Sunday, November 27, 2011

Subversive Stitch: I didn't think I would do it

but I did.
If you are easily offended then I suggest you do NOT scroll past this picture.


I have not been a big fan of using rude language or imagery in my work (although yes I did do that ONE embroidery but), but I  was invited to participate in a project involving said word. I enjoyed the challenge of seeing if I could visually create a piece that added my own style with a very commonly used word.

so here it is, the f and c being my OWN design, U is by Giacomo Franco's from his Anthropomorphic Alphabet circa 1600's, and K from this book 
and just for fun

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Getting a BIg Ass and it's not what you THINK!

Wise Owl Says
"Courage is the commitment to begin without the guarantee of success".
It's not just the courage to be judged, or dismissed as an artist, but the courage of facing indifference also. The problem is if we start thinking everything has to successful (whatever that means), how will we keep trying, and growing and striving for that one creative moment that succeeds in ways we couldn't possibly imagine or plan.

K is for Keen
Alas I can't claim to have designed this (got it from this book) but it's my hand embroidered version of it.  

I WON something, a book, YEA!!!! hand it over woman.I can't wait to get Mark Montano's newest edition of "The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2" in the mail and start playing. 
Thanks Margot (ps. check out her wonderful retrofab Holiday Card tutorial)

Monday, November 21, 2011

The F Factor

copyright ©2011 Corrine Bayraktaroglu aka Jafabrit All rights Reserved
F is For Facinorous
 and that is what I plan to be with this next embroidery project :)  

Diwali 2011 Springfield Ohio

We've been going to Diwali now for several years and each year is as wonderful as the last.  Happy Diwali.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Clowning Around

 I have no idea what possessed me Saturday to buy this ugly  99 Cent little oil painting (circa 1974 signed Dartin)when I was at the charity shop. I hate clowns (even have a blog entry about it back in 2010). No! not scared of them, just never liked them.
I will admit I liked HOW it was painted with buttery loose brushstrokes that get a sense of the figure. Something weird must be going on in the air. THEN I go to the art section of Huffington Post and what do I see an article about CLOWNS LOL!
Found this strange little video but it's what the clown said that caught my attention. Fake Happy Mask made me squirm as a child.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Haters: I am LOVING this BLOG

Internetiquette with Ms.Madge who deals with haters comments over the internet with a twist of wit.I have talked about haters before on here,but I like Madge's way of responding to them.
In the Studio
I seem to be obsessed with using pen and ink.
Oh those arty obsessions.
Those empty marmite jars come in so handy. I am keeping my ink in one.

Talking about Marmite
  I know eating marmite is almost a religious experience, but this is taking it to a whole new level ;)
and by the way
Did you know, "according to the mish-mash dictionary of marmite (yes there is such a dictionary), marmART is serious business. 
To heck with the Turner Prize, there is the Marmite Prize.  I wonder if you have to LOVE marmite to apply.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Now I Get It: Edward Gorey

I remember seeing his work on PBS Masterpiece Mystery Theatre years ago and always enjoying the intro as much as the show.

but hadn't quite understood how the egg head I made with Nancy would be so reminiscent of Gorey's work.  Then a fan of Gorey's, and a wonderful supporter of studio jafabrit (thank you) told Nancy and I why she wanted to buy our egg.

After doing some research, now I get it, and I feel quite honored.

Spirited Goat Cafe in Yellow Springs is now displaying Boom! Bang!

 collage, acrylic, oil stick,
 cell phone, wire on wood 
and hand embroidery on linen face.
Available for Purchase

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Having a Voice

I do it with my art or with guerrilla art,  although I can't say my street art is "always" anonymous (that's practically impossible in a small village).

Karla Black's Voice 

I really like her comments about what sculpture is to her in this interview. She is a Turner Prize winner and her work will be unveiled at the Batlic Centre of Contemporary Art in my hometown, Gateshead. 

I just read a comment by an artist on a social network for artists who stated changing his style might make him look amateurish by being all over the map. Can you imagine if we stifle and crush our voices for fear of what others think. My response to that was Many of the greatest artists are all over the map, and are now in an atlas all over their own (quote by Corrine Bayraktaroglu)
so I say

Designed by moi courtesy of Keep Calm-o-matic 

Mental Vitamins

The Healing Power in the Act of Creating

 Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert has shown in her research that "when you knit a sweater or plant a garden,...when you prepare a meal or simply repair a lamp, you are bathing your brain in feel-good chemicals and creating a kind of mental vitamin."
 I found this info in great article on EcoSalon that talks about the link between Using Your Hands and Soothing Your Brain.

I like my daily dose of mental vitamins.In between drawing out an idea for an upcoming project,I continue to work on the cloth guest book pages. I'm enjoying weaving patterns (blue embroidery circles with sequins)around the guests doodles and writing, as well as embellishing their writing (yellow stitches on black text).

The quote that someone wrote, is by the champion of individualism, Ralph Waldo Emmerson and from his essay Self-Reliance.  In the essay Emmerson talks about "the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas".


If you LOVE dong crafts or art, stop worrying about what others think, or that it has to be some masterpiece, or the need to justify it by proving it's worth in dollars. Something much more valuable is afoot, your well being.
Happy Creating

Sunday, November 13, 2011

How cool! Amazon top 10 craft books list

Gale and Joan's Craft Activism Book made Amazon's top 10 best craft books list for 2011, wheeeeeeeeee!
Here is a nice review of the book by Bead Nerd, and yes that's our jafagirl peace pole.

photo by Gale Zucker

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shadows and Inspiration

I love walking past this garden, especially when there are beautiful shadows on the gorgeous blue wall.

