Wednesday, March 14, 2012

31/31: JoAnnA Pierotti


31 artists...31 days. Spend every day of March with me at The Altered Page to meet the 31 spotlight artists in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. See their beautiful faces, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Pulse of Mixed Media.
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Some very early mornings you will find JoAnnA jumping out of bed, slapping on a tinge of makeup and forgetting to comb her hair. She heads to a dusty field where the local flea market is held. She moves through the crowd at a fast pass as she travels from booth to booth. Suddenly stopped in her tracks, with eyes wide opened, finds the box of treasure with her name on it.


She heads back to her studio where she hoards her vintage finds and creates from her heart, unique found object assemblages.




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I have followed Joanna on her blog Moss Hill Studio for many years. I have always admired her ability to be so prolific in her work while at the same time being as creative and original as she is. Joanna has been an example to me of a person who could thrive as an artist despite the challenges that life sometimes throws at us. Several years ago Joanna contacted me after reading a poem I had written on my blog. She had been inspired by the words and asked if I would mind if she made a piece of art based on the poem. Mind? I was appreciative and flattered. Eventually, her creation made its way to me and it now hangs in my studio, always reminding me of Joanna's spirit.

As luck would have it, both Joanna and I were at Art is...You last year. We had a chance to actually meet and hang out for a while.  Our online connection continued in real life and we had the greatest time, most of which was spent laughing. I will be seeing Joanna again later this year at Art is...You and hopefully many more times in the future. Looking forward to some more smiles Joanna.
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in March on a 31/31 post on my blog and/or on the blog of the spotlighted artist, you will have that many chances to win one of three prizes in my giveaway. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). First prize is a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media signed by many (and I mean many) of the 133 artists that have contributed to the book. Second and third prizes are one copy each of the book signed by yours truly.

51 comments:

Wyn Vogel said...

Seth I have been following your blog for sometime and loving your work - I couldn't figure out why you were blogging the same story recently and then when I had a moment I went and checked out what you were doing with this - 31 Artists 31 Days - blog and was blown away!!

Amazing work - to the point where I had to send my Bloggers to you - see my Blog:

http://wynvogel.blogspot.com/2012/03/on-pale-wings-artist-roxanne-evans.html

Just fascinated with her's and your work so well done!! Hope you get lots of hits, sales of books whatever and all the success to you and your fellow compatriots in art!! Cheers!!

Wyn Vogel said...

Sorry JoAnnA a PS to that comment: I love your work as well!! I love your Moss Hill Studio site and congrats on your 1000th sale - amazing!!

And Sorry Dave I broke your one comment rule - but I had to apologise to JoAnnA....!

Jane Moore Houghton said...

Love this concept of meeting thirty-one creative soul sisters (or brothers)! Thanks! Joanna's work is charming !

Bev said...

hi Seth i have u on my google reader and love all that u do and that is so much , love seeing the artists who are featured in the new book The Pulse of Mixed Media .
JoAnna your work is awesome will check out your blog ...

hugz bev langby

Rebeca Trevino said...

JoannA's day at the flea sounds like a perfect day to me. can't wait to jump over to her blog and check out more of her work.

ps: seth! my copy of your book arrived today - i am thrilled - now i can follow along everyday, with every new artist.

ArtPropelled said...

Another great Artist's statement! With such a start to her day, no wonder JoAnnA's work is so beautiful. Love the last piece!

lindjoy said...

JoAnna is another inspiration! Her energy is captivating.

sukipoet said...

Love these pieces using vintage findings. And love the story of getting up, hair uncombed, to comb the flea markets. What fun.

jinxxxygirl said...

Love Joanna's work! Thanks so much Seth for making this introduction happen!

Lynn said...

Such yummy art pieces!!! I enjoyed her blog too!

Carol said...

I'm a flea market junkie myself! Love Joanna's work!

Terrie said...

Thanks again for the introduction to
Joanne and her inimitable style. I'm just absolutely loving your tour over these 31 days - it's a creative way to promote your book but also a service to the art community. I'm lovin' every minute!

Dapper-T said...

What gorgeous work. Can't wait to carve out some time to explore Joanna's Moss Hill Studio site.

Robert said...

Looking at JoAnnA's work, I feel as if I have just wandered into The Old Curiosity Shop! The pieces shown here have the aura of a kind of family history--a family we have, perhaps, heard of, but don't know very well. It is as though we have stumbled upon an old house, and are walking through the rooms, examining the remnants of other people's lives. I love the way in which she combines materials as disparate as lace, rusty wire, a doll's head, an old photograph, a handwritten letter, etc., which draws the viewer in to this world that she has created, and lets us inhabit it for awhile. I'm adding 'Moss Hill Studio' to my list of regular stops, online!

So. . .Amazon says that my copy of "The Pulse of Mixed Media" is to be delivered, TODAY! I'm substitute teaching in yearbook and ceramics classes, but am rushing right home after school to check my mailbox!

