Thursday, May 31, 2012

In the Shadow of Wennut and the Stillness of Stitch

May Wennut make firm your head for you, in shadows respite as the The Rabbit Goddess,the Lady of Unnut turns and rises above me
Holding the two jars,The Black and the White.
She anoints my mouth...she anoints my heart and sunlight fills her up and spills in to her soul and she is reborn.

and now for something completely different. Well not quite!

 Ellen sings an aria “Embroidery in childhood was a luxury of idleness”. It is a moment of stillness in the drama.

That seeming idleness, a luxury, yet such a crucial means to calm the stormy seas.

I stitch & paint, & paint & stitch

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Defying the Morality Police

Got this from Huffington Post and while some say how great it is to be in the west and freedom, let's not be so smug, we are fighting the morality police here in the west too.

A Message to Girls about Religious Men Who Fear You What's at Stake

and that is the tip of the iceberg, there have been hundreds of anti women bills passed or pending across the country.

 Every GOP Senator voted AGAINST Equal Pay for Women Act
- Every GOP Senator voted AGAINST Al Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment
- Every GOP member vote FOR Anti-Safe Abortion Legislation
- Every GOP member vote FOR Blunt/Rubio Anti-Women's Equal Health Coverage Amendment. While Blunt/Rubio Amendment does not allow employer to deny men employee health coverage for Vasectomy, the Blunt/Rubio Amendment allows Employer to deny female employees & female dependents: contraception, tubes tied, and hysterectomies.
- GOP Redefine Rape
- GOP write legislation to probe metal prongs up a woman's vagina
- GOP change legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser"
- GOP write legislation that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (South Dakota GOP)
- GOP write legislation to cut nearly a billion dollars of aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.
- GOP write legislation that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
- GOP write law cutting ALL funding for low-income kids saying "Women should really be home with the kids, not out working (Maryland)
- GOP Cut Funding for Head Start, by $1 Billion.
- Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women: GOP write Bill to CUT funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
- GOP Candidates for President vow and pledge to Cut Funding for Planned Parenthood.
- GOP voted for a Amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers.
- GOP write Bill to eliminate all funds for Federal Family Planning Program.
- GOP Write Bill to Provide Contraception for wild horses but ENDS all Federal Funding for Family Planning, including contraception coverage. (Dan Burton(R))
You think being told not to wear nail polish is a bad thing, how about being told what you can and can't do with your uterus, and the private healthcare decisions between you and your doctor.

Humiliating Revelations

eye of the blackbird

There is something uniquely humiliating and exhausting about trying to cling onto a friendship that no longer exists as you know it. The realization creeps up on you after a spiral of painful moments and after desperate clawing through piles of words, making you seem pathetic and needy. It's made all the more worse when all the actions scream clearly it’s over but you are made to feel like an idiot for recognizing the writing on the wall, the patterns. It isn't change that's the problem, it's not being allowed to change through denial and ambiguity. 

 It is said the blackbird is, amongst other things, symbolic of non-obvious perception. Meaning they can see patterns where others may not, some call it a  Bird's-eye view  or bird wisdom. As Margaret Owen Thorpe says in her essay about bird wisdom, "Patterns give us a world view that lets us know what matters – and what doesn’t." 
  what matters is 
"Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option"
I am worth more than that.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

She don't Trust Me

"hum, I don't trust you" says henrietta as she looked into the camera and realized I may be lusting for her feathers.

The stitchery continues and I suppose I should call this next series narrative threads since the panels allude to snippets of life.

 Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Monday, May 21, 2012

hoot! hoot!

