Saturday, March 30
PS. We rigged up a little lottery hidden in the eggs. The lucky recipient of a hidden bird sticker will have to sing a song, the hidden frog sticker winner will have to do a silly dance, and the 2 winners of the hidden house stickers will have to do all the dinner cleanup!!
This is the best kind of art I can make. Art for prayer. Art with meaning. Art for people to see and touch. Art that connects people in my community. Art that sparks conversations. As I spoke of Mary and the feeling of mothers- our desire to protect our children but our inability to do so at every moment in their lives- I saw heads nodding and calls of "Amen".
Wednesday, March 27
I am soaking up every last drop of Spring Break free time doing everything I love and recharging my creative batteries. First off, I've spent lots of time with family, who I feel like I barely ever see with our crazy everyday schedules.
The great perks of teaching are the lovely breaks. But believe me, these breaks are very well deserved and crucial to the well-being of teachers. Teaching is both the most rewarding and the most stressful job I've ever had. I'm very thankful for this week off to relax, renew my creative spirit, and refresh my inspiration. I will be totally ready to meet the challenges of the last few months of school!
Monday, March 25
Some projects take forever... some no time at all. Part of it is how long it takes to come up with an idea. The other part is how complicated the execution is. It's always easier when a exterior source poses your artistic challenge. This coming Friday, March 29th is GOOD FRIDAY, and I was invited to participate once again in the artistic interpretation of the Stations of the Cross in Norris Square Park at 3pm sponsored by West Kensington Ministries. It's a great ecumenical community event with participants of all ages and artistic experience, but each interpretation is heartfelt and meaningful.
Next to it is my newly finished "Deborah's window", which was 2 years in the making due to fits and starts, compared to the 2 week timeline of the Good Friday piece. They are both mournful pieces. My work feels mournful lately- even the wintry tree piece. You'd think I'd lost a lot of people in my life to see all this work.
Anyway- I'll be in Norris Square, corner of Hancock and Susquehanna on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3 pm walking the way. Come join us for an interesting afternoon of art, song, story, and prayer.
Wednesday, March 20
In Silkscreen on fabric we learn how to:
- create a stencil on the screen in both photo process and hand drawn techniques
-how to print in both dyes and inks
-how to design motifs and repeats
Past silkscreen on fabric students have printed on T-shirts, aprons, hand towels, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, and fabric yardage for making stuffed animals, garments, and fiber art. This course is open to all levels of experience, from introductory to advanced, and has only 8 students for an intimate studio experience.
In Stitch and Surface this semester we will:
-create a "Band Sampler" to learn a variety of embroidery stitches
-create our own easycut stamps for printing on fabric, inspired by Adinkra stamping
-do a collaborative fabric challenge to see what each student can do inspired by the same piece of fabric
-experiment with mixed media fabric collage
Stitch and Surface is open to all levels of interest and experience in fiber art, from "never-picked-up-a-needle-before" to "been-stitching-since-I-was-5", and has a maximum of 14 students for plenty of one-on-one instruction.
Please visit www.fleisher.org for registration either online or over the phone. Act 48 credit is available for educators. I hope you'll join me for an adventure in fiber art!
Tuesday, March 5
Look at this: