I tried to hide behind the fibercurtain for a while now and I guess it's time to do the #meetthemaker thingy and introduce myself. My name is Damaris Kovach and I am 30 years old. I was born and raised in Germany. I went to a graphic design and photography school before I went to college. Later on, I studied English, Fine Arts and Theology for teaching. During my semester abroad I met the love of my life at our old church in NJ. A year later I moved to the US and we got married. We have two precious little ones so far that we think are the cutest and funniest creatures on this planet. A toddler boy and a baby girl. We moved to Arizona a little over a year ago. I randomly stumbled over fiber arts when I looked up how to make a Babyswing (which I am still. I fell in love with it right away so I gave it a try thanks to the encouragement of my sweet husband. I would love to get back to painting again or try myself in metalart - maybe this is the year?!
What are some of my faves?
I am an absolute sweet tooth and my all time favorites are pastries and Toffifay.
I like gardening but it seems a bit challenging out here in the dry Sonoran dessert. I love sewing, painting, singing, playing the piano... I use my children as an excuse to blast Disney classics but really love to listen to all kinds of music.
I love Art, home decor and various crafts. I am passionate about cooking and baking - especially European cuisine. And yes I like it all: carbs, dairy and sugar (almost unheard of, if someone says that out loud nowadays 😉). Favorite book: The Bible.
Favorite color: the absence of color (or at least earthy/neutral colors).
Song that gives me the chills every.single.time: Holy (Wedding Day) - The City Harmonic (also our wedding song 😍). Favorite Musical: Les Misérables (which is why our daughter got the middle name Fantine).
Nutella over Peanut Butter...Oh, and coffee! Lots of coffee ☕! Ok, if you made it this far I must congratulate you and will let you go now. Thank you for all of your lovely support! You all make it easy to survive in this social media jungle and stay motivated!! Hope to get to know a lot of you better as well. Have a wonderful week everyone 💕!
After a weekend if work. I finished up these adorable bunnies last night. I couldnt help but look at these color and was inspired to make these beauties.
Doesnt matter how much work I havw to do, i still need to make time to create things I want. Lol. $20 each. Machine washable. Child durable.
Hey everyone!!! Exciting news today! My website is up and running! Wahooo!!!! Happy dance! 💃 💃 💃 you can order through my website and you can also sign up for classes! Say what?! Yes if you are in Utah you can come do a class with me and leave with a finished product! You can come to an open workshop or get at least 5 of your friends to do a private class! 👏👏👏 go check it out! www.simplystringing.com link in profile also! Thanks for supporting me friends! 😀😘.
Hi Friends! 💜 It’s nearly time again for Valentines Day but these little ones make lovely gifts any time if the year. 😍 These Lovebugs wear their hearts on their sleeves... And their bums! In shades of black, pink and red these are perfect to give to a loved one to tell them how you feel for Valentines Day or any day! Why not buy one for yourself, they love everyone the same! You can find them in my #Etsyshop . 💜 Xxx
Silence isn’t Empty ~ It’s full of Reminders
Our studio closed last week for just a brief winter break. There is always so much studio work to do during this time!
But, it also allows me to slow down a bit which provides a wonderful time for reflection of my personal and studio life. There is a calmness during our winter break that isn't always available during the fun hustle and bustle of our teaching season.
I've noticed over the years that a few days into our break it's as though I go into a bit of a hibernation for a couple of days. It's a bit of a funny thing because I do have a lot of energy and really don't slow down much but during this time I'll find myself just sitting, with a blank mind, staring into nothingness. Without fail every year when we close I'll find myself in this trance like state where I won't do much of anything for a couple days except walk to different seats and places in my home, sit and stare.
After a couple days like this I tend to be fully energized again, totally geared up and pumped up with full energy and ideas for the new season ahead. Of course, I do other things during our winter break than just stare at walls. :) But, somehow that's really rejuvenating.
I know we all have had moments, days, weeks even months like this, where you just need to wind down. It's a topic that comes up a lot at the studio. I think it's something many of us struggle with here in New England. It's as though we're raised in this area to be hardy, overachievers, work hard(too much), put everyone else first and keep going until you simply can't. But, then what is left for self? Where do you escape for silence, rejuvenation, recharging? What are your tricks for staying balanced?
I have been talking with @owynmarisol a lot about /sustainability/ in fiber art making. To create and to put something out in the world is to take up and use resources. For the next chapter of my work, I’m striving to only use eco-friendly yarn and natural dye products. The material cost will of course increase, and that makes me think about how accessible and sustainable is art making for folks who cannot afford it. How can we change a system to benefit creators in marginalized communities and of all economic backgrounds? How do we talk about who gets to create and who has to process our materials?
Have thoughts or ethical vendors that you can share?
Lori Weitzner invites you to participate in her Ode to Color analysis. Eighteen engaging questions that will guide you to the color world or worlds that best suit you - your clients- home and work interiors and enhance the way you live. Link to the Ode to Color analysis in the bio. @loriweitzner 🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨
Swipe for my Color worlds:
Night Shadows —>These are the colors of the cityscape, substantive and serious: dark browns, deep smokey grays, rich charcoals and inky purples, smoke, ebony, and even deep burgundy. Think tailored menswear. Think pinot noir. Think film noir! These hues are sophisticated and reserved, despite their intensity. They inspire understated luxury. They hold secrets, promise intrigue and inspire introspection.
Alchemy—>The colors of Alchemy are noble, alluring and precious. Yellow gold, brass, bronze, rose gold, amber, topaz and copper are timeless. They radiate a sense of formality, luxury, and sumptuous elegance. A small dose of these materials can go a long way and a large dose can transform. The ultimate member of the Alchemy color world is the sun. Make sure you have an abundance of it!
I love working with clients on custom orders! This is the Telar Los Placeres Wall Hanging with a gray base instead of our usual cream color. Shipping off to its new home in Singapore this week! I love the gray with these textured pops of color! How about you?