I’M LOVIN’ Creative Mojo! May 18, 2011

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My co-host

 Doll Maker! Funny! Fabulous!


Baby Bunny free desktop wallpapers Animals Rabbit

er . . . Goody Good . . .

 NO! Not THAT Bunny or that Goody Good!

Meet THIS Bunny Goode!

About Bunny Goode

Ever since I was a child drawing stick figures, I’ve spent most of my time studying faces.  In high school I was the art editor for the school newspaper, and drawing sports cartoons was my specialty.  Sculpting fiber portraits and doll making replaced the cartoons after a time and many years were spent exhibiting in craft shows throughout the East Coast. What started out as little soft sculpture stocking faces on refrigerator magnets rapidly branched out into doll making after I began wondering what else could be done with the basic concept.  

Dolls and fabrics have totally invaded my family room, bedrooms, storage rooms and even the spare bathroom!  And I’m still looking for even more space!  When people come to our house they have to fight for space with faces and assorted body parts in order to find a seat! 

 As my artwork expanded, so did my choice of materials!  Nothing is sacred anymore …. for example, I recently realized the little pouch that vine tomatoes comes in makes a wonderful texture to interweave into my fabrics (well, after I ate the tomatoes, of course!!), and in my house there is no such thing as a piece of “scrap” fabric!  I use it all with gleeful abandon and I encourage everyone to widen their own horizons and experiment with colors, textures and materials …. You’ll end up with some terrific results, I promise you!

My imagination has produced an array of different designs and styles, but every time I leave my studio and go out into the real world new inspirations loom …. Actually, some of my friends have told me that they are afraid that if they spend too much time with me they might end up immortalized in cotton and polyester!

I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach, study and travel throughout the United States while living my dream of being a doll artists, designer and instructor.  Some of the people have been so inspirational, and I hope I can also inspire someone else with my humble gifts, as well!!  My creations have been seen and exhibited worldwide and are in some of the collections of the finest doll galleries in the world.  I am blessed to be a part of the doll making community!

My husband of 26 years (sheesh, has it really been THAT long??) is Ed, who many of you may have met at the assorted shows, classes and other events over the years.  Ed is a musician (masquerading as an executive during the day) who graduated from Juilliard in NYC.  He plays bass in “Comfort Zone”, a classic rock band here in the Jersey Shore area.  Feel free to check out their info at www.comfortzoneband.net

Our little four-legged girl is Morgan, a 6 year old Shih Tzu who is the love of our lives and the biggest pain in the “you-know-what” of our lives!  She’s a really wonderful dog (shhhh, don’t tell her she is a dog!) and we love her to pieces!

Some of talented Bunny’s doll creations . . . .



CLICK HERE to visit Bunny’s website (buy patterns and take classes!  She’s a blast!)

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Meet Mixed-Media Artist and Author

Lynne Perrella

About Lynne . . .

 Lynne is from MY hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! 
I live and breathe mixed media artwork. I am a collage artist, author, and workshop instructor. Years ago, I was consulting with another artist who was writing a book on Altered Books. I knew many colleagues in that field and was happy to make recommendations and forward along any potentially-helpful information to her. One day, I got an email from her stating that she had decided to also include the topic of Art Journals in her book. I immediately fired back: “Hey! That subject should have its OWN book”; and she recommended that I work up my own book proposal on the subject. On an impulse, I went ahead with the idea, and within a week I started writing my first book, “Artist’s Journals and Sketchbooks”, published by Rockport/Quarry in 2004. I realized how affirming it was to be an advocate and a spokesperson for a topic I felt strongly about; plus it was a joy to feature the work of artists I knew and respected….plus some new faces. The other compartments of my life, as a full-time artist and a workshop instructor, work well with my more recent role as an author. All of the aspects, of all these endeavors, seem to interact perfectly. Since my first book, I have gone on to do four other titles. “Alphabetica”, “Beyond Paper Dolls”, “Art-Making: Collections & Obsessions” and my latest book, “Art-Making & Studio Spaces”. Every aspect of doing a book project is interesting; from the first sudden “what if?” vision of a potential book idea, to planning the book map/pagination, to working with my photographer, to interacting with the contributing artists, and getting the guidance and coaching from the editors at Rockport/Quarry. Not unlike the art-making process itself, my goal as an author is to attempt something that is unique, distinctive, and personal. I would like artists and non-artists alike to encounter my books and feel that they are being welcomed into a fascinating artform (mixed media) where personal artistic exploration is alive and well.

CLICK HERE to visit Lynne’s website!

Here are the books by Lynne that we talked about on Creative Mojo today! 



I ordered this book during the commercial break!


Here are some examples of Lynne’s work


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One of my favorite websites for inspiration and trends!  I NEVER miss a day of it — EVER!


Grace Bonney

About Grace . . .AND Design*Sponge

Design*Sponge is a daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge was declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” (NY Times, 2008) and features store and product reviews, city, product, and gift guidesdiy projectsbefore & after furniture and home makeovers, home toursrecipesvideos and podcasts, and trend forecasting. In addition, Design*Sponge is dedicated to covering student design, national and international design shows. The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts a core group of devoted readers. Design*Sponge currently has 75,000 daily readers on the main site, over 112,000 readers reading via RSS, and 230,000+ Twitter followersClick here for PRESS on design*sponge.

*Please note: Design*Sponge does not accept free samples, products or compensation for editorial coverage*

Design*Sponge editor Grace Bonney has a unique angle on the industry, having worked as a contributing editor at Domino Magazine and CRAFT magazine, and as a freelancer with top publications like House and Garden, New York Home, Food and Wine, In Style, Better Homes and Gardens, New York Magazine, CITY Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Archinect, The New York Post, Everyday with Rachael Ray and others. In addition, she wrote a weekly design column for the Philadelphia Inquirer for two years and has worked as Style Editor of HGTV’s Ideas Magazine.

