Wednesday, June 30
Tuesday, June 29
Monday, June 28
The cloth below is a document called a "winter count". Read in a spiral from upper left, the cloth depicts important events within a tribe in a pictorial manner. I'm reminded of hand scrolls in Ancient Hindu culture where painted cloths become mnemonic devices for the recounting of oral history.
Tomorrow I'm off again for a few days. I won't be able to access the Internet, but when I come back I'll have loads to share-- Amish quilts and Fiber Arts International exhibit info.
Sunday, June 27
Well, that wraps up the photos I have for "From the Tongue". There was a lot more great work, but there were also a lot of other bloggers there who will probably go into greater detail!!!
Saturday, June 26
Friday, June 25
I'll post about the show later, as I'm still processing from the long, tiring day in NY. Today was spent finishing up the children's exhibition for Fleisher's Artspiration fair. Tomorrow is the big day from 10-4. We lucky volunteers get to wear lime green T-shirts. Regular T-shirts never look right on me. This one had a t00-high round neck, and too-wide shoulders/sleeves, and too-long... uh.. length. Crafty me set about with scissors and thread to re-work it into something wearable:
Wednesday, June 23
Tomorrow I'm off to New York City so I can be at the opening of "From the Tongue". I can't wait! I'm going to have to put together a small piece to work on during the bus ride- I can't drag this monster to NY.
Monday, June 21
Friday, June 18
Stitch Shibori/embroideries. We'll dye our fabrics and then use them in an embroidered image. Check out this website for some great shibori technique images.
Chair embroidery, perhaps an upholstered piece, camping chair, cushion, or slipcover. I'm hoping some students will want to participate in "A Place at the Table" project the WCA is creating for the September Live Arts/Fringe festival for which we're creating art chairs. The above image is from Sampler-Culture Clash.
- 6 weeks of Stitch and Surface for adults at Fleisher
- 5 weeks (hopefully, if they run!!) of morning art classes for kids at Fleisher
- a 2-day embroidery workshop for teachers at the Philadelphia Art Museum
- one week teaching and a second week planning/directing/teaching summer camp for NLArts.
So that's a lot of lesson-planning, supply researching, scheduling, etc. that hasn't left me much stitching time. HOWEVER, I have just started a little sampler to use as an exemplar for Stitch and Surface. I always have students start off with some kind of sampler, and this session it will be a doodler:
Wednesday, June 16
I feel really honored to work with this group of kids. It amazes me how focused, intent, and persistent they are in their artmaking. They each find ways to solve problems and for the most part they pay attention to craftsmanship.Persistence is one of the Studio Habits of the Mind cultivated through art education, and perhaps is overlooked- but I feel like it's one of the most valuable qualities a person can learn through the arts. Don't give up so easily! Work through frustrations to come through on the other side, reaching your goal. It can be applied to all areas of life that challenge us.
Now, if only they would sketch something other than dragons, flowers, and peace signs during free draw time...
Tuesday, June 15
Artists include: Allison Manch, Audrey Manning, Bren Ahearn, Bridget Franckowiak, Brooke Holloway, Drucilla Pettibone (!), Elana Adler, Ellen Schinderman, Eloise de Hauteclocque, Eric Johanni, FiberGraf a.k.a Iviva Olenick(!) and Jon Baker, Grant Olsen, Jamie Chalmers (MR.X!), Jee Hwang, Jennifer Hunold, Jung Eun Park, Katrina Eaton, Kirsten Rae Simonsen, Kristen Wulff, Lathorial Badenhausen, Leila Daw (!), Leslie Nichols, Marcy Chevali, Marilyn Henrion, Mary Coss, Nathalia Cortada, Orly Cogan (!), Richard Saja (!), Rubi McGrory, Sarah Bahr, Susan Moss, Susan Sharman, Tricia L. Johnson
Sunday, June 13
Friday, June 11
Monday, June 7
Some more stitching in my near future!
Sunday, June 6
Here's a dramatic reading of a passage from the book I found: