Thursday, March 15, 2012

31/31: Nina Bagley


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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Nina Bagley has been a professional jewelry designer since 1987, a mixed media artist for as long as she can remember (thinking here of a little clay mushroom "ensemble" that was created in perhaps the third grade, for starters), and has been teaching mixed media/jewelry workshops worldwide since 2000.


Her artwork is featured in many books and magazines, and has been carries in multiple boutiques and museum shops across the world.




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Reading about the adventures of Nina Bagley on Firefly Road has been a memorable experience for me. Nina shares her art and her life so fully that I feel like we have already met. Yet another artist that I first read about in True Colors, I have followed Nina's blog for as long as I can remember. My love and passion for handmade books was in part fueled by the astonishing books that Nina has created and that have graced the pages of many publications. I am hoping one day to have the chance to see them and turn their pages in person.

Nina and I have connected via emails off and on for many years. We have both experienced the loss of beloved family members and Nina offered much comfort to me in this regard. For that I am eternally grateful. We often speak about the possibility of meeting but that opportunity has yet to arise. Perhaps one day I will make my own adventure and travel to the magical place known as Firefly Road and we can spend the days under the twinkling branch lights in her studio creating handmade books together. 
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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.

89 comments:

eb said...

firefly road
a destination
where magic twinkles
and seduces
loving this conversation...

xox - eb.

Judy said...

Nina is a true artist in every way. A source of inspiration to so many including me.

Penny said...

I too would love to visit Nina and Walter on Firefly Road.

Parabolic Muse said...

Nina's work never fails to catch me a bit off guard. I find myself staring, lost in contemplation, amazed by the beauty of it, examining every detail, wondering how exactly she brought it forth. I really think, although I may know the materials and media, many of her works are the most mysterious of any. And I do love a mystery.

Jen Crossley said...

Nina is a true inspiration to many of us

Carol Lee Beckx said...

I've just spent some time catching up on the posts in this series - what a talented collection of artists and wonderful blogs. Thanks, Seth, for giving us so much to discover.

patti said...

I've been a reader of Nina's blog for some time now and she never fails to inspire me. My first time here on your blog and I'm glad I came!

Carol said...

I love the sound of Firefly Road, and I'll be visiting in a minute. Thanks, Seth, for these great opportunities to meet new and wonderful artists.

Robyn A said...

Hello Seth came over from Nina's blog. I have been aware of her work since True Colors as well and everything she does is just so, well, beautiful in that clear, free green sense of leaves rustling in the wind and stones honed by water and the tiny precious things of the world. I have been meaning to look at your blog for ages. Auspicious dsy to start.

Robyn A said...

Hi Seth. just came over from Nina's blog; I thought I had left a comment here but I don't see it so forgive me for double-dipping, not intended. I first came across Nina's work in True Colors and I have tried to follow her ever since. Her work is so open, so beautiful it sometimes makes my heart stop - she is an absolute gem herself and answers every comment (I am almost afraid to comment because I don't want to give her extra work)as if you were her dearest friend. I have ordered the book already, can't wait - altho' it does sometimes take a while to get to Australia!

herhimnbryn said...

Nina and I met for about two hours several years ago now. What a magical two hours. We have remained in contact ever since.
Her work takes my breath away, there is so much of her heart in every piece.

Tejae: Heart Shaped Art said...

How exciting! I stop by your blog from Judy's facebook page and I see my lovely friend Nina. She does has quite the experiences on firefly road doesn't she.

nice to meet you through the blogosphere!

tejae

Lottie Anderson, BFA said...

Another artist to provide inspiration. Thank you Seth

lindjoy said...

Bountiful creativity in Nina's work. Love the jewelry - love the books.

sukipoet said...

beautiful work and so much attention to detail. La!

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks to Nina, I have just found a new blog to add to my blog roll, how have I not found you before! I love finding new and wonderful blogs, hi there!!

Barbara I. said...

I love Nina's work and have been following her for quite awhile now. You have such interesting artists in your book Seth. Thanks for featuring the ones that you have so far. I've really been enjoying your posts. Hoping to win one of the giveaways as well! That would be grand.

Jill Zaheer said...

Gorgeous handmade books and jewelry- the perfect coupling. So glad to read all about Nina and learn so much. So glad that you both were able to share the loss of family members together.That's part of the wonderful gift of the emotional connections made through this wonderful online art community.Thank you Seth for sharing this.

ArtPropelled said...

I've been reading Nina's blog for .... aeons. I love her writing and am waiting patiently for her book. As for book waiting .... I'm beside myself waiting for THE Pulse of Mixed Media!

jinxxxygirl said...

loving the name firefly road....

Lisa said...

Nina's work is magical and she inspires in so many ways...

Tina M. said...

hi...i came here from nina's blog. her work never ceases to amaze me...her patient teaching style is exactly what those of use who are just beginning to bloom are looking for....her words paint pictures some of us can only imagine. looking forward to checking out the book.

