Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Project

Coming up in the beginning of December, I have a group show that I will be in.  Against my personal wishes, the show is entitled "Senses: Senses".  And, you guessed it, has to do with the senses.  I've been putting a lot of thought into how I feel and what I consider sensory.  My first thought was to do a lovely charcoal drawing of hip bones against a smokey background.  Now, I still planning on doing it, but I've come up with a different idea for the show.  Being a spinner and a knitter, I've been wanting to get more involved in fiber art and using those techniques to create sculptural objects.

I feel that fiber and knitted objects are very sensory.  Having grown up all my life with a knitter (my mother), I find it to be a very comforting thing as well as warm and welcoming.  Knitted objects are inviting and touching them makes a person feel safe.  And so, while it is late in the game, I've decided to embark on a very ambitious project.  I would like to spin several pounds of bulky, lumpy yarn in natural, rustic colors in a single ply and then knit up a large cocoon of sorts.  A cocoon that would be big enough to crawl into with many layers and flaps sewn inside.  I would need to find an armature strong enough to carry the weight of the knitted piece, but also something that is flexible.  I would not want it to be hard and stiff (i.e. steel).  I'm thinking something along the lines of a pup-tent in regards to the armature.

In conclusion, I have a month to spin up a shitload of yarn and knit up a huge piece.  As my boyfriend has pretty much already said (but in different words), I'm fucked.

Here is a piece I did a few years ago.  I feel the piece I plan on doing now will be an extension of this.

After an appointment to show an apartment in Crown Heights today at 1, I plan on scurrying off to The Yarn Tree to buy several more pounds of fiber to start spinning!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Fiber and Wheel

At Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival last week, I ended up buying a new spinning wheel and lots of new fiber!  Since then, I've been attempting to organize my fiber and hand spun yarn.

My new wheel is a Travel Bug made by The Merlin Tree and weighs only 10 lbs.  Since I now have two wheels I'm hoping to see I can start teaching a class at at the community center.  I'd like to see if we could start a spinning/knitting class.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Community News...

In regards to community updates for Prospect Heights (but is really just Crown Heights but no one wants to say that) we have...

Saturday! Oct 16th:

GET A FREE BIKE HELMET!! 10am-2pm (first come, first served)


PROTEST AGAINST THE PAWN SHOP!! Noon (Franklin and Park)

Saturday! Oct 23rd:


Sketches and such

I went to the Jewish Heritage Museum today to see Andy Goldsworthy's "Garden of Stones".  Here is a quick sketch I did while I was there.  I've also been doing a lot of bone sketches recently.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Some Images

Since this is supposed to be a "portfolio blog", I figured I should add a few pictures.  Here are two oil paintings I did in the past year that were in a show last February.   A third has been planned but I haven't worked on it yet.

The Beginning.

A toast!

Here's to my first blogpost!