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Double Chinatown!

Yarn Bombing Los Angeles takes over Chinatown!

I have a wearable sculptural piece in Chinatown and it is for sale!

"Details" Back hanging up "Details" Close-up of top "Details" back laying flat "Details" front hanging up "Details" front laying flat

TITLE:
THIS IS A TAKEOVER!

WHEN:
July 12 – July 26, 2014
Opening Reception July 12, 7 – 10pm

LOCATION:
945 Chung King Road – CHINATOWN – Los Angeles, CA 90012 
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday Noon – 5PM
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I will be yarn bombing as part of Perform Chinatown. Come check out all the events.

When:
July 26, 2pm – 10pm

LOCATION:
Good Luck Gallery
945 Chungking Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thaumatropes at the Market

On Sunday, July 6 at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market representing reDiscover Center I taught children how to make their own thaumatropes with paper, markers, glue, wooden skewers and imagination! They had a blast. More was made than I could take pictures of, they come in spurts. All it takes is one little kid seeing another and they run over. They had great ideas including birds in nests, a spider in a web, fish in tanks, and more. One little girl remembered me from last month’s CD fish craft. This is truly a rewarding event. I look forward to August and learning from the children.

 

reDiscover Center Can DrawingDetermined drawingDrawing concentrationContemplative drawingCelebrating creation Spinning fun Showing off workLittle one creates too

 

CD Fish Sunday

I spent Sunday, June 1 teaching children how to create fish from a paper template and discarded CDs. On behalf of reDiscover Center I went to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market to work at the craft table. And let me tell you the children started coming over almost as soon as I finished setting up. They have a children’s craft in the same spot every week. So they know where to go. The reDiscover Center is only there the first Sunday, so that is when I will be there. For my first time there I went with an easy project. The children loved it and had a blast. Even the shy ones came over and made art. Even a few who never spoke a word, but got right to the task of creating. And as always when working with children, they came up with some great ideas and learned from each other.

The project consists of coloring in a paper template. Cutting the pieces out and gluing them onto a CD. I also had felt pieces with me so some of the children cut them up and glued them on too. Below is just a tiny bit of what was done. I had no assistant, so there wasn’t much time for taking photos.

My CD fish Serious fish making Fish making supplies Fish making and celebrating Fish making Fish on a string Patterned fish CD fish as an accessory

Sweater Bombing

This past week Yarn Bombing Los Angeles bombed the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center in Southern California. I sweater bombed a palm tree at the front of the building near the street. The show is titled surroundings and is up until June 26, 2014. Although I heard that the center may want the tree bombs up through the summer! Yes please I say.

Because I don’t knit or crochet my tree was sweater bombed, actually sweater/scarf bombed. I whip stitched sweaters and scarves together. I left the arms dangling so that they blow in the breeze. And I must say they were doing exactly that! Below are some pictures of the installing of the sweater bomb, the opening night, and of the entire exhibit. Trees bombed, textile forest, and maps of LA and other locations plus a weaved volley ball net.

 

YB Manhattan Beach SignYB Installing 4YB Installing 3YB Installing 2YB InstallingYB me & my treeYB Richard, Me & my TreeYB My NameYB ButterflyYB Cat YB Forest YB Granny Squared Tree YB More Trees YB Octopus YB Sweater Map LA YB Tree Flowers YB Tree YBombers and exhibit YBombers

 

Bike Rodeo

Saturday, May 10, 2014 I hosted an arts & crafts table for the Palms Neighborhood Council‘s annual Bike Rodeo. What is a bike rodeo you may ask. I hadn’t really known either when I answered the call for a volunteer. I blindly went in and now that it is over came out with a lot of knowledge in hosting an arts & crafts table at a Bike Rodeo. It is geared towards children and involves bicycle riding and patching lessons, face painting, free food, music, dancing, and many bicycles were given away. Similar to a flea market or circus atmosphere except practically everything is free. Free to use on location I mean. You were not supposed to walk away with any of the art supplies or such. Happily my table and the project I came up with was a big hit. For this event I proposed making bicycle streamers from toilet paper tubes.

The children that came to our table had a great time. I actually helped out with all three of the arts & crafts tables that were there. People were drawing their own images on puzzles and making bracelets. Near the end of the event three children actually started making wands in addition to their streamers (and one of the other volunteers also stopped by and made a squid necklace). Children (and some adults!) always do come up with the best ideas. And happily there were enough supplies left over to do this project again next year.

Here are some images I took of the day.

Bike Streamer Making 2 Bike Streamer Making 3 Bike Streamer Making 7 Bike Streamer Making Girls Bike Streamer Making Bracelet Making Concentration Drawing Puzzle Boy Puzzle Girl Squid Streamers 2 Streamers and wands Streamers in use Streamers

ATC @ reDiscover Center

Friday, May 9 I taught an Artist Trading Cards class as part of Trade School LA. It was hosted by reDiscover Center in Los Angeles, CA. My first time there and my first class with Trade School LA. I will be participating in both again in the near future I am sure.

I was familiar with Trade School Brooklyn so when I saw that they were launching in LA I jumped on board. And I am so glad I did. Trade School is all about barter. The teachers list items they would like to receive as payment for their class. The students pick from the list and bring one or a few of the items to the class. It is all really cool. I made my items pretty open. One of my items was succulents. Knowing this is southern California I knew that this would be a pretty easy item. One wonderful woman brought me four small succulents! I also had on my list teacups and another great woman brought me three with matching saucers! The other items were art and or sewing supplies. I ended up with watercolor pencils (which I was thinking about purchasing), a small sewing kit, two books, and some old wallpaper. All great supplies that were items I no longer have to purchase! In turn I also received an enthusiastic creative class. Everyone loved the subject material and really got down to business creating diverse little works of art. At the end of the class we all traded and we walked away with lovely collectible one of a kind art works. Truly a great evening. As I always say at the beginning of my classes, even if you keep your own art it is okay. You are still walking away with something fantastic, new and inspiring.

Here are some photographs from the class courtesy of Richard Hecht and Alyssa Archambault.

ATC1 ATC2 ATC3 ATC4 ATC5 ATC6 ATC7 ATC8 ATC9 ATC10 ATC11 ATC12 ATC13 ATC15

Tree out West

My Tree has made a long journey via USPS. It followed a similar path (except I took a plane, may be it did too!) across the continent back to me. I have great plans for my Tree, the next steps in its life of slow decomposition.

Here are images of how its current condition after journeying across the USA.

This is the box inside a box that my Tree was packaged in for its journey.

This is the box inside a box that my Tree was packaged in for its journey.

Wrapped in it's box.

Wrapped in it’s box.

This is the part of my Tree that was laying on the ground for several years.

This is the part of my Tree that was laying on the ground for several years.

This is the part that was originally glued to the wood base.

This is the part that was originally glued to the wood base.

This is the side of that was exposed to sunlight and snow for years.

This is the side of that was exposed to sunlight and snow for years.

This is now the top of the trunk. Originally the middle of my Tree's trunk.

This is now the top of the trunk. Originally the middle of my Tree’s trunk.

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