Saturday, January 29, 2011

Visit to the Farm

Farm implements auction that is. We have to make our own fun out here in the country.
And fun it was!

Just imagine pouring and splattering paint all over the place through these babies.

Or making a sculpture out of these...

Or lining these up in a row (I already have some on my porch).

How about distressing some fabric on this, that's what they do to jeans to get that beautiful grungy look.

This could make a great garden sculpture. Or you could grind down some more fabric.

And this paint job makes a wabi sabi aficionado go weak in the knees.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fiber, Paper and Sewing Machines

A recent Art Propelled post provided a lot of creative fodder for me, as usual. One of the artists that resonated is Kathi De Jonge. I was very inspired by the papier maché pieces on her website.

I've been looking for some images of roughly sewn canvas and burlap, however I haven't found much by googling so I'll just show you what initially attracted me to Kathi's work. Can you tell I'm really liking the rust these days?

Kathi De Jonge 'Scraps 1'Oil, Mixed Media on Panel 30 x 30 x 6

Isn't this gorgeous?

Lately I've been thinking about sewing--a lot! In fact, that's probably the creative activity I've been doing the longest. Since I was around 7. Actually, I stopped for the past 10 years or so, but now I'm ready to start up again. I've been tuning up my trusty Kenmore. I learned here that any vintage Kenmore with a 158 in the model number is a very good machine. So I will keep mine 35 more years! It spent around 15 years in the tropics, on a sailboat for a while exposed to salt air. Then it got to live ashore (as did I) but still had to run off a transformer for all that time. What a good little machine, it's had its quirks but don't we all?

This is one of my new fiber collages. In keeping with some of my other work, I mixed refined (the netting and the sparkly flowers hehe) with distressed (the recycled vintage dishtowel at upper right). I'm trying to source some more rough, gnarly fabric, or maybe I'll distress some. That sounds like fun actually.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Art World Hype

Not much time for blogging lately. But I'm always thinking about art.... and I did see a very thought provoking film the other day.

I didn't know much about it before I saw it, so if you haven't seen it I don't want to fill this post with spoilers. I'll just give you the link to it--Exit through the Gift Shop. I would love to hear what anyone who's already seen it thought of it.