Monday, July 30, 2012

Yarnbombed garden gnome

I was out and about Saturday morning helping re install some rainbow yarnbombs that had been hacked down (story here). I couldn't resist putting a little yarnbomb on this gnome in a local store.

and I got up very very early eeeeeek! Time to trike and then work in the studio.

Going back to Dayton Art Institute later this week to yarnbomb with some pals, jafapal Nancy, Johanna Smith and Susan Gartner.  Can't wait to see what Susan and Johanna put up :) Meanwhile Nancy and I are working on some knit twits and felt butterflies .

You're reading art by corrine bayraktaroglu originally posted on Jafabrit's Art. 

Thank you for dropping by.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Some People Stop

and smell the roses and some people stop and take a photograph.
I am really enjoying riding my trike bike early in the morning. Hardly any traffic, it's quiet, and the sun is shining. I just had to stop and take a pic of the spiders web between the trees and marvel at it.
Well off for a day of art making
Take care all

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yarn Bombers thank Lab Technicians

I want to thank the Lab Technicians (you know who you are) for not throwing out the yellow packaging ribbons and thinking of the jafagirls  It gave me the biggest smile when I got them-thank you, that was really cool! I incorporated some of them into the yarnbombing we put on the door handles in the Dayton Art Institute for their Superhero Summer Program.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Retro Corner: Painted Stones Old and New

Good Housekeeping NeedleCraft Magazine 
Winter 1968-69

Back in the day yer grannies were painting stones and today we are still painting stones :) My current stone painting has a abstract twist and found a home outside one of my fave places in town, Sunrise Cafe. The matching colours was purely by accident, but just perfect, yes!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Craft Activism and small protest signs

 In our (jafagirls) frustration at the sudden news of ALL the trees being chopped down on the high street section of Xenia Ave in Yellow Springs we did what we often do,turn to our art/craft as a means of expression. So we made 14 or 15 felt patches that have various quotes on them, and attached them to the trees. One was quoted in the Dayton Daily News article Proposed removal of the trees causes outrage in Yellow Springs
 I am not sure about the word outrage, seems a bit over the top. Many were shocked by the  way a sidewalk repair project suddenly evolved into a complete revitalization plan with no input from the public and how our Bradford Pears had suddenly became a dangerous major THREAT to our Glen.  Never seen anything about it on the Glen website or newspapers, no public awareness campaign to warn the public. Our whole village is filled with Bradford Pears, so getting rid of the one's on Xenia Avenue won't solve THAT problem. As for safe sidewalks, everyone supports that :) 
As the village council has admitted, they should have handled this differently, communication is key, especially when it comes to taxpayers money and major changes to our downtown area. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Ain't Rocking in my Chair

photo by Mary Beth Whitley
but jafapal Nancy and I had fun yarnbombing hers for display in the Dayton Art Institute Knitting Nook.

Thrift Shop Finds
Love of Pyrex
1960 spring Blossom Crazy Daisy Green Pyrex Casserole Dishes

If you love pyrex, check out this site, it is full of wonderful information, pattern reference, and stories (such as one rare pyrex  Lucky in Love selling for oodles on ebay).

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Knees Know and Angry Man Attacks Yarnbombs

I can now attest to the fact that the bike trail in Yellow Springs, Ohio does indeed go uphill both ways, phew! What a glorious trail to ride my new trike bike and so lucky to have it nearby.

Local gossip
According to a couple of eye witnesses, 6:30am Friday morning a clean cut looking young man in his mid thirties wielding a knife was marching down Xenia Avenue  angrily hacking down every single yarnbomb that local artist Johanna had put up to honor the local ys pride group.  When asked he claimed, "he was saving the trees", and tossed the yarnbombs in the trash. Perhaps he saw that some in this town want to save the trees 
Elizabeth Price Xenia Ave
 and thought it was from yarnbombs,sheesh!!!!!!!!!! Either they don't read the papers, or they are ignorant about what hurts trees (and it ain't yarnbombs). One witness was scared to approach him, and I don't blame her. Getting THAT angry and marching down the main street with a knife is disturbing.  I hope if anyone sees him they report him to the police. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Free Art Friday stuff

Free 1940's Embroidery Pattern

Free Art Friday
Sent off two painted vinyl records to Tel Aviv Israel for their Free Art Friday Event in August. 

