Friday, October 20, 2017

inside medievalise headway

"I prefer to see with closed eyes." 
— Josef Albers

Rodent Days of the Dead

Got my prescription renewed but only part of it-  Walgreens ran out but gave me enough for the trip, whew.  This is not a life threatening medication, but I sure have a time when I don't take it.  Then I hit the bank, got a bit of cash but then decided I need a bit more so the ATM shut me off and closed the account.  Geesh, ll I wanted was a few 20's instead of 50's.  So when I got home I had 2 messages from my bank about 'fraudulent usage' and that my account will stay locked until they can verify me.  For crying' out loud.  So I got that taken care of in a follow up phone call with a robot.  What a pain.

Headed for the studio and finished the second blouse and cut out another one I will finish when I get back.  I made a pattern that is a basic tee shirt, no buttons, no zippers, no snaps, AND I can make the whole thing on the machine, no handwork!  Finished seams!  And it looks good.  I have an abundance of fabric as you know, so I am going to use some of it for more of these shirts-  add a sleeve, cut one down the center, add a zipper, pockets, cups-  whatever to change it up a bit and still not do any handwork.  This ought to get me going again, at least one would hope.

I managed with brute strength to compact my queen quilt into HALF of my carry-on-  it will take three days in the dryer to puff up again but I did it!  And I can fit an extra pair of jeans and a shirt or two in there too.  I'm a bit scared the whole thing will explode on the conveyer belt and I'll be grounded for life, but I'm saving having to buy another one of something I already have!  

Finally, because I'm going away, I worry about the aged doggie and whether she will get her meals-on-wheels rotisserie chicken served on time. Today I bought two and stripped them clean ready to flop into her dish twice a day.  Seems to be all she will eat lately and especially likes it frozen and pieces snapped off to be hand fed to her.  TY thinks this charming and goes along with it so we'll see what happens when I get back and she expects this to continue.  Ha.

SO, I have a bit of an ARTY PART~

A couple of old turtles.   Indonesian artist Ono Gaf works primarily with metallic junk reclaimed from a trash heap to create his animalistic sculptures. His most recent piece is this giant turtle containing hundreds of individual metal components like car parts, tools, bike parts, instruments, springs, and tractor rotors. You can read a bit more about Gaf over on the Jakarta Post, and see more of this turtle in this set of photos by Gina Sanderson. 

Hope to be in touch from Boston but just taking the iPad so we'll see how much I can do with that.  I haven't had luck before but maybe this time I'll be driven to it!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

resistant alkalinity witan

“Try to put well in practice what you already know; 
and in so doing, you will, in good time, 
discover the hidden things which you now inquire about.”  

sharing a toothbrush is not a good idea.

Just got back from a lecture on indigo which pretty much held the audience spellbound.  Thanks to an old friend and crit group member, Carol Grotrian, I already knew this stuff.  One time she started an indigo pot just for us and an us through the process which is indeed fun.  I dyed 2 yards of wonderful silk velvet with something in mind, who knows what.  I still have it, cut in 8" squares and unfortunately embellished with gold paint.  hey, I thought it would work.  Anyway, another pile I should toss out.

I've spent the last three days making blouses to go with a pair of pants I bought.  The pants are purple sleazy material that drops and swished, with a tiny white circle with a yellow cross in each.  I need something yellow.  So I made a yellow an almost-purple linen plaid tee shirt in th same colors but a different scale and I think I like it lots.  I also cobbled together a few more remnants of Marimekko giant grape leaf white linen with gold designs and a gold and white stripe.  I almost finished that one too but had to gather up my stuff and get home in time for the lecture.  

Realized I am going to Boston on Saturday for the week and haven't started jamming things in my suitcase yet, amongst the 'things' is a queen sized down quilt so there goes any space or things like clothes except for what I will wear.  Oh well, all I'm doing is playing with kids anyway so it won't matter.  I do have a few things there but nothing that's been purchased since 1999.  Sigh.  But getting the quilt there is of utmost importance.

Have a busy day preparing for leaving-  have to buy Molly's chickens for the week and get them cooked up, have to get to doctor to get a new prescription to take with me, and hope the pharmacy can accommodate before I leave.  Have to assemble a workable wardrobe for the week, do a load of wash, get to bank-  I THOUGHT I was going next week, silly me.  Also have to assemble a knitting project so I don't go mad.

Anyway, that's what's happening here for the next 2 days, hope I can keep up blog while I'm there but iPad sucks for blog writing.  

Here's the Party, but it ain't very Arty this time around!

Artist Taiichiro Yoshida forms the delicate wings of birds and fluffy fur of mammals from a variety of sculpted metal flowers of bronze, copper, or silver. Decorative hot metalworking in Japan is considered an ancient technique, beginning sometime in the 2-3rd century BC. Yoshida achieves the fragile nature of each piece through smithing, where the hot metal is carefully beaten and then formed into blooms before being colored. You can see more of his work on Artsy

Friday, October 13, 2017

disgustingly whereabouts spokespeople

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly,
is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” 

Kurt Vonnegut 

Wow-  look at the claws they were born with!