Embroidery Owl by jafabrit
Embroidery Owl, a photo by jafabrit on Flickr.
Just a wee embroidery of a wee owl based on a wee drawing in my sketchbook.

oooooo, that sticky brown stuff and a crisis in New Zealand

yes :) I'm talking about marmite, groan! agaaaaaaaaaaain! The second edition (digital) of the Mish Mash Dictionary by Maggie Hall is now out and will fill all you lovelies in about the Wonderful Wacky World of this much loved and much hated sticky brown stuff. Of course the reason I'm mentioning all this is, well, cough! ta da, I'm one of the contributors (pic of my shrine). I mean, how could I not be wink! wink! nudge! nudge! If I am not eating the stuff, then I'm putting it in my art, 
or doing a yarnbomb homage.

and spreading the


Friday, May 18, 2012

Free Art Friday Art and Embroidery Pattern

by jafabrit
Somewhere in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Reverse acrylic painting on plastic.
FAF Community Facebook Page

Copyright Reminder: Free Art Friday is a movement by artists worldwide who gift original art pieces to the public, however they do not give up copyright to their work.

embroidery pattern 

from 1940's workbasket magazine

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Public Art and Inspiring Children

Jafapal Nancy and I put up a new yarnbomb in town, and brits will recognize it ;)  More about it here. Told ya I love my marmite.
Above Magazine featured one of our yarnbombs in an article by Sass Brown.

I love this, so sweet.
Mills Lawn students were inspired by our textile totems and did this in front of their school. Deb Housh led the effort in her classes on Urban Design.

Not much studio work done this week. Been tidying my studio and getting supplies for the start of new projects,arts council work, and various meetings. 

Business of Art and Elitism

Joanne Mattera wrote a thought provoking article about artists, the business of art and educating the public.
5 Fears that can destroy an artist
9 Warning Signs of an Amateur Artist

Attended an Art Roundtable Discussion which I really enjoyed and gave me a lot to think about. One word came up that makes some visibly bristle with umbrage, elitist. It's a word that comes up a lot with people who do not understand or like artistic expression/work that goes beyond traditional norms or expectations.  I have felt that way myself at times, but really I wonder by saying that it reduces a genuine attempt by an artist to explore an issue to a superficial motivation of snobbery and  belittlement of others. I just don't know if someone spends that many years on their art (whether we like it or not) just so they can be elitist snobs. I can see why work itself seems to suggest that only a certain group could understand it but then it brings me to the question (and I think someone stated this at the roundtable), why do we have to understand it?
Jerry Saltz explained it like this:"The point is that no one rails at physics or science or medicine for being “elitist.” Like physics, medicine, etc., art is a specialist field — something you understand more the more you study it......Art can also seem elitist because it’s not democratic. Again, thank God it’s not. If art were democratic, the best artist would be Leroy Neiman or the art that sells for the most money."

Monday, May 14, 2012

Body Beautiful, Colour and Stitch

 I saw a link to this artist, Yasmina Alaoui and photography by Marco Guerra, via Sass Brown and CHECK it OUT.
Meanwhile back in the studio
I HAD to play with colour
with a bit reverse painting on plastic. Finger painting and dripping and wonderfully messy. 
Yea, finished another needle painting exercise from  Trish Burr's needle painting book.
Here is a nice example on youtube of needle painting, or silk shading, as some call it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In the Mint Garden with Mr. Twombly

My painting experiment of Cy Twombly's abstract Lepanto ended up in the mint garden (yes, I know there are some that think that's where his work belongs), but only ended up there because one patch of resin wasn't mixed properly and remained sticky. A lesson in not rushing when measuring and mixing epoxy resin. Sun shadows and glitter sparkles were GLORIOUS this morning as I picked mint for Cacik (a Turkish version of tzatziki or raita).

Here is my recipe.
2 cups of thick plain yogurt (greek is good)
2 large garlic cloves
 salt to taste
1/2 tsp grated lemon 
1 tbsp fresh mint
dried dill
sumac(can be purchased here)
olive oil
  1. Put yogurt in bowl and mix in garlic, salt, finely chopped mint, grated lemon.
  2. drizzle a little olive oil on top, sprinkle on a little dill, paprika and sumac and SERVE chilled. 

