Friday, March 09, 2018

Clouds and Studio Notes in Ahwatukee

Saw these amazing clouds this morning.

If you are a fan of clouds

The new hashtag you should be following? #Cloudporn

Who knew clouds could be so sexy?

About Ahwatukee 
 origin of the name

Each day is an adventure as we learn to live in a new place and a new lifestyle.  I have a new motto when it comes to plants in the southwest, "look but don't touch". They can be ever so pretty but the thorns are lethal and sometimes they are hidden within the leaves, on the trunk or tiny slivers sneak into your flesh and irritate.
Esqualita is now up and with her studio dog Phineas Fallis, all is well in the studio 

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ahwatukee Rocks

When we first moved to Phoenix I came across this great fb page called Ahwatukee Rocks. I can't tell you just how happy I was to find this as it's right up my alley. I love the whole concept of adults and children painting rocks and leaving them in unexpected places for people to enjoy. 

National craze hits village with Ahwatukee Rocks

From East Coast to West Coast, a trend that promotes random acts of kindness while combining it with creativity is this summer's craze, an unplugged and heart-satisfying alternative to last July's Pokémon Go. In the past month, an Ahwatukee woman and two children have brought the craze local with a Facebook group page, "Ahwatukee Rocks."

So I joined the fb group and after finally finding my box with some of the stones left one out today.
painted rocks and stones
Hope whoever finds it enjoys it.

Well BACK to unpacking studio boxes
 until next time 
cheers and thanks for visiting

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Unpacking and Setting up an Art Studio

It seems each place requires a different set up, different storage, different furniture before one can even open all the boxes. 
IKEA to the rescue and I got a new table and
studio skeleton
a new very comfortable chair and it didn't break the bank. I am itching to get all my supplies out and start working on some ideas.
Meanwhile Rooster made the cut, why I have no idea since he is falling apart and scraggy.
Some things I opened and I have to ask myself why the heck did I bring THAT. 

How To Set Up an Art Studio
I like the video because of his accent ;)
and I like his still life box. Reminds me to keep one of my moving boxes to make one. 

The biggest requirement is LIGHTING. 

Saturday, February 03, 2018

This Art Life in Ahwatukee, Arizona

I don't have a clue how my art life will be in Ahwatukee, Arizona, but it all starts with a house, well a HINGE on the gate of the house to be precise.

I was totally enamored when I saw the gate to the courtyard and knew this house was meant to be. We haven't moved in yet, but already it is firing my imagination.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The End of an Era In Yellow Springs, Ohio

16 years of art mischief in Yellow Springs, Ohio and it all began when I met Nancy at the Yellow Springs Arts Council. 
It started with the art gallery in the local restroom, The Chamberpot Gallery, and ended with the controversial Womans'Tree ornaments outside Current Cuisine. In between there  have been two bouts of 15 minutes of fame as part of the jafagirlsexhibits, inclusion in books, magazines,
Knot Knot Tree
interviews, eyebombing, free art friday, birdbombing, street art, community projects etc etc and I am sure we made many in town groan and grumble along the way ;) It's been quite amazing for so many reasons. I got so much encouragement and support, the town folk being such good sports, having the freedom to blossom as an artist, and so many many dear friends and acquaintances I've travelled this journey with.  There will be new faces in town, new ideas and new energy and I look forward to watching it continue and blossom from afar. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Adventures and New Travels for the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle

In 2006 I had a wonderful trip back home in the UK and showed my mother the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle.  You can see it on google map here. In 2008 I decided to make a twin version  and put it up somewhere in Yellow Springs. My choice was the alley on the side of the Gulch on Dayton Street and it did stay there for a couple of years and then I put it up over the door of "would you, could you IN A FRAME". It didn't last a month up
up there because someone yanked it off it's screws and I thought it was lost forever. I decided to do a lost and found bunny poster and posted the flyers in local shops and poles and despite my husband thinking it wouldn't work.

I GOT my bunny back within two weeks. Somebody said they found it abandoned on the side of the road and took it home. Thereafter it was safely perched above my front door for several years. 

Now the Rabbit will find a new home in Arizona. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Credit Where Credit Is Due for #metoo and The Women's Tree in Yellow Springs, Ohio

A shout out to Tarana Burke for starting the #metoo movement, and incredulously omitted from the Time Magazine Cover applauding The Silence Breakers.

An activist, a little girl and the heartbreaking origin of 'Me too'

Ever since the allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced, those two simple words have become a rallying cry. Women -- and some men -- have used them to share personal stories of sexual harassment and assault.
As we see repeatedly in the news around the world and in the USA, sexual abuse, harassment and rape continues and crosses all boundaries, classes, cultures, politics and is an ongoing problem. Just because a few high profile men have been called out, lost elections, resigned or been fired doesn't mean it's stopped. It's an ongoing problem.

