Sunday, March 30, 2008

I Won Something and NOT in Vegas

I, Jafabrit, actually won something. I won a book called, "Men In Space" in a competition on The View From Here, a literary blog by writer Mike French. The question was what would you graffiti on the wall and I wrote JAFAGIRLS ROCK--hee! hee! of course! To see why the author, Tom McCarthy, chose my entry visit Mike's Blog. Considering I love Jaffa cakes and I love painting faces on Rocks, Tom got my number LOL! and was spot on.
Thanks Mike and Tom

This is oil paint on a river stone.
The thing I like to do is confuse the viewer into wondering if it is the shape of the stone or the painting that has defined the features.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The mighty MGM

You're reading art by corrine bayraktaroglu originally posted on Jafabrit's Art. 

Thank you for dropping by.

Knitters beat MGM Mirage in Public Art Media Blitz: Arts JournalSo I thought I would leave a little found art from little ol' me outside MGM Mirage :)
I wrote good luck on the back of it.

About the NewsIt's been quite intriguing and interesting reading the reactions to this story across the country and the world. I thought it would be fun to address a few of those comments and questions.

Don't they have anything better to do? You mean like hit a ball with a stick for hours on end, or watch a car go round and round and round a track, or sit in a smoke filled casino for hours on end playing poker ;)
Err, me losing $2 in 2 seconds in the Bellagio doesn't count!

They should use yarn for more worthy causes.
So, err, does that apply to all the materials an artist/knitter/crafter uses?
Hum, has everyone worldwide been informed of this policy regarding the use of yarn?

It isn't original.
Nobody claimed it was!
They should spend more time working on more serious issues.
How do you know we don't?

Don't they know there's a war going on? Naw! really! You mean all this time my son was in the marines I had noooooooo idea.

What a stupid idea!
Read This


I thought I would share this as it's so sweet. A couple decided to tie the knot under the tree.Now that ROCKS!

Yes I am now officially a wedding photographer lol!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack

Oh my! Vegas is a strange place. While every hotel/casino has a unique theme, they all have the same beautiful BUT unrelenting vomit inducing carpets (well if you've had a few too many drinks-which is rather popular to do here) in EVERY casino, slot machine, slot machine, slot machine (surprised they didn't have them in the bogs as well), more carpets, smoke, slot machine, SMOKE, and more slot machines, more carpets, slot machines and slot machines, and LOTS of smoke. Did I mention the smoke already.
Not my idea of a holiday destination really (we were here for a conference). Having worked as a croupier in casinos in England I don't see the glam side of gambling nor have any interest in gambling (loved dealing blackjack and roulette though :) Not into shopping either, so that pretty much leaves me out lol! From a cultural standpoint and as an insanely curious person it is Americana at its worst and at its best and quite fascinating. My fave person, and oh I so wanted to get his photo, was the 60'ish barber in our hotel who sported a lemon yellow nylon suit and Elvis hair. He was Mr. Vegas personified. I tried to convince hubby to go in and get his hair cut so I could have an excuse to go in and take a photo but hubby had fears of walking out with an Elvis do LOL!
Just an observation: When I was dealing back in the UK we all wore evening dresses and were in our 20's, so I was mildly surprised to see that most Vegas dealers wore generic uniforms and the age seemed to range between 30 to 60 years old.

We stayed at the Riviera, home of the crazy girls, ahem! Not sure what is so crazy about being topless in a las vegas show, but there ya go! It's Vegas baby!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Too Famous to Blog

Naw! just kidding, we're yesterday's news
. Truth is I am off to Vegas so I won't be posting for a week.
Will ya miss me, huh! huh!

Nancy and I did the Dwyer & Michaels Radio Show ysterday morning, what a riot those guys are, humph! and they were wondering if I was OFF my meds ;) It was a FUN interview.

I hate it, it isn't hardening. I am going to have to scrape it off my doll assemblage and redo it. bloody resin! Did I mention it was stupid!Anyway I embossed some copper foil and painted and scraped off the paint. I must be into scraping things, lately. Hum, which reminds me, I need to scrape my backside off the puter chair and get cracking in the studio.
"promise not to tell"
oil on wood, antique box, copper foil

