Monday, February 12, 2018

Rabelais bevin quipster

National Create a Vacuum Day

I know, I know, Bad Blogger Me.  Maybe I got nuthin' to say I haven't said before, maybe I have things to say I don't want in print, well-  that could be. Actually I have been busy as all get out doing pretty much nothing of note but thinking and plotting.  I did get my two quilts back from the Two by Twenty Show that has been all over god's half acre for 2 1/2 years.  Funny thing was that I called the shipper asking if it was going somewhere else after the published places, and he said no, that he was mailing it out the following week! So it was a very appropriate call, only made because we moved about the time I sent it out and needed to make sure it wasn't;t languishing in a warehouse somewhere after being sent to the old address.  It wasn't, it was in perfect condition.

This is the In-Season part of living in FL, everything is popping'.  There are craft shows of differing qualities every weekend, the professional ones are in Feb so the next few weekends are full with those.  Also, the Farmers Markets are loaded with stuff, all giant sized and gorgeous.  It seems every time I go I end up with a cart of food and a giant orchid trailing roots behind me.  All the teams and organizations and fund raisers are in full swing, and I have contributed to everybody who asks.  I checked on the step ladder I decorated for the Play for Pink auction and there was a price war going on that last I checked.  I do so love to see things go way over their worth-  a boost for me AND the charity.

I need to get into the studio to finish up a new collage for my Altered Art group. I met the deadline last month and have a short window to finish the next one.  These are just small collages using whatever technique we want to explore so it's fun to mess about.  This season the theme is deconstruction and that's an easy one for me (!!) unfortunately.  Will show in-progress WHEN I get to in-progress.

So, right now I have a couple of chicken carcasses boiling away for soup for Molly who seems to be on a hunger strike these days.  Also have a batch of ricotta dripping into my sink which I love love love to have on hand-  I use it like cottage cheese.  And I need to do more since I bought the stupid Insta-Pot and haven't used it.  With only 2 of us, I don't cook massive loads of food, and being in south Florida we seem to go more for lighter things that basically cook in 2 minutes flat.  But I made a promise to use the damn thing once a week and if all I do is make ricotta and yogurt it is a step forward.  Sort of.

So I am heading out the door right now to get myself into something that is blog worthy at the studio. I got a stat report for this blog, or lack thereof, and realized I am woefully behind my every-other-day promise.  You will hopefully be hearing more from me in the near future.  One idea was to take all the classes I ever taught and change them to blog format-  anybody interested?

So, not much ofna party today, more of a low-key get-together 

YIKES, Stripes!
Markus Linnenbrink garnered attention in the U.S. and Europe with wall paintings at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, and Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld. Recent significant commissions are 75 Rockefeller Center, New York with a 7-by-90-foot painting installed in their public concourse lobby; and Morrison & Foerster, New York installation of eight, 9-by-42 foot wall paintings, one on each of their eight floors; and Jorge M. Pérez SLS Brickell 40,000 sq. ft. wall painting, Miami, Florida. Over 50 works are in public collections, which include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; UCLA Hammer Museum; The Hague Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands; Neue Galerie, Kassel; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg; Kunsthalle Recklinghausen; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Clemens Sels Museum, Neuss; and 75 Rockefeller Center, NY.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

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“The moment you accept total responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life is the day you claim the power the change ANYTHING in your life.” -Hal Elrod

A faux wood faux carving of a faux pumpkin and faux squirrel. Could you ask for anything more?

I've actually gotten a few things done these past few days!  I made another charming kid's drawing copy for my SIL, a copy of my niece's drawing her dog backwards-relaxing:

I really love doing these to see what the kid was really concentrating on-  here it was the carpet, the chair, and the dog sinking into the chair back.  I always try to copy closely but 'fix' the composition to make it a bit more readable.  Here I allowed for cropping when she has it framed.  I was kind of thwarted when it came to finding scraps of white background plaid or check with matching big dots.  I don't have many patterned fabrics left but YEAAA, the plaid rug with the change in direction was a must-pick and really adds to the piece, doncha think?  I also added a black bead for the dog eye which she can snip off if she wants.  Most of my small beads won't fit over a needle I can thread any more, had to find my miner's glasses for that one.. 

I started doing this copies of kid's drawings back when my daughter was about 3 and did a highly detailed picture of a Christmas tree complete with little people standing on each branch that were the dough ornaments she had remembered for a whole year!  I was blown away by her drawing and made a embroidered/ appliquéd pillow for Christmas the following month and we used it every year after.  Then I did one of my niece's rendition when she was about 9 of her parents wedding.  After that I did one for each grand kid, and am patiently waiting for the last 2 to produce something beyond wild scribbles!  The last two were for my SIL who commissioned me.  This one is in the envelope ready to send off.  

