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The Artistic Process
Claire's Art Space - Look at all the color!
Video of Claire creating a needle felted heart
I have always loved art, tried to be "an artist" but was pretty average in every medium I experimented with... until I found needle felting. The colors, the textures, the idea that I was using organic fibers from animals and turning it into something beautiful became my calling. The only limit truly is the imagination. When looking for fibers to use, I realized that not all raising and sheering practices are humane, so I set out to find wool and other fibers only from people who love animals as much as I do. I have met some of the sheep and alpaca and I am honored to use their gifts for creating. What fun!
I use all kinds of luscious fibers in amazing colors: merino wool, alpaca, curly goat, silk, soy, tencel, even rose fiber. The creation is done by hand needle felting, a process of taking the raw washed fiber and using barbed needles to shape the item. This is done by punching the needle into the fiber over and over to get it to adhere to itself, essentially by tangling the fiber to itself (see video to the left). Wet felting uses the same idea with soap and water, the end result being a strong yet soft fiber that becomes fabric. I admit, I love my art. I love making them, watching them turn into individual personalities, just waiting to be found. It is a very spiritual and fun experience! Each one is truly guided by a spiritual process, weaving the divine and magical into my life and then into yours.
WHY ANGELS ARE SO SPECIAL
Angels are a huge part of my life, and I want everyone to have an artistic representation of their guardian angel. We all have angels watching over us, and I love the thought that they are helping me to create images of themselves so that we can get a sense of their energetic colors, presence, and personality. They add brightness to a room and make people smile.
Working with the angels to create an artistic representation of them for others (or at least try to get it somewhat close) is a spiritual journey in itself, so fun and rewarding. They are ever patient as I try to take beings of light and give them substance through fiber arts. I think they find it amusing at times.
WHY ANIMALS ARE SO SPECIAL
I have always known that animals are special creatures, amazing beings that bring so much joy, beauty, wonder and insight to our world. As a girl my stuffed animals had personalities, I was always trying to get my Dad to buy me a horse, and I wanted to help every hurt animal I saw. I cry at commercials with animals and I love books with dragons and magical beings. They have so much to teach us, so much wisdom, patience, forgiveness, and the ability to truly live in the moment. Animals are hard to create with needle felting, getting them to look at least somewhat realistic. It is a balance physiology and body mechanics and capturing their soul in the eyes.
Watch the video to the left to learn how needle felting works.
Bringing It All Together
WHY HERKIMER DIAMONDS
I love stones. I love their healing energies, their mystery. When selecting a stone to represent the heart center of my co-creations, and to ensure that I was providing a stone that did not need clearing and could truly capture what I was trying to do with the angels and other beings, the Herkimer popped into my head. Robert Simmons is truly gifted at being able to understand what the specific healing vibration of stones are, and he simply says it better than I could:
"Herkimer Quartz “diamonds” are a type of Quartz crystal found in and around Herkimer, NY. These crystals are manifestations of pure, solidified spiritual light. They emanate a high, harmonious energy that positively “sings” on the upper levels of the Quartz vibrational spectrum. They not only broadcast their own energies – they can also pick up and amplify the frequency of other stones. Herkimers emanate the brightest crystal Light, and they can purify one’s energy field and attune one to the white light of Divine essence. Wearing or being around them can give one a sense of grace of a constant, almost subliminal connection to the higher spiritual domains. Angels are drawn to the pure etheric radiance emanated by these stones, and Herkimers can therefore be used as aids for those who wish to communicate with angels." – Robert Simmons, www.heavenandearthjewelry.com
WHY FLOWER ESSENCES
Flower essences are fascinating. Dr. Bach and many before him were able to understand that flowers have a vibration that help us heal ourselves, and each one is unique. Think of how flowers make you feel when you gaze at them - happiness with bright tulips and daffodils, sentimental with lilies, wistful with lilac, loving with roses, etc. Take that a step further and imagine those feelings becoming an actual part of who you are. In learning the rhythmic protocols of Flora Corona, an advanced essence healing that matches the flower, gem, and color essence to a healing vibration, I realized that the flower essences would be a perfect addition to what I was creating. The moment I put these all together, the angels started singing! I highly recommend you check out Flora Corona if you are drawn to flower essences.