Dapper-T said...

I'm off to visit Firefly Road...so exciting to learn about Nina's gorgeous work.

deb lewis said...

Magical things going on over at Ornamental and on Firefly Rd... Nina crafts her words as elegantly as her jewelry - and just as lovely in person.

Gaby Bee said...

Nina's work is awesome. Love her handmade books and jewelry. Now time to go check out her blog:)

Thanks again Seth!

TinaW said...

I have loved Nina Bagley's jewelry for many, many years.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Nin'a piece in the book was one I found myself instantly drawn to.

Sandra said...

I don't know how Nina does it. She is one of the few artists who responds back. Her website is like a home away from home. Even though she shares some poignant moments, you leave her writings with a sense of peace, awe and compassion. She pays it forward. I have true respect for her.

Carol said...

Nina,s blog has been a favorite of mine for years! She can transport you to a magical place and time with her words. And her jewelry creations are beyond amazing!

NM_Creatrix said...

Love Nina's work...

Jessica said...

I've been a fan of Nina's work for awhile, and a reader of her blog, as well. Her posts are inspiring and soulful, and her work is just beautiful.

susan in seattle said...

I absolutely love Nina's work! Glad you put this book together - it's true inspiration.

Ketra said...

I've been a fan of Nina's for some time. All these artists are so inspiring! Thank you for collecting their stories.

Robert said...

I look at Nina Bagley's work and I see an artist in love with her materials! Choosing to combine unusual and unexpected colors and textures gives her artwork and jewelery a kind of presence that is 'awe-inspiring' in the truest sense of both words. Her wonderful self portrait from the book, is rich with the feeling of experience, memory, and adventures yet-to-come. The piece she features today on her blog: 'Seth's Heart' is rich with warm and lovely patinas; and the question she asks (and he answers), reflects the desire to understand the mind and heart of a kindred creative spirit. Nina, your artwork and words, both in "The Pulse of Mixed Media," and on your blog, are an inspiration!

Cynthia S. said...

I've followed Nina's blog for a couple of years. She's wonderful! Your project is intriguing -- the chance to learn about many other artists.

Michele said...

I, too, have often dreamed of visiting Firefly Road and the residents there. I would love to give Walter a good scratch and pat.
Congratulations on the new book! I will be looking for it at my local book shop.

Anonymous said...

I have found, for as long as I've read Nina's blog, that she can do anything, and do it to perfection.
vickie in kc

Jeff G said...

Nina is a fantastic artist and person. She wears her heart on her sleeve and posts it for all to share. Her artwork always makes me smile and fuels an artistic spark in me.

onesmallstitch said...

it took a bit of searching but I found Nina's blog, her jewellery is wonderful. Will have to spend more time and find her books. Very intrigued with the questions you asked but also that some of the artists have asked their own questions.

Jo Murray said...

Such exquisite pieces Nina produces! I lust after each and every one of them.

dorylyn said...

Nina sent me over to check your blog out. She says many nice things about you for someone she has never met. I find that interesting. Anyway,looking forward to reading your book and following your blog.

Bill said...

Her handmade books are just awesome!

carlanda brown williamson said...

her work is lovely, and i hope to take a class with her someday! thank you.

beskonechnost said...

from seen me it is all anymore desirable to create and create! thank you!

Frankie Kins said...

I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Nina last year on my birthday. She is quite a wonderful artist and a delightful person. I own several of her pieces.

Can't wait to read your book.

Frankie
frankie.kins@yahoo.com

Claire said...

i've loved nina's work for years too! i have the pleasure to own a pair of her earrings too :) wonderful!!

mansuetude said...

... and Walter too.

very passionate artist, writer.

Kim Goodwin said...

Dear Seth, Thank you for writing this book , I can't wait to savor every word and breathe every picture. Best wishes and much success

laura said...

i love her art, finding her blog and art has been such an inspiration.on so many levels...her gift of always the right words touches my soul deeply .

Sharmon Davidson said...

Thanks for introducing me to Nina. After visiting her blog, I am excited to find the work of this talented and original artist.

donnaj said...

Loved Nina's work since i first saw it in Somerset many yrs ago~she is indeed a special person and artist. (not to mention her way with words)

Jillayne said...

I found Nina's work and blog a short time ago and have been inspired beyond measure.
Her ability to articulate the process of inspiration being intertwined with creation in such a beautiful way is what first drew me to her blog... her beautiful creative spirit is what keeps me.
Firefly Road must be a magical place indeed...

somepinkflowers said...

oh
oh
i have walked
the mountain road with nina
and her walter
Many Times
although

she
might not have seen
me there...

Patricia Walters said...

Nina is magical. Her blog communicates her humanity so completely. Her art is awe inspiring.

Lynn said...

this woman's art pieces are wonderful to look at, ponder, and I wish I could hold them. Her words about you on her blog are nice to read as well.

Karen Cole said...

