Sunday, August 30, 2009

Handy Maid

Olga Ziemska and Jen, her trusty assistant troublemaker, made a plaster cast of my hands for her new sculpture for Yellow Springs. To see one of her hand/birch sculpture pieces (which is fabulous) check out Virgils blog.

photo by Virgil Hervey
Yea, okay, not the most flattering pic, but err, I was having a moment.

Thou Doth Protest
"Get Knitted" protests with Knit Graffiti: Cambridge News

The Last Knit
When knitting becomes an obsession. Directed by Laura Neuvonen



Funny Pics
Now that is getting knotted

Judith at Heartsong sent me this pic of a real knot tree lol!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Eye on Brutality

Embroidery, paint on tea stained muslim

"IN THE 19TH CENTURY, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape."
Women's Crusade New York Times Magazine

How to fight this scourge.

There is an answer being offered by Nicholas Kristoff; Sheryl Wudunn in their book called Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide."

On the Domestic Front
One of my fave blogs, Mr.XStitch, has a request for Turning Point (Domestic Violence Agency) in Illinois whose budget has been drastically cut and will seriously impact the range of services.

Monday, August 24, 2009

What happens to old Knit Graffiti

That presumes the knitting stays up long enough to get old :) My camo barbies in graffiti alley Ann Arbor seem popular and are taken pretty quickly. However in Yellow Springs Ohio the knit graffit stays up until they are on their last threads. Then we take them down and recycle if we can. Some pieces end up on other poles, some used in projects like the traveling storybox, or the watering can for the Tecumseh Land Trust auction.

FADING ISSUE: We've tried a product (uv spray) to help thwart quick fading and it seems to help extend the life of the knit graff. Other than that we reverse the knitting and reuse it if we can.

It doesn't get smelly as some might imagine, or get infested with bugs.
Here is a link to a breakdown of objections to knit graffiti.

Yarn Bombing Book: I finally got a copy and wow! Okay, yes, I am chuffed as punch they used so many of my photographs for the jafagirls work. But that aside if one isn't into crochet/knitting it would make a great coffee table book. Visually the presentation is fabulous and the range of work really showcases the breadth of creativity. It gives a good idea of what yarn bombing is about, the different types around the world, patterns, interviews, and basically is a cultural reference to a movement that seems to have captured the worlds imagination and taken knitting/crochet to a new level of expression.

Meanwile back in Jafabrit's Studio

I am working on an embroidered eye

Sketchbook Studies:Obstetric Fistula

sketchbook painting
Inspired after reading about it in the
New York Times Sunday Magazine

Two to three million suffer with untreated fistula.
Why!
"The root causes of fistula are grinding poverty and the low status of women and girls"

"The Economist magazine recently estimated that 80% of the fistula cases in the Congo were the result of sexual violence."

To learn more visit the Fistula Foundation
Campaign to End Fistula
The indignity of it leaves me speechless.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Radical Craft, Recycling & Drawing Skills

Made a little sample piece for the Radical Craft show coming up using scraps of yarn and a doll I picked up at a garage sale. Nancy and I are trying to get Mr.Plato finished, arg! nearly! nearly!
AND! AND! AND!
So many things coming from different directions.

Meanwhile Learning to Improve Drawing Skills

4 minute study with non dominant hand

""When you put your pencil in your left hand, it could be that it makes the connection more directly to that part of the brain responsible for physical coordination and spatial perception," Witta-Kemph said. From Article: Left Hand Drawing Improves Skills

I do find that drawing with the left keeps me loose and my focus is different. I am not thinking about how to capture the figure and the proportions but draw what I'm seeing.

On Suite 101 they describe it as "The brain consists of two hemispheres. Each sees the world in a different way. The left hemisphere views things in their parts, it is logical, analytical, assigns labels to things and endeavours to make sense of the world. The right hemisphere sees holistically, is illogical and sees things as they really are."

Friday, August 21, 2009

Evils AND Wickedness

Hand Embroidery translation from sketchbook.
Here is the back story about the saying Tellie Tale Tit.
I did the drawing in my sketchbook with my left hand which I think gives a frazzled look and lends itself to the nature of those whose tongues are laced with poisonous disconnect to reality. The bird I drew with my right hand.
Embroidered with my right: and if the tennis elbow commentator had bothered to READ my blog entry they would have noticed before offering advice (I already knew by the way) that I am NOT going to stop doing embroidery.

I saw a link to this on Eyeteeth:A journal of incisive ideas and wanted to share it

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Leraning to Improve Drawing Skills


4 minute study with non dominant hand

""When you put your pencil in your left hand, it could be that it makes the connection more directly to that part of the brain responsible for physical coordination and spatial perception," Witta-Kemph said. From Article: Left Hand Drawing Improves Skills

I do find that drawing with the left keeps me loose and my focus is different. I am not thinking about how to capture the figure and the proportions but draw what I'm seeing.

On Suite 101 they describe it as "The brain consists of two hemispheres. Each sees the world in a different way. The left hemisphere views things in their parts, it is logical, analytical, assigns labels to things and endeavours to make sense of the world. The right hemisphere sees holistically, is illogical and sees things as they really are."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Culture Watch: Strange Shoes and Isaiah Zagar

Saw these Bob Basset "leather paw shoes"
in a New York Times Remix Article by Lynn Phillips
and couldn't stop laughing, I love them.

