From Zanesville Times Recorder.
ZANESVILLE – Alissa Love has always been interested in art, but she never felt like she had a specific concentration to be good at until she started doing origami.
She’s done origami since she was in about the fifth grade, and a few years ago, she started making backgrounds for the paper figures.
“I call it scenic origami,” Love said.
With the backgrounds, made out of cardboard, a school of koi are swimming through blue water, cranes are sitting on green grass and other shapes are accentuated by bright background colors. A collection of works was on display Friday night at the 2014 Y-Bridge Arts Festival at Zane Landing in Zanesville.
Tents displayed works from artists across the state — paintings and photography, of course, but also Love’s origami, pieces made of fused glass, metalwork and sculptures made of dyed wool.
Love, who lives and works in Cambridge, said her origami is a hobby, for now.
“I’d love to make it a full-time job,” she said.
She’s been coming to the Y-Bridge Arts Festival since 2012, and she said seeing all kinds of art can help inspire her as well as other people in the community.
“It brings out a lot of different ideas and influences,” she said. “And it’s just fun to meet new people.”
Joe Murphy and Lisa Lorraine, of Zanesville, run an online art shop, called Box of Sugar, where they make and sell what they call “functional art.” Things such as old wooden pallets become wine racks or a set of shelves. Murphy and Lorainne travel to festivals across the state throughout the year and have been coming to the Y-Bridge Arts Festival since it began several years ago.
“Anything can be art, if you like it,” Murphy said.
He and Lorraine had been interested in crafts for several years before they started their online shop. Lorraine said with the creation of Pinterest, works such as theirs have become a lot more popular.
Murphy said the local events and festivals like the one in Zanesville are good for lesser-known artists to get their work out into the community.
“Not everyone can get their stuff in a museum,” he said. “You don’t have to be Van Gogh (to be an artist).”
Jane Evans, of Valhalla Acres Fiber Farm in Hopewell, has only been doing needle felting for the past few years. She dyes wool from her sheep to the colors she wants and then creates clothes, such as hats; animal sculptures; and scenery out of the wool. At the arts festival, she was working on a black witch’s hat for a friend.
The needle felting began when she created a small flock of sheep out of wool and people started asking her to make more and teach them how to do it.
“People treated me like an artist, and it inspired me to do more art,” Evans said.
Since then, she has started doing more intricate wool work as well as playing music and starting to dabble in oil painting, for which she discovered a talent in the past year.
“I discovered late in life that I have a talent for art,” she said. “Well, people tell me I have a talent.”
Evans is “totally self-taught,” she said, and doesn’t have a lot of pieces to show because they sell so quickly. She compared her wool creations to clay sculptures — they require the same kind of layer work.
“I just like working with wool,” she said.