Thursday, April 29, 2010

Damien Hirst: the art of spin

From Jafabrit's Studio
"spin painting white blossom"
by corrine bayraktaroglu

Damien Hirst certainly knows how to do that.
I really like the huge skull spin paintings you see in the video.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spin Art Painting

recycled 12" vinyl records

Pretty simple to do but they sure have a dynamic look when in a set. Nice way to recycle damaged old records, yes? Most of the spin art machines I checked out online switch on and off (and boy are they expensive, well not the toy models), no variable speeds. Mine is larger than the average machine and has variable speeds which gives me a little more control over the paint.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Arg! I want to do it all.

Arg! I want to do it all. Cut, sand, saw, paint, draw, blog, doodle, sketch, embroider, knit, sew, photograph, yarn/craft bomb. I am itching to do some painting, no, there is this one embroidery I want to start. No, I want to make a HUGE stencil of this and put it up somewhere.

Currently in Jafabrit's Living Room


I'm off to play
on a this rainy grotty day in Yellow Springs.

Studio Dog says
 Seeya, gan canney

Monday, April 26, 2010

Head Spinning in the Local Loo

and it happened. I wanted to do something, besides using it that is LOL! I asked the owner of the cafe, "I have an idea,want to hear?". So we have a natter in the netty.
My pathetic attempt to implement my idea led to dear husband making me this spin art machine with spare scraps and the drill.
 which then led to this
pink flower spin painting

and when I have about 8 done, they will hang in said loo courtesy of the Jafagirls.
Pics coming as soon as they're installed.

Spin Painting
I saw a website selling spin art on  canvas and it was a whopping $4,000. Phew!

This is by Damien Hirst, and probably costs and arm and a leg.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Storytellers and the Travelling Knit Knot StoryBox

made with recyled knitting from the knit knot tree

It's a bad recording unfortunately but I had to share the storybox project video about our knit knot box return.

Jonatha and Harold Wright are wonderful storytellers and I had another opportunity to enjoy their storytelling at a local Shakespeare Club Guest Day in Yellow Springs, Ohio. They very kindly offered to perform and I send my love and thanks (hope you enjoyed the jam tarts).  It was  fascinating to hear some of the Japanese Creation Myth stories, Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters) dating from 712CE.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sewing with the Ants & Inspiration

Some embroider quietly, some with music but I often like listening to bbc radio documentaries/plays or watching a movie. On  my birthday spent late afternoon sewing to a cheesy horror movie. What a groaner!
I also covered a larger ball with red yarn for the  yarnbomed/craftbombed tree (inspired by one Bejing Arts Distric in China) in Kings Yard in Yellow Springs.

"Queen of Hearts"
Check out The Eccentric Lady's Blog post about Yellow Springs and Flower Power, beautiful photography and a lovely shout out for the jafagirls. and Yellow Springs.

Just as lot's of things inspire me, I forget that I may inspire others.
Thank you Ansie, and Happy 1st Blog Anniversary.

Issues relating to Inspiration
Art is not about Talent
I would say it is a passion, a propensity(talent) in a given area and LOTS of dedication.
Artistic Inspiration
Big mistake to wait to be inspired.

Unvarnished Truth
There will always be someone BETTER than you BUT then there will always be someone worse than you. So stop comparing your work with others, it's a waste of time.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sketchbook: Sheer Embroidery

Sketchbook Page

I wanted to experiment with embroidery on sheer fabric and since it was FOR my sketchbook I didn't really follow the tips for embroidering on sheer fabric
I used mostly long and short stitch and the challenge was to make the back as neat as the front, so NO KNOTS.

I glued an image from Art Forum Ad on the other page underneath.

Jafabrit's Art Collection

I treated myself to a ceramic piece by Lisa Golberg for my birthday and just out of the blue thought he should be called Sid Vicious, something about the beater on his head and being wicked in the kitchen (go figure, maybe some fruedian connection).

My son named my new ipod JafaPod LOL!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Nude Study in Stitch & recylcled art

Couching stitch on tea stained linen

Textile Art From Recycled Materials

Recycled knitted Afghans, acrylic yarn, pom-poms, canvas, grommets

I love the concept of using recycled materials to make art and so I found the work of  Miyoshi Barosh very appealing.

 It almost has that Frank Stella feel to it or Rauchenburg, who was known for using recycled materials in his combines.

 I found this gorgeous turqoise fabric in the free box next to the emporium underdog cafe so maybe I should stick it on the studio wall and start embellishing it.

art for housewives,and don't let the title fool you, the range of recycled art is amazing and one of my all time fave blogs on the net.

