Saturday, November 28, 2009

Idle Hands, NOT

It's getting cold, time for my virtual fireplace.
Okay so meds have made fine drawing difficult but my hands can't stay idle too long. I've been busy baking cranberry scones, and my hands don't tremble too much to use a sewing machine. I'm making cushion covers with this cool retro fabric called "feeling groovy" from J&O fabrics
(boy these guys shipped fast)

Off to the movies later to see
"The Men Who Stare at Goats".

Have a GREAT weekend everyone

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It Mocks Me

"ha ha! I knew I would see you in the docs office na!na!na!"
It wasn't the coughing that did it, it was the list
less disinterest in doing any art, even my embroidery that scared Mr.Jafabrit. So off to the docs I was taken.
Upper Respiratory Infection

But just before the coughing and meds took hold
I did manage to get this done for my "shiny pretty things"
Mdf board, acrylic paints, and epoxy resin glaze
After priming the surface I painted it orange, then cream white. After painting on the design I sanded it to give it a distressed look, then covered it with resin.

StoryBox Project

Our Jafagirls Box for Kevin's Storybox project
now in Israel

Friday, November 20, 2009

Next Phase:shiny pretty things

I finished the hair using a couching method with string and white floss and padded the wings (one on the left looks like it needs a bit less).

The next step is to paint the wood panel, then reattach the black fabric panel,stitch on the girl and then figure out what I want in the background(I have an idea but will share that another day).

Professional News
chuffed as punch :) which means happy
The Gallery Director at Mount Ida College contacted me and asked if I would be interested in being part of a group exhibit highlighting "contemporary art made with thread". in the Spring of 2010. They chose "cat scan", "bone of contention" and "teef".

Monday, November 16, 2009

Building Up the Layers

It's slowly coming along, building up the layers and taking my time.I added batting to the hands and arms to give some dimension, old bits of lace for the sleeves and neckline,a button on the eye and decided to paint the pelvic wings (oil paint). She needs hair next and then I think I want to cut her out of the orange fabric and attach her to something like this below.

I cut out a piece of mdf reminiscent of some of my gothic arched panels & attached some cloth just to see how it would look. This isn't the one I want to use but it gives an idea.
Not sure it will happen, but that is where I am right now.

Squeaky Was Here
Bill at Under Construction/Art Contemplations surprised me with a gift of one of his beautiful hand carved hand shaped stamps which is going to take on a life of it's own and make it's appearance on the Knit Knot Tree II. I adore my little mouse stamp: I think squeaky is going to make appearances in quite a few places.

Thank You
for the shout out at Mr.X Stitch Beefranck's

It's an honor to be included with such a talented pool of stitch artists.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Experimenting: Collage, Paint and Embroidery

I'm playing with an old image just to experiment with. Figuring how to layer the paint and fabric etc was a little tricky. I painted the arms and then realized I needed to cut them out in white first and put them over the collaged black fabric. I embroidered the face after I added some black fabric for the nose and eye, cut it out, stitched onto the piece and then used acrylic colour wash on the mouth and face.
I went back to Aminah Robinson's exhibit and really examined her work and while my style and themes are so different, the concept of integrating fabric, stitching, embellishments, sounds, and painting/drawing is very much in line with what I am trying to do.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Beetoe Pees Here

JafaLad (namely Pierre), Karen, Teresa and I met up and yarnbombed today and I couldn't resist leaving this note in honor of JafaLad's Chihuahua Beetoe.

err, I did miss out one e, so Pierre had to squeeze it in , and then he added the arrow and yellow trail :) Karen sewed her quilted flowers onto my knitted/crochet patches, and Teresa added her beautiful knitting. So far I would say Knit Knot Tree II is looking BEAUTIFUL, even though I say so myself, but I can because the credit really goes to everyone who contributes.

This is so Cool
Yellow Springs Chosen by Ohio Magazine
as Best Hometown In Ohio
With its eclectic mix of shops, galleries and restaurants, Yellow Springs has an environment that attracts equally diverse residents. From the quirky, knitted “graffiti” adorning trees and traffic signs downtown......"

Thursday, November 12, 2009


You know the types of haters, they have nothing nice to say or negate everything you do. It happens a lot when you're young, but even at my age I get it now and again, especially with any attention my work or public art projects get. I wonder if they ever realize how sad they look? I found this wonderful blog entry that I know is 2 years old but still very relevant called "Mean People Suck" and talks about professional jealousy.I also really like what Ricky Gervais said in this interview about nasty critisism.
How do YOU deal with it?

I almost quit doing the blog a few months ago. I just didn't seem to get many visitors, or comments and then I thought heck with it, that isn't why I'm doing it and besides I have one very very important visitor

Page from Art House Sketchbook

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Sketchbook Studies
I decided to experiment in my sketchbook with an image of my current embroidery piece and rename it.

"be normal"
I was thinking of our troops, of war zones and wondering how one can be normal after all this AND what is normal anyway? Is your normal my normal? How can one be normal after one,two, three tours of duty in a war zone, to see your family shot at a checkpoint, to see children die, to see a loved one whither away because they couldn't afford health insurance or their insurers wouldn't cover lifesaving treatment, or you lose a body part.

