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On November 20 I was a guest speaker for “Artists as Activists and Change Agents” class for Human Ecology at Otis College of Art and Design. I focused on Full Circle: re-birth of a tree, how it lead to wearable art. Plus I surprised the student by giving them 45 minutes to create some wearable art. Afterwards we held a fashion show and photo shoot! It was super fun. As soon as I said start they started running like they were on Project Runway.

They made some fantastic pieces. A working rain coat. An outfit for royalty. A prom/wedding dress. And an array of accessories including a working belt! All out of discarded items I brought to class. They were all given one element as a theme and one plastic tablecloth as a base.

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On January 11, 2018 I entered a call for a wearable art fashion show with the theme of trees. The very next day I received a response saying my idea was accepted! Amazingly fast and super exciting. For the next few months I sewed and glued up a storm! First I created a full length gown styled in a 1940’s house coat or robe. Something you would throw on over a slip to answer the door. They had not given any size requirements, so I created it to fit me if I was several inches taller.

After it was sewn I then started to glue handmade paper bits all over it. It was an extension of my paper shirts series. I delivered it to the Lancaster Museum of Art and History on April 21. On Saturday, May 12 the dress was worn in their annual Mother’s Day Tea Fashion Show! Below are some pictures from the show!

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Stitching

All I did for Christmas 2017 is stitch! Which I plan to do again this year!

I sewed presents for little ones early in the year then stitched presents for adults the second half of the year. So many stitches both by hand and machine. Home goods seemed to be the theme for the adults. Here are some images of the ones I remember to photograph!

Fabric reindeer we now call floppy since I left his antlers flopping. Upcycled potholder from shorts and napkins that caused my parents to immediately set the table.

Who knows what I will come up with this year! I do but I mustn’t say yet! Shhh!

 

 

 

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Art is a piece of someone’s heart and soul. A self-expression left behind.
What impact will you have on the world? What will you leave behind?

An outdoor installation facilitated by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles
In conjunction with New Threads: Perspectives In Contemporary Fiber Art
Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University
January 27-March 17, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, January 27, 2-5pm

Participating Artists: 
​Julie Kornblum, Judy Richards, David Orozco, Darlyn Susan Yee
Bernice “Bee” Colman, Dreameco Crafts (Amy Bauer & Richard Hecht) with Britta Amundsen, Sandy Dingman, Susana Ethial, Gia “Hooked Hands” Forsyth, Heather Hoggan, Kristen Johannesen, Theresa Knopf, Meg Lewis, Sandy Lewis, Carolyn Mason, Nicole Murph, Cat Chiu Phillips, Connie Rohman, Threadwinners (Alyssa Arney & Liz Flynn), Edna Torres, Mariam Youssef

Dreameco’s yarn bom Tree #2. Installed by Amy & Richard pictured below.

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A new year a new yarn bomb!

Started the new year out right by making art! A Piece of Me is a new art exhibit from Yarn Bombing Los Angeles and Dreameco Crafts (Amy Bauer and Richard Hecht) along with our knitting guru Britta Amundsen and other yblaers opens January 27. And once again I’m yarnbombing a tree!

An outdoor installation facilitated by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles
In conjunction with New Threads: Perspectives In Contemporary Fiber Art
Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University
January 27-March 17, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, January 27, 2-5pm

I also believe we have a YBLA workshop on Saturday, February 17, 12-3pm in the same location as above.

Here is a sneak preview of our work… hope it entice’s you to stop by to see it on the tree!

 

 

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The best toy I’ve ever made for a 1-year-old or younger has to be a fabric triangle. The first little boy I made one for is now six. Where did the time go! Anyway he still owns and loves his triangle. His is a monster. My most recent one was for my youngest nephew. He grabbed it and ran! This time I cut letters out of fabric and put on one each side.

Here are some pictures of  the finished project. It is mostly filled with polyfil and a bit of fabric scraps.  I used all my polyfil and do not plan on buying more. I have been saving scrap fabric, threads and old socks to use as stuffing.

 

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Hedgehog

I spent a good amount of time making my niece’s hedgehog I thought I might just show you some pictures of the process. Original pattern from Jo Carter design in an issue of Simply Sewing.

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