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'Wrapped' up in art

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Annette Reisbick stands with items from her show 'Wrapped Again.'Annette Reisbick, this month’s featured artist at the Spiral Gallery, has advice for artists who lack confidence in their craft.

“Get over it,” she said, jokingly. “But really, try to be confident in your skills, and in your love of what you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to meet somebody else’s expectations, just know that it’s OK.”

Reisbick has worked with fiber arts since her early 20s. She didn’t immediately consider what she was doing to be art.

“It took a while for me to realize that this is art, and not just knitting,” she said. “I didn’t really have a big moment, it was a process. It’s been a process.”

Her show, “Wrapped Again,” was featured on First Friday and will remain up for the rest of the month.

Reisbick works with knitting and felting. With felting in particular, she enjoys watching her creations unfold.

“It’s an amazing process to watch it turn out,” she said.

“Wrapped Again” consists of wall hangings, scarves, hats and other knitted and felted creations.

Reisbick’s favorite piece from the show is a sunflower wall hanging.

“I made it when I took a class called ‘It’s too Pretty to be a Rug on the Floor.’ That’s supposed to be a rug, but it’s too pretty, so it’s a wall hanging,” she said.

She thinks that for the most part, she doesn’t have a particular process when creating her art.

“Sometimes I’ll draw pictures beforehand, but mostly I’ll just get started,” she said. “I’ll start laying the fiber out and go from there and see what happens. Or I’ll just put the yarn together. If it works, it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Sometimes it’s difficult for Reisbick to walk away from her work.

“The hardest part is saying that it’s good enough, and knowing when to leave it alone and not add anymore,” she said.

This is among the reasons she enjoys shows.

“My favorite part of shows is being done with everything I’ve made,” she said. “And I enjoy being with people, and answering questions.”

Reisbick advises aspiring artists to follow their hearts.

“Just keep doing it. If you like it and you enjoy it, keep doing it,” she said. “Someone will appreciate what you do eventually.”

To both new and established artists, she emphasized the importance of diversity.

“All of these artists, their styles are all different,” she said. “It takes all kinds of people to make a world, and we’re all different.”


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