I am a maker of Art with the Earth in mind.
Globe Studio is the space where I explore.
The oldest mountains in the world in Southern Appalachia Is where I call home and I spend time in the Low Country as well.
Inspiration comes from a life lived fully in the midst of nature--whether in my own backyard, flying in the clouds, exploring exotic islands, deep jungles or any other place where the dynamic forces of our planet merge.
ARTIST, BOOKBINDER, CREATIVE, DRONE-FLYER, ENVIRONMENTALIST, FOODIE, GARDENER, HAWAII-LOVER, ISLANDER, JUNKER, KID, LEATHERWORKER, MOSAIC MAKER, NEST-BUILDER, OCEAN-LOVER, PAPERMAKER, QUILTER, RUST-LOVER, SOUTHERNER, TRAVELLER, UN-CENSORED, VERDE, WIREWORKER, XØ, YOUNG-HEARTED, ZEALOUT FOR BIRDS
WHO IS PEGGY MCBRIDE?
I am a Maker. Finally after 40 years as a contemporary craftsperson circling the A-Z realm of professions in the art world...a trend has emerged that carries an appropriate title. Maker reflects the myriad path taken in my creative career--one not easily narrowed down to a particular medium. Basically, I work with my hands to talk about the world.
Visually speaking, my artwork is a result of the process of juxtaposition--the assemblage of common materials into unexpected combinations. Fusing multiple mediums through experimental techniques keeps the mad scientist in me alive... while the incorporation of my poetry feeds the more visceral aspects. A keen focus as a common thread is an attempt to make art with the Earth in mind with the goal of making the unseen visible.
If I can alter my own perspective to yield a more intense effort toward sustainability and peacefulness perhaps this new awareness can spark inspiration in another. For now, this inner voice is more of a scream --urgent and willing to share experiences from a semi- uncommon life and create from within.
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Drawing from a lifelong love of all things avian, much of my work speaks to the effects of man on migratory routes and songbird populations. Recent works focus on viewing life and this planet from the bird's eye perspective. Aerial views reveal our habits, marks of our destruction and consequences of sprawl. For special ocassions, I gather a flock of friends and build giant nest installations...but mostly I enjoy forming "wild " birds from wire and paper.
I make paper from kudzu and other invasives. I dye with indigo and make art quilts & wearables for the home or body. I stitch leather.
I create non-traditional rock & gemstone mosaics-- for interiors and landscapes. I design metal signs and garden sculpture. But mainly, I create slowly...with simple tools: needle & thread, mould & deckle, brush & ink, knife & ruler, eye & Iphone, hammer & hardie, pliers & cutters....and with my own hands.
After representing hundreds of artists in my (former) gallery now studio space, I am fortunate to devote full-time toward "making". This renewed focus is part digging deeper and part play...but surely a wild ride for those joining me in the studio for creative classes.
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Ask me anything and I will share. My artist's path is a well-travelled one as gallery owner, curator, national festival & ACC exhibitor, teacher, student, marketing consultant, event planner, artists' residency director, new product designer for the Cabbage Patch Kids, theatrical costume designer, modern dancer, leather garment designer in SF and as a younger hippie who lived off the grid for years....I have a wealth of knowledge to share for those willing to explore creativity in general or in need of specific resources.
(Art IS discovery...read more about my studio experiments in the Blog section!)
Handwoven kudzu and bamboo nest installati on (28-feet in diameter) created for the Hambidge Center's group exhibition on birds where I served as curator . Several artists assisted in the weaving including Cleve Philips, Peggie Wilcox and Junco Sato Pollack.
Dancer Lisa Ezzard performed at the opening in my Indigo Bird costume.