Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


draw Verge suit
add marker
cut out drawing
adjust on tea dyed fabric ground
cut out skirt for satin reverse applique
sew into place
applique fabric cut outs
gather tulle then sew under paper ruffle
add stitch lines
merge scanner seams with big brush tool in Photoshop
color adjust the lights of the paper
(optional-change handbag to snake picture -copy, transform and paste...Photoshop)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Education +/-

The self block by assumption life it hides that which is under our noses, like ever look for something that is in a drawer and you can't find it, then go back the next day and there it is.

The self hypnotist, the assumer, plays with fashion all the time. Consider minis with unattractive legs, the great shoulder pad excess, corsets that caused fainting, hoops and panniers were all part of being in fashion. When "in fashion" is the proper attire of the day, we overlook a lot because it fits in with the current assumption!

Yet that same assumer gets us from point A to point B because we know the route and can depend on it.
We best keep our wits about us and stay fresh -get a really good mirror...then again if you think you look good and that makes you feel good and so you work the illusion and it is effective, well then......ah, tis a puzzlement!

Einstein Hits

Chair refashion with "new" vintage barkcloth

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Mix with:
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."
Got to love it. The ideas of the past cloud our perceptions of the future, yet they do show us patterns of human behavior, ie that which got us to the problem. So this is a problem that implies its own "cure"-its a giggle, no?

It's all full of downsidey/upsidey -a play of balance! So get good with change, with uncertainty and with that other 'knowing"... that core, center, solar (soul-ar) truth. Why not? as the rest is all hocus pocus in expensive suits. Then activate from body central and see what happens...dble dare ya!
More at the RIP

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Knit Picking

This scarf is the result of an untangling. The knitter volunteers at the Sanctuary and feels everything can be useful. When she decided to create something new from a knotty, mess of yarns in a bin at this drop in art center, she chose to spend time reclaiming what many would consider to be trash. She is a marker in sustainability. It is the overall outcome of all of our choices that creates the societies we build, accept and empower, please choose wisely. It wouldn't hurt to take classes in environmental science either!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

the Trees

White damask, black canvas and some Halloween special (cheap, minimal thread count) yard sale cotton became the backdrop i thought i was going to paint.

OK, i am getting deeper and deeper into this whole sustainable thing. As i advance i am asking more questions. It's a way to challenge myself to play with other possibilities and not do just whatever appears the easiest, most routine or otherwise obvious because of past teachings.

That this is good fun for brains and will keep them lively and sprite is a bonus. It is strange that what we sometimes think we want -comfort, is actually bad for us. What we need to keep fit and healthy are changes and challenges. (PBS, Brain Fitness and Neuroplasticity)

So i used what i had. The old damask cloth had a grape juice stain and the black fabric was culled from project remains. i am happier with these results than an old acrylic and butcher paper backdrop. (click on the detail shot to see fast, freeform stitch style)