I have received all of my art supplies from storage back east and it is now time to incorporate them into some new pieces! While modifying the old. Particularly thinking about incorporating my Teabag Reuse Project and Full Circle: rebirth of a tree projects with my paper and muslin shirts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.