Isaiah Zagar
HBO2 Monday is presenting a documentary about this artist whose work covers buildings in Philadelphia called "In a Dream" by his son Jeremiah. If anyone watches it let me know what you think. We don't have HBO :( and this looks like it will interesting BUT woo hoo! They say it can be ordered on Netflix, YES!!!

IN A DREAM: Theatrical Trailer from Herzliya Films on Vimeo.
Meanwhile back in Jafabrit's Studio
My newest embroidery is coming alongHappy Monday Everyone


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Artful Joys

Come in so many ways

Happy Heart
acrylic on mdf, glitter, reverse painted plastic piece, resin
Available soon at IN A FRAME in Yellow Springs, Ohio

It's been months since I have wanted to paint and the lack of desire kind of scared me. I can't explain why I didn't want to paint, but I decided that's what the muse wanted and went with the flow. I am having fun with a new set of heart paintings and again go with the flow.

And fun coming across a new mural in Keiths Alley

Mural by Pierre Nagely
It's on the side of a building and not that visible, so getting a peek that made me explore further just added to the delight.

OR

Seeing funny faces at the Doctors Office
It's amazing how many faces can be found
check out this flickr found faces group

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yarn Bombing Book and Oh Deary Me

The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti
by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain

Arsenal Pulp Press

The book is heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere and if you look at my side bar you will see a widget with a wee slide show that includes the jafagirls 'knit fairy" on Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, woo hoo. I can't even list all the fabu yarny contributers, but their work with knock your woolly socks off.
Check out what the New Yorker had to say

Life Drawing
The Oh Deary Me part
It's been about 3 years too long since I did any nude figure drawing and eek! am I out of practice. It was GREAT to actually have a model available in town and much thanks to a friend for setting it up.

25 minute pose

I struggled with one leg being too thin and the other being thicker and the proportions of the legs in relation to each other. I was aiming for simple lines that suggested the form and gentle modeling.With life drawing you can't draw what you think you see, what you perceive as a body, you have to really SEE and that takes practice, practice and more practice.
5 Skills of Observation

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

As I wandered

not quite as lonely as a cloud I came upon this

on Dayton Street in Yellow Springs and although some think it is by the jafagirls, it is NOT. I am delighted to see others putting stuff up in town and this one is fun. It says "take something special, leave something special"

I am now part of the Dayton Street Alliance, a group that supports business' on an oft neglected side of town, the dark side as Nancy calls it. Visitors for some reason don't wander around this part of town which is a shame because it has a lot to offer, including of course the jafagirl street art, and little surprises like the one above.

A cool morning
and I LOVE it, I have energy on cooler days
It's 9:30am and I've finished two more heart paintings this morning
AND
I am happy to be going to a life drawing session today. Drawing from a live model is a wonderful challenge and it is 3 hours of pure concentration. The interesting thing about doing embroidery is it is leading me back to the desire to draw, draw and draw.
Well have to buzz, need to fill an order of jafagirl postcards for a local store

Have a great day everyone

Happy pickle


Saturday, August 08, 2009

Drawing with Thread

"Cat Scan"
Hand embroidery on muslin with acyrlic paint and embossed metal for skull

The left side is based on a left handed drawing in my sketchbook. I left some threads loose to maintain the looseness of the drawing. It's called cat scan because the hair was actually a collage in the sketchbook of a cat scan image.


Embroidery Group
So I am now a member of the Mad River Valley (love that name lol) chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America. Went to the first meeting held on the front porch of another member in Yellow Springs. I love wrap around porches, so this was a lovely start. It was also lovely to meet some fellow embroiderers and see samples of their work. One of the projects coming up is to create a textile sketchbook (right up my alley) and I can't wait.

Radical Craft Show

Nancy and I are curating a show for the Yellow Springs Arts Council.
If any of you are interested please visit YSArts Blog for info.


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Mz.Titwaddle

embroidery floss on muslin
couching stitch

She doesn't need arms or legs, she doesn't need a brain, nope all she needs are boobs. A walking waddling boob. She was a doodle in my sketchbook and borne out of a response to a story about a boob job gone wrong. What is with this obsessive need to have giant static grapefruit sized boobies in the usa. Woman reduced to nothing more than a giant chest walking down the street. No grand goals in life like wanting to be a doctor, a nurse, a mother, an artist, a teacher, or enriched with intellect, no it's to have HUMONGOUS titties.

sketchbook doodle

I LIKE PRETTY
I had an acquaintance tell me she saw some lovely landscape embroidery in a British mag and would I like it, then she corrected herself and said " well it's too pretty for you probably".
I smiled and said, "I do pretty too you know".
I wish people would get past this idea that I only focus on dark subjects, just even a cursory look at my portfolio shows I express a range of subjects.
As I told another acquaintance, I don't sit and think about what I should and shouldn't do.
Most of the time my work is a visual response to something I have heard, or seen or felt.
Simple as that

Saturday, August 01, 2009