This is one of my more serious pieces and will be exhibited again in the Emporium in June. It's about sexual abuse and how some people don't see the warning signs or are unwilling to see. Unless a viewer opens the box they will not know what happened to this child.
I had a conversation with a woman who just couldn't believe her best friend's son could have molested a child (despite the evidence and a guilty plea and prison time). I asked her what would happen if she did accept that? She said she didn't want to think about that. I have come across this many times over the years working as a crisis counselor and in talking with other victims of abuse. It seems for some people it is much easier to live in denial that confront the personal, professional and moral ramifications of accepting that someone you love or know is a sexual predator. That is why so many of these predators get away with it.
If you are someone or know someone who might need help please visit
RAIIN-Rape,Abuse & Incest National Network


"Your Documents Please"

Scheduled venues for the
International Traveling Exhibit
April 4- 20 2008
The Museum of Arts & Crafts-ITAMI
2-5-28, Miyanomae,
Itami-shi HYOGO 6640895 JAPAN

April 26 - May 11 2008

Yokohma JAPAN
November 2008
2B Gallery
Budapest IX. Ráday u.47 Hungary
January 2009
Bratislava, Slovakia

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hello: I still have to do laundry

I still have to do laundry, wash the dishes, bath the dog, update the arts council blog,
pluck me eyebrows
and then there is art making to do
for the Jafagirlart Doll ExhibitI am Mother
Time to Nurture
the seeds of creation
to stitch, to sew, to paint

I had so much doing this doll for Found Art Project. Somehow she ended up being adopted by the Emporium a couple of years ago.
I bought her for 50 cents at a garage sale, painted her, used a marker to do the patterns and then covered her with a resin glaze.

I found this cool exhibit for those into dolls
What a Doll!
"Through the metaphor of the doll,
contemporary artists tell stories,
explore fetishes, and analyze taboos".

A knit without a knot
Due to time constraints Rhod Sharp from BBC Radio Show "Up All Night" could only interview one of us, so Nancy sat by while I blithered on. Haven't a clue what I said. I was so flipping nervous I felt like I was like a ball of wool and coming unraveled, but apparently I made sense (phew!)

Monday, March 10, 2008

In the News :"Knitters Dress Up Trees for Public Art"

photo by c.bayrak

I don't even know what to say LOL! James THANKYOU ! it seems the story about the "KnitKnot" tree is being picked up by just about every outlet there is around the world.
Here is James Hannah's article in the Associated Press.

BBC Radio is interviewing Nancy and I , so keep your fingers crossed.
And if you are reading this and wondering why?
Well it's simple really.
Because we can, because it's fun,
because it makes people smile,
because it brightens up a dreary winter's day,
because children go ooooooh!aaaaaaaah!
Life is too short to be getting yer knickers in a knot
 Knit Knot Tree Yarnbombing Wikipedia

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Oh! those groovy Romans

The image I used for the adobe overlay
is based on a painting I did of a roman bust
I saw in a museum.

A moment with Gaea
I lay on the soft grass
sheep bleating, bees buzzing
sun kissing
slipping into psychedelic dreamsdissolving into the earth
I am one with Gaea
a moment in 1972

Thursday, March 06, 2008

This and That and Fancy That

is my favourite painting because it is my daughter
because it is my favourite painting of my son

Nancy and I were interviewed by the Associated Press this morning as part of a larger story about tree sweaters (our KnitKnot Tree) and knit graffiti sweeping across the country. Keep Your fingers crossed.

Bill Evertson
Doudy Sketche photograph portrait

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What! You like my work!!!!!!!!

Yes, Beauty certainly is in the Eye of the Beholder. I paint something I just think is the bees knees and Wham! it hits me. I painted "Bitch Pit" in 96 and felt quite chuffed about it at first, but after seeing it finished I realized it was absolutely AWFUL. It is gone now, hanging on some wall of a young woman who LOVED it and bought it for a very very modest price. Time hasn't softened my view, I still think it AWFUL, however I can see what I was trying to do albeit rather unsuccessfully. Thing is each horrid or unsuccessful painting has been an integral part of the journey to where I am today. That is what I remind myself when I do something that isn't working out, that it is a valuable stepping stone. So just as my last post was meant to inspire those to have the courage to be true to their artistic selves, this one is meant as a reminder that even when we don't like our OWN work it is an important part of our journey, and you never know who might LOVE it.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

What! You don't like my work!!!!

Hey, that's okay. You know why it's okay?
Because I don't give a monkey's behind?
You want to know why I don't give a monkey's behind?
Because if I did I would never do any artwork

As Eleanor Roosevelt Said

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway.
You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't".

Yep, my work is definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but it makes ME happy.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
and thank goodness for that because it sure would be a boring world if we all liked the SAME thing