Monday, January 31, 2011

sketchbook scaredy cats

Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly!
~Author Unknown

black gesso, spray white gesso and spray glitter

I had sprayed a doll in the garage and it left a shadow on the  mat, which I really liked. So I thought I'd try it in my sketchbook. It has a lovely ethereal quality.
So what does this have to do with sketchbook scaredy cats. Well, there are a LOT of people who are either scared of showing their sketchbook (as if it was supposed to be perfect) or scared of experimenting because they are stuck on this idea that it's supposed to be used for formal studies.
The truth is there are
 NO Sketchbook RULES. 

 I love seeing all the different sketches from around the world at

Embroidery Sketchbook for the Needle Doodler

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

Thank you for dropping by.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Embroidery Graffiti and Stitched Drawing

I was testing a piece for embroidery and paint on tea stained linen for graffiti. I don't live somewhere with buses and trains, so this type of embroidery graffiti is NOT in the cards for me.  Mine will be just stuck in my sketchbook for a while until somewhere feels right.

Stitched Drawing
Oh my I LOVE Tilleke Schwarz work. It has this wonderful sense of freedom.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sketchbook: drawing lines

I did the embroidery version of the carrion crow with the human eye, but before I can move on I have to figure out the size of the box below it. So I thought I'd
 play around a bit in my sketchbook. You can't see it but the room below is behind the cut out of the pageNot sure when the box will get done. It's 0°F
  outside and my workshop is too cold to work in yet, brrrrrrrrr, grrrrrrrrr!

I've always enjoyed doing highly modeled drawing but line drawing lends itself so well to embroidery that I find I'm getting back into it more.

Artist's Hands by Henry Moore

 Snowing Again
"for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.
I will make a pot of tea"
from Billy Collins poem

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shadows of Life

 As the sun crept up
 shadows danced across the snow 

Narratives in Stitch
by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
Esther started to make these stunning stitched narratives at the age of 50.

The story of the Yum Yum Pole
I miss the yum yum pole, but alas it had to be taken down due to looking ratty. This yarnbombing was outside the local sweetie shop on Dayton Street in Yellow Springs. It had knitted  pockets that people would leave change in for the kids to buy sweeties. Jafapal Nancy and I decided to do a minaiture diorama of it.  I started doing the embroidery part for the pole.
acrylic paint on muslin

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Embroidery Challenges: Faces

it made me go WOW!

Look closely at the ash!
I like the deception.

I'm still working on parts for my panel and this one was a real bugger to do for several reasons. I printed a photo I had taken onto cotton rather than draw it since the image was so small and detailed.

Hand Embroidery & acrylic paint on the boots
 Tim smoking by the Knit Knot Tree
4"x 1 1/2"

My major problem was the face. I decided I couldn't use a single dmc embroidery floss because then it would be the same thickness as the hat and beard. So I had to go to the local thread store and pick up a very fine silk thread and ooooooooooh! it's awful to work with by hand.
The other problem was figuring out HOW to do the stitches on the face, yikes!  I'm still not too pleased with it, but I think it works and I'm NOT redoing it AGAIN.

comments have some excellent suggestions
No wonder I was challenged
 Tim's face is tiny in comparison to the one's in this website.
For a peek at some truly AMAZING  embroidery portraits visit Cayce Zavaglia's website, phew!!!!!! drooooooooool!

For a more contemporary twist visit the flickr portrait set by the inimitable Jenny Hart. Personally I feel Jenny has spearheaded and brought a whole new audience and appreciation to embroidery in the United States. If you are new to embroidery check out her online store,Sublime Stitching for starter kits, patterns, etc.

Mr.XStitch filled with oodles of work by needle artists from around the world.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

thread of life is spun

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono

It is said that in order to break the rules one must know them but sometimes I think it better NOT to know all the patterns/rules when it comes to art.  Part of the journey in creativity is not so much the end product but struggling how to get there, and in the process coming up with your unique way of presenting an idea.

