Saturday, December 5, 2015

One Hundred Heartbeats. . .

I am reading an {epic} book series by Steven Erikson.  Malazan Book of the Fallen Series. Think a combination of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.  No elves. No dwarves.  City life with rules based on commerce and Emperors versus plains people with shamanistic ties to the place they live.  Magic with consequences, to an entire known existance, not just here and now, but over hundreds of thousands of years. This series of books is about war and conflict on personal as well as cultural levels.  Selfish people. Talented people. {People} invested with magic from old Gods to save a world.

I mention it here not for a reveiw (although it is an amazing series) but because I like how time is measured when people are experiencing the stress of decision making.

In {heartbeats}.

20 seconds of {insane} courage.

How many heartbeats is that?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

for my heart

Many creative coaches recommend choosing a {word} to represent your work during a certain time frame. This could create a series, or be used when regaining your confidence about your {path}. You chose a word as a goal/guide/reminder of what you have deemed important. Life offers us so much and this allows us to focus when decisions are piled on and {choices} need to be made.

i have chosen this : {Kintsukuroi}

for my heart

for my family as we return to life and appreciate all the beautiful imperfections

to {forgive} and accept

to continue where we left off

to appreciate all the {pieces}

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Stuff I Might Use: Artifacts and Alchemy #4

To Catch Up...
Son ( 14.5) having weird allergy-like reactions every other day.  Hives.  Puffy hands.  Puffy lips.
Son to doctor.  Hmmm.????  Epipen available.
Son to Allergist to figure out what is going on. 
Autoimmune Urticaria.  Okay.  Not life threatening like some werid food allergy.
Son to New York City for 4 day visit.

Back on track...
Diving into my piles of artifacts at school - ArtWorx.
People are very kind and donate a lot of left over paints.
Some useful.  Some we practice with.

Going through the piles and getting rid of dried out, old smelly paint.
25 shelves ...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Grimstones: Hatched. {Marionette Love}

Because I ADORE marionettes and this is AMAZING:

Artifacts and Alchemy #3: The Art of What Not to

Closet space, you may have read here, is at a premium in my house.

I cleaned out clothing, shoes, scarves and jewelry.  As in, the things I hate, never wear, want to wear but should never due to the fact that is does not button over wide shoulders...

114 items of clothing to 40

This does not count under things or a basic black t-shirt (or pj's) because frankly, you can't get dressed without that stuff.  Anything with holes or faded or thread-bare was pitched. 

I did not count the other items, but figured the clothing could be a good example of the "REALLY?" factor.  Also, I got a handle on the shoes and jewelry a while ago.  Mary Janes in warm weather, boots in cold weather.  No short necklaces, only a couple of long ones, more rings than any other type of jewelry.  I could sleep in my pile of scarves, comfortably.

What I did:
Look through all the hanging items.
Try every questionable item on.  Get rid of it if it does not fit.
Then, pull everything out of your closet (it all fits - right?)

Go through your pile AND IF:
1.  you wear it a lot (basics and standbys)
2.  it does not need repair or to be replaced 
3. you LOVE it -
Only then may you return it to your closet.  You might discover pieces you love but never wear - now is the time to make room for you to wear them.

This made the process very easy.  I had lots of things that I do not love to wear or like the way it feels or care enough to repair. 

I hung up everything that fit the 3 ifs, went downstairs to make tea, and went back upstairs and looked through and did the 3 ifs again and removed 8 more pieces. 

Colors that ended up in my closet:
Chocolate brown
Moss Green
That is interesting to me, because I really like purple, but don't have any left.
They were not my favorites.

Patterns that ended up in my closet:
Polka Dots
Textured fabric
Apparently, I like texture way more than pattern.

I have one plastic lidded tub for both "will I die without this?" and "what season is it in Michigan?" and if I find I miss these items in the tub,  I will rotate them back into the closet and get rid of what I thought I would wear.  Honestly though, there are a couple jackets, 2 summer skirts and a pair of shorts in there, so I think I will be doing OK.

I have some amazing pieces of clothing.  Given that I wear several work "hats" during the week, I need a wide selection of items to wear.  I have to dress for mess at school, style at the gallery and business, and comfort and expendable for creating. 

This is seriously a wide range.  No silk jacket for gardening or painting.  Nothing with questionable holes for the opening at the gallery on Friday night. I have finer pieces on one side, utility items (cami's) on the other and total basics (t's and stretch pants) in the middle.

Now, I have some amazing pieces of clothing to alter as assemblage textiles and art to wear - about 10 pieces saved out for this adventure.

Need a clothing challenge of your own?  Check out project333.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mural for ArtWorx

Painting a mural is very similar to painting a huge backdrop for the theater. 

Details and photos posted regularly beginning this week as we start our adventure into mural painting!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Art of Assemblage and Sharing the Love of It! plus Artifacts and Alchemy #2

My friend Marti Lameti asked me to step into her class and share my {love} of Assemblage sculpture work.  This is dangerous, as I can talk about it for hours and show 10 ways to put any two pieces of seemingly unrelated junk together with the amazing products and processes that are available.


I only had 2.5 hours and most of that time needed to be spent letting the students build a self portrait sculpture out of a pile of stuff I brought augmented by scraps from the OHS art room, so I elected to be short and sweet with the information, giving plenty of time for the students to work on their own while strolling around the tables giving suggestions on how to get the pile of {precious} stuff to stay together.  Also, Marti asked me to talk about how I got here to assemblage, how I work, and the importance of the "story" and personal connection to the self-portrait.

Artifacts and Alchemy was {satisfied} this week by donating artifacts to the cause and the alchemy of interaction with students and sharing of information on what I've {learned}.

This was a very focused group and a true pleasure to work with, as they wanted to get right to work, but listened (and asked questions) to my short speech about myself (yikes!) and some suggestions on working with "stuff" as a process.

The very first "official" museum recognition of assemblage as an art form in the USA was in 1961.  Before that, even as early as 1913 people who were considered artists were taking everyday materials around them and incorporating them into their art. 

{I believe}, honestly, that people grow in emotional attachments to things and so, I believe that assemblage is part of our human nature, our history, our "way" as humans.  Assemblage has always been an art form.  We "assemble" our living spaces and the clothes we prefer wearing and the little display in the bathroom for our guests to {admire} while they wash their hands.  We serve dinner to guests on the special dishes for guests and they (the dishes) match the tablecloth and include our grandmother's silverware.  We love presentation and delight in textures and recall memories of childhood from the smell of bread, or paint, or lilacs.

We take {comfort} in everyday things and we have always made art out of them. We have buried loved ones with them or passed them on as heirlooms. 

They are alive with energy from being created and used and {loved}.