The Ceramics Department at UL is taking a trip to Seattle! I cannot wait.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Everyone come out to UL's Student Art Show, it's a short one. Opens Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 10am and ends Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 2pm. It will be held in the SAC (Student Activities Center) multipurpose room, aka the dining area. In addition to seeing some great student art, you are encouraged to vote for your favorite pieces. Many wonderful prizes will be given out, help an artist out.
Our Fall Weaving class was featured in the Kentucky Weaver, a Little Loomhouse publication.
The Little Loomhouse also announced the 2012 Spin A Yarn Storytelling Festival. It will be held Saturday June 2nd from 11 to 3. you can park nearby at DeSales High School and ride the trolley to the Loomhouse.
Of course I had to mention my close friend and wonderful wool supplier JoAnn Adams of Sweet Home Spun.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I'm going to have my piece 'Lace Paper' in the LAFTA exhibition at the Louisville Visual Arts Association. The show opening will be held on Thursday, March 1st with the Opening Reception on Sunday March 4th from 2-4 pm. The show will last until April 6th.
Louisville Water Tower
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Joined the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists (LAFTA)
Paperback Romance Novel Art Challenge
"A number of LAFTA members participated in the Romance Novel Challenge, making art using paper back novels provided by the Friends of the Oldham County. Gallery 104, Art Association of Oldham County Gallery, has invited us to show these works as part of a Valentine Celebration."
I asked if it was too late to make a piece to submit and they said no! So if I can come up with a creative idea and submit it before February 2nd, then I will also be featured in the show.
The show will be from February 7th to March 10th
Here are the leftover books one of the ladies gave me to work with...
Sunday, January 15, 2012
By keenly confronting the enigmas that surround us, and by considering and analyzing the observations that I have made, I ended up in the domain of mathematics, Although I am absolutely without training in the exact sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than with my fellow artists.
What I give form to in daylight is only one percent of what I have seen in darkness.
At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.
KNIT ON, with CONFIDENCE and HOPE through all crises.
Really, all you need to become a GOOD KNITTER are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, SUPERIOR INTELLIGENCE such as yours and mine, is an ADVANTAGE.
...there are few knitting problems that will not yield to a blend of COMMON SENSE, INGENUITY and RESOURCEFULNESS...
Properly practiced, KNITTING sooths the TROUBLED SPIRIT,
and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled one either.
When time are tough I sit down to SPIN during the news broadcasts, with therapeutic results. KNITTING as you know is therapy too.
A swatch is not WASTED LABOR by any means. It makes an excellent POCKET.
My kind of character enjoys work best when work is fun, and progress can be noted and gloated over. When I have a long plain piece of knitting ahead I put a safety-pin at each day’s beginning to show me how I am coming.
I know that spinning sets me in a trance; it soothes me and charges my batteries at the same time. When times are tough I sit down to spin during the news-broadcasts, with therapeutic results. Knitting, as you well know, is therapy too.
...how comforting to be engaged in the creation of artifacts for which the demand is—as far as I can see—infinite.
For people allergic to wool, one’s heart can only bleed. Synthetics are a marvelous substitute, but a substitute is all they are.
Now comes what I perhaps inflatedly call my philosophy of knitting. Like many philosophies, it is hard to express in a few words. Its main tenets are enjoyment and satisfaction, accompanied by thrift, inventiveness, an appearance of industry, and, above all, resourcefulness.
Really, handknitting is a dreamy activity, built into many people's thumbs and fingers by genes already there, itching to display their skills and achievement possibilities.
One tends to give one's fingers too little credit for their own good sense.
But unvented - ahh! One un-vents something; one unearths it; one digs it up, one runs it down in whatever recesses of the eternal consciousness it has gone to ground. I very much doubt if anything is really new when one works in the prehistoric medium of wool with needles. The products of science and technology may be new, and some of them are quite horrid, but knitting? In knitting there are ancient possibilities; the earth is enriched with the dust of the millions of knitters who have held wool and needles since the beginning of sheep. Seamless sweaters and one-row buttonholes; knitted hems and phoney seams - it is unthinkable that these have, in mankind's history, remained undiscovered and unknitted. One likes to believe that there is memory in the fingers; memory undeveloped, but still alive.
Now, let us all take a deep breath and forge on into the future; knitting at the ready.