Somehow, and I forget exactly how the links all connect together, Amy & I are distantly, indirectly, and almost-but-not-actually related. She studied Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University; when I learned that it was even possible to study embroidery, I turned a couple shades of green...
I just absolutely love the way she plays with color and pattern, especially with all that razzle dazzle! God I love razzle dazzle! And to answer her question on the sketchbook page above: ALL HAIL TOO MANY LAYERS!
Check out the rest of her sketchbook.
Check out more of her work:
The Sketchbook Project
Over the years, friends and family have brought this project to my attention, but I've never really looked into it until today. And it's pretty goldarn cool.
Artists fill an entire sketchbook (which has been designed especially for this project by one of my favorite design companies in PDX, Pinball Publishing). Once the sketchbook is filled with amazing stuff, it travels around the U.S. in a mobile library.
"There are very few rules about what you can do with your book, so we strongly encourage you to let your imagination off the leash. Draw in your book, cut it into pieces and glue it back together, sleep with it under your pillow... tell the story of how you lost your keys that one time... stare at your book until the night before the deadline and then feel inspired by the impending doom of the due date and bust out the most amazing work you’ve ever made"
Tomorrow, just after 5pm, I will deliver a short talk about The Hours Festivals (www.60hours.info and www.61hours.info or www.62hours.com) at our local TEDx conference. It was a little tricky, since the writing and preparing of the speech largely occurred during my travels in Europe. For example, the power point was constructing in a German version of Microsoft Office, and I don't understand German. Thank god my sister does...
This always happens. I get all wrapped up in projects and forget that I have a blog that should be updated. But now I am in Europe, in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, and I am vowing to keep to some semblance of a routine, something I haven't attempted in years.
Unfortunately, I forgot to pack my camera USB cord, so, for the time being, I can't dazzle you with photos. I can, however, sit hand-picked videos in front of you.
And so, my favorite things from dOCUMENTA (13) as I was able to find on youtube:
Last year, in honor of my mother's 60th birthday, we threw a 5-day art festival of sorts, called 60 Hours of Art. We had so much fun last year that we decided to give it another whirl...
Hence the pinwheel design below. In fact, if you live somewhere exotic or awesome, nationally or internationally, or if you cannot attend but wish to be at 61 Hours in some way, shape or form, just print out this little design, assemble a pinwheel (just pin it to the eraser of a pencil), take a photo of yourself holding it in front of somewhere awesome, & then upload it here.
This is what the month of May will feel like for me this year...
In preparation for my upcoming show at Damiani Winery, I realized that I need to update and refine my artist statement, which I am reluctant to do. So, naturally, I googled "artist statement," and a ray of light from the heavens shown down upon me: an artist statement generator! See my favorite below.
These 5 are the best of the latest 3 rounds of winestains employing my new electric djanting for greater control & my new double burner hotplate so that I can work indoors (my first rounds were all done in the backyard using a propane grill) without having to maneuver things on a stovetop (too tricky).
Plus, I'm thrilled to have a little setup out at Beulahland. Since the house is heated by a wood burning furnace, indoor temperatures almost reach sauna-level, which means the wine stain sets faster. Also, instead of using a drawing for the base that took me all of 5 minutes to sketch (because I felt that I could not afford to use up my staining time too much!), I'm actually doing portrait studies, taking more time to start with a better drawing. Fancy that!
All in all, I am absolutely tickled with this new progress. I simply cannot wait to begin new round after new round!
"52 Card Psycho," by G. Alan Rhodes, currently on display at the Black & White Biennial at Exhibit A, has been much too much fun for me (as shown in the video below). This installation makes it possible for you to play with the shots from the shower scene in Hitchcock's, "Psycho." So, I had fun with grouping and arranging shots - next on my list is a dance mix version... (maybe)
Yes, it is possible to draw the codes by hand & have them read properly.
So, yes, in fact, my sketchbook now plays video.
It's up until mid-March. Please do come & check it out.