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" The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art "
Albert Einstein

Love+Water Designs - New Opportunity for Artists




Total Art Soul are happy to announce this great new opportunity for artists.  Love+Water Designs is a wonderful project that helps many different types of charities across the world.  By taking part in their project, you will not only help those in desperate need, but you will also have a chance of earning some cash AND receive exposure for your work. It's really a great thing to be involved in so we are happy to shout about it here on TAS.

Love+Water designs is a community-based site that holds weekly t-shirt design projects in order to raise awareness and money for charities and it's ready to launch!  You can now go and create your own profile on their site.  Simply go to their site and create your profile!


Based on the amazing community surrounding the blog www.loveandwaterinternational.com, which features profiles of artists and charities everyday, the official Love+Water designs site will begin holding its weekly and monthly design projects this Friday 1st October 2010.


Every week, artists can submit their charity-inspired work to our site into the categories of Design, Photography and Wordage.
Throughout the week the L+W community (and world at large) will have the opportunity to vote on the designs they like best using our
interactive site.  At the end of each week, the top three designs are printed on limited-edition T-Shirts, the winning artists earn a cash
prize and receive great exposure, and we donate 15% of the profits from each shirt sold to the charity that inspired the design.



'We will also have a Featured Charity Project every month to help promote selected charities, donating 50% of the profits from all T-Shirts sold to that charity. Once you create a profile, our streamlined site will allow you to easily browse charities featured on the site and interact with community members, as well as your personal contacts, friends and family, in an effort to inspire Wearable Philanthropy.'

It’s such a great idea, with the potential for raising an incredible amount
of awareness as well as money for charities.  By having the community
members create shirts that have been inspired by charities is a genius idea,
said Brooke McMillan, Online Evangelist for Livestrong.

Scott Berkowitz, Founder and CEO of RAINN, echoes that sentiment. “This
has been such a difficult year for fundraising- not just for RAINN but
so many non-profit organizations have been hurt.  And so having a new
source of support like Love and Water Designs means a lot to us and will
help a great deal aswe try and keep the hotlines running so we can serve every
victim.”


'We are ready to create a platform of greater social awareness where artists and non-artists can learn about and have a hand in the
incredible work being done on a daily basis across the world.  We want to prove that a large number of small donations adds up to a
significantly large donation, fast.  Join us in creating Wearable Philanthropy'. Every drop counts.

Alexis Fedor is the Founder of  Love and Water International www.loveandwaterinternational.com and is very approachable should you have any questions at all.  You can also follow her on Twitter @LoveandWater

 

Featured Arist Bonita Evans aka Svartr

Svartr is one of the founder members of Total Art Soul and has shown us much support. After a break away from the site because of moving home, she is back with a vengeance. We're very happy to see that she is now creating truly beautiful digital images.



After nearly failing her computer science courses in high school, Bonita was determined to learn what she failed to grasp in those harrowing hours stuck in a classroom. When she got her first PC in 1994, she gutted the thing without much care if it would work after I put it all back together. That began her love affair with computers from a technical standpoint. She was finally 'cool' and ranked amongst those geeks she had such envy for in high school.



A good friend, who would later become her husband, introduced her to the world of social networking before the Internet was made publicly available. Her Bulletin Board System (BBS) featured ANSI artwork created by their art group. This was her first real bite into Digital Art and the passion has only grown since.



She is a self-taught Digital Artist. Her scope includes Photo-Manipulations, Fractal Art and 3D Modeling. She has used a wide range of programs from professional photo-editors to open-source and abandoned student projects. Her artistic focus changes quickly as she tries new things or re-learn old techniques. Right now, she's into Abstract and Mandalas... tomorrow, who knows?



All Bonita's images are available as canvas prints, framed prints or greetings cards from here.



Bonita is very approachable and is happy to take commissioned work.

 

Featured Artist - Eirewolf



Erin "Eirewolf" Metcalf, is an artist living in California. She dabbles in several different mediums. but her specialty is polymer clay sculpture. She loves to create animals, faeries, and fantasy creatures of all kinds. All sculptures are OOAK (one of a kind), there will never be another piece exactly like it.



Most of her pieces emerge from my imagination. The world of fantasy has captured her imagination since childhood. She spent countless hours voraciously reading about Narnia, wrinkles in time, pit dragons, and moondancers. She loved the Serendipity books by Stephen Cosgrove and Robin James with their wonderful illustrations. She still loves all these books from her childhood, as well as more recent discoveries by such authors as Peter Beagle, David Eddings, Stephen Lawhead, Terry Brooks, Tad Williams, and of course, J.R.R. Tolkien. She believes these books helped instill in me a desire to create fantastical creatures.



Like many young girls, she was horse-crazy. She drew horses and unicorns constantly, as well as semi-equine creatures with multiple horns and wild markings. She thinks some of them were meant to be dragons, but back then everything ended up looking like horses. Thankfully she's improved since then, and branched out into things non-equine as well. Now her favorite subject matter is animals, both fantasy and reality-based. She also likes creating faeries, both humanoid and animal. She incorporates as much reality as she can into her fantasy creatures, and she incorporates a bit of whimsy in her "real" animals.



More of Erin's works can be found here. Erin is very approachable and happy to do custom work.
 

Featured Artist - Inkyspider aka Kootsac

Inkyspider aka Kootsac has been a member of TAS almost from the beginning when we first launched on 1st January. We have very much enjoyed seeing her creations appearing in the gallery and her numerous forum posts. She is very committed to caring for the planet too which I admire.

 

If you were visiting her studio you would make your way up the stairs to the top of a funky old heritage house in a tiny village on a lake set in the mountainous Kootenay region of British Columbia. Perhaps you would notice the stacks of cloth, rich with earthy and bright colours, and a diverse array of patterns and images and wonder how she could make sense of this seeming disarray.

 

 

If you looked out the window you would see her inspiration. She grew up in South Africa where she earned a three year diploma in Fine Arts, with a focus on painting and print making techniques.

 

Recently she has taken a new direction, concentrating solely on the textile arts. She creates patterns and designs on fabric in a combination of traditional and innovative techniques, combining shibori, screen printing, dye, discharge dye and sewing techniques. She has recently returned to school to learn more about pattern drafting and clothing design.

 

 

Inky (as I affectionately call her) is inspired by nature, culture, pattern and geometry. Her garments and textiles have a universal, personal and tribal resonance. She likes to design garments and textiles that celebrate our cultural diversity and our connection to nature. She expresses this through vibrant and earthy colour, pattern, movement and texture. Many of the techniques and materials used in her textiles have roots in cultural traditions used worldwide. It is important to her that we preserve these traditions from cultural extinction so that we may

 

continue to expand on them with new innovations and personal expression.

 

 

She always uses natural fibers because they feel better on the body. She dyes, prints and paints her designs on organic cotton tee shirts, clothing and housewares. She uses natural fibers like silk, cotton, wool, linen and hemp. She enjoys deconstructing discarded jackets and coats and redesigning them. She finds these garments in thrift stores and garage sales and chooses them for their original design qualities, natural fabrics and hand tailoring techniques. She redesigns and constructs them and adds new linings and usually some accents of surface design techniques. She continues to move towards more organic fabrics and exploring natural source dyes.

 

 

Inkyspider takes custom orders and is a total delight so she would only be too happy if you sent her a message. You can find her re-usable food bags

here

and her wonderful textiles

here

 
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