March 21, 2014 1 comments

Week Links Post - 13

No pretty pictures this time, it's all talky talky this week.  Good stuff just the same, though.:)

Hyperallergic addresses the question of "What Makes An Artist, An Artist" the answer may surprise you, HERE

Over at Lightstalking (a photography blog) there was an article about the classic rules of composition, which even fiber artists may find helpful. ;)  HERE

My friend, arlee barr linked to a great article about mounting tapestries which could just as easily be an article about how to mount and hang fiber art HERE

I also (somehow) stumbled across a letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse. You may ask why I'm linking to it - the post is from 5 years ago and the letter to Eva Hesse (among other things, a pioneering fiber artist) written 50 years ago - but I'm linking to it because it's like a manifesto for artists - set everything aside including your own brain stuff and DO!  Caution contains language  - if you're going to get a case of the vapours over the f or c-word, don't click, HERE

Well known black political artist Kara Walker has a show in Portland. Read about it HERE

Related: MoMA hires a consulting curator for Black Art HERE

By the way, I keep meaning to say this - but if you have something you think should be linked, let me know at my handy-dandy contact form below. :)
March 17, 2014 13 comments

The best way out is always: through


So, I'm going about life, "la la la", planning this, that and the other thing, with a vague sense that I have deadlines looming, but not a REAL sense of exactly when.

I knew some were coming really soon and was already feeling a bit panicky about them, but had a gut feeling that there were perhaps some other shows coming up faster than I realized, so I decided to pull out the list of shows I ...
March 14, 2014 8 comments

Week Links Post - 12

Yellowtrace blogs about the 'badass embroidery' of Ana Teresa Barboza, and they aren't kidding around. Amazing stuff!  Check that out HERE.

At Twisted Sifter, they're showing Kumi Yamashita's latest portraiture work made from a single, continuous thread, HERE and speaking of thread...
March 12, 2014 18 comments

Can't see the forest for the...

You guessed it! 

So, here are my tree trunks laid in around the cottage. Obviously, they're going to need some fullness, so...
March 11, 2014 3 comments

Serenity now...

Maggi Birchenough kindly alerted me this morning to the fact that no one could post comments to yesterday's post.

I had just uploaded a new blog template that I had purchased on Friday, so I assumed that was the issue. I contacted both the company and the author of the template and got ZERO response, so I wrote to Blogger who told me it was the fault of the third party template.
March 10, 2014

And the work continues...

Last week when I showed you my tree fabrics, Beth said that she is always interested to see the unlikely fabrics I use, turned into trees.  Above, is the gold/purple/pink/mustard floral on brown,  as you can see it turned out rather well. And then I used a striped fabric:
March 8, 2014 1 comments

For Australian readers of Down Under Textiles

You'll find a teensy bit of Canada in Issue 14.

For the rest of you not familiar with it, Down Under Textiles is an Australian magazine, launched in 2009, that contains the latest techniques, tools and products, as well as instructions in colour, design and composition theory, and instructions for making projects.

You can order the magazine online if it's not local to you.

Down Under Textiles

See you Monday!
Kit 120
March 7, 2014 3 comments

Week Links Post - 11

Artist Catherine Nelson composes "paintings" made of hundreds and hundreds of photographs put together, in a series called Expedition. At Colossal HERE

Also at Colossal, artist Irma Gruenholz makes beautiful hand-sculpted clay illustrations. You can find those HERE

Over at Hyperallergic, they're looking at "Indian Space Painters" a
One of the more intriguing and underappreciated of American art movements is the group called the Indian Space Painters. Seeking an innately American response to Cubism and Surrealism, artists such as Steve Wheeler, Peter Busa, and Robert Barrell began in the late 1930s to combine elements of Native American and pre-Columbian art in mosaic-like abstractions. 
I'd never heard of this movement, so I, at least, have certainly under-appreciated it! To my eye, at least, these paintings look extremely contemporary. You can find that HERE  

Kevin Blake at Bad At Sports has an illuminating interview with Molly Zuckerman-Hartung about her paintings HERE

Studio Critical talks to Steve Gibson about his process and problems in his work (paintings on more traditional substrates and drawings on Mylar) HERE

Illustration Mundo has the bright and colourful work of Mercedes Lagunas HERE as well as the remarkable, almost dream-scaped work of Arlo Keo Valera HERE

I often visit One Big Photo (which, as their name suggests, posts one big photo per post) - the photos range from stunningly beautiful to absurd, but I had to share the recent photo of Ponies in Sweaters given my recent chickens in sweaters post. Have a look around while you're there, though. Lots of eye candy HERE

And for your weekly fibre inspirations:

  1. Remembering tomorrow has a piece on Kantha embroidery HERE
  2. As well as Sashiko and Boro HERE
  3. And Textile Artist talks with contemporary abstract artist Raul de La Torre HERE

Have a great weekend - see you Monday!
Kit 120
March 5, 2014 3 comments

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday and I'm continuing along with the Ephemera project, first up Week 14 - which says "With brave wings she flies".  And then...
March 4, 2014 3 comments

A little tug o' the heart strings. :)

This little piece is off to its new home today after being spotted on my new gallery at See-Me 
It's been a favourite in our house and so, except for a couple of trips out as either a display piece in window advertising a show, on a small easel on a table at a couple of show and sales I’ve had, and in the Ontario Network of Needleworkers show last year; this piece has otherwise been on constant display  in our home for the last 3 years.

As you can imagine, when the collector contacted me about purchasing it, I had to have a conversation with BSP about whether or not I should sell it, BSP in favour of not, and I saying yes – after all, if I want to be a full-time working artist some day, I have to sell my work!
Today it goes off to its new home, where I’m sure it will be loved and appreciated, though it will be missed, here in the Lang household. J

If you’d like to have a look at my gallery, you can find it HERE

Kit 120
March 3, 2014 8 comments

A cottage in the woods, Plan B

Despite what I've been showing you the past two weeks, behind the scenes of course, I have been hard at work on "Briar Rose". 

This weekend, for instance, I made this little house. And here is how I constructed it: