Monday, February 28, 2011

I used to say

 don't play with your food to my children
but they didn't listen!
My son and girlfriend did this to my breakfast plate

Embroidery Progress Report

 bear is wearing what is considered a british icon,
a knotted hanky that my son wore as a baby one hot sunny day in Texas
Slow and Tedious
 That black area is long and short stitch (except I am not keeping all my stitches the same length). Chair bear is coming unravelled just looking at it. The chair cover is pure vintage:it's my dear Nana's ♥ embroidery she did over 50 years ago.

Bits and Bobs
Info & links from show at Jafagirls website

I am in heaven with this new upscale thrift shop in town, got me a nifty crochet (70's style) tote.

It's decided, I'm going to do another 
 pub alley panel
and do this

I'm itching to paint and I LOVE this pic I took of local artist, Pierre and his beloved Beetoe.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bits & Bobs from Jafabrit's Hoose

 From ArtDaily
 Jasper Johns receives 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Critic Sees by Jasper Johns

My jafapal Nancy and I have started a blogtalk radio show (eeeeeek) called
 Bits & Bobs with the Jafagirls

Origin of Bits & Bobs

 Work In Progress

linen, paint, fabric markers
dmc embroidery floss

This is based on the painting I did for the Pub Alley Project

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

obviously my plea

for sunshine

didn't work

arg! that is the word of the month.

Border for knit knot tree embroidery panel

I would like to claim life has distracted me from doing my usual load of art, but I always feel if you really want to do it you would.  I can only conclude my muse wants me to take it slow.
Well, err, I have to blame someone besides myself, ahem!

My friend and I wandered into his studio/EboNia gallery in Dayton a few years ago and what a lovely person. We were astonished at how much time he took out of his day to talk to us, show us around and share his thoughts about various issues. His work and sense of community is truly inspiring.
Bing Davis Reach Conference 2009
photo by jafabrit

Friday, February 18, 2011

A peek at Yinka Shonibare and others at Art Babble

Art Babble Facebook Page

"This trailer spotlights the artists Mary Heilmann, William Kentridge, and Yinka Shonibare MBE, offering brief glimpses of an additional eleven, dynamic and engaging contemporary artists."

So inpsiring!

Back to planet Jafabrit

Valentine Rose in a Bunny Vase

Doing the bottom of the knit knot tree embroidery panel, and practicing drawing with my non dominant hand (frees you from "thinking" too much about what you're drawing).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

fusion of art and engineering

a fusion of art and engineering
website with other film examples

George Condo is BIG but


 Jerry Saltz shares why on Ask an Art Critic 

Not sure what I think of his work. Wish I could see it in the real and get a better sense of it's impact aesthetically and technically. I felt this when I saw Jackson Pollock's painting for the first time in a museum. The size and grandeur and beauty can't possibly be shared in an image in a book or magazine. It did give me an different understanding and appreciation of why his work had such an impact.  Talking about Jackson Pollock, check this out  Bill Proposed to Force Sale of University of Iowa's Pollock Painting

back in my little corner of the world

 Nancy (and her dear husband Steven) & I took mr.plato to the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus.  More about here if you're interested.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

graffiti is vandalism BUT

how could this wall look any worse. The graffiti/street art (not talking about gang tagging) is not just a bright spot of colour on a drab delapidated building but it is touching people's hearts and points to an unpleasant reality.

Street Art and Reality on Hanbury Street, London. from Shafiur Rahman on Vimeo.

 My street art with the Jafagirls isn't quite as grand but nevertheless touches hearts,just in a more whimsical way. Wida at  Missing Amsie felt the Hippie Love when visiting Yellow Springs.

meanwhile back in the studio
eeeeeek experimenting

I am mixing stitch and paint/fabric markers even more in this embroidery of my street art panel.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yarnbombed Tree in Children's Book

What fun to see two of our Jafagirl yarnbombing photos used in this absolutely charming children's book: How do I Survive (Wild Knitting) by the most popular and successful author of children’s books in the Netherlands Francine Oomen.   I love all the directions, patterns and illustrations by Annet Schaap, just wish I could read it lol!

 Knit Knot Tree Two by the jafagirls and jafa cohorts


" How to Survive...-series (Hoe overleef ik…). In the thirteen volumes published so far, we follow the lives of Rosa and her friends. Rosa (11 in the first book, almost 17 by now) struggles with growing up, her parents and - most of all - love. Rosa and her friends extensively e-mail, text and chat online about all their ups and downs." source

Friday, February 11, 2011

shopdropping in Columbus Ohio

I was perusing a book store in Columbus Ohio and decided to leave a sticker pic of my bad bunny wheatpaste in a graffiti book.

Don't ask me why, spur of the moment thing.
I also can't explain why I LOVE this  bad bad bunny wheatpaste so much, but oh well!

Some of my Guerilla Art Mischief

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Photography here and there in a square

Here in Ohio

doll chair by mark greenwalt

It was really hard to choose which chairs I liked most in this really cool exhibit. Talk about intersecting craft & art.
I was fascinated with the shadows as much as the doll chair :)

There in Egypt

 From  (social network aquaintance) Ahmed Mokhtar 

Tahrir Square

 Egypt Twitter Updates

Love this quote on his website
"And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible."

Richard Avedon, 1970.

For me though it's something related to creating art.

Sunday, February 06, 2011


do I have to have a hand stitched blue sky

it's going to take me FOREVER to do this couching for the sky portion of my knit knot tree panel. Okay, I told myself that this panel might take a few months, and this is why. It's got to be worth it, yes :)

Sometimes old things come in really useful.

And this present from jafapal Nancy was one such item. When we lost power during the ice storm we lost power to all our modern telephones. Only problem is that I couldn't press for extension numbers, but hey, I still could call local (couldn't call long distance due to time running out dialing all the flipping numbers lol)

For the Jafagirl Public Art Box
Yellow Springs, Ohio

mixed media embroidery heart

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