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A peek at Kehinde Wiley

The Virgin Martyr St. Cecilia

Image Source CC Wiki
 I've seen his work in the real and they're really beautiful and because of their size also have a majestic presence.
"The artist describes his approach as "interrogating the notion of the master painter, at once critical and complicit." Wiley’s figurative paintings "quote historical sources and position young black men within that field of power.” In this manner, Wiley’s paintings fuse history and style in a unique and contemporary manner."
Hip Hop and Contemporary Culture

Meanwhile I seem to be continually fascinated with trying my hand at stencils, and expanding to two layers. Since we are talking about hip hop art, this is another version of village fam band member,Marcus, on an upcycled old vinyl record which  will be going out for free art friday.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Strange question about artists

Altered Found Vintage Photo 

"I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity." 

If you don't know who Hazel Lee is, check out this amazing woman.

I was exploring the issue of seizing the moment and well, it's funny what you come across when meandering around the internet. I found this on a news site: Why are artists afraid of being middle class? and was intrigued at such an odd question.
 Well it's a catchy title ahem!
All I can say is thank goodness we don't all confine our lives to the should's and limitations prescribed by others. 

Monday, May 07, 2012

Hip Hop Art

Marcus Polo Reynolds
Discovered a video of a local hip hop group called Village Fam singing All I know Is the Village and  was inspired to create an image based on one of their photos (with their kind permission) from their facebook page.
This one I merged my photo of some graffiti on the bike trail, merged a cropped part on the hand, and did some blending. Not super polished, but I'm just experimenting and liking the look of this one.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Creativity, The Brain & The Muse

Blog visitor Treena  (thanks) shared a wonderful link from an news article titled Why Preserve Van Gogh's Palette? It's a fascinating peek at how master artists arranged their colours on their palettes and what it says about their working method.
© RMN / H. Lewandowski

Creativity and the Brain

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio,since my muse has scarpered off  I decided to do another needle painting exercise from Trish Burr's book. KAOS (Karen Russell) and I are sure our muses are lurking in some charity shop somewhere so next week we will attempt to find them or entice them to a local curry house ;) and SNAG them.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Hand Embroidery : A bird for Mr. B

Original image source Matt Reinbold CC
I didn't want to finish this so fast, I was so enjoying getting lost in it like I do with painting. I thought a little about the process and I think that even though it might be smart to do a colour chart, it seems I approached it like I do painting. Usually I have some colours picked out, but I like to leave it open to nuances and shading that closer examination of a scene reveals.
I will add I did take a  colour theory class many years ago, and it has really helped.

Lovely video explaining how colour works in Master Paintings

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A Bird Builds its Nest

Petit à petitl'oiseau fait son nid
(Bit by bit, a bird builds its nest)

I decided to branch out on my own and try a needle painting embroidery of a bird (thrush). I can't decide which is easier, picking all the colours before you start or picking them out as you go along. Either way it's a real challenge: not comforting like having a colour/stitch guide in an exercise book.
Of course it would have been EASIER if I had just followed this process instead of just eyeballing it. Oh well, lesson learned.

Bit by bit I learn and add to my art nest.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

He went Dotty

and I am not talking about Damien Hirst
but Jim Deitz and his need to paint dots. Of course he had to paint his own, he doesn't have a factory of painters to do his dots.

We, as in the jafagirls, had our moment with dots and did a dotty wotty pole quite a few moons ago.

Of course as with everything, dots are not a NEW idea, and certainly not on houses.
Just check out the dotty wotty house at 

 and then I have my moments of going a bit dotty, well ahem! we won't go there.

My current obsession is needle painting a bird, and convincing myself to clean up the studio. 

"Wisdom Begins in Wonder"

Thanks for visiting art by corrine bayraktaroglu, originally published on jafabrit blogspot

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Exhibit at the Little Art Theatre

My very first show in Yellow Springs was at the Little Art Theatre back in 2002.  Jafapal Nancy has taken over the curators job there and I think she may be a little biased ahem! but she picked moi for her first exhibit in her new role as curator :)
I don't have a name for it, but it is a small selection  of hand embroidery pieces.