St. Andrews Parish Churchyard
built in the 12th century
Newgate Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
"Tis now the very witching time of night"
Craft activism: wtnh.com
To learn more about the book visit the Craft Activism Website
Meanwhile back in Yellow Springs it's Yelloween and I couldn't do a post without including a skull.
Mr.Plato is taking a rest from reading craft activism and keeping an eye on the police hanging around the Hairy Art Palace exhibit. ahem!
Doing an exhibit can really challenge you to think of the space and how to present your work within it.I came up with the idea of doing my policewoman (based on a photo of my daughter) stencil in felt because I couldn't spray paint it on the gallery
Craft activism is a fairly new term and really took off after Betsy Greer joined the two words and coined the word craftivism in 2003. However the act of joining craft and activism has a long history. An example that quickly comes to mind is the Arts and Crafts Movement in which the focus was promoting economic and social reform.
Nancy and I will be at the Yellow Springs Arts Council
This has to be one of the simplest and quickest ways to decorate with very little and been one of my favourites for years.
Got any spare branches?
Paint them black.
Make little felt flowers or cut out paper bats, or pumpkin ornaments and decorate.
Branches from Harry Lauder's Walking Stick Tree
Currently it's part of a display in the "Hairy Art Palace" exhibit, so if you want to
People often think it means being an artist and creative with some medium (well it can be that too), but what does it mean exactly?
I found this lovely site called The Artful Life and here the blog author explains.
I like the idea of doing a goals page like this one in my sketchbook, and I do find I need to kickstart myself. I used the word "trying" in the title because I am facing the post
Matt Decker has been kicking butt latley! Check out some of his new work from last week!
Al's got this new piece of the planets in alignment on 2012
Missy is almost finished getting her phoenix! Matt has one last color session to go!
Very cute Owl!
An Oakland Outlaw Derby Girl got this great wing! It's also a cover up!
Not because I miss smoking, but because smoking was a comforting distraction during times of sadness.
Instead I will burn incense.
My sadness is not for me, but for those close to me whose hearts are breaking at the loss of a sister, a friend, a daughter, an aunt, a young woman who is now on a new journey.
Taiwan Funeral Rites
can be a really humbling experience, and a valuable one too. Nancy and I gallery sat the whole day Saturday at our exhibit with a steady flow of visitors.
The bad and the ugly
Here is the humbling part, not everyone is going to like your exhibit or some of your work and some make it very obvious. Some just walk in and out immediately, some display the "sniff" (That "sniff" of derision is
Yep, even Miné (daughter's dog) has mustache envy. I got this lovely card for our jafagirl opening and it made me laugh.
Bailey was totally indifferent, too busy munching on snacks to be impressed with the Dog Art at the exhibit.
Well as they say in Bengali
I got that from the Quack Project
That was the theme for our reception table at our exhibit, although I see Nancy snuck in something brown lol! Meg, the arts council intern did a brill job with the faces on the eggs. I am happy to see that my Australian licorice scotty dogs were gobbled up.
to all those that came to the reception, helped out, arts council volunteers, and especially those who bought
Art Park in Yellow Springs,Ohio
Ah! you noticed, yes! that sneaky little U in colourful and neighbourhood. Well today my bloggy friends I am baking biscuits for the reception tonight and I don't mean these kind.
Here is a fun American to British/British to English translator.
Yea! mustache biscuits done!
I was just told mustaches are a new fad LOL!
There is even a flickr
It's as jafapal Nancy imagined it, and much thanks to Susan and Talitha for helping put up the drapery. The nose was made in 2008 and hung over a shop in town for nearly three years until a new owner wanted to redecorate the front. In the background Mr.Plato is holding a copy of Craft Activism and keeping an eye on the felt stencil policewoman ;)
Reception is tomorrow, eeeeeeeeeek!
Yarn decorated mannequin
which is how I'm feeling as I prepare to hang the Hairy Art Palace exhibit on Monday. You know, this is what happens when one becomes obsessed with yarn and glue, and garage sale mannequins. If they are not covered in felt,like mr. plato, they are yarnbombed.
Washing line in Northeast of England
It was fun to see a quilt I had so lovingly made by hand back in the 80's for my mother still in use, and still in FAB shape.
There is a story behind this quilt, a story of a young mother in Texas, whose heart ached with homesickness and wanted the comfort of knowing that her mother would touch the quilt and feel that thread of love even in a
Swoon: It's about the feeling about surprise in an otherwise dead space.
Saw this on Craftivism Blog and wanted to share.
Swoon's drawing and what she has done with it is amazing. Here is some info about her on Bit Rebels.
Dealing with Naysayers
(not talking about people offering thoughtful critiques and concerns).
I love this quote by Gandhi, "I will not let anyone walk through
The Hell of Handicrafts and one of the questions Alex at the Guardian News asks is, "why do women want to embroidery when they could be reading Hegel?" Perhaps instead it's because we are listening to Hegel wink! wink! Fun article! and her 10 rules for happier handicrafters made me laugh. I like rule number one.
My own crafting hell is why on earth did I suggest to jafapal nancy we
taken sept 2011
Angel of the North by Antony Gormley
It took a long time for locals to like this now famous landmark known locally by some as "rusty reg or rusty rita". There's something VERY comforting going back home and seeing it. I suppose not unlike New Yorkers who know they're home when they see the Statue of Liberty.
It's Sting's 60th birthday today, and since he's another
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