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Still Sewing

In the midst of art making I am still sewing. Mending, making presents, upcycling old clothes, making dresses, always sewing. I even had a commission for a potholder awhile back. I still need to take some images, fix some sewing experiments finish a bird. Yes a bird. Here are some pictures of the potholder and a tiny house I made for a friend. The tiny house was based on http://retro-mama.blogspot.com/2011/10/home-for-holidays.html. Although I didn’t follow directions I think it came out fine and my friend loves it.

Tiny House - front Tiny House - detail Tiny House - back Potholder - back Potholder - front Potholder - in action! Potholder - folded Potholder - holding pot Potholder

Eco Art News

I am happy to share that my latest art show pieces are seen in a local paper along with an image of myself talking to a friend. The entire article can be read here, http://www.voiceofthevillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/6-1-15-The-Voice-June-2015.pdf page 8.

Connected and Fire are seen behind the man and child. I am seen in bottom photo talking to a friend.

Connected and Fire are seen behind the man and child. I am seen in bottom photo talking to a friend.

Upcycling Beverages

There has been a lot of creating going on behind the scenes (of this blog). I’m trying to be better at posting once in a while on Social Media, but what I am really focusing on is making and doing. Meaning creating art, getting in shows and teaching more. So the silence has been loud offline. I was in a show in Arizona (just updated my resume page) and am in another coming up in May! Two pieces of mine that incorporate used tea bags have been chosen for “Wilderness Mind: Activating Wonder” at the Modest Fly Art Studio Gallery in Tujunga, CA from May 2 to May 17.

Fire

‘Fire’, used tea bags and acrylic on canvas 11″ x 14″

Connected

‘Connected’, used tea bags and acrylic on canvas, 11″ x 14″

 

The new year started with me teaching again at Harbor UCLA for Elizabeth’s Canvas. I am still teaching Artist Trading Cards, but modified for out-patients while they are waiting to be called in to see doctors. It is a lot of fun. I never know who is going to be there and meet new children and parents each week. The age ranges so far have been from 1 1/2 to 24 years old. There is quite a variety of topics and work being created. I also keep branching out on materials. Last week we used stamps for the first time and they were a big hit. Good to know for the future. Here are some images from last week.

Table of art suppliesBright suppliesSmileModified smileBoysLots of stampsStamping funPlaid paperVolcano makingYay2nd volcano Action CrayonsMore crayons

Foam Cube Friends

Started the new year with an easy project that was more exciting then I knew. All I took to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market were foam cubes donated to reDiscover Center and sharpies. I knew the permanent markers would be exciting. Many children are not allowed to use them at home because they are not easy to clean up. But in an outdoor environment with an exciting target no one seemed to draw on anything but their cubes. And the cubes! The children drew everything from faces to animals and outdoor scenes to Minecraft characters.

Richard Heaven making his foam friendSetting up the cubesRichard's foam friendFoam Friends PyramidListening to instructions  First of the foam friends Foam drawing Foam Queen Double friends The boys loved the foam too The beginning Lots of concentration Richard helping out Foam princesses MineCraft corner Cube games  Even little ones got into it Serious study Great friendsOwls and fruit Owl Non-stop fun MineCraft! Foam world

Pipe Cleaner Market

What do you need to entertain children for a couple of hours? Pipe cleaners and scissors. That is all I brought to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market to use for craft making at the reDiscover Center‘s booth in December. That and my fantastic assistant Richard Heaven. The both of us entertained and encouraged children of all ages to create their own holiday decorations out of pipe cleaners.

Here are some fun images from the day.

Candy Canes Pipe Cleaner Bracelets Bracelet making Pipe Cleaner Hat Decoration making Snowman making Instruction Pipe Cleaner Glasses Pipe Cleaner Fun

Yarn-O-Polis

Yarn-O-Polis is on view now at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles until mid January 2015. Eight columns were covered by several yards of yarn. Two of which are artistic doilies created by me. So stop by for some food (fantastic tacos, burritos, oysters, beverages, pizza, everything you can think of plus a great outdoor seating Texas BBQ bar next door) and view the great Yarn-O-Polis by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.

doilies doilies and i

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