Sunday, September 30, 2012

So After the Museum

Bad Bunny Street Sticker made it to the sticky pole and I resumed my obsession with shadows

in downtown San Antonio. Then we got so hot and thirsty the new obsession was thirst
and what better than quenching it sitting by the Riverwalk ;)
AH! the Riverwalk 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Yarnbombing before there was Yarnbombing

Saw this crochet covered Beer Bottle circa 1995 by Bill Davenport at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Of course it wasn't called yarnbombing back then ;) Bill calls them yarnworks and you can see some examples on his website. I had fun visiting his site, what an interesting artist, AND he was doing a giant yarnball before it became popular with yarnbombers around the world.
Meanwhile how cool that one of our jafagirl yarnbombs in Yellow Springs made it on the list of 51 yarnbombs at Web Urbanist.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Standing Tall in Texas and HOT

Visited San Antonio Texas and wearing cowboy hats was a must, not just because it's Texas but because the heat beats down on your head and wearing a hat is a saviour.  Hat hair is another story, ahem!
Bought the hats at El Mercado and ate at La Margarita and it was so fab that even the loo was cool.
Yes, I know strange, not a typical tourist pic, BUT it was hotter than the hinges of hell and the need for liquids means one has a major obsession or need to know where the nearest netty is. This was the NICEST one I saw in San Antonio, but I will give it to San Antonio, they have PLENTY of public restrooms. 
Putting aside the loo issue, I really enjoyed the market and the mariachis'. I didn't take this video, but it will give you an idea of the mood of the place.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Offline For a Week BUT

if you are new to my blog here is some info
I love to paint. I sometimes photograph the painting and then manipulate the image on Adobe. They could end up being street stickers or just something to put in my sketchbook/scrapbook for future inspiration.
I love to play in my sketchbook with paint and whatever is lying around the studio.
I love to find things in my studio, like old vinyl records, and painting them.

I love to do hand embroidery using images from my sketchbook.

I love making stickers based on some of my embroidery (bad bunny) and sticking them up in some of my fave places.

I have fun doing camo dolls and knit graffiti.

"Life is too short not to have a bit fun AND if life is throwing you a curveball, pick up that ball and PAINT it." Jafabrit

Monday, September 17, 2012

Yarny Tales in Ohio and Things That Make Me Smile

On Saturday we (jafagirls) did a art 
 walking tour of Yellow Springs (check out the towns art map)  with about 22 Docents from the Dayton Art Institute.  They wanted to come and visit us and see our yarnbombs. After the walking tour we did a slide show presentation  and reception at the Yellow Springs Arts Council. Was such a delight to meet them and also hear about the public's response to the yarnbombing at the DAI. We were supposed to take them down at the end of this month but the Docents are pushing for the yarny displays to stay up a couple of more months since they've been so popular with visitors.  On Sunday Connie Post at the Dayton Daily News did a lovely article in the Sunday section of the news about us.
It's good to know that what we do as artists has an impact, and with something so simple as a wee bit yarn on a pole or a tree.

Talking about things that make me happy and smile;the smiley tales continue as grannie trikes again, this time past the Women's Park.
Such a lovely spot on the bike trail.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Keiths Alley
I know quite a few people going through a difficult time for one reason or another and so Jafa T (Talitha Greene) and I thought it would be fun to post smiley faces around town. 
Most of them are done on old vinyl records, but I'm sure we will be doing them on other found objects, scraps too.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Plastic Pollution: Tedious but not Boring

Perhaps it is for some, but for me spending quiet hours in the studio and cutting up old plastic garbage bags and gluing is a meditative process, much like embroidery or slowly building up a painting layer by layer.
I was invited to participate in a trash exhibit and the theme is plastic. My challenge was to  make something that helps make a statement about the damage plastic  has and do it in a way that isn't graphic. Considering the damage all this plastic garbage has on the birds and other animals, it was not easy. I am not even going to share the images, they are too disturbing. Suffice it to say you can click on the links if you want to learn more.

Ocean of Plastic:Damage to Birds Slideshow
Save our Planet:how long plastic takes to degrade,the effect on the environment, our health, etc

Friday, September 07, 2012

Stencil Art on Vinyl Record for fafYES

 Yellow Springs, Ohio
I have a pile of old vinyl records and so here is another stencil based on a photograph of my daughter. I was going to add a stencil flower but just felt like doing something simple, and as some of you may know I love paint drips. Almost has a Mary Quant feel to it, yes?
Come to think of it I still have some original Mary Quant items from the late 60's, a nail buffer set somewhere in the cupboard. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

She's an Ambivert

ey up, what the heck is an ambivert, says she who lurks in shadows?  Well I tend more towards being an introvert, although many would not believe this.  

This is the best description so far: "You have the best of both worlds. You can enjoy your own company as well as the company of others. You can find plenty to occupy yourself with when alone without getting bored, but you also enjoy doing things with others on a regular basis. You can be energized by both contact with people and experiences outside yourself, and by what goes on in your own mind. You probably enjoy creative work of some kind, but also don't mind a work environment than includes some contact with other people."

ha ha, I think this quiz got my number, "You probably enjoy creative work of some kind."
I swear this skull reflection in a water puddle was trying to mock me as I was going up the stone stairs at Glen Helen.  Many a time I have crawled breathlessly up those stairs and mumbled they will be the death of me. I guess my biking is paying off because for the first time in 9 years I managed to walk the glen without my hiking sticks and without as much pain,  and managed to get up those stairs stopping only once for a breather.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Wisdom Is

Accepting that something you are working on with such love and care is just NOT working and it's time to let go. 
I liked all the elements, but they were just not working together visually or thematically. 
First a cup of tea 
 time to reflect
Rufus was indifferent but kept me company.
In a funny kind of way the act of letting go  of this piece fits with the theme. Hum maybe after ripping it up into part I will figure out another way of using it.

"Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties" 

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