Yet another day of rain off and on here but I got to the studio just as it was starting and I vowed to finish up all the clothes I have bought this past year that need alterations of one sort or another.  So, rip and sew I did all day long.  I finished a blouse that I was never happy with so I cut it up the front, added binding, and put on a bunch of old bakelite buttons and one working snap at the top.  I'll give it another chance at seeing daylight before I take it to Goodwill.  Also put gussets in the sleeves of a shirt that was too tight and I never felt good in-  love the chunky linen fabric, but not so much how it pulled at my arms.  Now I can wear it.
Another blouse I've had lying around but never going anywhere-  I didn't like the neckline so I found the small piece of the plaid I used for a binding and took off the round neck and made it a V.  I think I like the way it lies much better, but again, this it it's Last Chance before getting tossed.
Two pairs of pants needed hemming because my leg length doesn't match my girth measurement so off with a few inches on 2 pairs of good dress pants.  One pair I like so much I need to see if I can find more but I don't even remember where I bought them or when-  they have permanent wrinkles in them from lying at the bottom of the to-do pile.  Another pair stymied me because the hem has a kick pleat in it and it was a pita to hem, plus it is black, the bane of my existance for hand sewing.  And finally a new pair of pajamas that arrived Huge even though I ordered my correct size.  Finally I decided that having big floppy pajamas bottoms is fine so I lopped off 4 inches on those.  That about successfully freed up a chair that was piled high.

Yea Me.

I have opted IN to a third round with my Altered Book group.  It's been fun and a good challenge to come up with 9 different pieces to mail out, one per month. Last time around I did them all at once from cutting up some large collages I had made.  I only had to bind them and add a few doodads to make them finished.  This year we haven't set up the challenge yet so we'll see what happens.  I'm sure I can find some aspect of it that will push me along.  And I still have to make a binder or something to keep the last round together.  The first round we started with the bound book though I haven't permanently added the pages yet. And that year we picked our own theme that the others had to stick with. 


Yup, Balloons.

Setting that unreachable bar for kid parties!
  Masayoshi Matsumoto (previously here and here) doesn’t twist up your average balloon animal creations. Instead, the Japanese artist produces larger than life beetle larva and spider crabs, creating latex masterpieces that blow away the simplistic balloon animals we’ve come to expect. Multi-colored and not bound to any particular species, the works are incredibly realistic interpretations of the animals they imitate, making the requests at your child’s next birthday particularly bizarre. You can see more of his insects and animals on his Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram.

And with that, Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

souled harmonisers bellboy

“Show your true colors. Mine is yellow.” (Big Bird, Caroll Spinney)

Happy pet raccoon catching raindrops on his car ride!

(I know, I know-  'pet raccoon' is an oxymoron and in fact it's illegal to have one without permission in this country.  But hey, with my squirrel 'thing' the same is true-  they are NOT pets, don't catch 'em and put dresses on 'em.  Thanks you from the management.)  Both bite and claw, but squirrels are not known to infect humans with rabies, raccoons most certainly can!  
Pity, I hae a litter of babies that hang out in the dumpster at the studio that I would love to 'save'.  Instead I throw in my stuff and run.

SO, here's your healthy squirrel du jour, just hanging out.  

So much for animal husbandry, and back to the track here.  I have a wee problem you may not know about-  I am absolutely addicted to podcasts.  I have wireless earphones and a big collection delivered daily so I listen all night. Now the question is kind of chicken or egg-ish in that I don't know if I just don't sleep well and the earphones keep me from hearing snoring or whether the actual podcasts are keeping me awake.  Pick one...  The second choice may not be the best because I listen to true crime and oh boy, there is a whole lot of it out there.  Just a quick survey of the first page of my list shows over twenty different crime podcasts and unknown numbers of episodes of each, with new ones being added all the time.  Which brings me to my own crime art projects:

I 'collect' pictures off wanted posters and police records I find on the internet.  And I made a book of them called Serial Killers.  I used my skills at making boxes and constructed a box to house the pictures:
Then filled it with a slew of killers,
adding their names, the number of their victims-  female, male, or a child:I think there are about 30 mounted photos, both sides of the cards.  And here's the cover with 'bloodsplatter', actually 'skins' like I described the other day:
I haven't had the cojones to display it anywhere because it really needs to be touched and leaved through all the separate cards.

But ANYway, as I have diverged yet again, this evolved into a victim quilt, mounted on stretchers because it was necessary for a show, 'The Lost':

 Same murderers around the age, and twin victims in the center, recently found wrapped in blue tarps in the woods with bullet holes.  Grisley enough for you?  Funny nobody has bought this one...

OK, enough of my warped time travel.  This is all leading up to today's ARTY PARTY.  Bet you wondered where this was heading.

