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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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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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As a member of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles I, along with my husband and our friend Britta participated in their current exhibition California Yarnscape. Our piece along with 40+ other artists’ work is on exhibition at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Once a month their our public workshops for people to contribute to the yarn bombing, free with museum admission. The exhibition pieces though are on the rotunda outside the museum, so whether you go inside or not you can view them!

From the Dreameco Crafts website:

ART SHOW and Workshops! California Yarnscapes, March-June 2017 at the Autry Museum of the American West! This is a Yarn Bombing Los Angeles event! Sunday, March 19, 2-4pm Opening Reception – Autry Courtyard
Drop-in Workshops, 10am – 2pm The public is invited to create California native flowers!
Saturday, March 18 (day before the reception) – Past
Saturday, April 29-Past
Saturday, May 20-Next one!
Sunday, June 18-Visit before they take it down!

California Yarnscape

Dreameco Crafts & Britta’s California Yarnscape

Dreameco Crafts with Britta

Dreameco Crafts with Britta!

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Back on June 21, 2015 Dreameco Crafts was born. It was our first gig.

My husband and I started a company. It made sense that what we were working jobs teaching for others. And as artists who focus is on recycling we had accumulated a large amount of what others would call trash destined for the blue bin or landfill. We came up with a plan to start a company.

Here is an excerpt from our website. An eco friendly company born out of artistic sensibilities and household discards. We are artists and educators who are teaching the public how to use what they have in their homes to create art and household products and extend the life of their items to produce less waste. Classes include crafts, sewing and visual arts. Through classes, workshops and free events we turn strangers into neighbors.

Since June we’ve been working many farmers markets, store openings, taught classes, been in art shows and even conducted an eco scavenger hunt. Feel free to take a look at our website and social media sites to find out more about us. I hope to see you at an class/event. We are also available to book for your next event, just send me a note.

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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″

 

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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

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