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Green is where the Heart Is for July 31, 2013

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” ~Edward de Bono

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

I have always considered myself to be a pioneer, straying from the comfort of traditional routes. 
As an interior designer I was seduced by the less traditional science of the person/place connection based on the underpinnings of pyramid feng shui.  The words feng and shui (wind and water) mean that when the wind blows the water sways.  Changes.  In traditional thinking, we are given rules and if we stay within the box we feel comfortable and safe.  However, our world is not static and changes happening around us are taking place at lightning speed.  Young creatives are developing a skill called lateral thinking in which they step out of the box to examine life in a new and virginal way. 
The goal of living green is to create a space that is healthy and happy for all inhabitants and the environment.  Local Kure Beach creative Jillian Boivin, helps people generate that kind of happiness through her ultimate goal of creating joyous, original, affordable art to making a house feel more like a home. 
The subject matter of her work continues to reflect the coastal environment where she lives and works.  However, she also explores other nature motifs, most currently foliage imagery.  “Expanding the themes of my paintings has brought new excitement and energy into my creative process.  The vast majority of my materials are repurposed, including the fabric, buttons, and beads.  With this in mind, I create very little waste.  Almost every scrap of my material is used, most often as the patchwork collage background of my paintings,” she says. 
“I love working with repurposed material because it gives the item a second life, and adds a unique quality to my painting that can never be replicated. Each piece is truly one of a kind.  My current work involves multiple layers of paint and fabric (as well as found objects like buttons), so I am calling the works mixed media paintings.”
“I’m still incorporating my original technique of ‘drawing’ with acrylic paint in a squeeze bottle, but it has become secondary to my collage work with the painted fabric shapes. The layering of materials creates an obvious tactile quality, which records my personal involvement with the piece.  Since the texture is so important to my work and because of my commitment to original/affordable art, I don’t make reproductions of my work. I believe too much of the tactile, physical presence of the paintings would be lost if presented in a 2-Dimensional copy.” Step out of your box and come to Artful Living Group on Thursday, August 1, 6:30-8:30 and meet Boivin at her opening reception.  Her show, “Life in Relief” is a heavy layering of materials which blurs the line with sculptural pieces, as you will see.  Her show will hang in the gallery for the month of August as ALG’s featured artist of the month.   You may never look at life the same way again.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.