I've never embroidered a bird before, so the challenge was figuring out how to do it.  Ah, BUT the eye? No, not a real birds eye. I wanted to use a human eye because
long and short stitch embroidered crow head

this bird represents a human carrion and will be part of an assemblage. Well I'm hoping it will work as planned :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Talk about Nasty Rhetoric

"The originator and moving spirit of this bad period was Miss Linwood.....She died in 1845. Would that she had never been born! When we think of the many years which English women have spent over those wickedly hideous Berlin-wool pictures, working their bad drawing and vilely crude colours into those awful canvases, and imagining that they were earning undying fame as notable women for all the succeeding ages, death was too good for Miss Linwood. The usual boiling oil would have been a fitter end!...." source written in 1919 by Emily Leigh Lowes in response to Mary Linwoods Embroidery. Talk about a HATER, yikes!

Needle Painting

Mary Linwood 1798
PARTRIDGES after the painting by Moses Haughton

From what I've found so far Mary seems to be the earliest example of someone exhibiting as a needlework artist and gaining considerable recognition.

I like that she is still referred to as a needlwork artist. Perhaps that was the problem with nasty pants Lowes. Maybe she couldn't see it as art and was stuck on the prescribed traditional role of embroidery at that time period. I have met some who are still stuck in the last century, especially when it comes to using yarn for yarnbombing.

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio
Some days it just ain't happening!!!!!! Not like my painting, not like my embroidery, NOT NOT NOT!!!!! Tomorrow is another day, I shall crawl off and plot in midnight slumber.

Over the town roamed the homeless moon. I went along with her, warming up in my heart impracticable dreams and discordant songs. Isaac Babel

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Embroidery of Yarnbombed Tree

Work in Progress
Embroidery  of the Knit Knot Tree.

Some are so technique driven they become slaves to it. I'm glad I've escaped this fate because this piece doesn't need pefection. I was finding ladder stitch a little difficult to do but it worked to my benefit. It replicated the sense of knitting being a bit askew on the branches.


 check out Olek's Yarnbombing


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Being Jacky Pollock, NOT! and Jerry talks ART

I'm not a big fan of cubist work but I did enjoy Jerry Saltz explanation and it gave me a wee bit more appreciation. I've been lucky enough to see many of these works in the real, and while some dismiss Pollocks drip painting, being in the room with it, WOW! is right. Having tried drip painting myself it isn't that easy to convey such a lyrical sense of movement and colour choices.

I did this with Jafapal Nancy at her Jackson Pollock workshop event, which was a lot of fun.
Not the most flattering pic, but oh well, I was having fun being a wanna be pollock (not pillock for those cheeky buggers out there) for the day.
Jacky Pollock, uh huh!!!!  the only thing dripping seems to be my jowls, !

Monday, January 10, 2011

arf! arf!

Faces in Places

arf! arf! says my brain coral

Flower Power Reception
Nancy and I recycled some of the flowers from the summer flower power street art project and craftbombed the Emporium for the reception.

For a snowy Saturday night we had a good crowd and I thank them for coming out for just a bunch of jafas'.  Our group show managed to collect 4 bags of food for the local food pantry, YEA!!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Oh, crap! She's Up

I like that the New Year is starting off with a show, a new embroidery project. It's going to be a panel with the "Knit Knot Tree" in it. I've used some new stitches since I need to get a sense of knitting on the tree. So far I've done brick couching, Queen Anne Stitch, broad chain stitch and satin stitch.

Talking about the "knit knot tree" a pal tipped me off that my photo of the tree is included in the book In the Loop-Knitting Now by Black Dog Publishing. I'm looking forward to getting a copy as it looks like a very interesting read.

“Be the kind of woman so that, when you wake up in the morning and your feet hit the floor, the devil says, ‘Oh, crap – she’s up.”

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Heart in the Hand

© by Corrine Bayraktaroglu. All Rights Reserved
Embroidery floss on  tea stained linen
available at IN A FRAME

This is probably the last henna/mehndi embroidery hand I'll be doing for a while. I have some ideas I want to start working working on, wheeeeeeeeee!

If you're in town pop in and say hiay.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Flower Power Exhibit

Hanging the Jafagirl Flower Power group show today and yes, it's all about FLOWERS  this grey January.
Will be up for the month at the Emporium on Xenia Ave in Yellow Springs, Ohio

thanks for the shout out Yellow Springs Blog

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

French knots on linen
drawing by Claire (when she was six)

Rabbit Stories
In Dorset, England, for more than a hundred years the rabbit has been viewed as bad luck and saying the word "rabbit" is considered taboo. Other ways are used to describe it, such as "underground mutton" or "long ears". 
"Posters for the animated feature film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit have been banned from the Isle of Portland, Dorset, because of a local superstition."