It was an honor to be the featured artist for the March Heavy Jeens project! I was inspired by all the gardening I see happening in Manette and across our city. The Heavy Jeens project is a fine art poster scavenger hunt that happens every First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Bremerton. Each poster is printed on a vintage letterpress machine - by hand! Find more information at www.heavyjeens.com
So a fun fact about me- I have a Little Free Library in my front yard. It is so fun and a great way to meet neighbors and build community. 🍁
The end of 2018 marks my completion of four years of volunteer service as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Bremerton. It has been an honor to work with other artists, arts professionals, and the city to collaborate on public art projects. Thank you to former Mayor Patti Lent for your appointment to the commission and to our current Major Greg Wheeler for your support of the arts, they play a vital role in creating thriving communities. I look forward to continuing to volunteer in our arts community and see all the wonderful arts projects that are in the works take shape over the next few years.
#thisisthirty is a joint show of 30 artworks by two sisters in their thirties. Katelyn Anderson is a Photographer and Jacquelyn Speare (me!) is an Artist and print maker. Join us for an Artist Opening Sept. 7th, 2018 from 5pm - 8pm at the Weekender in Manette, WA. Follow us on Instagram @umberheart and @jacquelynspeare
The first annual Wayzgoose in Bremerton was awesome! Talk about community coming together in the name or art. It was so fun to collaborate with Karen Sawyer of Pier Six Press on this 3’ x 3’ linoleum block print. I have one print for sale, if your interested - send me a message!
Bridging Bremerton is a celebration marking the centennial of the town of Manette joining the City of Bremerton. Three story walks hosted by Josh Farley will take place throughout the day sharing the rich history of our town. The route consists of a 3 mile urban trail including the Manette Bridge and Warren Avenue Bridge. I designed and installed these seastars to guide the way!
It is always fun to collaborate with local farmers to do sign work! It was fun to do this drawing for Roots Farm. You can buy tasty local food at local farmers markets or at Kitsap Fresh, an online farmers market place.
Come find me selling art on a cart this Summer! I made this cart utilizing found materials plus a new teal umbrella. I haul it with my Yuba Spicy Curry - a family cargo bike. (Pictured: me and my sister, Katelyn) The Bremerton Farmers Market runs from May - October. Find more details here.
It was so fun to have a First Friday art show at the Bremerton Letter Press in Downtown Bremerton! Thank you to everyone who stopped by. If you weren't able to stop by don't worry - some of my cards are still for sale, stop in and pick one up!
My latest block printing project has been a creating these cards to sell at the Bremerton Farmers Market to benefit their Fresh Bucks program. Fresh Bucks is a match program that promotes fresh local food for all families regardless of income. It is a great income that I am happy to support. These cards are for sale in my shop and also at Found in downtown Manette during the month of May.
A little free library has been on my wish list for a while. I am happy to announce there is now one in our front yard! I find little free library's to be delightful. Bryan and I built this little free library to share the joy of books with our neighborhood. We hope this little free library inspires people to read, share, and talk about new ideas! (And build more little free library's!)
What a privileged it was to volunteer with Arts Corps as they revive the murals at Aki Kurose Middle school in Seattle, WA. I spent most of the day doing detail work on several murals and meeting wonderful volunteers who wanted to make an impact at this local school. Together we revived or created 19 murals. The murals are just beautiful, I am sure the students will love them!
Changing direction can be difficult. Especially when you know it is happening, but you are not sure exactly were you are going. The opportunity arose to apply to be a cohort member of the Teaching Artist Training Lab, I did, and was accepted! The new direction started taking shape. This program has left me renewed, full of ideas, and confident that wherever I am going is just right. I have met the most wonderful Teaching Artists. Refining my teaching skills has encouraged me to move forward and share my love of fine craft and visual art with new students, in new ways. I am so thankful to have met such an inspiring group of people that are all dedicated to the field of Teaching Artistry. This is most definitely the right direction.
Teaching someone a new skill that requires thought and builds confidence is priceless. I had the opportunity to work with a group of students who were enrolled in a crafts class at South Kitsap High School. None of these students had been taught to stitch. Not a single one. I was quite surprised, and thrilled that I would be able to teach just that. This lesson started out with mastering the basic straight stitch, the back stitch, and a variety of other stitches that are used in embroidery. All of the students took up their hoops and needles and got straight to work. I watched them all carefully thread their needles, tie their floss and get to work. They were asked to draw the stitches they were learning, and master three to start. They drew three line drawings and chose one to embroider. At the end of the lesson they had all stitched for 6 hours and created a drawing using stitches. We had a lovely time. Thank you Mr. Narus for welcoming me into your class!