October 17, 2014

Week Links Post 32

It's the return of The Week Links Post (and the crowd goes wild...) ;) I really just haven't had time to read blogs (at ALL) since early September, but here are some that I had a peek at recently and that I thought you'd like.


Photo by Axel Tafener

First up, some eye candy! You may have heard about Tom Fruin and his proposed stained glass house installation - well it's finally up, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Pretty!

Speaking of eye candy, there's a group show (Ky Anderson, Meg Lipke and Vicki Sher) called "Paper Giants" at Proto Gallery in Hoboken. The Curating Contemporary Art Blog has kindly provided us with many, beautiful photos for those of who cannot attend in person. I find these works very affecting, even through just photos. Find them here

Over at the Great God Pan Is Dead, artist Robert Boyd has "discovered" (much like Columbus discovered America) fiber art and quilts. He has provided some beautiful examples and offers interesting (and amusing) commentary and theories as to how some of them were created. (I don't mean that in a mean way. It's rather sweet if you look past the condescension.) You can find that  Here

My favourite subject: is "street art" art? Huffington Post asks the question in the light of recent events in Detroit. Artists were commissioned there to combat urban blight by painting murals on building and fences, but the police didn't get the memo... check that out here

More on street art here - this article talks street art as personal expression, but also touches on why I am so fond of it - not only for the beauty of it, but because street art is so often, also social commentary. It can really give insight into the pulse of a local culture, and even, sometimes, a country.

Speaking of social commentary - this isn't really art (?); but Elana Adler has reclaimed her body, body image and personhood, by embroidering catcalls she's received here There's another woman who is embroidering mean comments people leave on her blog, she calls it "adorabalizing the hate" here

An art project you can take up this winter, if you have access to a: snow, and b: wide open spaces - inspiration here

Here's an article from CNN about Iris Halmshaw, a five year old autistic girl, who seems to be shaping up to be quite a fine painter in the manner of the Impressionists. She's already selling for more than I do! ;)  Read about Ms. Halmshaw here, and watch a video of her at work here

A 40,000 year-old rock stencil and associated cave paintings in Indonesia have proven that humans have been painting for a LOT longer than we had previously known. Having painters, artisans and crafters amongst your people indicates wealth - if you're scrabbling to survive, you don't have time to make pretty things, only utilitarian things - indicating that in this early modern human group at least, they had wealth and appreciation for art. (Which doesn't always go hand and hand in modern times!) Anyway, read the article and watch the video that here.

FRANKENFURRIES. That's all I'm saying. here

Feeling a little stressed? These childhood art techniques can relieve it!

And that's it!

Have a great weekend!

October 14, 2014


Sooo... when I left you last, I had assumed I'd have this done for you, but, well...it was a holiday here, see... (lol) I understand in the US it was as well.  So, because it was a holiday, I took a few days off in the studio too.  I thought perhaps I could get this done tonight, but I was wrong. Oops!

Here you can see I've finished the machine stitching and have done one stalk of hand-stitching. And here...