Beyond work for other folks, I have been toiling over a giant knitted sheep pillow for anther granddaughter-  wanted to have it done for her birthday in November but was messing up with the bobbles about ten times, which of course throws off the count and makes me nuts.  Many restarts, and finally a rest in it's bag so I might get on with life.  But last week I finally figured out I don't have to do the hugely p-i-t-a bobbles as per the pattern which involves both working from the back and the front and counting different numbers with each turn.  NOT working for me with my ability to count to only three before losing track time after time.  I rested to wrapped bobbles and that seemed to work, though I think I need to recount each row as I go along because each row is different.  
Bored with this?  IMAGINE how I feel...
Plus I need double pointed size 17 needles which somehow do not exist.  

Anyway I typed up the instructions very carefully with one line per row so I can cross off each row as I complete AND CHECK it.  I will never do this again.  And I am aiming for her second birthday now, in November.  If this doesn't work I will re-knit it into a noose just in case.

Here I am at the West Palm Green Market yesterday-  I have a new passion of Vanda orchids thanks to my very accomplice gardening Dutch friend who manages to keep them happily blooming year after year and looking healthier and moe beautiful every year!  These babies are huge and gorgeous and are in the upper price range for black-thumbers like me.  I am struggling to get mine to rebook this season and may have to give up.  I seem to have better luck with phaleonopsis and currently have those all over the house.  And that has all necessitated a potting table so I am on the hunt for that now too.  I can hide it behind the house along with my ugly herb pots.

Super Bowl Sunday-  guess I should make some nachos, eh?  Before I get involved with that I am gonna have myself an ARTY PARTIE!  The 'theme' ere is growing stuff, but in the hands of this accomplished artist, I am daunted!

Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza has previously been drawn to recreating full landscapes with yarn and thread, embroidering large tapestries with rivers, valleys, and waves that spill out from the wall and rest on the floor. Barboza continues her exploration of installation-based tapestry with a new body of work that charts the growth of individual plants, while also expanding her practice into weaving with a new work of interconnected baskets.
Her series Increase charts a plant’s shadow for 15 days, steadily tracing its growth and movement over the two week time space. Balls of yarn lay at the foot of each tapestry, providing a visualization of the diminishing material as it is slowly added to the changing portrait. The colorful embroidery provides a charged glow around the white space of the original plant, its increasing mass illustrated in a collage of jagged shapes and vibrant hues.  Love this woman's work, I've been following her for years now and this is entirely new.  More next time-

Sunday, January 28, 2018

left molybdenum tranquillity

Auden:  Every artist feels himself at odds with modern civilization.

A WATERSKIING SQUIRREL, look at the crowds!  This little guy was found as a baby and kept to perform circus tricks.  And all he gets is a few nuts.  Life is so weird, especially for oddly talented water-skiers.  Sorry, I forgot his 
nom de rodent.

I finished up the Spools Collage and got it off yesterday to the new owner.  Hope  she isn't disappointed, but I am gonna use the two samples I made in the Littlejohn Beaney workshops.  This one I only got the sears of paint on before I packed up, but finished it up with more stitching and a layer of tulle to hold it together.  Also, a real binding and label,  Done doobie do dum dum...  Gabrielle, its on it's way and actually doesn't have to go too far up the peninsula to reach you!  For the rest of you who don't know what Ilm talking about 10 of us have a little group where we exchange 10" collages, or 'pages' if it's for a book with any techniques we want.  One a month goes out and supposedly one a month comes back to us too.  It's been a way to force a focus for me.  OK, I know I have 30 days to turn out a 10"x10" piece BUT that means I have to get a shelf cleaned out to access the paints, or practice 20 hours on the Q-20, or find a bunch of magazine imagess that relate to each other, or order more archival glue and wait for it.  There is always something that everything else is dependent upon.  It's a rule, I think.


Ordinarily I am not crazy about net overlays, but in this case it sure helps tame it down.  If you didn't;t read every damn word the other day, and why would you, the colors of this were screeching.  Believe it or not this is better.

“It’s not so bizarre to have an imaginary friend; it’s actually fairly normative,” says Dr. Marjorie Taylor, a psychologist and professor emerita at the University of Oregon who has researched the topic in depth. Indeed, Taylor’s studies suggest that some 37 percent of children have imaginary friends by the age of seven. They often begin to appear around the age of four, are quite common still by age seven, and largely drop off by age 12. “They last longer than you’d think,” she offers.
MY imaginary friend is Mae Haffenbrookins and she has been with me since about 4.  Most things that go wrong are her fault, poor thing.  I think I may have made up her name from over hearing my mother on the phone calling Brookin's Florist back in Orchard Park, circa 1950, but that's the only connection I've ever made as to Mae's existence.  Here she is contemplating needing bifocals when she turned 40:

Oops, an image got flipped and I don't remember which is right.
'Mae Haffenbrookins' New Glasses' was done in the 80's, and it was when I was hired to do a lecture for the New England Quilt Guild in a big auditorium, I remember it as being during lunch so I figured no problem, everybody will be out eating, right?  Nope.  This was my first program and 600 people showed up.  There as a big stage and a deer-in-the-headlights Sandy up there in the middle.  The thing is that I was a Middle School Art Teacher so NOTHING scared me!  And away I went surprising myself more then I could imagine.  It helped that all my quits were loaded with 'story'.  So, even though Mae told me I was ready for bifocals, she led me on the way to be out teaching about my stuff and that led to a wonderful, few years lugging stuff back and forth across the country-  back then it was even fun to travel!