A MURDER diorama!  The kitchen is well equipped and stocked. There’s a stove, a refrigerator full of food, a table with a rolling pin and a bowl, and a sink with Ivory soap. The wall calendar, featuring with a sailing ship, says it’s April 1944. But there’s something else: Every item is miniature, hand-crafted, and a doll lies on the floor, apparently dead, cause unknown.

This is one of Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of 1/12-scale dioramas based on real-life criminal investigation cases. They were used—and continue to be studied even today—to train investigators in the art of evidence gathering, meticulous documentation, and keen observation. And they were created by one of the most unlikely and influential figures in crime scene forensics.

A bedroom fire

Hanging in the attic


I am in awe!  Oh sure, I've seen meticulous dollhouse recreations but nothing as compelling as this woman's work!  I go now, gotta catch up on some ghastly murder while I'm working at the studio!  Maybe making another murder quilt, an area that hasn't quite been fully explored yet.  D'you think Houston is ready yet?  Have a nice rest of the week, be back soon.

Monday, October 09, 2017

presuppose nuzzled freedomites

Japanese proverb, 
“My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.” 

Yahoo, I finally found Season 1 of 'This is Us' on Hulu.  Basically I hate Hulu and never look for stuff there but tonight, there it was.  And TY was  clicking on it and WOW, he really liked it!  So we put our seal of approval on it and will add it to the three things on earth we can actually watch together.  

Last night I got back from dinner at 9 and checked my email before heading for the bed-  there w as a delivery notice from USPS that they had delivered my package at 8:20 PM.  I was shocked, but not enough to actually put on shoes to investigate.  However it was stuffed in my mailbox this morning as I took Molly out for her third walk.  I can't believe they are that much on the ball that they make deliveries at night!  Very impressive.

Today I took the little box to the studio-  it was some fabric I had ordered and I wanted to see it in real light-  think I'll be making either a jacket or a pair of pants since both are velvet-ish and will work for dress-up.  Like I ever dress up...

OK, today I'm going to talk about SKINS, no silly, not on a body, the stuff you make with paint!  Back when acrylic paints were invented in the late 50's someone used a parchment tear-off pallet and they discovered that the dried paint could be peeled off the backing.  That was fun, so they started doing it intentionally and collected all their leftover paints layered up.  Then someone discovered they could easily apply the blobs back to the canvas with a little gel or loose paint to bond it.  It was a very fun thing to do, and there was lots of it wherever you would go with acrylics. 
  From Nancy Reyner:  What’s a skin? It’s a separate piece of acrylic without any backing or support.  Any acrylic product when applied to a non-stick surface and left to dry, can be peeled off producing a piece of acrylic with no backing. This piece of acrylic, or “skin” can be used as a collage item in a painting, or as an entire layer of a painting.What non-stick surfaces will work? Plastic garbage bags, plastic painting drop cloths at home improvement stores that are whitish and cloudy, plexi sheets called HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), Freezer Paper (found in grocery stores – not to be confused with wax paper) and protective plastic binder sheets found in office supply stores.Which type of acrylic works best? The quick answer is that any acrylic product will make a skin. But to delve a bit deeper, let’s start by thinking of acrylic in two broad categories. There’s paint and binder. Acrylic paint has color, while binders come in 3 basic types: mediums, gels and pastes. So any paint, medium, gel or paste can create a skin, which means a skin can come in any color, opacity/transparency, thickness, sheen, texture or combination.
So now we will have a PAINTY SKINS ARTY PARTY!
Cube, manipulated, folded, and carved

Twenty Gallons
Margie Livingstone:  Twenty Gallons is a large scale, site specific installation commissioned by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) where Livingston covered the monumental 15-foot tall archway in LACE’s front gallery with a series of panels constructed entirely from, as her title suggests, twenty gallons of acrylic paint. The installation exists (deliberately so) within multiple overlapping and potentially conflicting contexts. While references to both the earnestness of Jackson Pollack’s manic gesturing and Roy Lichstenstein’s playful yet cooly calculated Three Brushstrokes are in abundance, arguable the most intriguing element of the installation its location, both literally and metaphorically; Twenty Gallons exists as a threshold between physical spaces and artistic disciplines.

The next few are so compelling because they look for all the world like ruffled fabrics. The are all three dimensional and made only of paint mounted on a substrate.  I*LOVE*THESE!

Leslie Wayne manipulates the medium of painting by approaching oil paint as a sculptural material, often times scraping, folding, cutting, and building up the surfaces. Her work takes on three-dimensional forms with layers, varying textures, and colors. The tactile quality of her work evokes the experience of geology and natural phenomena. “My relationship to landscape is really rooted in memory, in the light, colors and geography of the West,” she said in an interview published in Figure/Ground Communication in 2013. She continues, “So here, in the middle of midtown Manhattan, I approach the subject more as an opportunity to depict visual manifestations of physical forces: compression, subduction, morphogenesis, rather than pictures of nature in the traditional sense. And many of the paintings are shaped in ways that accentuate movement and instability.” 

I bet you're now making skins, right?  And yes, you can stick 'em to anything.  Now go play and stop looking for answers on how to do it!