Saturday, August 27, 2016

100

100 is a new series of posts spurred by a conversation that Pam and I had yesterday. We were discussing which workshop to take together next year - one asks students bring 100 of an item. Intrigued, we were imagining how the items would be used and what we could take. Just what did we have 100 of?
  
 
My brain kicked into gear and I spewed out a string of household items that could be interesting art making tools - 100 grains of rice, 100 sheets of toilet paper, 100 beans, 100 tea bags (empty or full)....you get the idea. The whole exercise had me looking around and viewing items differently.


100 tea bag tags from used tea bags gifted me by Pam and Ellen as well as a few of my own. All laid out on a grid first and then thrown into a small mason jar. Yes, they really are all in there...for safe keeping.

And that act alone had me pondering the various ways to present 100 of an item. The grid shows them all, yet it's the close up in the jar that I prefer. Perhaps both ways...or perhaps not. How would you show 100 of an item?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Contemplating

I've been in a contemplative mood recently. No doubt in part because school begins next week and my not-so-little urchins (only 2 and 3 inches shorter than me now) will be entering 4th grade. Much merriment will be happening at my house as soon as they board the bus...or I'll completely be a couch potato for a day or two in order to adjust.


Back to my contemplative state...


 foremost in my thoughts is


what to do next?


What story to tell with my art?


The red boat has a sister piece that is languishing in the sun,


begun weeks ago and waiting for me to pick up the thread of the story and continue.


And then there are the water reflections from a myriad of places,


most recently the Currituck Sound in North Carolina and


the bridges on the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh that continually call to me.


Should I use cloth or paper?


Should the story be told subtly yet in your face on the wall or more quietly in book?


Can one have multiple series of work in progress at the same time and not be thought totally mad?


Such has been the fodder for my ponderings this week. What have you been mulling over lately?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The silence in between

Last week was my family's annual beach week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

 Most days you could find me sitting in that very chair, reveling in the surroundings
 
 and luxuriating in the nightly fireworks. 

 The younger ones threw out and checked the crab pots

 so many times each day that it's a bit surprising anything had a chance 
to wander in and be captured. 

 Patterns

 abounded.

 Mornings were spent playing games

 or enjoying Mother Nature's wet work on the windows.

 There were mermaid sightings,

 beach type go-go dancers

 and even a ghostly sort of image that somehow managed to be captured. 
Now...if only I knew how I did it...

 We checked this not-so-little fellow's progress each day on our stroll to the beach.

 The play of light and shadow

 was just too good


 not to photograph.

  And then there were the reflections down by the dock,

during what Christine called The Silvery Hour that caught my eye. 

Weaving its way through the week was lots of laughter, treasured stories told and retold, much giggling from the three female urchins, precious grins and hugs from my tallest-in-the-family nephew and the restorative and grounding qualities that come from a week spent with loved ones.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fiberart International 2016 - part 3

Part 3 in my series of posts of the art works exhibited in Fiberart International 2016 features the last works that I photographed at the Society for Contemporary Craft. This part of the exhibition continues through August 21.

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Gizella Warburton, ritual form xii

United Kingdom

ritual form xii, 2014
textile, mixed media, stitch, blackened oak

Gizella Warburton, ritual form xii, detail

Gizella Warburton, ritual form xii, detail

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George-Ann Bowers, Lichen Party Frock

United States

Lichen Party Frock, 2014
cotton, silk, linen, leather, thread

George-Ann Bowers, Lichen Party Frock, detail

George-Ann Bowers, Lichen Party Frock, detail

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Jo Hamilton, Masks: Clockface

United States

Masks: Clockface, 2013
mixed crocheted yarn

Jo Hamilton, Masks: Clockface, detail

Jo Hamilton, Masks: Clockface, detail

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Beth Blankenship, Spill, Baby, Spill (baby belt)

 Beth Blankenship
United States

Spill, Baby, Spill (baby belt), 2014
bead embroidery (two-needle couching and picot stitch)


Beth Blankenship, Spill, Baby, Spill (baby belt), detail

Beth Blankenship, Spill, Baby, Spill (baby belt), detail

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 Jim Arendt, Catherine

United States

Catherine, 2014
cut denim applique

 Jim Arendt, Catherine, detail

 Jim Arendt, Catherine, detail

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Andrea Myers, SplitSpectrum

United States

SplitSpectrum, 2014
fabric, thread

Andrea Myers, SplitSpectrum, detail

Andrea Myers, SplitSpectrum, detail

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 Emma Rhodes, Building Material

 Emma Rhodes
United States

Building Material, 2015
fiber, mixed media

Emma Rhodes, Building Material, detail

Emma Rhodes, Building Material, detail

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Melissa English Campbell, Our Sons

United States

Our Sons, 2014
digitally printed cotton sateen, text books


Melissa English Campbell, Our Sons, detail

Melissa English Campbell, Our Sons, detail

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Deborah Hyde, Sam in Sunlight

 Deborah Hyde
United States

Sam in Sunlight, 2015
fabric

Deborah Hyde, Sam in Sunlight,


Deborah Hyde, Sam in Sunlight, detail

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