 The reason behind the The Viva La Vulve Tree installed in Yellow Springs on the night of the inauguration is sadly still relevant. To see such a lewd suggestive tweet against a senator is sadly not unexpected given what we knew before he was elected
With that said felt ornaments seem to be popping up on other trees with #metoo on the back of them.
Perhaps they will elicit again misdirected rage, or ideally promote some healthy discussion in the community where women have been fighting for several years to be heard in regards to several predators. Like I said in the interview “ was, and IS, about women coming together and women power, and not wanting to be silenced.” 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Faces In Things - The Iceman Smokes

Paredolia and as far back as I can remember I saw faces in things, just never knew the term for it. Judging by the amount of articles and websites, instagram pictures devoted to it I am not alone in this phenomenon.
 Happy Face by the waterfall in Glen Helen and it looks like he's smoking a stogie.
 This article below states people with paredolia are likely to be religious, or believe in ghosts or ufo's

Pareidolia Is Why You See Faces in Everyday Things | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest

Have you ever been looking up at the sky and notice a shape in the clouds? Or do a double take of a tree because you can see a face in the bark? You're not alone; a lot of people have the tendency to do that. This phenomenon actually has a name.
How that works for me I don't know since I don't believe in ghosts, or ufo's, or the lockness monster.  

Thursday, December 07, 2017

#metoo - Is There a Woman That This Hasn't Happened To

Viva La Vulve
"It was about women coming together and  not wanting to be silenced.”

I will NEVER forget the first incident. I was walking home from school in the wee mining village we lived in and a man with several children my age (6 years old) around him called me over. He was exposing himself and I was horrified and ran home and told my mum. She called the police but they never found the filthy pig. Actually that's an insult to pigs. 

 By the time I saw a man flashing himself in the cinema a few seats away from me I had sadly seen this happen so often during my teen years I was not shocked, just again disgusted and I shouted "put IT away" and reported him. The police came and to my further disgust the officer tried to interview me and ask for my address within earshot of the perv. 

Late teens I worked in a Butcher's department in a supermarket and the head butcher, a man in his 50's, couldn't keep his hands off the women. Our job was to try and protect each  other and NEVER walk by the cooler alone lest he drag you in for a feel. No matter how much we objected, no matter how many times women stamped his foot or dug an elbow into him he insisted women loved the attention. NOTHING could dissuade this piece of trash from his belief and the other men pretended not to see it, management didn't care.

There have been worse incidents, some brutal that led to jail time for the perpetrator, but the sad reality is that I am not alone. 

I was asked by Amelia Robinson in a blog radio interview at WHIO Dayton if the #metoo will make a difference and I can't really answer that. 
Are men listening, are men making changes, are men in power holding others accountable, themselves accountable? Is society listening and demanding changes or are they making excuses for those perps that align with them politically, socially, economically, career wise, etc. 
This article talks of lumping the trivial in with the "legitimate sexual assault". The problem is that the trivial is part of the conditioning and pattern that leads to an unhealthy acceptance of abusive behaviour towards children, teens and women.  I purposefully excluded the word "legitimate" because that smacks of marginalization. 
I have had TRIVIAL up to my eyeballs and 
it's NOT acceptable.

TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that-in the most painful and personal ways-movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Tis the Season and the Art of Jollity

I am just not feeling it this season.
Jollity is being elusive. 
A major MOVE looms. 
 It's my last Christmas with my dear friends.
It's my last Christmas in this wee village surrounded by cornfields.
How I've come to love those cornfields.

The Art of Jollity
Open the door a wee bit and it sneaks in
with that smile of a friend
that connection with a loved one far away
that candy crunch all the way from Ireland
that handmade gift left at the door
that moment you volunteer for a cause
that card that comes in the mail
that video of a grandchild
that smell of roasting chestnuts
and the moment I remember
 how utterly blessed I am.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The Craftivist Sisterhood and Craftivism in the News

altered altoid tinI was asked on a blog talk radio interview at whio Dayton what the Craftivist Sisterhood was. I can tell you what it's not and that is it's not a formal group, club or organization. In our case, the reason for the interview, it was three friends who joined together in a spontaneous act of sisterhood to express our feelings through craft. Definition: Craftivism is joining craft and activism but for a longer explanation check out Betsy Greer who coined the term.
Any women who get together and create crafts to express an opinion or address an issue is in the Craftivist Sisterhood. There are organizations you can join  such as the craftivist collective started by Sarah Corbett OR you can do what a friend of mine, Johanna Smith, did when she moved to a new state and put out the call to fellow Knitters/crochet and started a Crafting for a Cause group. 

Craftivism in the News

Craftivism: Melding of crafting, activism is having a moment

Colleen Haraden-Gorski uses her embroidery skills these days to embellish quilts made by students at school and community-center workshops on themes of social justice and working together to make a difference. Recently, she embroidered images of barbed wire and the serial numbers of concentration-camp victims on a square about the Holocaust.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Hawk and The Snake

birds of prey
I saw this magnificent hawk grab a snake and fly up to the tree next to our house. I was on my way to a local cafe in the village but sat in the car and watched the hawk for a few minutes. They say in AZ in the more rural parts it's a good idea to create nesting boxes for hawks and owls to help control the rattlesnake population in your back yard eeek! I think me and my husband will be building about a hundred nesting boxes when we move there. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Flying High with Hello Kitty in Taiwan

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 Hello Kitty is EVERYwhere in Taiwan and I mean everywhere, from vendors goods at night market, to scooters, face masks, helmets, exhibits at the Art Center in Kaohsiung, Hello Kitty Cafe's and even a plane.  
I found this video and it's pretty close to how we experienced Taiwan in 2014.