Parabolic Muse said...

wow. I didn't know her work, and now it's a whole new (lovely) world to get immersed in.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Joanna's style is so directly honest it stops me to look and look. It makes me want to put something, anything in my hands and make something. Brilliant work. Love it. *smiles* Norma

beskonechnost said...

what your steep works are to!!! for me azh hands were begun to shake:)

onesmallstitch said...

I am so enjoying this, thank you. Each day reveals new delights.

Jo Murray said...

I'm such a fan of people who recycle in their art. It's lovely to give old stuff a new life.

Emma said...

Fabulous work, inspiration to us all, loved her work in the Collections book, too.

Jill Zaheer said...

So glad to meet JoAnnA from your blog and your book Seth. Just love the third picture on your post of her! Lucky you -Seth- to have met JoAnnA and so many wonderful and talented artists.

Vickie said...

Love JoAnnA's work. How fun it must be to rumage through flea markets for fun. her pieces are so well put together.

Jen Crossley said...

Joanna is a amazing artist and a very sweet soul

Janine Whitling said...

thanks for another great artist post. Its so joyful to hear about your terrific relationships with your art friends. Love is about people after all... ♥

Barbara I. said...

My husband is a musician and he has collaborated online with other musicians to write songs. One of his greatest joys was to actually meet 3 of the men that he connected with online and collaborated with to create a number of songs. I am sure that is how you feel about meeting the artists that you have had an opportunity to "work" with via the internet and phone calls. It is great to read about the artists that you are featuring this month from your new book. Thanks for doing this Seth!

Eileen said...

Thank you for introducing (or reintroducing) us to all these wonderful artists. See you at CREATE and Art Is You.

Gaby Bee said...

Joanna is an amazing artist. I LOVE her work and her blog! Thanks for this gorgeous post!

Patricia Wolf said...

Just checked out her blog...I'm so in love with her work!!! I may even take one of her workshops!!!

TinaW said...

I'm thinking of attending the Art is...You in Petaluma this year. It would be so great to meet folks in person.

susan in seattle said...

What an amazing artist JoAnnA is. Thanks to you for the opportunity to meet her!

Plume said...

Dust beholds treasures that only the eyes of the heart can see...This is the phrase JoAnna inspires me! Goog work!

Cynthia S. said...

Oh, flea markets are such a great source for mixed media artists. I love the look and feel of faded old things!

Kate Burroughs said...

Her assemblages are amazing.
Aloha, Kate

Bill said...

How wonderful to have the talent to turn one person's junk into works of beauty!

carlanda brown williamson said...

seth, i thought i was following, but apparently not! until now! joAnna's work is beautiful. i shall take a class with her someday! thank you for the chance to win your book.

elle said...

How delightful she and her creations are!

mindy said...

the book looks wonderful and inspiring, hoping to get my hands on a copy soon. love your work and blog!

Sharmon Davidson said...

JoAnna's assemblages are wonderful; thanks for introducing me to another great artist! Can't wait to see her work in the book when I win it!

donnaj said...

Have been a fan of her work for many years-think i first saw "her" on ebay and love how her art has progressed through the years.

Darlene K Campbell said...

Seth,
You certainly have been blessed with a treasure chest full of jeweled artist friends. Every day I look forward to see whom you are going to highlight.
Thanks for bringing us all into this spirited community,
Darlene
http://darlene-freeniebelle.blogspot.com

Lisa H said...

Good Lord Man, you have like a trillion "Close Friends"!
It's awe-inspiring and very very cool. I'm loving these links.

Izabella said...

I L♥Ve JoAnnA!! Her work has always been high on my list for inspirations, she is an amazing & courageous woman!! I like the story about the poem! The internet is awesome like that.. to be able to meet kindred spirit art friends is so awesome!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I got distracted by JoAnnA's blog and jewelry. What can I say? You should not send us to other blogs (just joking, of course).

larkd said...

I love the heritage photo that Nina incorporated into her work. Beautiful

Denise said...

Love Joanna's assemblages (and the beige lace duster she wears in a photo on her blog!) ~Denise

Cathy said...

beautiful!

Frances said...

The feel of your work transcends all mediums!

Dianne said...

meeting JoAnna on her blog is a pleasure...jewelry on vintage bottles. Brilliant! and gorgeous art work!

Eileen said...

Such beautiful work; I hope to take a class with JoAnnA one day. Until then, I'll enjoy her work on her blog.

Rusted Wings said...

i too have treasure JoAnnA's words, strength of Spirit, Faith, and love the most beautiful works of her hands i own and witness her endless wonders of creation on her sweet blog. thanks again set for honoring such a beautiful woman as she!

Hope Amen said...

JoAnna is the artist that inspired me and got me interested in mixed media art. Her details and use of found objects never stop amazing me. I have followed her blog for years. In doing so, I know that she has overcome many hardships through her faith. Her art and spirit are an inspiration to me!