she doesn’t want her name revealed, she is a professional artist and teacher, with an additional degree in psychology.