Nina is certainly a true icon in every sense of the word. I have yet to take a workshop, I have always wanted to but life has always gotten in the way.I have been a fan forever. Jewelry...I could be wear every single piece she has ever made and still stand tall......her books.... certainly gifts you could open over and over.....and she knew me at Squam!!!

Lisa H said...

Yo Nina-Nina!

She's truly an original. I remember when we were in the process of creating the True Colors books...every artist was a unique phenom, but Nina's work always made our jaws HIT THE FLOOR. The World hadn't seen a giant dose of this brilliance til then. Shocking. Stunning. Fresh and original.

Patricia Wolf said...

I think I shall be on Firefly Road for a peak into Nina's world today. Thanks for introducing us to so many talented artists!! Can't wait to get my email everyday!

Fallingladies said...

I have also loved her work but for some reason never found her blog.... On my way though, firefly road sounds wonderful!

Katherine Langford said...

Ah, the force of Nina -- she is like a walk in the woods with your eyes really open. Her work is so real and authentic; it is work made with the hands and heart.

mycreativeheart said...

Firefly road, where you wear your heart on your sleeve, sip tea with your inspiration, and read what is written on her heart. I would love an adventure to Firefly road!

Darlene K Campbell said...

I think you'd have to make magical art if you live someplace called, Firefly Road. Handmade books have always called to me. Mysterious pieces of art ready to fill with someone's musings. Keep creating for us Seth and Nina!
Darlene

Maggie Crawford said...

I have taken a class with Nina and had the pleasure of seeing some of her work first hand. It is beautiful beyond words.

Kate Burroughs said...

Ahh Firefly Road...
Thanks for sharing Nina's work.
Aloha, Kate

elle said...

Wow, another inspiring creator. I'm off to Firefly Road

Plume said...

bravo nina for an earthy vintage outlook on altered objects!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had to appreciate the question Nina asked and your very caring response. It shows how two careers truly CAN co-exist.

Bev said...

Love Nina's work she is so inspiring what a great array of artists u are showcasing ....

hugz bev

FrugalFamilyTree said...

I love Nina's work! So special and beautiful.

Rebeca Trevino said...

Nina's work certainly is beautiful.

wanda miller said...

i would love to just sit with her and gab gab gab and listen listen listen. her work is INCREDIBLE!

Katherine Langford said...

Nina is that unique artist who always, always reminds us to be authentic. For this alone, she is my hero. Her work is like wearing a medal for courage to be and an invitation to continue being authentically you. Cheers!

Janine Whitling said...

such tender pieces and a gentle heart. Thanks for the share ♥

larkd said...

I love the mixed media aspect, especially the beads, in Nina's workd

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Nina Bagley is fantastic! One day i hope to own one of her jewelry! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Denise said...

Nina's jewelry is so fabulous - I could never decide on just one piece if I had to pick my favorite! ~Denise

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Here is a true story. I am filled with mortification in telling it but here it is. Last fall I purchased TRUE COLORS in a charity shop for $1.49 and it sat on my bookshelf even until this second in which we speak, u-n-o-p-e-n-e-d. I'm holding my palms out willingly for the ruler now. Seth has spoken time and again about this treasure and I still haven't opened it. I had planned to, no fear, but I tell you Nina [I mean Seth's post about her] will be making me open it. Today! *smiles* Norma

Lisa Cook said...

i have had several opportunities to learn from nina and laugh and discover how my hands and heart work together.

Vickie said...

Love the jewelry, ecletic pieces are so fun!

Cathy said...

I can't wait to begin following Nina's work...I love it!

Frances said...

Mixed-media jewellery now that sounds intriguing!

Rusted Wings said...

ahhhh nina....what an inspiration and blessing are her most lovely adornments and stories he shares so vividly on her beautiful blog!! seems like she's always been in my life confirming, and reaffirming so many truths and inspiring my soul with so much beauty!!! and it's because of her, that i found you!!

Bonnie said...

Nina's gentle, sharing spirit keeps me waiting for her next blog. I too met Nina through True Colors, and I have followed her as if she were the pied piper of words. Thank you Seth for including this gratious artist and friend.

Chris said...

I look forward to reading your book Seth! Nina is such a wonderful storyteller. Her work is geniune, unique and truly amazing.

Chris said...

I look forward to reading your book Seth! Nina is such a wonderful storyteller. Her work is geniune, unique and truly amazing.

marimann said...

So layered and nuanced...open and creative...just lovely!

Wen Redmond said...

Nina was one of the first inpirations I found when I begin my self taught journey into mixed media. Thank you! NINA!

Hope Amen said...

I too have followed Nina's blog for years. A wonderful story teller, and authentic in every way; I look forward to taking a peek into her adventures on firefly road every chance I get! Not to mention; everything she creates touches my heart so!

Hope Amen said...

I too have followed Nina's blog for years. A wonderful story teller, and authentic in every way; I look forward to taking a peek into her adventures on firefly road every chance I get! Not to mention; everything she creates touches my heart so!