Monday, October 19, 2009

Rosemarie Beck: painting to stitches

I friend told me about this artist when she heard what I was doing.  Rosemarie Beck has been  translating her work into stitch a long time before I got my bright idea to do it. It is fascinating to look at her stitches and how she translated her painting style. You can see more on her website and better images than my photo from the small catalogue page (or click on the link underneath the embroidery).

Jafabrits Studio

Meanwhile my embroidery is coming along
AND I figured out how to attach the doors and what to use for the doorhandles on my shrine piece without spending any money. I used waxed thread to hinge the doors and two beads for the handles.

I thought this article interesting, but I don't think people ever stopped appreciating the skills that go into a work of art or craft, do you?

Has Conceptual Art Jumped the Shark Tank?
Denis Dutton
"We ought, then, to stop kidding ourselves that painstakingly developed artistic technique is passé, a value left over from our grandparents’ culture. Evidence is all around us. Even when we have lost contact with the social or religious ideas behind the arts of bygone civilizations, we are still able, as with the great bronzes or temples of Greece or ancient China, to respond directly to craftsmanship."

Award Stuff
I want to say thanks

to Robinsunne for the Award :)

AND a thanks to
Jean at Snap Out of It Jean: There's beading to be done!
YEs, eeeeeeeeeek! Jean sent me this MONTHS ago.


Bill Evertson said...

Excellent introduction to Rosemarie Beck's work. Thanks. I also discovered the Dutton op-ed piece and reflected that while I was fascinated with conceptual work back in the 70's and 80's any present impact of a giant shark in formaldehyde is just a bit of incredulity. Nice update on your shrine btw.

Angela said...

Congratulations on the blog award! The door looks kewl! Your art always looks kewl. Thanks for sharing with us!

Lady P said...

oh i do love that top bit of stitchery that you are doing there - hummmm
curious - how many hours a day are you painstakingly using to create these wonders?

JafaBrit's Art said...

Bill, The only staying power conceptual work might have is as a record or a testament to the times they were made (a time of greed and excess perhaps?)

thanks Angela :)

Hiay Lady P, I work full time on my art and spread myself between a number of projects (painting, woodshop, sketchbook, drawing etc, yarnbombing/crochet/knitting) but I would say about 2 to 3 hours per day on embroidery.