Thursday, June 30, 2011

Queen of the Beasties

Pierre and his moustache model Beetoe

Had fun with the Arty Bollocks Generator
 "As spatial forms become frozen through boundaried and diverse practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the inaccuracies of our condition"
yea, uh huh! that's right.

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio

I'm working on another skull embroidery based on a painting that was NEVER returned from a small group exhibit in New York (despite numerous emails asking and asking till it got embarassing grrrrrrrr).

Talking about beasties (take it as meaning either Diego or wee animals ahem ;) I have to agree with Judy Chicago in this bbc article.
There have been suggestions that Kahlo paints herself with animals when there's a separation issue with Rivera. But how do we know that? Why don't we look at what she is trying to say about the relationship between human beings and other species? This kind of thing rarely happens with male artists. Imagine an art historian saying Jackson Pollock threw paint at a canvas whenever he and his wife Lee Krasner had a fight."

Frida LOVED animals and surrounded herself with them. They were part of her joy, her solace, her life, hardly surprising she would include them in her paintings. Not EVERYTHING she did in her art had to do with Diego, sheesh!!

About "The Dinner Party" by Judy Chicago

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How Bob the Rand McNally Driver became a JafaBob

It all started innocently enough, really! Bob was alone in Brother Bears as the Rand McNally camera crew raced around town filming this, that, and everything else.  Not for long though, because the flower power gang was there and Bob felt the power of the flower. Before he knew what was happening, Wham! he had needle & thread in hand and was happily (I knew he was happy because he was smiling) sewing up two lovely flowers for our craft bombing on Dayton Street.  He earned his stripes and is now a 

Jafapal Nancy and I stitched up a few new yarnbombing pieces and I replaced the twiggy stencil yarn bomb with a new one.

In between yarny mischief and FUN around town, I have started working on a new embroidery piece. Just as well because, YIKES,  I have a solo exhibit coming up in 4 months.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Traveling Joan Yarn bombed Yellow Springs

Phew, we were whizzing around town  for the Art Tour but Joan took a breather and stuck up a wee bit yarn bombing on Xenia Ave.
I think we will call her JafaJoan now :)

Best of the Road comes to Yellow Springs AND

The Jafagirls
are giving the Public Art Tour to the team Traveling Jules & Traveling Joan
It's going to be like doing Shakespeare in 5 mins. To flee or not to flee, that is the question. NO! you are stuck with us jafa's and we have 30 mins eeek.  It never fails, if I read or think or listen to any home accents boom it sneaks out.  I have been watching a Scottish tv series and wee bits of Scottish are escaping my lips. Between Geordie and Scots I just hope they can understand when I patter on like a mad woman. Ah, but that's when my TAT (traveling art troublemaker) pal Nancy will take over ;)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Goody Goody Gum Drops and NOT good

I  my teacup from one of my FAVE ceramic artists Leanne Pizio. THANK YOU.
 I my bracelet I bought from Paco (Francisco Loza) at the Huichol Workshop.

Not goody goody gum drops BUT good from BAD

A Seeking Kali Sexual Harassment Project

A very (alas not rare) disturbing incident happened to a fellow artist/blogger I have known for a while and it has prompted Seeking Kali collaborators William Evertson, Susan Shulman, and Ria Vanden Eynd to create a project addressing the issue.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yarn Painting Workshop

What fun to get a workshop with expert Huichol Artists' Macario and Francisco.

Francisco, moi, Johanna, Macario and Kai 
(image courtesy of Kai)

We started by drawing out a design on a board, then spreading a beeswax pine resin mix over it. After it's set a couple of mins, the drawing shows through and we started to push the yarn into the wax using a stick with a flattened edge.
It's so much nicer to work with beeswax as it is pliable and you just squish the yarn or beads into it. It's NOT messy like trying to use glue.  Like an oil painting it will talk 6 months to set but until then you can work on it, rework it.
Here is my effort so far. 

I picked up a yard of beading on sale and attached to the edge.

As we worked it was nice to hear a little about the artists, the Huichol People, the art, and an issue of grave concern regarding the exploitation by mining companies on a National Sacred site.

How to Care for it

Friday, June 24, 2011

Gum Wall News and Yarny LOVE

I couldn't blow a bubble for laughing when Diane took the Pic at the "chew in" for the Yellow Springs News Story about our Traveling Gum WallEwww! people say, but hey, it's been a GREAT fundraiser for the YS Arts Council so far, AND we have sponsors (thank you Toms Market, YS Chamber of Commerce, Town Drug & their distributor Miami-Luken), AND a right lark. 
Yep! WE like to have fun in our Town.

Yarny Love
Just visiting the new B&B in town is a treat in itself, BUT add to that a fab Huichol Exhibit. VERY inspiring.

 Fransisco Loza and Macario Carrillo

I haven't taken the  Huichol (pronounced WEE-chol) workshop yet, but already I've started by gluing yarn, but to a heart shaped stone. LOL! Can't seem to help meself ;)

Art Park 

Well ta ra for now
 Have a super weekend everyone.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

re-purposing junk and old iron on transfers

-->A friend shared this wonderful video about Lindy Lynch and how she got started re purposing and recycling trash into treasures.

Lindy Lynch - InnerViews from on Vimeo.