Meanwhile back in Yellow Springs Ohio 
it's raining and it's too early to leave any free art out, yet. Here is one I left last week, or was it the week before, hum losing count.
Slideshow of some of our Jafagirl FaFs

To learn about this worldwide movement visit the FAF blog I run. I am highlighting an artist, Kayleigh Sharp, from the UK
The Free Art Friday Group on FB run by My Dog Sighs, Korp O'Rate, and  Los Dave. If you decide to join in the fun, post your work on the FB page,it's a GREAT group.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hot Morning at the Dayton Art Institute

I won't repeat everything Nancy said on our Jafagirl website, but it was HOT. I've never yarnbombed something so fast in my life, faster than you can say,"don't get yer knicker's in a knot", which I did by the way.
knitting, crochet, applique and embroidery on craft felt 
We did several installations outdoors, the Hero Tree, lights out front, and the Admiral of the Blue tree which is a nod to the Kehinde Wiley painting (which I love) on display in the Museum.
The Honorable Augustus Keppel Admiral of the Blue 2006
and who is the Honorable Augustus Keppel?
painted by Joshua Reynolds

"Kehinde Wiley 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."

I suppose in our own way, we have done the same, and fused history, art and craft to make a statement that honors not just the fine arts, but a long history of craft and women's role in the current craft movement.

Kehinde Wiley Website

Monday, July 16, 2012

What Represents YOU!

 Really like the idea of a biographical artifact box, and breaking it down into decades. 

I do feel an unease with the promotion of an product using an artist, but it does beg the question does a product represent you? How would you incorporate that into a display case about YOUR life?

The word context keeps creeping into my thoughts, and what is my art saying, and then I read Andy Warhol's quote and remind myself to NOT worry too much.
Meanwhile on a Sunday afternoon on the porch, I painted a stone for the garden. Yes! for a change I did something for my OWN garden.
How does this represent me?
I would say a love of colour, the shape of stones, and a love of doodling on smooth surfaces with my new paint pens. 
Maybe you can see something more!
As for a product, that is simple MARMITE!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Craft Felt Magic

It's amazing what one can do with a little craft felt.  The colours make this POP, don't you think?  Nancy and I drew out designs in red and were trying for the damask baroque wallpaper look. This is  55"x 26" panel for a larger project that I am doing with Jafapal Nancy.  Using gel medium to glue the red pieces on would have worked, but since gel medium now costs an arm and a leg and this was a large piece we took turns stitching every blasted red piece down, PHEW! Worth it though.
Also been working on decorating a lamp, which was tricky since  everything has to be removable and lamps restored to original condition. Now that was a challenge. I hope next week I can share more information & where they will be displayed. 
Got this lovely award from ARTBASH, a children's art club blog, Thank You :) and yes please do pass the custard creams.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Felt Tongues and Pens and crafty stuff

I know, I know, it's wierd! It's just that I volunteered to make a collection box for the YSKP, and then I was given three of these papier mache heads instead. Volunteers are going to walk around Cirque Carnival with these in hand. Where on earth am I supposed to put the sign,Feed the Arts?
 Aha, on the tongue.
 Hope they like it.
 and I am doing fabric marker pens for another project. Not sure the duct tape part is working :( hum! rethink
yet another jafagirl crafty activity, so my embroidery and painting is having to wait in the wings.
Free Art Friday info
There is a free art friday exhibit coming up in Tel Aviv and they are seeking submissions, more info here.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Lazy Day Doodles and Sigara börek

Yep, it was Sunday and I just doodled aimlessly, going with the flow.

Sketchbook Page
and in the afternoon 
 Sigara (Cigarette) börek
A Deliciously Simple Pastry Snack

Made with Filo Pastry and Feta Cheese
1/2 lb filo pastry
1-1 1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup fresh parsley and dill
1/2cup veg oil for frying 
In bowl crumble and mix feta cheese with parsley and dill. Lay out three pastry sheets and cut them into four triangles. Put teaspoon of filling at bottom end and fold corner over.
Then roll sheets up into a tight cigarette shape. Brush filo at the top with a bit water to seal it.
Heat the oil and fry until slightly golden on medium heat. Drain on paper towel and serve warm.
Afiyet Olsun or  Bon Appetit