Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pizza Indian Style



No Fair
 they don't do this at our local Pizza Hut


Apparently this is not unusual, quite a few Pizza Huts in India have dancing waiters.




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My favourite memory is the night in Hetton-le-Hole when the sky was ink black and it sparkled with stars.
I sat in wonder on the doorstep as I ate the best chips in the world.
Mum's chips.
Mum had put them in a paper cone and sprinkled them with malt vinegar.
It was magical and all was right with the world.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Taipei Baby: knit graf in Taipei

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"Taipei Baby"
A jafagirl camo barbie made its way to Taipei 101 district.

thanks to guest jafas Adrian & Belinda
woo hoo
UPDATE
I did my moans in the last few posts.
So here is some good news.
The owner of the shop said she will remove the cards that depict jafagirls artwork
since we did not give permission to the photographer to use our images for profit.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Smile!

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I am experimenting with street art stickers and this didn't really work for me
but I thought I would post it anyway.
Do you ever feel like shouting at someone who returns a smile with a scowl or blank look
"OH go suck a prune"


Ethical question (not a legal one)
An out of town photographer has been taking photographs of local public art (including our jafagirl textile totems) and using them on cards she is selling in a local shop. The photographer has not included any information on the cards, or credited who, what or where? (The Textile Totems clearly state who did them with a name and a blog address.) I don't think it is hard to find a link to the Arts Council and asking who to credit the work to.
To me it is a matter of professional courtesy towards the artists of this small community, especially when said person is using local artists work to profit from. I also think it is important for buyers to see at the very least where the photo was taken.
Also regardless of where the art is it is still copyrighted to the person who created it and neither Nancy or I gave permission for anyone to photograph our work (whether it is in public or not) to use as a means to make a profit from. These are close up shots of the knit knot tree, the textile totems and Nancy's painted lion.
How would you feel and what would YOU do?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

She wore BIG knickers

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and
I thought they were scary
but
one night I had to sleep in her bed
and I saw her wearing them
and
that was REALLY scary

Who Knew I would become a member of the
BIG KNICKERS CLUB
arg


Odd stories in the News
Row over big KNICKERS
A FAMILY'S home was saved – by a pair of knickers.

Some fun sites to Visit
Yarn bombing which always has some of the coolest knit graffiti on it

I have a new link for a really cool video tutorial search engine called
Wonder How To
"WonderHowTo hand-selects and curates the best free instructional videos from over 1,700 websites."

Wonderful Wacky Food and Bento Art by Sakurako Kitsa at Flickr
I am happy to say Sakurako has agreed to exhibit in the art space that I help run for the Yellow Springs Arts Council.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Cor, I love Crackers

That's a Deluxe Tom Smith Cracker sitting on my table and you almost need a forklift to pick it up, which tells me they don't have cheapo plastic pressies. Still they don't compare to the one's that Wee Birdy showcases on her blog (oooh la la, those one's are primo).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sketchbook Project: Page 2


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"In fairy tales the wicked
always get punished, but she wasn’t
in a fairy tale. She was in Nana’s kitchen
playing at the sink, playing with the bubbles
and water. She imagined
she was serving tea.
Yes! She imagined

as she lined the glasses
up that some contained the poison
for THEM. Them! Even at five she
knew they were wicked,
only she didn’t really know just
how truly
wicked they would become".
by Corrine Bayraktaroglu

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Geordie Life


Doesn't look like much does it, but this car park is a famous landmark that was controversial from the get go. Of course my memories of it precede Get Carter (my cousin was in the dance hall scene as a extra). That brick wall on Jackson Street in Gateshead is hundreds of years old (I think it's from roman days) and I tinkled next to it behind a billboard. Yes that is my claim to fame LOL! Oh! I was only 6 and desperate, as was my nana and mum to find a loo for me, but alas nature was demanding. I loved going to Gateshead with my mum and nana, the shops, the old buildings, churches and pubs. Those are my good memories. As for the car park, that is where at 16 I was attacked. I was several floors up and waving to my sis in the square below. I was about to get on the lift when a man stopped me, grabbed me by the throat and started to drag me towards a car screaming he was going to teach me a lesson. It is almost surreal when you are attacked. Forget logic, your body and your brain don't connect or work too well. I couldn't even process for a few seconds what was happening, my body went limp and I tried to scream but no sound came out. It was only when he had dragged me a few feet next to the car that I gave out a hell raising scream and some shopper came racing up to rescue me. That is the bad memory.


