Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blog Break

Off for a Month traveling
view from the Baltic 
and how cool I may get to see Maurizio Anzeri's work. I love the complexity of the stitches over the photographs.
Most inspiring and a reminder of my dissatisfaction with what I'm doing.
I feel that gnawing in my bones to stretch and push the boundaries further. 
Meanwhile for your viewing pleasure
Men and women view art differently,well at least according to this study from Norway.
Hum! Does Creativity Increase with Age?
Thanks to Joanne Matvichuk for this fun news video story about Yarnbombing called When Knitters Go Bad.

I saw this really awesome video on Two Coats of Paint

OH, and here is one of my new FAVE website's  Cakehead Loves Evil

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Art and Insomnia

 Sleep deprivation doesn't lend itself well to creativity, grrrrrrrrrr.
I actually don't feel like a Zombie today :)
So in between working on a couple of  pieces for an upcoming show in October, I plan to prepare something to work on while I travel overseas. I'm thinking this will make a good embroidery to work on. It doesn't require a lot of supplies, and is small enough not to take up too much room.

May refine the drawing a bit as I am not liking all the elements on the hand, but the overall theme I do like.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

R u Disappointed

Did you see me listed as an embroidery blog, guerrilla artist, or a yarnbombing blog?  If so, you may be disappointed to see this is not a blog devoted to one medium.  So here are my  links for my Embroidery, Yarnbombing, and street art.

I weave between a variety of mediums/genre's to suit a variety of needs. Some you may enjoy, some you may hate,and some you may be indifferent to. Either way, welcome, explore, and hopefully you are inspired/or pick up a few tips. I do have a search box if you wish to explore a specific subject.

Today I am feeling the need to glory in the beautiful Ohio Sky 

and wait for my jafapal Nancy to come over for our weekly artmaking/plotting.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Scribbles and Keeping a Sketchbook Useful

Jafabrit's Playground

Watercolour, Photo of 3d yarn painted arm, Street Sticker, Collage

Beautiful Sunday morning, windows open, smell of fresh cut grass, a breeze, and playing in my garden of the imagination, my sketchbook.
I once had an art teacher who had a very derisive view of my type of sketchbook. For her the sketchbook was a formal place to practice "serious" studies, classical style.

And for those textile artists out there, check out Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists by Kay Greenlees, looks really interesting.  May have to put this on my present list :)

Keeping a Sketchbook Useful

Friday, August 12, 2011

the skull had a tongue in it, once!

Phew, finally finished. 
Hand embroidery on linen, long and short stitch, couching and satin stitch.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Artists and the Economy-Postcard Protest

Artists and the Economy - Postcard protest to the White House

Open to all struggling US self-identified professional visual artists.
(Friday before Labor Day)
Please search facebook event page (by title) for details & spread the word)
More information on what, where, and how 

" It is through our music, our literature, our art, drama and dance that we tell the story of our past and we express our hopes for the future. Our artists challenge our assumptions in ways that many cannot and do not. They expand our understandings, and push us to view our world in new and very unexpected ways….. " Michelle Obama


and 15 reasons why

The arts can play a starring role in revitalizing downtowns.
From Near Ghost Town to Art Centre: Theatre revitalizes Rosebud, Alta

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

It didn't start in Pudding Lane

That was the great fire of London in 1666.

Now turning to the refuge of silently getting lost in the act of creating.  A place of  quiet repose to calm the soul and soothe the sorrows of this world.

yarn painting on plaster of paris cast
To my friends and fellow yarnbombers in London, my thoughts are with you.
Here is the facebook page
Post riot clean-up:let's help London.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Cool Stencil Graffiti

In my neigbourhood  a yarnboming knit twit found it's way onto a tree in the art park.

Not sure why, but I'm loving the garish orange yarn right now.

All about the Colour Orange: encourages socialization (hum very fitting ;)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Public Art: Painted Stone

A birdbath in Yellow Springs

Keeping an eye on the peeps in town:0  Was just in the mood to paint an eye (acrylic) on a stone with a a tiny sticker of a skull painting I did glued on the pupil.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Business of Art

I decided in 2009 to divorce myself from the business of side of "being" an artist (and just be one). Been 2 years since I made that decision in 2009 and it was very freeing. It also proved to be the right decision for me, creatively and professionally. However,one can't escape the business side of art completely. I am preparing for a jafagirl show in October with my pal Nancy, and the squeeze in on.I have most of the work itself, but it's the piddly details,like framing,hooks,press release, etc.  So it's hard to get actual artwork done, or at least start any new one's.
Meanwhile as I sit watching movies at the day's end, I sew, sketch or knit. I am preparing some yarnbombing knit twits for an upcoming trip.