Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bunny Art

Since my right hand is out of commission this week I decided to draw with my left hand.
and
I helped jafapal nancy yarnbomb some rocks in town. I could manage to sew with my left hand since the stitching didn't have to  be fancy.


Meanwhile


This LOVELY rabbit is under threat by a local council that deems it a blight to the sight.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pain might turn me into a Witch



more info
Yellow Springs Halloween decorations

I'm out of commission this week, no art, no sewing and I think before the week is over I may go bonkers. I know this because it's only been a few hours and I'm going starkers.
for and aft a'll be gannin daft 

Monday, October 25, 2010

HandMade


Long & Short Stitch is one of my favourite stitches, but I'm finding I need to be careful doing it. It seems to aggravate my tennis elbow/carpal tunnel (so flipping annoying) and I will have to take a break from it after I've finished this piece for the jafagirl flower power show at the Emporium.

Charity Shop Finds

Crochet Spread

I couldn't make this for the price I got it, 99 cents and in mint condition.  Whoever did it chose lovely soft yarn, so it's very snuggly.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Art Box: Pickles went Hunting


October Art Box on Corry Street,
 Yellow Springs, Ohio
 by the Jafagirls

View Jafagirls Art Yellow Springs, Ohio in a larger map

We removed the flower which got planted  very quickly nearby.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gum Wall: Graffiti Alley Ann Arbor Michigan

March 18th 2010 photo by jafabrit

Someone asked why I didn't throw a pic of the gumwall into my video slide show on youtube. I guess I forgot since the focus was on jafagirl contributions to the alley, but why I forgot this one I don't know because I LOVED this photo.


There are a couple of side shots though.



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Precursor

canvas, faux leather, lace, reverse painted plastic

I did a bunch of these about 5 years ago for a show and they didn't really garner much interest. I can see why. They're decorative but don't really showcase any skill. They did however serve a much larger purpose because I began exploring integrating media. So you could say this was the precursor that culminated in my current exhibit

Meanwhile

 I'm so glad my hand embroidered skelly (someone said I should have called it boner, ahem!) found a home.  It's kind of fun to walk past a house and know your work is hanging up in there somewhere. This one was a real challenge trying to figure out the direction of the stitches, particularly on the skull.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Dreams are Telling Me Something

But First
Just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to my reception. It was a great comfort to see familiar faces and a joy to see some new one's.  As I said I'm usually nervous before a reception but once I got there I just didn't have time because I was yakking so much lol! Almost lost my voice. A special thanks to those who bought my work ♥
It was lovely to meet again one of my regular blog readers Louise, who frequently sends me some cool links. Here is a recent one from BibliOdyssey  about these fabulous Day of the Dead papercuts.
AND
How lovely to find this fine Sunday morning my fave bloggy pal and crafter extraordinaire margot potter, who as guest curator, included me in CRESCENDOh online magazine. Happy to discover the website too. I really liked Margot's commentary about Fitting In Through Art. "even in the darkest moments the creative force is like a beacon" and how true. While I don't use art as therapy, it is lovely to have it as a way to express things that concern me.
Such as the time my son got shot in the eye accidently with a plastic pellet.  I call this embroidery Lead Belly and it's based on a painting I did at the time in my sketchbook.

Several visitors to my exhibit wondered if there was any machine stitching in any of the work and the answer is no, it's all done by hand.

Now about those dreams
For several weeks I have had my FAVE house dreams. These are houses filled with bits & bobs and junk and I rummage with gay abandon. Last night I dreamed of a room with a HUGE table cluttered with leather articulated hands, large concrete noses, etc. I was fascinated by the hands and woke up thinking, YES! I know what I have to do.



Friday, October 15, 2010

reception tonight EEEEK!

My very first sewing at the age of 5 or 6 in Hetton-le-Hole. It's a needle case that my mum kept and used until now (thanks for sending ma).

I say eek because I'm nervous about doing receptions'.  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Street Art Embroidery


I saw this painted wall in Ann Arbor and just LOVED it. It's called  "the garden" by ellen and leah rulf. Unfortunately I can't seem to find any information or links to share :(

Could make a gorgeous embroidery. 

Interview with Dave the Chimp on Positive Graffiti.  "For me, the important thing is the experience of making something. What happens to it after it’s made I’m not too bothered with". This is one of the hardest things for many artists.  I found doing street art, and Free art Fridays very freeing creatively.   The ephermal nature doesn't allow the focus to be on your work as a commodity, or sales worthiness.
   

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sketchbook: Me Bloody Ow


If any of you read Juxtapoz Magazine then you probably recognize the collaged pieces in my sketchbook.  Yesterday I played in my sketchbook a bit and  then started a new embroidery based on some street art I saw in Ann Arbor.

Talking about Ann Arbor, look what happened to my camo knit graff doll after just a week or two. She got all discombobulated and her face turned white with fright. Glad to see the knit it still up.

Sketchbook Thoughts
Sometimes people see what they want to see and opening the window to the soul is a waste of time for they've made their minds up despite truth staring at them.


Saturday, October 09, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Painting on Exterior Plywood

It seems like it takes forever for me to get around to starting a painting, but then I get the prep work done and BAM! I'm off like a mad woman. I am LOVING the process. 
painting on plywood for peeps in the park
 Work in Progress
acrylic on plywood

The wood has been covered with primer/sealer front/back/sides.

 Interview
When graffiti artists grow up-an interview with Chaz Bojórquez

Monday, October 04, 2010

A room of one's own

It makes a HUGE difference. I remember doing art in the dining room and yes I could manage it, BUT having a room to store supplies, hang works in progress and sit and work on projects changes the dynamics.
Routine informs the mind and having a routine in the studio is very helpful in kickstarting creative ideas and play.  One of my art teachers said he used to just spend 30 minutes sweeping the floor (he had a large studio). He said it was  meditative and prepared him for a day of painting, like he had conditioned himself.
I start with a cup of tea, doing a bit work on the computer, looking at my walls,
 and then I plan my art day.

Today I am starting to paint my pub alley panel.