Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Loose Threads

Embroidery and Sketchbook
sketchbook and embroidery by jafabrit

The Value of a Critique

One of the things I admire about how Nancy critiques my work is that she shares how it makes her feel, what confuses her, what she likes.  Her questions helped me figure out how I had originally planned to hang it seemed to contradict what it was about. So I decided to stitch down the loose threads on the side of the embroidery. It's very fitting really as in life there are often a lot of loose threads, threads that bind us and so stitching them down is very relevant to this piece.
So I played a little with a photograph of the bike trail dog and paint in my sketchbook. It may become inspiration for an embroidery or another painted piece.


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Crooked Paths

Today's Inspiration
 I have always struggled with Guston's work, particularly the later period. The colour and cartoon quality just did not draw me in toward further examination. I do admire his struggle to explore and express ideas, even in the face of harsh criticism. However, after reading his bio it has given me a better understanding of his work AND a new appreciation. 
"Studio Ghosts: When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting, they walk out. And if you're really painting YOU walk out." 

So here is my painting this morning with a nod to Guston. 
Bike Trail Dog 
Inspired by an incident last week.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Snaps: Butterflies and Beer Cans

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and our garden is a mad flutter of butterflies and bees.
Butterfly Art  
I love to see art that is made from found trash and in this case artist Paul Villinski created this butterfly with beer cans he finds on the streets of New York.
check out his work, it's amazing.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Oh YEA! Spinning it in Israel

Yes, that's my Spin Art Vinyl on the Shelf with Rafi in Israel. One of the coolest things about doing Free Art Friday is knowing that you've made someone happy. The other thing is learning about or connecting with other artists around the world. While I don't understand the language visiting Rafi's FB photo album was so inspiring.

Meanwhile back in the USA
Somebody stole the Knitted Poo Yarnbombing lol!  Perhaps I should have a leaflet campaign titled "okay which turd stole the knitted poo, bad karma, and ye shall be cursed with loose bowels foreeeeeever".

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Craftbombing: Sunflower and a Crisis

Spent the morning with Nancy putting up a few craftbombs and yarnbombs, meeting Connie from the Dayton Daily News who got IN on the jafa-action and put up a knit twit too
 the Crisis
arg, eeek, screech
Our jafagirl blog was suspended and I'm dealing with trying to get it resolved, grrrrr.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Silent Sentinels in Cincinnati

I  hitched a ride to Cincinnati Longworth Hall and instead of waiting in the car took a gander around the warehouse. I LOVE discovering art in places you least expect. While the cars whizzed by overhead on the freeways the birds were like silent sentinels amid rust, old railroad tracks, scrubby grass, concrete and steel.
"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." Aesop

700 W Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Oh 45203

Monday, August 20, 2012

Vinyl Art in Israel

Free Art Friday Tel Aviv Israel did a fab job with the video and what a lovely bonus to see my vinyl art included.


To learn more about Free Art Friday check in with FAF Blog About Page.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Snaps

Rufus does not want to be here

he would rather be there

frolicking in the Sunflower field 

Garden of Sunflowers

A garden of Sunflower beckoned to me -
Come join us, my lady, and joyous you'll be!

We're large ones and small ones, some dainty and fair,
And even some delicate to wear in your hair.

We follow the sun, swaying slowly without a care,
We have a new dance that with you we will share.

Gently hold onto our leaves, allow us to lead the way,
To our Sunflower two-step, dancing throughout the day.

I couldn't resist them, so dandy a sight!
So off I did go in my Sunflower flight.

What a glorious time, right up til twilight,
And then I had to bid my Sunflowers good-night.

So happy were we, a long day filled with fun,
Upon leaving I kissed them, each and every one.

So tender the moment, as I turned to leave.
With eyes brimmed with tears, could I truly believe?

OH! It was so true!! I then knew it to be!!!
I had to smile, 'cause they were all winking at me!!!!

~Author Unknown~

Friday, August 17, 2012

freeby friday

Vintage Donkey Embroidery Transfer
Pattern available here


Free Art Friday Vinyl 
in the midnight garden
somewhere in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Thursday, August 16, 2012

From Taedēre to Taedium

In other words I am at the point of going rather bonkers and wondering why the heck I decided to stitch around the troll with tedious cross hatching-arg!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh! I remember why, because it has the kind of effect I want, messy. Anyway, it's part of a larger piece in my Narrative Dreads series and is a mixture of paint, hand embroidery and a feather. It's based on a painting I did with my left hand in my sketchbook. As I plod along wondering why I do this to myself I am reminded of the quote by Cecil Beaton.  "Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Stencil Flower on Vinyl for Free Art Friday

Into the Midnight Garden

I'm at this very slow and tedious part of my embroidery and just needed to get away from it and get into the studio and play with paint. So 7:30am this morning off to the studio and I thought I would experiment with my old flower stencil. I couldn't resist adding a bit glitter, and mirror petals. This will go out for Free Art Friday :) 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Love Lies Bleeding

This one seems to be well nibbled on, must have tasty leaves.  My friend Karen gave them to me and I have been enjoying them in my garden vase. According to the wiki link above many parts of the plant are edible and used in Indian cooking (which explains why they are so tasty for the garden critters).  Some say the leaves taste like spinach but a bit stronger. The grain is considered healthy for a vegetarian diet and here is an Indian recipe for Cholai Ka Saag. It's also used as a dye (banned in the USA for use as a food dye)and is known as Hopi Red Dye. Loving this solar dying technique and may have to try this, the fabric is GORGEOUS(well to me anyway :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Hand Embroidery of Troll Doll Face

Work in Progress

Troll dolls join dubiously popular toy and game based movie craze and it was the word dubiously in the headline that caught my attention. Dubiously, hum!  I used to collect them, and I remember they had a unique smell that plastic one's and current one's don't have. Wonder if it was the rubber they used at the time? Anyway the embroidery is based on a doll my mum bought me a few years ago. I wasn't sure about the eyes, but I think they are working :)

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Craftbombing Inspiration: Blue Butterfly Colony

I saw this magnificent photo

source:  Milky Way Scientists - used with permission

 on KAOS Queen Karen Russell's fb page and went "WOW". It inspired me so much I wondered if Nancy and I could do a jafacraft felt version.

"bolt of blue"
 Here is what we came up with for the Dayton Art Institute. We could have added more felt butterflies, but wanted to save some for another installation in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Yarnbombers and Yarn Lovers don't forget to check out DAI Knitting Nook.

"Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time" Deborah Chaskin

Friday, August 03, 2012

senile delinquents we presume

Inevitably you always get this one person who is a hater or a wet blanket and like a coward sneaks about cutting down people's art (whether you think it's art or not is beside the point). It is happening in our village with the ys pride craft and yarnbombs and it happens elsewhere. A comment in this article Council says sorry after workman removes Paignton yarnbombs had me in stitches; ""We don't know who is doing it but judging by the knitting, I think it might by older women."
I guess they haven't kept up with the times ;)
Oh, those senile delinquents with their yarn.

Meanwhile the City of Ottawa declared FrivolKnitty's work "unsightly".

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

FAF Event in Tel Aviv

All sorts of goodies are being sent from around the world to Free Art Friday Event in Israel and this includes two of my painted vinyl records. This one is a stencil of an old pal of mine, George. It's one of my fave images because it's so George. He always had a fag hanging out of his mouth,even when painting plein air.

oil painting on canvas
oil painting on river stone

I think the river stone is stuck in a wall in Vegas somewhere, as part of a rock wall hallway in a custom built house. 
George gets all over the place it seems ;)