Wednesday, September 30
Inliquid is the organization that hosts my website, sends out a weekly newsletter on events and opportunities in Philadelphia, and is a major supporter of the art scene in this city. www.inliquid.com check it out.
Tuesday, September 29
In other areas, I've done enough research into articles to feel ready to propose my pilot study for art ed- focussing on the levels of teacher training in community arts and its impact on classroom experience. Let's see if that goes over well.. I've also been working on an Art History research project and I think I'll be exploring the intersection between traditional samplers and contemporary art appropriations.
Sorry no pics today- but go look at this. Reminds me of Charlene's stuff I posted before and the grittiness I'd like to achieve with my slow cloths.
Monday, September 28
The object was to write a task that could be completed using whatever materials were available without causing damage to property or persons, place it in the TASK box and retrieve a task for yourself to complete. After accomplishing the task you were to write a new task to add to the box and start a new one. This could go on ad finitum. The photo above was near the beginning of the evening while there were still pristine piles of materials- like going into ACMoore and being allowed to use whatever you found to make art on site!Things started getting a little crazier. Above you can see the pillars wrapped in saran wrap- someone actually was able to use it as a hammock! It eventually became a volleyball net with a blown-up plastic bag as ball.I turned around and suddenly there was a life-size unicorn behind me! I should have gotten a side view- the whole thing was quite anatomically accurate (don't think dirty, now).Next thing you know there's an iceberg island in the corner. Or maybe a boat...The best part was when my usually non-participating husband FINALLY added a task to the box ("Draw a Mermaid") which not one minute later was pulled out of the box by a 5-year-old boy who drew the image above. His mother tore the image off the roll of paper and kept the task paper to take home as a souvenir, creating some magic for my love.
Throughout the evening I created a pipe cleaner car, drew a hopscotch board, ruffled someone's hair, helped build a fairy house, created an invisible dog leash, had my feet traced, and had my legs hugged.
Thanks to Oliver Herring and the people of Fluxspace for creating an unforgettable experience!
Friday, September 25
Here's a closer view of my work next to my classmate Charlene Melhorn's. I was very pleased to see our work together as we were following similar themes of beauty in decay in the urban environment.
Charlene's piece above is a collection of stacked, burnt, and shellacked paper with a texture that reminded me of matchbooks and the detritus of the streets. Accompanying her assemblage were a pencil drawing of a stand-alone rowhome with electrical or telephone wire and small stacks of burnt and shellacked paper with text.I also really like the sparse cityscape below by Liza Dolmetsch, my extremely helpful department grad assistant/advisor (I don't really know her exact title). The show comes down on Monday unfortunately, but I'm sure there will be more interesting things to share in the future.
Thursday, September 24
Tuesday, September 22
The photograph on the right side sparked a lot of material. I photoshopped it to get a repeat and explored what I could do with that.I was thinking about city life being in a neighborhood that seemingly never changes and yet is always changing. People moving in an out, celebrating, fires, trash, vacant lots, etc. I might make a zootrope animation with it. I also thought I could make a flipbook animation. So here's a storyboard with a swooping flock of starlings. And my stack of paper frames for the flipbook on the corner.Last but not least there's the map drawing I did today. I'm thinking of returning to the daily travel maps like I was doing for the Litle Berlin Collaboration. This time making a calendar out of them, and stitching over a screenprint, not drawing on mylar!
Wednesday, September 16
The last piece here was created by a potter- thus the fascination with texture and the earthy colors perhaps! I enjoyed watching her work, for each piece was thought out and selected for its contribution to the harmony of the whole. We went back and forth quite a bit about the color choices. It's almost too good to change by stitching over!
It was an amazing weekend, but very tiring. I'm not used to 8-hour long classes! However, the students were intensely engaged and produced quite a bit considering our short timeframe. Hopefully they came away with the confidence to continue developing their own imagery in embroidery.
On my ride home tonight I saw people putting out their trash and was shocked that Thursday is already here. The more deadlines you have, the quicker the time flies, too!
The worst "time Flies" moment was tonight when my daughter compared the breadth of her hand to mine. Our hands are now exactly the same size... which brought tears to my eyes, cause I remember when she could barely curl her hand around my pinky.
Speaking of passing time, I meant to share the work of my students at Peters Valley....
Monday, September 14
This is the view out the front of the studio, and several of us felt strongly about the image, and included it in our projects. It was a wonderful stand of pine trees moving up a hill at the edge of a very still, algae-covered pond. At the edge of the pond was a table and adirondack chair, perfect for sitting and drawing the view, or would have been if it hadn't been such a wet start to the weekend!
Thursday, September 10
- These two pieces were dropped off this afternoon for an exhibit at the Stella Elkins Student Gallery at Tyler for the Artist as Educator show opening on the 17th I believe.
- I'll be in the upcoming Works on Paper show at Art in City Hall as my collaborator Michelle Wilson submitted our book!
- There was a check in the mail this afternoon for some art that got sold from Square Peg!
- Another letter came in the mail today to say that I've been accepted as a Roster Artist with Philadelphia Art Education Partnership!
- I'm headed up to Peter's Valley Craft Center tomorrow for Stitching in the Landscape! I promise lots of pictures!
Tuesday, September 8
Here's the view from the studio overlooking Diamond St. I'm fascinated that the left window view looks really urban and the right window view looks more natural....
Sunday, September 6
- finish tiling my entranceway
- write three 2-page papers in response to articles
- attend classes
- get my daughter off to school
- prepare a powerpoint presentation of my past work
- get some work started in the new studio
- frame 2 pieces for M.ED exhibition at Tyler
- attend a faculty meeting at Fleisher and hand in curriculum page
- run a WCA meeting
- exchange artwork in the Art Shop
- create handouts and presentation for Peter's Valley Workshop
- Pack for Peter's Valley
- sleep, cook, do laundry, and clean and all that jazz
The sleep bit is the hardest cause my brain is buzzing.
Saturday, September 5
option 2: go for the stitched robins and eagle
option 3: create robin and eagle silhouettes in black felt to place behind the piece and hope there's enough transparency for them to be readable.
option 4: create a diptych with the robins and eagle in another stretched piece, possibly using screenprint or image transfer for it. or make them on a transparent layer to put over top the piece.
Any thoughts out there?
Friday, September 4
It's on the Tennessee Sampler Survey , a compendium of needlework from Tennessee made prior to 1900. If anyone knows of more such sites, let me know!
I'm not sure yet what I'll do with these, but something will happen. The piecing I did for the Woodford piece comes to mind.