The image in the sketchbook is a mixture of a photograph of my embroidery, and then acrylic painting around it, foil
behind the mouth. I want to use a mirror in his mouth on the real piece so viewers can see themselves.

Yes I remember, all the time
As a mother of a veteran can I just share that saying thanks is nice BUT
Over 2,2000 Veterans Died In 2008 Due to Lack of Health Insurance

Semper Fi

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Queen of GewGaw: Aminah Robinson

You can see Aminah's World here and what an adventure.
Columbus, Ohio, artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson creates magical two- and three-dimensional works of art" using " traditional art materials with found objects and everyday materials such as buttons, cloth, leather, twigs, shells, and music box workings"
Aminah has an exhibit at the Springfield Museum of Art called "Along Water Street" and gave a talk on Sunday.

She said several things that resonated with me, particularly when she answered a question about the changes in the business of art since she attended art school. Her response is that she doesn't consider art as a career (she leaves the business of it up to the gallery that represents her) but as a way of life. You can certainly see that in her work which looks archeological in nature, not only in what it represents but the artifacts themselves seem to tell a story."Dad's Journey"
Image source: Aminah's World

She works on these pieces for years and wrote the term for them in my sketchbookbecause they go on and on and on in the making,and the telling of an ongoing story of a life within our world.

If you are in the area you can see her commissioned piece for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati Ohio. Her chair is in the Columbus Museum of Art

Source:Cincinnati Enquirer
Photo by Steven.M.Herppich

I'm so glad I went, she's such a lovely person, and her work very interesting and inspiring. The Springfield Museum of Art did a beautiful job presenting her work, a must see.

Monday, November 09, 2009

G is for GewGaw

And thank goodness for GewGaws because I use them all the time in found art, assemblages etc. My fave was this glass glitter heart incorporated into my FAF Guerrilla Art piece called "Goldigger"

Hard to see but there are porcelain teeth inside the box.

Talking about procrastination, my fave street art sticker was published in this cool street mag called "i left this here for you to read" issue #39.

"I used to be indecisive but now I'm not sure"

Friday, November 06, 2009

Ha Ha Pizza: YUM! YUM! YUM!

Helping Talitha hang her show at Ha Ha pizza today and of course have our FAVE anchovy/pepperoni pizza with whole wheat crust. Leadbelly boys rate the pizza here very highly too, and for GOOD reason, it is YUMMY!

Mural painted by Travis Hotaling & Jade Wolfe

Meanwhile A Knot Gets Another Knit

From P
ierre Nagely
(officially recognized as a local J.a.f.a)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

E is for Eye on Yarnbombing and Chickens

and it's all about eye's lately

The Knit Knot Tree is back and if you live in town or plan to visit then bring a piece of your knitting or crochet to put on the tree. The measurements for the tree are on the Jafagirl blog, so get clickety clacking with those needles or crochet hooks.

I love this eye

On a more serious note: I am delighted to learn that in the uk battery(factory) farmed caged chickens will be banned by 2012. I stopped eating factory farmed chicken after reading how it impacts chickens (abusive circumstances of their lives) and how said abuse produces unhealthy meat for human consumption.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

D is for Discombobulated

My favourite American word is discombobulated which I seem to mutter frequently in the studio. It still stinks of dammar varnish which means I still have to demephitise the place for several days with my trusty hepa filter.
Art Studio Safety Guide

Meanwhile in the Studio
My dexterous fingers are still at it, albiet a bit ragged since I never never never use a thimble. I've used a leather thimble when quilting, but never with embroidery.
Wip: "checkpoint"
Embroidery translation from sketchbook and the inspiration for the painting called "dichotomy at checkpoint"

Studio Whinge

I am still in a flummox about my doll, not liking it.

Oh well, ta ra everyone, till next time.

Monday, November 02, 2009

C is for Credit

A pal and I got it in the credits for crafting yummy sandwiches for the actors and crew during filming of this short film adapation of "love conquers all" by Irish writer Mike McCormick, thanks Vanessa.
unbeknownst to us until a couple of days ago the Knit Knot Tree was included in this book published in August
believe it or not
I am still surprised by the inclusion, but I guess us putting a sweater on a tree continues to amuse. It is listed in the chapter titled Artistic License (Page 187) and you know I have one of those LOL!

41 Extraordinary Knit Designs
from the Daily Green Website

thanks for crediting the jafagirls for the pic of Nancy yarnbombing

thanks to Craft Gossip
for the shout out for my
skull embroidery

Sunday, November 01, 2009

B is for Bovvered

and bovvered I was. My daughter shared this stress reducer after my disastrous efforts to save a jar of venice turp resin (very very very very very SMELLY) from crashing to the floor in my studio. In the process I knocked over my cup of tea and dropped all my papers on the floor, arg!!!!!! All was not lost though, I decided I don't hate my effigy doll as much since I added hair, so I left the studio feeling okay.
Not sure I want the head to slant so will fix that, and haven't figured out what to put in the background
yet, and I am not sure about the tongue.
The eye on the box represents the evil eye.
Nazar Boncuks (evil eye stones)