05 October 2006
go easy.... step lightly.... stay free
last night i went to hear don ed hardy speak at mills college. i happen to know him and his lovely wife from when i worked in galleries. there were 2 things that stuck out to me.... 1. he spoke of your art life being like a tornado. it's active - it's swirling - it feeds upon itself... and if you look down you can see and use bits and pieces of things that have come before. i happen to really love this idea of re-using and re-claiming iconography. of your artlife being something contained and powerful and yet influenced by other forces too... of it starting small and gaining momentum. that's nice. 2. he made a little tile that said "stay free" - yes based on a song - can you name it? [i've used a few more lyrics of it for the title of this post]. he said he made it as a reminder to himself. i could use that tile.
it made me think of lacey's piece - pictured above.... stay warm.... stay free.... it's the basics, right? what it is that you REALLY need to be happy? and if not happy to at least feel sustained?
lisa has been talking about superheros.... people doing what they do in their daily lives... well i have a pic for that too!
mark newport's knitted batman costume.... swoon....
more art [from the show "embroidered stories/knitted tales at the bedford gallery ]:
by patricia dahlman. i loved this piece from the second i saw it. i had that suck in the air god i want to take it home feeling.... how lucky am i to be in a show with art like this?
three more mended targets
this is a piece i made for my MFA show. it's a blanket that i made out of crocheted wire granny squares. you can turn the piece on and off and if you turn it on you get to hear my grandma giving instructions on how to crochet and telling tales of her crafting history.... i'm actually really happy to have this piece see the light of day again. it normally hangs in the lounge area of our studio - but i like it out in the world. it's called "it ain't fittin to be sittin" because my dad would always say to my grandma: it ain't fittin to be sittin with out knittin kitten.
after tomorrow i will have my own "superfriends" adventure to report on.... looking forward to it. teaching has whipped me again. i am beat - my first class starts at 8:40 and i am NOT a morning person. i put my underwear on inside out this morning at 7am. i kid you not.... and i didn't discover it until i went to pee around 10:30. yeah. i rule. ha ha
have a great friday! [and hey - thanks for all the b-day wishes!!!]