In addition, Grace has been a featured guest on Good Morning AmericaThe Nate Berkus Show and the Martha Stewart Radio Show and has been invited to speak with wide variety of organizations ranging from design schools to professional trade organizations. Recent engagements include: “Design and the Media” (RISD, 2007), “Getting Your Work Online” (SCAD, 2007), “Design and the Internet” (AIGA, 2007), Design and Marketing Online (FIT, 2008), Design Panel Discussion (SURTEX, 2008), Design Panel Discussion (Interior Design Show (IDS), Canada, 2009), Altitude Design Summit (Keynote panel member 2010, speaker 2011), Design Blogger Conference (speaker, 2011), Lavish Conference (panel member and speaker 2010).

Grace also runs a national series of meetups for women running design-based businesses called the D*S Biz Lady Series. Grace hosts and speaks at these events designed to connect local designers and provide free advice on the subjects of PR/marketing, legal concerns, business/financial decisions and wholesaling. Meetings have been held in Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles and Boston.

Design*Sponge also hosts an annual D*S Scholarship to support up-and-coming art and design students. So far over $16,000 in prize money has been awarded to students across the country.

Read more at Design*Sponge http://www.designspongeonline.com/about#ixzz1MpPrDMs9

Grace’s new book is now available as a pre-order!

CLICK HERE to pre-order Grace’s book, DESIGN*SPONGE AT HOME!

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Long May She Reign!

Pageant crown


The Professional Quilter’s 

Teacher of the Year 2011

Lyric Kinard

About Lyric  . . .

Lyric Kinard is an artist with a serious addiction to fabric. Her award-winning wall quilts and wearable works of art are a product of her need and passion to create order and beauty while living a chaotic life as the mother of young children. She often says that her art is the only thing she does that is not undone by the end of the day. Her second love is teaching, which she has been doing in various capacities for the past 12 years. She loves to share her joy in the process of transforming plain fabric into a work of art.

Much of Lyric’s work begins with plain white cloth which she dyes and paints to create the palette from which her designs spring. Her abstracts begin with an emphasis on color and are created on the design wall while her pictorials begin with a specific message in mind and are often meticulously drafted on paper before cloth is cut. All of her artwork is quilted to a layer of batting to add texture and to emphasize line. While traditional quilts are then bound and done, Lyric often adds more embroidery or beads and even more paint if the design calls for it. This further emphasizes the dimensional and tactile quality  of quilts as a medium for expression.

Lyric has studied with many well known textile artists around the country and continues to expand her skills in the area of surface design. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied music and architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and five children.

A few pieces of Lyric’s work . . .



CLICK HERE for a link to Lyric’s website

CLICK HERE for a link to the The Professional Quilter website

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Bunny Goode and I both LOVED Richard’s book SEEDS: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton!  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a super easy read and inspirational for artists and nature lovers alike! 

About Seeds …

From the wooded road made of golden hemlock running past L. Frank Baum’s childhood home to the lonely stump of Scout’s oak in Harper Lee’s Alabama, author Richard Horan gathers tree seeds—and stories—from the homes of America’s most treasured authors. At once a heartfelt paean to literature and a wise, funny, and uplifting account of one man’s reconnection with nature, Seeds celebrates Horan’s triumphs and calamities on his quest to link trees with great writers—a delightfully original meditation on the nature of inspiration and a one-of-a-kind adventure into literature.

“Seeds reads like the best of a roundtable discussion amongst John Muir, Bill Bryson, and David Sedaris. From the fields of Gettysburg to the home of Kerouac, Horan takes an unlikely premise and weaves it into a story that’s poignant, insightful and unexpectedly humorous. This is more than a book about seeds—it’s about literary heroes, forensic forestry, and self-discovery.” —Spike Carlsen, author of A Splintered History of Wood

The Orchid Thief meets Botany of Desire meets Driving Einstein’s Brain in Richard Horan’s Seeds, the chronicle of one man’s quest to understand the influence and impact of trees in American life and literature—and his mission to collect seeds from the homes of Kerouac, Welty, Wharton, Kesey and twenty other authors, to preserve the literary legacy of American forests for generations to come.

Meet Author

Richard Horan

About Richard:

Richard Horan is a novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer for several national publications. His novel Goose Music was a finalist for the Great Lakes Fiction Award and won the ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Medal. He lives in Oswego, New York.

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CLICK HERE to visit Richard’s website!

CLICK HERE to buy Richard’s book, SEEDS

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3 Comments on “I’M LOVIN’ Creative Mojo! May 18, 2011”

  1. May 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM #

    Mark Lipinski has the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of a highly agitated supernova. Holy smokes! But its his authenticity and sincerity that explodes out across the radio waves and pulls his listeners in. I love that he represents the quilting world. Quilting?! It’s the diametric opposite of the online, point-and-click mentality of so many of us today. Quilting is analog, which is to say it’s real and it’s tactile, and it’s what makes us all more thoughtful, introspective and patient. There is no substitute on this green earth for a warm, beautiful, and comforting quilt. If you can think of one, let me know. I’ll take the comments offline. Thank you.


  2. May 27, 2011 at 8:18 AM #

    Hi Mark,
    I just discovered your blog, wonderful artists featured, very inspiring, will be following for sure……….
    All the best,
    Michelle from Sydney, australia


    • May 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM #

      Thank you so much! I hope you listen to the show! Please tell your friends! xoxom


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