Thanks for trooping down History Lane with me there for a minute.  Let's ramp things up and get to the ARTY PARTY!

France-based photographer Stefan Draschan always keeps himself entertained at art galleries by creating his own art projects.
One of those projects is “People matching artworks”. Although at first Draschan’s images seem perfectly staged, the secret behind them is actually patience. The photographer enjoys visiting different museums mostly in Paris, Vienna and Berlin where he waits for visitors to suddenly match with a piece of art in a funny way.  

And there I go.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

scorecard scoria formulae

“I’m as happy as a cow in her stall. 
That’s the only place where everything is all right.” 

Yeah, it's me again.  Bet you thought you lost me, eh?  No, not lost, just derailed!  This past week has been completely off the charts busy, and I just haven't had time for silly blogging.  I heard on one of my 3AM podcasts that, 'NOBODY BLOGS ANYMORE'.  Well, OK.  It's just another remnant of the dinosaur age here.  Some day I'll be bones stuck in tar with my fingers fused to the keypad.  But I'm first gonna talk about my week!

I received my monthly present from the Altered Art group and it's a lovely collage from Janis.  I already am working on the piece I have to send out by the end of the month and just may make the deadline.  Last year I banged out 10 of them at once and mailed them all in the beginning to get behind it.  Then I sat back and awaited the mailman and didn't have the stress or guilt of having to do itty bitty bits when I was too involved in something big. 
My 'theme' for the year is going to be sewing so this one is called 'Spools'.  As you can tell by the pins it's still in progress, and as a matter of face pretty much done after this.  I trimmed it down to 10" square.  It's trans-web painted with acrylics and fused onto felt. Then it's random circles cut from vintage kimono fabrics with the remnants from that forming the I-beam shaped spools.  Then I did the ole internet search and grabbed some old spool labels to attach.  Once trimmed it got much less confusing.  The cool thing is that the stitching, and there is a lot of it, was all done on the Q20 which I have been avoiding like the plague even after whining about buying it for so long.  IT works fine, but *I need some practice.  SO, that will be the other requirement for this series-  I have to use the Q20 in every piece to justify it's floor space.
Next, I finished up the auction stool for the Play for Pink challenge going up at our club.  Since I was at the end of the stool choosing, the one I got was not very easy to establish a relationship with (!), the steps were very narrow, and the top piece could have been much bigger too.  the legs are too spindly and it just isn't a good design.  So all that complaining over, I like how it tuned out.  I free cut a bunch of handmade papers and hand painted cardstock I've been hoarding, thinking of tropical plants while cutting away.  I used papers without thinking about realism, just getting a feel of lush growth and twining vines as I cut and pasted.  It only took a day of arranging after the piles of cut leaves were done, it was dry the next day and the second poly coating went on yesterday so it's ready to go-  even with a tiny signature.

I opened up the studio for several friends to come make their messes with me, even supplied the acrylics if they promised to toss the dried up tubes as they encountered them.  As much as I love having people in the studio to chat awhile, I did find it hard to work with people around.  thankfully it was only  few hours over two three days and we all finished yesterday.  I will turn this in tomorrow and think the auction itself is mid February but I could be wrong.  

So then on Friday I started my 3 day workshop with Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn from the UK.  You may know them from their (no kidding) 34 books they have written together!  Their class was about embroidery and layering stitches and building up textures.  And the approach was way more complicated that I am willing to attempt-  in my head I argued with them every step of the way but DID it.  Now that I am back on my own I will see what can be eliminated, what can be substituted, and what can be additions to what they taught.  This was my first sample, the second became 'Spools' and I will get a better picture when I finish it up tomorrow.

OK, so its not that compelling, I admit.  And it certainly needs some cropping.  But it's my first intimate connection to Solvy, or something that acts like Solvy except that it's sticky, but it only available in the UK.  

In conjunction with the workshop, there was also a Jane Dunnewald workshop at the same time, and then a big fiber show with two other artists at the Armory Art Center in West Palm.  If you have any time and are in town I urge you to see what's being done-  an amazing show!  You should see what Jane D. is doing!