Landfill Project
if you're interested in participating here is the application page.

Here is my contribution

Monday, April 19, 2010

ad creep:guerilla advertizing and art

Some I don't like but this shown on The In-frastructurist I think is cool.  It's more like an art installation than in your face advertizing.

Mark, thanks for the wee blog article at the "blind flaneur" after the guided knit/textile graffiti tour on corry and dayton street.

Meanwhile in Studio Jafabrit

The life drawing group is having a show at the Yellow Springs Art Space next month and I thought it would be fun to have an embroidery version of my non dominant hand nude drawing in the exhibit. It is said that drawing with your non dominant hand is good for improving skills. I'll go along with that :) 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sketchbook Study: Skull Pencil Drawing

A friend gave me this skull a couple of days ago and I just had to draw it. It reminded me how out of practice I am though (despite going to life drawing almost weekly)

image is copyright and photo by c.bayraktaroglu

 It's coming along, just have to add a bottom panel and a couple more felt flowers and that's the flower power pole done. I just adore the chameleon Moira made at the last couple of sew in's at Brother Bears Cafe.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fate of the Dolls

Due to the amount of spam websites, splogs stealing images, and social platforms that facilitate copyright infringement this blog is no longer active.

2009 Graffiti Alley Ann Arbor

It's funny I never liked dolls too much as a kid, but NOW, I seem to play with them a lot LOL! My favourite thing is to paint them and incorporate them into knit graffiti.

World Graffiti
Nick Walker in Paris

The Art of Nick Walker

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wee Beastie and Banksy Movie Trailer

I love this wee beastie & love doing him.

Friday Morning
Flower Power Central at Brother Bears and we were packed, about 17 of us. Nancy and I tried to put up some flowers but it was so cold we had to rush back indoors after adding the top portion to the pole.

Corner of Corry St and Xenia Ave

Upcoming Film about Street Art

OPENS IN CINEMAS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES BEGINNING APRIL 16TH For Exact Theaters And Showtimes Check The Official Website

Thursday, April 08, 2010

what is old is new and what is new is old

translation of a sketchbook page into embroidery
acrylic paint, photo transfer, embroidery

Embroidery is going slow due to increased work on jafagirl projects, but it's getting there.
Lucina Hudson

American Folk Art Museum
Watercolor and silk thread on silk with metallic thread and spangles

It's always interesting to look back and realize that what we are doing is not always that new.  Perhaps a new twist on things that define/reflect our times, but technically speaking not new. I really like the idea of embroidery becoming a historical document somehow.

Needle Paintings
"During the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy, needle painting (or nué embroidery) reached a peak. Famous painters such as Antonio del Pollaiuolo designed scenes to be executed by embroiderers." Needlework History.

Needle painting continues

Penny Nickels article history of craftivism
Metropolitan Museum of Art Textile Center
Needle Painting Embroidery Guild

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Smiles Abound

I found our Yellow Springs Knit Graff video on Trendhunter Magazine, wheeeeeeeeee!  I should probably do an updated one soon with the  newest knit/textile graff around town.

Dayton/Corry Street Pole

Instead of taking down the faded Knit Graffiti the flower power gang started adding a beautiful felted vine by Beth Holyoke and felt flowers we've all been making on Friday mornings at Brother Bear's.

Thanks to Diane at the YS News for the lovely story, In time for spring,an artistic blooming on Dayton Street. People popped in after the articles and joined in the fun, dropped off oodles of sewing notions and felt and asked if nancine and corrie if w were still knitting grass.

Local News
Local resident Dave Chappelle bought part of the Kings Yard property in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
First reported on Virgil's Yellow Springs Blog

Emrboidery Gossip
I started working on a small piece from a sketchbook page. I have been itching to do this one for a while now, well since april of last year.

Since it's Easter here is my bunny pic

Ta Ta for now

Friday, April 02, 2010

Fiber Arts

'seed of torments"
embroidery on muslin

Pretty much done on this one. Needs a wee bit more stretching, the bone added and that's it before framing. It's funny how the filled in boxes on the right of the skeleton look like another human form (not intentional). I really like the loose drawing effect for the cross.

Traded Karen aka Jafalass for the FAB quilt she made. She chose the ugly doll.

Talking about quilts

Not sure why the story tickled me, but I guess it's because he is someone bucking the stereotypes and just doing what makes him happy.

Much thanks to Kitch in the Kitchen for my award, I am honored.