Boy, my pal Karen hit pay dirt with a huge folder of vintage embroidery transfers (looks like they are from the 1930's -1950's) for a dollar at a garage sale.
 Guess who got them, MOI!
Thanks Karen
I had fun diving into the pile exploring all the transfers and seeing how imagery has changed, although interestingly I see many embroidery images still popular by a new generation of stitchers. The "mammy" x stitch patterns make me cringe though.  I can see why they are collectible in the USA as part of it's cultural heritage, but eek! 

Meanwhile back in the studio
I started working on a small graffiti painting and decided to make a little embossed tin piece for the corner.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

milagros and huichol yarn painting

I have always loved Milagros and wanted to make a little spuggy. After embossing it I wiped a coat of black acrylic over it and will seal it with shellac.
 From Avia Venefica's site explaining the
 symbolism of the Sparrow:

"She is a master of flight, and camouflage, and as such the Sparrow teaches us to use our creativity to get around in life - think outside the box, and be creative in solving our problems."


I signed up for a  Huichol Yarn painting workshop that's coming to town & I'm really excited about it. I saw a huge exhibit in New Jersey and it was a mixture of beads and yarn, and GORGEOUS.
Here are some examples of Yarn Painting on this video.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yellow Springs is a finalist

for the most fun town in the Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road Competion. That's stiff competition considering that many of the places in the running have  HUGE populations compared to our village of 3,500. Just check the Fling in the Springs link or see the pics on the best of the road for Yellow Springs and you will see why.
We also have a fab Public Art Map now.
Yellow Tree for Yellow Springs IYD
Artmaking seems to be taking a backseat as I get ready for Free Art Friday for Fling in the Springs this week (will be doing the gum wall at the Art Park) as well as dashing into IN A FRAME for the Miniature Show Reception (I submitted the cat embroidery)
Dayton City Paper did a nice article called Sending Art Strolling and described Nancy and I as the "outrageous and incredibly creative duo, the Jafa Girls", LOL!
Hey, If the shoe fits, yes? 

I was REJECTED from another Embroidery Show, but I don't seem to have time to fret about it. I am of course disappointed but my work didn't fit, and that's the way it goes. No hard feelings. 


Our Rufus gets his free treat at the Corner Cone in town Sunday. Yes, even doggies have fun in this town (except at Street Fair- doggies not allowed).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bad Bunny Trips

Want to play?
print out this bad bunny pic, stick it up somwhere and send me the pic 
Would love to see all the places around the world Bad Bunny shows up.

For noncommercial use only

Monday, June 13, 2011

Graffiti Embroidery: gulch gal camo knit doll

 It's a mixture of stitch and paint and I'm making up some stitches for the knitting part. I am sure there is probably an easier way to do the fluffy yarn and web style stitch, but I like the raw unschooled approach. It fits with the surroundings and the way the yarnbombing deteriorated.

copyright ©2011 Corrine Bayraktaroglu aka Jafabrit
All rights Reserved

Saturday, June 11, 2011

International Yarnbombing Day: Inspiring Children Around the World

There are many people who claim yarnbombing is a waste of time, waste of yarn, trite, not real art, and serves no purpose, yadda! yadda! yadda! Okay but what about it's IMPACT and I don't mean the unsubstanstantiated claims it harms trees(To date there is no evidence of this, however there is evidence that burning oil to generate electricity damages some trees, along with fertilizers,pestisides and salty compounds)or insects or creates bad smells. Our jafagirl Knit Knot Tree inspired a  poetry contesta couple to tie the not under it, and a couple to move to town because of it. When we took the knitting off the tree some of its parts were recycled for the Storybox Project  that traveled around the world for 2 years before becoming part of the permanent collection at the State University  Multicultural Center.    Yarnbombing became the inspiration for a children's book by the Prize Winning author Francine Oomen.

  and an Art project that aims to Bridge the Divide between Old and Young

Children at Aldama School In California write a thank you note and say "you guys know how to brighten up smiles"
Meanwhile in Yellow Springs, Ohio

One of our youngest residents,Bianca, joined in the community fun. To see more pics visit our flickr page here.
Here is one my pieces I call, fiesta doll.

 HOW TO YARNBOMB by the Twilight Taggers 

Monday, June 06, 2011

Stick it 4 Art

Didn't have time to pout about rejection too long. I was busy working on Sunday, yes, chewing gum for ART. What a great excuse eh! Nancy and I set up the gum wall at the Yellow Springs Arts Council gallery and had a CHEW IN to kick off the Traveling Gum Wall fundraiser.
I had fun watching the reaction of visitors which ranged from "eeeeeeew" to "how cool", but most went along and had fun with it, bought a piece of gum and created gum art.
You can see more pics on the YS Arts Blog.

special thanks to Mr.B for helping build the support for the wall :) 

Sunday, June 05, 2011


I entered a juried embroidery show and was rejected. I have to say the rejection email was pure class, they were very nice and I do wish them the best with their show. Still I got the email and felt that sting of disappointment. I thought, "well, I'll just have to work harder". I realized that seemed silly since I already work hard. 
So I stitched and bitched and got it out of my system and
I really like the results lol!

Here is an excellent article about dealing with rejection by Joanne Mattera.