Monday, June 22, 2009

Sketchbook to Embroidery

I wanted to see if I could translate an image from my sketchbook into embroidery and of course bit off more than I could chew. The photograph of my resin painting "dead space" is complex and then add to that all the text above it, yikes! But, I'm enjoying the challenge.

WIP
This is a good example of how a sketchbook can be such a wonderful resource for work you never imaged you would be doing. I often don't like my current sketchbooks and then when I look back at them always find something new or realize something wasn't as bad as I thought.

I always find it just as interesting to have a peek at an artists sketchbook as I do of their work, do you? This site I have on my sidebard has a great link list of famous and not so famous sketchbooks. One of my favourite sketchbooks/journal books that I own is called "the journey is the destination" by Dan Eldon, a 22year old artist/photojournalist who was killed by a mob in Somalia.




And for a peek at the pages of Frida Kahlo's diary visit this flickr page.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Finished Skeleton Embroidery




Now I don't know what to do with it because what I thought I was going to do didn't quite work out. Now it is going to have to sit in my studio for a while until an idea hits me. I have learned one thing about myself, never pays to rush. Even though I feel guilty at times for seeming like a snail I am constantly reminded of why it is important for me to pace myself. Same thing happened with my last embroidery but I am much happier with the eye in the "ego contemno bitches" than what I originally planned.
I do know that I want to incorporate it into an assemblage, but how remains to be seen.
Not using that mounting board again for embroidery, arg, shows up stray threads.
talking about skeletons
urm
check out
William Evertson's contribution for the "A BOOK ABOUT DEATH" project


New Links
You want to see some primo stitchery and originality
it's here
"Art In Stitches"

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio
Working on a painted version
Has a very Los Muertos look which was not intentional
but hey the MUSE is in charge
I know where my muse is NOT and it isn't in Francis Bacon's old haunt




I have the dvd of the South Bank show interview by Melvyn Bragg but you can see the whole series I believe at Radical Films site.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It was a bitchy day


floss on hand dyed linen designed by c.bayrak

and thank goodness I don't come across them too often in life or on line . I was going to just put text in the box but I saw a little drawing of an eye I had done lying on the studio table and wham! I wanted to try it with embroidery. Why "i hate bitches"? Don't know, just kind of popped into my head after I'd read a hateful snarky comment on the web somewhere.

Contemporary crafts and embroidery

I love dr.who so I enjoyed exploring geek craft blog :) and seeing this tardis tissue holder.

Oh how w繞黨 m一 keyb沒oard is writing in chinese, I mu三天 hav俄 accid恩tly hit 阿wrong key。okey, now it is okay, that was different !!!!!!

Okay, like I was trying to say, I really find mr.xstitch' blog interesting and lo and behold if there isn't an eye on there too. Maybe its going to be like the rabbit, only now eyes all over the place.



GUESS WHAT
I am part of the film crew, woo hoo
oh okay, I am the sandwich maker and supplier for the cast
but still
woo hoo!
OH AND thanks to Mr.XStitch for highlighting me on their fabu blog.
I really am flattered to be included.

Such is the day in the life of Jafabrit
art, movies, net crawling, facebooking, and gluing things to large ugly resuscitation dolls
right have to iron shirts, drop off some art, and plot my next embroidery

Monday, June 08, 2009

It was a rabbity day

It all started at the Renwick Gallery with this "i am no one" by Beth Cavener Stichter. I really felt the emotion for this poor little creature. Then I turned a corner and found this Glass installation by Beth Lipman, a table that demanded careful exploration lest you miss all the little surprises and creatures.

It was fascinating and conjured up all sorts of images, scenes in life and in paintings, and memories too. It was a beautiful reminder of the fragility of life.
That is not it though.
I was tired and need to sit and so I went to the sculpture garden and saw
Barry Flanagan's "thinker on a rock" .

AND THENStill Life with Dead Game by Willem van Aelst
a room full of rabbit images (all dead) in the dutch masters room of the National Gallery
and I thought
I ain't eating rabbit for dinner


OOPS!
and now for something completely different
don't put this is your coffee or tea



Monday, June 01, 2009

sketchbook: trip to dc

Went to Washington DC, last week and spent two days just walking and visiting the Textile Museum (a little disappointing), Renwick Gallery, Corcoran, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Gallery of Art, Hirshorn, and the National Gallery Sculpture Garden. I think I walked about 12 hours in two days and it was fantastic (that isn't including rest stops, train time) . I tried to visit the National Museum of American History but it was chock a block with millions of teens on school trips and I had to quit after a futile attempt to see anything beyond a few dresses of the first ladies. It was lovely to revisit some of my old favourites in the National Gallery, but it was a delight to see the current exhibit of "Luis Meléndez (1715–1780) ... recognized as the premier still-life painter in 18th-century Spain"

The fruit, the food looked so fresh you almost wanted to pluck it out of the picture, it made your mouth water. I forgot my glasses so I kept getting too close to the paintings to examine the brush strokes and getting told off, oops. Almost all the still life's were painted on the same wood table and you could recognize which part of the table based on the nicks in the wood.

Just Because
I LOVE this Song

AND
was I the only one that noticed this on the crosswalk at 7th & Madison in DC?

I got a few odd looks from the drivers and other pedestrians when I stopped in the middle of the crosswalk to photograph the ground LOL!