Handmade Crafts » donna lohr http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 Donna Lohr, our January Featured Artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/donna-lohr-our-january-featured-artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/donna-lohr-our-january-featured-artist#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:47:37 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1283 MountainMade celebrates the New Year with the work of Kingwood, West Virginia, artist Donna Lohr. She creates Whimsical Woolies: Contemporary Felt Folk Art. She may describe her process as felt applique, but it goes deeper. Her art is absolutely “whimsical” and FUN. She reminds us through her fuzzy and furry creations to live in the moment and not take ourselves too seriously. Bold in color and texture, her art both framed and wearables are certain to elicit a moment of sheer joy! It is impossible not to smile.

We feel fortunate to have Donna’s work on display. A newly retired Kindergarten teacher she and her husband have embarked on a creative venture of their own. They are building their home. Follow her journey and comment at www.donna-homebuildingcountdown.blogspot.com. You will catch a glimpse of her spirit here. Donna has and continues to inspire students of all ages with her Whimsical Woolies how she lives her life.

Enjoy!

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Donna Lohr | MountainMade’s March 2010 Exhibition Artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/donna-lohr-mountainmades-march-2010-exhibition-artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/donna-lohr-mountainmades-march-2010-exhibition-artist#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:27:10 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=350 Throughout the month of March, MountainMade will be featuring an exhibition by artist Donna Lohr. Donna works in a number of mediums including fabric/felting, paper crafting, pottery, and basketry. It’s amazing that she finds time to fit her artwork into her busy life as wife, mother, and kindergarten teacher, but we are certainly glad that she does.

Donna Lohr has a unique interpretation of her real life, expressing it here in unique animal art fabric pieces.

Donna Lohr has a unique interpretation of her real life, expressing it here in unique animal art fabric pieces.

This is Donna Lohr’s third exhibition with MountainMade and we could not be more excited. She is a warm, funny and humble woman and artist. Her work is wonderfully whimsical and could be described as folk art, but it reminds us all not to take ourselves too seriously and live joyously!

I can see the impression that her students and kids (2 dogs and 3 cats) have on her framed creations. Each of Donna’s pieces is a one-of-a-kind original, signed by the artist. I have personally enjoyed the privilege of working with and getting to know Donna, but I’m going to let her speak for herself:

“Creating is often my time with God. I forget the world and time and create with the pure joy that my Creator must experience. My need to create has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, even though some of the forms this urge has taken of the years should really NOT be remembered… Most recently I have been a paper crafter, a potter and a basket maker. My Whimsical Woolies allow me to create small moments of joy to share with the rest of the world. Taking a fairly familiar saying or idea and giving it a whimsical twist is an ever entertaining challenge. The creature that ends up “personifying” each idea is a complete surprise. With each piece that is cut & placed the personality becomes more and more clear. When they make me smile we are finished.”

Recently, Donna has been exploring custom work. She’s found great joy in working with someone else to create the vision they have to something for someone they love.

If you find yourself in Tomas, WV during the month of March, please drop by to see pieces by Donna Lohr. Her unique style celebrates love and life.

Donna Lohrs Flash depicts one of those lovely little buddies that keep us company in life. I think we all know a cat like this.  A framed reminder to Live Out-loud!

Donna Lohr's "Flash" depicts one of those lovely little buddies that keep us company in life. I think we all know a cat like this. A framed reminder to Live Out-loud!

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