In the Shadow of Wennut and the Stillness of Stitch

May Wennut make firm your head for you, in shadows respite as the The Rabbit Goddess,the Lady of Unnut turns and rises above me

Holding the two jars,The Black and the White.She anoints my mouth...she anoints my heart and sunlight fills her up and spills in to her soul and she is reborn.

and now for something completely different. Well not quite!

 Ellen sings an aria “Embroidery in

Defying the Morality Police

Got this from Huffington Post and while some say how great it is to be in the west and freedom, let's not be so smug, we are fighting the morality police here in the west too.

A Message to Girls about Religious Men Who Fear You What's at Stake

and that is the tip of the iceberg, there have been hundreds of anti women bills passed or pending across the country.

State by State breakdown. 

Humiliating Revelations

eye of the blackbird

There is something uniquely humiliating and exhausting about
trying to cling onto a friendship that no longer exists as you know it. The realization
creeps up on you after a spiral of painful moments and after desperate clawing through piles of words, making you seem pathetic and needy. It's made all the more worse when all the
actions scream clearly it’s over

She don't Trust Me

"hum, I don't trust you" says henrietta as she looked into the camera and realized I may be lusting for her feathers.

The stitchery continues and I suppose I should call this next series narrative threads since the panels allude to snippets of life.

 Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

hoot! hoot!

Embroidery Owl, a photo by jafabrit on Flickr.
Just a wee embroidery of a wee owl based on a wee drawing in my sketchbook.

oooooo, that sticky brown stuff and a crisis in New Zealand

yes :) I'm talking about marmite, groan! agaaaaaaaaaaain! The second edition (digital) of the Mish Mash Dictionary by Maggie Hall is now out and will fill all you lovelies in about the Wonderful Wacky World of this much loved and much hated sticky brown stuff. Of course the reason I'm mentioning all this is, well, cough! ta da, I'm one of the contributors (pic of my shrine). I mean, how could I

Free Art Friday Art and Embroidery Pattern

by jafabrit

Somewhere in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Reverse acrylic painting on plastic.


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embroidery pattern 

from 1940's workbasket magazine

Public Art and Inspiring Children

Jafapal Nancy and I put up a new yarnbomb in town, and brits will recognize it ;)  More about it here. Told ya I love my marmite.

Above Magazine featured one of our yarnbombs in an article by Sass Brown.

I love this, so sweet.

Mills Lawn students were inspired by our textile totems and did this in front of their school. Deb Housh led the effort in her classes on Urban Design.


Business of Art and Elitism

Joanne Mattera wrote a thought provoking article about artists, the business of art and educating the public.
5 Fears that can destroy an artist
9 Warning Signs of an Amateur Artist

Attended an Art Roundtable Discussion which I really enjoyed and gave me a lot to think about. One word came up that makes some visibly bristle with umbrage, elitist. It's a word that comes up a lot with people who

New Work by Matt Decker and Brett Baumgart

Tattoo by Matt Decker

Tattoo by Matt Decker
Tattoo By Matt Decker

Tattoo by Brett Baumgart "Johnny Cash"
Tattoo by Brett Baumgart

Tattoo By Matt Decker
Tattoo By Matt Decker

Tattoo By Matt Decker

                                                          Sleeve in Progress by Matt Decker

Body Beautiful, Colour and Stitch


 I saw a link to this artist, Yasmina Alaoui and photography by Marco Guerra, via Sass Brown and CHECK it OUT.

Meanwhile back in the studio

I HAD to play with colour

with a bit reverse painting on plastic. Finger painting and dripping and wonderfully messy. 


Yea, finished another needle painting exercise from  Trish Burr's needle painting book.

Here is a nice

In the Mint Garden with Mr. Twombly

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My painting experiment of Cy Twombly's abstract Lepanto ended up in the mint garden (yes, I know there are some that think that's where his work belongs), but only ended up there because one patch of resin wasn't mixed properly and remained sticky. A lesson in not rushing when measuring and mixing epoxy resin. Sun shadows and glitter sparkles were GLORIOUS this morning as I picked

A peek at Kehinde Wiley

The Virgin Martyr St. Cecilia

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 by Kehinde Wiley

 I've seen his work in the real and they're really beautiful and because of their size also have a majestic presence.

"The artist describes his approach as "interrogating the notion of the master painter, at once critical and complicit." Wiley’s figurative paintings "quote historical sources and position

Strange question about artists

Altered Found Vintage Photo 

"I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity." 

--Hazel Lee

If you don't know who Hazel Lee is, check out this amazing woman.

I was exploring the issue of seizing the moment and well, it's funny what you come across when meandering

Creativity, The Brain & The Muse

Blog visitor Treena  (thanks) shared a wonderful link from an news article titled Why Preserve Van Gogh's Palette? It's a fascinating peek at how master artists arranged their colours on their palettes and what it says about their working method.

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What Delacroix's Palette says about him.

Creativity and the Brain

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio,since my muse

Hand Embroidery : A bird for Mr. B

long and short, satin stitch on cotton

Original image source Matt Reinbold CC

I didn't want to finish this so fast, I was so enjoying getting lost in it like I do with painting. I thought a little about the process and I think that even though it might be smart to do a colour chart, it seems I approached it like I do painting. Usually I have some colours picked out, but I like to leave it

A Bird Builds its Nest

Petit à petit, l'oiseau fait son nid
(Bit by bit, a bird builds its nest)

I decided to branch out on my own and try a needle painting embroidery of a bird (thrush). I can't decide which is easier, picking all the colours before you start or picking them out as you go along. Either way it's a real challenge: not comforting like having a colour/stitch guide in an exercise book.
Of course

He went Dotty

and I am not talking about Damien Hirst

but Jim Deitz and his need to paint dots. Of course he had to paint his own, he doesn't have a factory of painters to do his dots.

We, as in the jafagirls, had our moment with dots and did a dotty wotty pole quite a few moons ago.

Of course as with everything, dots are not a NEW idea, and certainly not on houses.

Just check out the dotty wotty

Exhibit at the Little Art Theatre

My very first show in Yellow Springs was at the Little Art Theatre back in 2002.  Jafapal Nancy has taken over the curators job there and I think she may be a little biased ahem! but she picked moi for her first exhibit in her new role as curator :)

I don't have a name for it, but it is a small selection  of hand embroidery pieces. 


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