For today's tête-à-tête Thursday, I'll be doing a little Bourbonista bantering with artist Roseann T. Kriebel of RTK Designs. She's been creating jewelry designs, watercolors, and textile art for over thirty years. Currently, she is experimenting with paper/fabric/fiber fusion and textile sculpture. Her art has been shown in North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida,Guyana, Dhaka, and Bangladesh.
She and her husband, Duane reside in central Kentucky with a passel of cats, dogs and a few elderly chickens. Her studio is located in their log home, which is over 150 years old and undergoing constant restoration.
The Bourbonista: You get five minutes to pack one bag and head off to your dream destination. What do you take and where do you go?
Roseann: One change of clothes and an unlimited credit card to Thailand. When I traveled with my first husband when he worked for the CIA, we would spend small vacations in Bangkok. Yes, the shopping was great fun, but I was especially struck by the aura of kindness and gentleness that overlaid the busy city scene. Military officers bowed to underlings! A smile from a Buddhist monk knocked me for a loop---such depth of compassion in a one second passing.
The Bourbonista: And now, I will be singing One Night in Bangkok all day..."You'll find a God in every golden cloister, and if you're lucky then the God's a she, I can feel an angel sliding up to me"...Speaking of songs,
if your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Roseann: Happy by Pharell Williams is a spiritual anthem, no less touching than a church hymn.
The Bourbonista: And much easier to dance to. Amazing Grace just does not have a beat you can really groove on. So, if you were a circus performer, what would you be and why?
Roseann: Elephant rider. Elephants are one of my totem animals.
The Bourbonista: My totem animal is a Tasmanian Devil. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Roseann: Set up schools for the building arts, sustainable living skills, textile art, set up trusts for daughters and family members, pick out a few favorite charities like "Feed the Children," and finish restoring our 180+ year old log home. Of course, I will always play at my art, so a gallery for my art and for aspiring artists.
The Bourbonista: I'm going to start a charity called "Quench the Bourbonista" to keep me in booze. Don't forget to donate. Last, but not least, what is your favorite word and why?
Roseann: LOVE---it covers the whole sheebang! LOVE---bottom line of any endeavor. It vibrates from me in all I do; at least I intend that!
During her global travels years ago, Roseann was lucky enough to pick up exotic beads made of corals, wood, bone, horn and shell, which mix beautifully with semiprecious and glass beads to create one-of-a-kind jewelry sets.
Roseann uses recycled clothes and re-purposed designer fabrics find new life as home décor, textile sculpture, bags and totes.
You can find a variety of Roseann's work, including jewelry, bags, mixed media art, textile art at Creative Arts by Sherri on Third Street in Richmond, KY. Or you can reach Roseann directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment for a personal showing.
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