It is one of many incredibly ugly building that went up in Gateshead and Newcastle during the late 50's 60's and early 70's, an architectural movement called Brutalist. Putting aside the aesthetics (that is always subjective) the architecture and surroundings proved unfriendly, cold and inhospitable. A classic example is the now demolished Newcastle Public Library.

Trivia: "1853 Police were forbidden to carry sticks and were ordered by the Watch Committee to "Control their tempers." 19th century gateshead

Geordie Life, where you can see some great videos of the city of Newcastle and its architecture and learn a little about the culture.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Sketchbook Project: Front Cover

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The theme of the Art House Sketchbook Project is "everyone we know"
Since the eyes are the windows to the soul
I thought it fitting to paint my eye

Traveling Exhibit
"your documents please"
CURRENT LOCATION
2B Galéria
Budapest, Hungary
November 28, 2008 - December 30, 2008
Publications
Amica Magazine

MadSilence has this really cool snow effect on their blog (I hope they don't me borrowing the idea). Mine isn't as good, but I think still fun :)

WOW!
Someone crashed into the street sign on the corner of Dayton and Corry street that has our knit graffiti on it. Nancy and I figured we would have to do some new knitting for it when the new pole went up. Well, I don't know which village crew did this, but bless their hearts. They actually slid the knitting off the destroyed pole and put it onto the new pole.
Thank You


Monday, December 08, 2008

Jafagirls get up to mischief at 3:07pm



I blew the whistle and lots of kisses and cuddles On Saturday Dec 6th at 3:07 pm.
Boy did a huge crowd show up on the steps of the Presbyterian church in town
You can see the slide show of "the kiss" on our  jafagirl blog.
I accosted people and forced Hershey chocolate kisses on them, poor things ;)
My dog Rufus seriously resisted a kiss from my daughter

It was fun day, with a lot of joy and jokes and smiles
A HUGE thanks to the Village of Yellow Springs for being such good sports and participating.



Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christmas Tree

By 9:30 am Friday morning we had hung (with the help of les-thank you) our newest public art, a little Christmas tree art box outside In a Frame on Corry Street.
I made the box and the mini paper chains, nancy made the mini candles and glued on little ornaments.




Friday, December 05, 2008

The Govenors Award

I don't know who nominated me for the 2009 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio, but I want to say a BIG thank you. Even though I wasn't selected I am honored that I was nominated.

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A tree in Yellow Springs Ohio
photo by c.bayrak
Do you ever just look up and feel like a kid again
lost in imagination and joy of the moment.
I just stood and stared up at the grand old tree.
No thoughts of knitting crossed my mind.
Honest




Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Yum Yum Poles and Kisses

Well this week Nancy (seen in the photo) and I are up to our eyeballs with projects, from putting up three yum yum poles, and working on the "Catch a Kiss in the Springs" campaign that the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring, installing an art box on a building, and removing three paintings from the chamberpot gallery. Yes, we have sold three paintings from the loo art gallery, which goes to show, good art sells anywhere, even in a netty.

It was snowing like mad when we were tagging the poles and Williams Eatery took pity on us lol and told us to come in and have a cup of tea on the house. I love this building and the owners are
sweethearts, and a great little menu. So anyone in the YS area, check it out.

view from inside Williams Eatery

Just in case some might think I have forgotten my more serious work, I am plotting as I type. Yes I have some major ideas for my next series that I will be exhibit 2010. They will require more than just painting, also carpentry and some multi-media work. Sort of along the lines of these pieces technically, but interactive (people will be able to open parts, turn dials, press buttons for sounds, etc).