My fascination with shadows goes back a long way it seems. I remember my first oil painting class with Marie Linnekin and we had to do a still life study. I was fascinated with the shadows and all the other objects seemed to become secondary.

There are a lot of things that inspire us, but I've learned that depending on it to create is a big mistake.
Chuck Close said don't "wait around for inspiration...all the best ideas come out of the work itself. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there for a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction."

I have to admit I have fallen prey to creativity destroyer number one, but erm! well I have been rather obsessed with embroidery for a couple of years ;)

I wonder where it will lead today creatively?
Meanwhile I will leave you with this.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Crafty Pals and Why Inspiration Matters

One of my FAVE long time bloggy pals, Margot Potter, has a new website called Craft.You. It's all about making lemons into really tasty strawberry fizzy lemonade and she sure knows how to do that with a zing and a flair.  She has free advice, classes, tips, and interviews, plus she is a FUN read. It's not just about making crafts though, it's also about life crafting.

Why Inspiration Matters - "recent research shows inspiration can be activated, captured, manipulated and it has a major effect on important life outcomes".

When I draw I can get so lost in it, or go into the zone as some call it.

sketchbook study of metal ornament

Oh yea! I LIKE this.
 I think it will make you smile.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

That Elusive Image and FAB fabric markers

 I was planning on starting a project yesterday BUT then I got a bee in my bonnet because I couldn't find  my photograph that is the inspiration for it. I became like an obsessed demon and for three hours searched my photo files, and the house. Five minutes before I leave the house to go to a meeting I suddenly realize where it might be. 
Suffice it to say, I got no serious work done.
What time I did have in the evening was spent goofing around in my sketchbook 

started working on embellishing the cloth guestbook pages.
At our(jafagirls)opening reception we asked guests to sign, doodle or embellish pieces of muslin I had cut up and printed some images on. I love how Ben Hemmendinger added his accordion to the print of my egg head.
Thanks to fellow brit Kai who tipped us off about these wonderful fabric sharpie pens called stained. The colours are intense, don't bleed and are wonderful to write with. Finding them is another story, they seem quite elusive. Haven't seen them in the craft stores, or fabric stores.  

Oh well, OFF to the gallery to take down the exhibit sigh! It was FUN while it lasted.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Inspiration exists, BUT

I haven't seen the movie Modigliani, which some say is awful, but I thought this video clip and music lovely.

Played in my sketchbook last night and there must be some subliminal message about being wooly-minded ;)

  However today my Monday Muse is telling me to get off the computer and start laying the groundwork for a painting and an embroidery.  The ideas have been fermenting for weeks and are busting to get out.

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I am not a speaker

Trust me I just BLITHERED on and I think the salon talk was all over the place eeeeeeeek, BUT it was fun (more about that later) and a LOVELY finish to our Hairy Art Palace Exhibit. Thanks to The Yellow Springs Arts Council and their wonderful volunteers.

Meanwhile I am just working on being as lazy as possible today (although the studio beckons).  I have been tossing and turning at night as ideas dance around my head and play out in vivid surreal dreams.

Anyhoo, back to the yakking issue, perhaps I best speak through my art.

If you like the idea of using craft to speak out and are interested in a kit, just email us at for more info.
cheers all

I love to see recycling and this project below is more on the craft side, but essentially the same method for reverse painting.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Cloud Watching and Jafa's have a new meaning

I love long drives, and cloud watching is one of the things I like to do.  I saw this jet shaped cloud on the way to Penn State and had to take a pic (of course). I go nowhere without my camera. As with a lot of things I post about I thought I would do google search on clouds found this: The Cloud Appreciation Society

Oh yea! erm about the jafa's, well it's official, Nancy and I have been declared craft activists and  now jafa also stands for just another f*&^%$ activist, ahem!. Now that is cleared up, we will be presenting a salon talk at the Yellow Springs Arts Council about Craft Activism AND our crafting a mini protest kits. More info on our website.
Meanwhile, the jafagirls continue to support the OWS non-violent ways of protesting and in our own unique way. We sent a knitted protest poo! 

Not directed AT a person, unless you count corporations as people, err wink! wink!

Friday, November 04, 2011

rocks that make me drool!!!!!!!!!!

Claudio Bravo Pastel Drawing 1971

Spent a couple of hours at The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, and what a gem it is. Yes, you read that right, the above is a pastel. I thought it was a photograph at first and was floored when I realized it was a drawing. In the reflection is an Alex Katz aluminum cutout called Anne. I REALLY enjoyed the faculty exhibit, very inspiring, and makes me wish I was one of their students. Museum visits are always energizing, especially when I can spend hours exploring images all to myself.

Of course being a jafagirl I had to leave a wee present for FAF outside the museum. I just can't seem to help myself ;)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Tortured Artist

selfie in knitted hat
Here I am NOT doing any art (like painting) and man it is bugging me, but I can't seem to be bothered and that BOTHERS me! I did have fun tying to get a semi flattering pic of me wearing my Hippie Hat look though.
oil painting on wood with quote

sold several moons ago and happily hanging on a gallery owners own wall
Since this is an art blog I will put up a piece of work besides myself. I said I can't do text on paintings, but this is one of those RARE occasions where I did it and was quite happy with the results. I liked the quote and was experimenting with collage and acrylic on poplar wood.

According to this test I am normal and have no artistic ability LOL! Somehow I don't believe it, I feel quite the tortured artist at the moment and it ain't 17%. Somehow I can't help but think the impatient blogger might appreciate the acronym fuali-hee! hee!

I am 17% Tortured Artist.Art? I know a guy named Art.
I should be happy. I have a normal life. I have no artistic ability and I am not cursed with the realiztion that everyone is an idiot, because I am one.
Amy Winehouse- Bac...