Friday, July 30
Wednesday, July 28
Sunday, July 25
Saturday, July 24
- a week of morning art camp with a great group of 8-10 year-olds
- 2 afternoons teaching teachers at the PMA how to do embroidery
- a night of teaching stitch and surface and one of practicing ceramics
- work on a commission and a meeting about another commission!!
- lots of visits with friends while I'm footloose and fancy free
- and TODAY my PRAXIS II EXAMS!!!!!!!! I'm one step closer to being a certified art teacher.
The drawing above was a collaborative doodle with a friendwhile we listened to a band play at Milkboy cafe tonight. We hid the drawing in the window in front of another sign for passersby to see. I wonder how long it will sit there?
Next week I'll be teaching another week of Fleisher summer morning camp- up next SOFTIES!
Monday, July 19
Sunday night was a farewell dinner for my dear friends who are moving off to California...... I'm going to miss them so much, they don't know.
Today starts another week of teaching children at Fleisher. We're having a paper art FIESTA, and this morning found me covered in gluey papier mache. fun stuff!
Friday, July 16
The third day was spent learning how to create stencils and blockouts and using a scoop coater, and the kids designed their screens to print on T-shirts. The 4th day was a mad T-shirt printing factory day! And today they added details with fabric pastels and markers (since we only had time for one color printing) as well as some tie dying of some of the T-shirts. The day wrapped up with a fashion show during a final artshare reception for all the classes and parents.I'm pleased with how well the students cooperated and collaborated. They ended up with both a collaborative and an individual set of monoprint/rainbow prints, a collaborative tie dyed and rainbow-printed "Friends" T-shirt, their own design on a t-shirt, and some even had a t-shirt design swap as they liked their classmates designs. They made effective group design decisions and they were helpful to each other in the printing process and cleanup.
Collaboration is something I've tried to encourage in other classes with this age group, but it was never as effective as it was this week... Is it the smaller group? Or is it that the process facilitates collaborative thinking? Maybe both.
Next week I'll be doing "Paper Transformations" with 8-10 year olds!! We're going to have a paper garden fiesta, mostly inspired by Mexican art and culture. I'm having fun.
Thursday, July 15
I drilled five holes in the spout of the gravy boat, and a hole in each of the spoon handles. I took apart the chain necklace to create 5 separate chain lengths and a hanging chain. Then I linked each spoon and chain length with a wire bead finding and some beads, using pliers to secure the wire. Finally I inserted a wire finding through a large bead and through the pre-drilled holes to connect to the chains, again using the pliers to secure the wire. VOILA!
Now I just have to decide whether to hang it from a tree limb or buy a bracket to hang from either a fence post or the doorway out back....
I'm ridiculously pleased with myself.
Sunday, July 11
Friday, July 9
Of course I had to photograph the US and Turkey on the piece because I'm here and my heart's loves are over there for the next few weeks still. *sigh*
Thursday, July 8
Finally Joetta Maue's "(Touch)...In With You" is the sultriest of all. Her hanging threads drip like sweat as we sleep naked in un-air-conditioned beds.
Tuesday, July 6
Since I spent today planning a workshop I'll be giving for the PMA in a few weeks, Samplers are on my mind (heh, like always). Therefore these pieces jumped out at me as I was browsing for the images to post:
"Embroidered Scribbles on a Page in My Notebook" by Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen combines mathematical notations and needlepoint and cross-stitch doodles in this alchemy of stitch and science. I looked up her name online and found an Ayelet Lindenstrauss who is a mathematics professor in Indiana- could it be her? Is she secretly doodling embroidery patterns during faculty meetings and grad student consultations? Either way, I love seeing evidence of the logical/mathematical side to stitching, all the repetition, plotting, measuring, symmetry, counting that goes into it.
I was excited to see Tilleke Schwarz's "Playground" in person. I've been a fan of hers for a long time but it was great to see one of her works up close and personal. Hers is a stream-of-consciousness spill of random thoughts and images and snippets of media quotes. You need string theory to find the order in her chaos.This last one was not in Fiberarts International, but it was upstairs in the PCA's exhibit "Interplay" of Pittsburgh area artists. Becky Siemmons' "How to Draw a Straight Line" follows along with this mathematical sampler idea and includes audience interaction. My stitchy fingers want to go along and tack down the intersections or couch down the lines. I love how simple she makes stitching seem. Anyone can do it! Own your creativity! That's it for the first sampling. I'll have more later. It's too hot to type anymore!