GUEST ARTIST ZANAIB NIA GREEN

Zanaib

This month I am featuring one of our own very special artists, Zanaib Nia Green.  First of all, EVERYBODY loves Zanaib.  She is warm, witty, and so very talented.  I think she came out of the womb with knitting needles in her hands, but more later.  This is how she tells her story.

I was born and raised in Northern California and I was interested in crafts from as far back as I can remember.  Mama Dorothy and Mama Frankie sewed clothes and made jewelry out of whatever they had.  Both grandmothers were great influences in making and remaking (now called re-purposing) clothes.  Mama Dorothy would take clothes, cut them up and turn them into beautiful wearables.

I loved to sew clothes, so when I found that socks were missing, I would use the lone sock and fabric to create dresses for my Barbies.  Barbies were not play things for me, they were models for my clothes.

While in elementary school, I learned to knit in a class offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.  Later on in high school, a classmate taught me to crochet during lunch breaks. I was so taken by it that I crocheted my senior prom dress, as well as my dates cummerbund and bow tie.

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Sorry for the cropped picture but I didn’t have permission to show my date.  It’s a shame because he was VERY handsome.

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This is me in high school in my fabric dress with crocheted collar and sleeves.  I was hot…I mean I was HOT!

Zanaib vest and tie

Later, as a young mother, I knitted for my boys.  Here is my son wearing a sweater and necktie that I knitted for him.

 

My aunt, TJ Robinson, opened the Gingerbread House in Oakland, California in 1972.  I worked for her as a hostess and she sparked my interest in different art forms.  She taught me that I could take one image, like she did, and then expand it.  Aunt TJ took the gingerbread man’s story and made gingerbread, and gingerbread cookies, gingerbread dolls, and a gingerbread painted gazebo for her restaurant.  I used this same concept as I developed the “Apple Valley Girls”, also known as “The Women”.  I started with the original painting, and then I made other forms of wall art, two-dimensional works on paper, and various dolls.

 

20160408_182458Zanaib 5 women backview

These are my fabric paintings.

Zanaib's round with rosesZanaib's best ladies on round

Drawn kniting needles on cowhideZanaib's medcloth wall hanging

These are my two-dimensional wall art pieces.

Zanaib's green doll front (2)Zanaib's green doll backZanaib's gold dollZanaib's doll with basket

These are my art dolls.

Zanaib's notecard 7Zanaib's notecard 4Zanaib's notecard #6

Zanaib note card (2)Zanaib note cardZanaib's Notecard 3

These are my greeting cards.

20160402_154347Zanaib's sweatshiet backview

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Zanaib cardigan sweatshirt20160402_153114 (1)

These are my sweatshirts.

Zanaib's blue ponchoZanaib blue shawl

Zanaib orange shawlZanaib orange shawl back

These are my knitted shawls.

Zanaib's yellow shawl20160402_153636

Zanaibls shawl20160402_154103

These are my felted knitted pieces.

My full venture into the delicious world of art began during a 1999 road trip to the Southern California high desert.  I sketched in my journal and when I returned I made space in my life for my call to be an artist.  My first piece, “Apple Valley Girls” commemorated the trip and was my first entry into The Art Of Living Black art show.  I participated with this group for 10 years.

I wanted to move from 2 dimensional work to 3 dimensional work so that I could learn how to get The Women” off canvas and into doll form.  That led me to the Flying Phoebe Art Doll Club.  

Where am I going next?  At this point, everything is an embellishment.  I would like to learn about glass and put “The Women” on glass. Art is an ever-evolving medium which has no ceiling.  I want to explore all it has to offer.


 

 

OPEN STUDIOS IS COMING JUNE 4TH/5TH, AND JUNE 11TH/12TH.

FOLLOWING IS SOME OF THE WORK THAT WILL BE SHOWN BY OUR TWELVE ARTISTS.

 

SUZANNE DURAN-MOSAICS

Shirley's white bird20150730_205921-120160311_164359-1

 

Suzanne's circles (2)Suzanne's poppies 2Suzanne's mermaid

DONNA PERRY-MIXED MEDIA JEWELRY

Donna's blue textile and fish necklaceDonna's fabric tube necklaceDonna's textile and long bead necklace

DAISY KIEHN- ART DOLLS

Daisy's animal herderDaisy's Kate dollDaisy's marble eye doll

PEGGY ANSTRAND  – VINTAGE BUTTONS

 

Pearl button necklacePeggy's 2 picture flower buttons

ROSIE DENNIS-ART DOLLS AND JEWELRY

Rosie's Eleanor doll (2)Rosie's second doll 2016Rosie's blue doll

Rosie's necklace 2016IMG_1060 (1) Rosie's jewelryRosie's tin art angel

BONNIE HOOVER-ART DOLLS AND GIFT CARDS

Bonnie's flat dollBonnie's black and beige dangleblog pictures 004

VICKI NEWCOMER-POTTERY AND PLANTERS

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WANDA FUDGE-TOTEMS AND MOSAICS

Blue vase mosaic20160323_091555Coral bird totem

Blue parrot totem20160309_070823Garden pot with succulant hairHummingbird totem

WANDA FUDGE-PURSES

I am so busy with my totems and mosaics that I have lost interest in making purses and small bags for now.

All my current stock of purses and jewelry ( almost 100 items) will be on sale for 30% off.

Blog purses 9-2015 013Mexican purseChinese neckpieces 3 001

Poppy purseOpen Studios 2015 064Chinese neckpieces 3 002

 

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUR EVENT PAGE FOR INFORMATION REGARDING OPEN STUDIOS.


One thought on “GUEST ARTIST ZANAIB NIA GREEN

  1. Thank you, My Dear Wanda. I love being apart of the play day group and featured this month. You did a beautiful presentation of me. I am tickled.

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