One more thing about the last few projects I've been saddled with-  my bocce triptych went for $400 in the auction for that-  I was thrilled because the money went to my own charity which just happens to be Planned Parenthood.  Since this is the anniversary of Row vs Wade decision and I am wearing a giant '1973' on my teeshirt whenever its somewhat appropriate, I'm doing my little bit.

ARTY PARTY, even thought I think somebody owes me one!

Recently, Belgium-based ad agency Soon used paper as the medium for yet another unexpected product–playful little insects. Each sculpture was handcrafted out of recycled materials, photographed, and used in a brochure to advertise company IGEPA Benelux's new line of recycled papers.
The designers–Creative director Jim Van Raemdonck; graphic designers Phoebe De Corte and Dries Caeckebeke; and assistants Claar De Waele and Sil De Boeck–flipped through old magazines and printed materials, and selected a wide range of colorful paper to form the incredibly detailed legs, body, and wings of each creature. Layer upon layer, the artists cut, shaped, assembled, and transformed the paper into these delicate sculptures. The hand-crafted bugs are filled with a vibrant energy that radiates from the delicate composition of materials.

I'm exhausted.  Since NOBODY READS BLOGS ANYMORE, I'm gonna take my ball and go inside.  see you in a day or two.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

petrifaction petrify petrochemical

“Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work,”  Master sushi Chef Jiro Ono.

Yup, I still have this awful cough, just leave me alone to nap a bit.

We've known it for eons, at least since the early 70's when I came aboard the quilting bandwagon.  Remember when those giant Amish dark quilts were touted as abstract art?New York Galleries were snapping them up.  They were the art world's new darlings, and very influential to a whole army of new quilters-  the ones who were convinced they were art and evolved into, what else here-  Art Quilters!  (duh).  The Sara Kay Gallery has an exhibit up comparing old quilts to modern female artists abstract expressionists and some of the compare and contrasts are amazing.  OK, so you can't get to the gallery, at least here is your today's reading assignment:


Discuss amongst yourselves, research out some new contrasts, think about what you think!!!  And write it in the comments if you will.

Coming down off the auction of the Bocce Art, I was happy with what my piece brought.  We can pick where we want our 'donation' to go so I figured Planned Parenthood is my choice.  I normally don't donate art to charities, in fact I hadn't;t known it was a donation until it already had some bids, so kept my mouth shut.  I felt better that we could pick our own charity rather than have somebody else do that so I feel better about the whole thing.  

So, the next thing is that I have been asked to 'donate' again.  We have been handed out step stools, part of a 'Step Up' campaign for the annual cancer benefit.  So now I am working on that-  and there goes January too!  I offered my studio to the others who are involved  since most will be getting paint all over their kitchens, nd I am also looking at this as a way to cull the herd of my giant acrylic collection.  Hoping that the dried up tubes will be tossed and the inferior quality paints will get reduced and leave me with just one giant plastic bin of miscellaneous paints. We'll see.  Already I have rejected painting the stool and instead am cutting palm fronds out of many different papers and decoupaging them on in a willy nilly fashion.  My stool is already painted black and I think the bright greens will look great against the dark background.  My problem with the stool is that it's not very substantial, the rungs and legs are skinny, and the steps themselves are pretty narrow- not for stepping, but for doing significant design I mean.  It's hard to integrate all those thin legs and braces into a design, but we will see what happens when I get my glue pot out.  I'll take some in-process pictures tomorrow.  Studio will be open tomorrow nd Thursday-  hope some people show up-  always fun to have somebody else around even if it precludes me listening to my murder podcasts...  damn.

Well I got shown-  Was supposed to  have 3 extra people in today but NOBODY showed up.  At least I got there early and got my stool clear coated so it's ready for another coat or seven when I get back on Monday.  I kind of wouldn't have spent the ENTIRE day there waiting and fiddling around if I knew nobody would show up!  And I got busy playing with other interesting Home Depot purchases and forgot to take a picture of the stool.  Shoot me now.

Busy weekend ahead, tomorrow starts my 3 day workshop plus there is an opening tomorrow night that I;d like to stick around for, but I don't know if Molly will be taken care of-  I will probably have to race home for her but if I do there is no way in hell I would turn around and go back.

I'd go to bed...

ARTY PARTY explores cross-stitch!  
Except I don't think it's cross stitch, it looks more like needlepoint to me-  what do you think?

Swedish designer Ulla Stina Wikander uses household appliances and cooking tools as the base to her cross-stitched sculptures, bestowing outdated objects with a new life. Most of the items come from the 70s, yet the patterns she covers their bodies in are much older. The cross-stitch designs come from the 59-year-old artist’s vast collection, allowing Wikander to give a new context to each blowdryer, rolling pin, and typewriter she covers. You can see more of her sculptures, as well as a variety of designed accessories, on her website and Instagram. (via My Modern Met)