It wasn't until I tied this all together that I felt my gift to you was complete and that I was doing the beings that help me an accurate service. I am in service to this process - what an astonishing privilege to bring you this joy. Now when I hold a completed item, I can feel and sense within it what I felt within myself while creating it. I most sincerely hope you do too!
WHY SACRED GEOMETRY & SOUND
Sacred Geometry is fascinating. I don't claim to be an expert, that is a life long study. We have used sacred symbols in healings and faiths/religions for as long as we have documented history. We as humans know they hold power. The master symbol in Reiki healing is one of the main things that drew me to it - I had no idea its meaning, just that it was beautiful, seemed to hold a wonderful vibration, and kept popping into my head after I saw it. When I use the flower of life, the infinity loop, and the copper pyramids, they truly seem to "super charge" what I am doing. They help complete the process, kind of seal in the essence of the gem, angel, or animal spirit.
The same holds true for tuning forks. I feel my body vibrating at different levels when I hold the various forks to my ears, or place at my heart. We know that tones, or hertz can have great effect on our emotions, healing, sleep patterns, etc. This is also true for helping the energy art piece 'come to life' as I am creating it for you.
The process of infusing the piece with healing energies is one that is ever evolving and guided by my training, intuition and guidance from The Divine and the essence of the being I am working on - they really seem to enjoy the process. I am in awe and gratitude with each piece I create.
CHANNELED ANGEL MESSAGES
When someone receives a personal message from their angel, that is the most special for me. All I need is the person’s name, but giving me a little descriptor about them helps as well. Angel messages are not a “psychic reading”. It is a dialog between Angel and human, and having some background on the person helps me to hear the message more clearly, to understand and interpret it.
When I start, I energetically clear my work area, clear my mind and heart, and ask the angel of the person to come into my mind’s eye, directly in front of me and to show themselves clearly and in a way I can create. As I am creating, the angel is there guiding me. I get a sense of their personality, message, and their energetic footprint. Some angels are more serious, some are very playful. Some angels are good at showing me a more physical form while others are more light and very ethereal. Some are quite opinionated - I might pull out a blue fiber and they show me a slightly different shade. They often want me to add something, like a charm or gemstone. They are quite good at showing me something I already have in my stash (which is pretty large!)
How Sacred Balance Art Came to Be
WARMTH AS THE CONNECTOR
The realization came when I was knitting a sweater for my little Chihuahua mix. He needed something warm for the winter. As I was knitting away, determined to create the perfect sweater to keep him warm, I realized that Reiki, an energy healing modality that focuses on relaxation, also uses warmth. When I provide Reiki for a client (human and animal) my hands get incredibly warm, it is the main thing people comment on. So I decided to try and infuse the sweater with Reiki as I knit. Luckily it does not take mental concentration, just an allowance for the energy to be present. I am not that good of a knitter!
It grew from there. Knitting led me to wet felting purses (that I attempted to knit), and a whole world of fiber arts opened up. At the same time, I was advancing in my Reiki training and also seeing an Angel Therapy Practitioner for my own personal growth and healing. The two merged when I started making needle felted angels. I became an Angel Therapy Practitioner™ myself, training through Dr. Doreen Virtue, so angels became a part of my everyday life, for myself and others.
As I would sit and create these fun little angels, I started to see personalities come forth, and since I have to truly be in the present moment when making them (no multitasking when I am poking barbed needles so close to my fingers!) it seemed that I was having conversations with them. I came to realize I was. These weren't just pieces of art, they were artistic representations of actual angels! They were connecting with and through me, just as Reiki does and just as they do with Angel Guidance Readings. Tada! Sacred Balance Art was born.
Beaded detail work on the angels turned into healing gemstones, and fun conversations "in my head" turned into full messages for the person who was receiving the angel. Angels branched out to include fairies, and several people asked if I could make mermaids. Fairies and mermaids need dragons of course, and dragons led to other animals. Animals have as much to tell us as angels, so Spirit Animals joined the team!
I love making all these creations. I am honored and humbled each time. The stories I receive back about people's guardian angels fills my heart with joy, and sending off a baby sleeping dragon to grace someone's meditation altar or desk makes me smile. Those little dragons are precocious. I want these co-creations to truly be infused and emanate the healing vibrations I clearly feel and know are within these works of art. My most advanced training has been with Flora Corona, which uses gem, flower, and color essences for healing. They are the perfect way to infuse the vibrations I am feeling as I create - a perfect match.
~ Angel Blessings,