Featured Artist- Sara Kelly

Postmark’s Art’s second Featured Artist is Sara Kelly. Sara joined our group in January 2011. Sara lives with her husband in Hanford, California.

Tell me a little about yourself. 

Like so many other needle artists, my mother taught me to love sewing and the yarn arts.  In the seventies, I spent five years in Liberia, West Africa where I met my husband and worked at a craft project teaching local women how to silkscreen their designs onto fabric.  During a 20-year career as a middle school teacher, I put sewing on the back burner, until “Simply Quilts” on HGTV reignited my old passion. When I retired in 2007, I wanted to reinvent myself as a quilt artist.  

Today I belong to two hometown quilt art groups, three guilds, Studio Art Quilt Associates, California Fiber Artists, and Postmark’d Art.  All these wonderful groups give me many opportunities to show and even sometimes sell my work.

Why did you join Postmark’d Art?

I learned about this group from Suzi Kistler.  Since I was already playing with postcards, she recommended I join.  Lo and behold, I knew Franki from a class we shared at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA.

When did you first start making postcards?    

I segued from creating Artist Trading Cards (2.5″ x 3.5″) to postcards in 2010.  

How do you display your postcards? 

I have little “galleries” on my refrigerator and windowsills.

What have been some of your favorite themes? 

Japanese art, autumn, abstract compositions.  And since I’m relatively new to Postmark’d Art, I am intrigued by many of the early themes such as “elements”, and “bark”.  I jumped right into “Fruit” and “Poetry”, but I think all the themes the group has explored over the years look like fun.  I think I’ll join a “No Theme” group next round so I can investigate a couple of your old themes.  

Tell me about your other interests.

I love Japanese art which has been informed by my experience as a docent at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, a small museum near my home in Hanford, CA.  My husband is an avid and accomplished photographer and some of his passion has rubbed off on me.  I enjoy printing my own photos on fabric to incorporate into my compositions.  One of my favorite pastimes is to get messy with inks and paints to create my own fabrics.  In the evenings, however, I calm down from the excitement of painting, printing, or sewing by doing some kind of handwork such as knitting, beading, or embroidery.  

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