Thursday, March 2, 2017

little wonderings

The Tiny FunnelI've been getting ready for a little art show at our local library and haven't made time to share any crafts lately. Here are some of the images and the "statement" I wrote to go with them.
Artist Statement:
“My kid could've painted that.”
Children create art without judgment. They play, they experiment with materials, everything is new and they completely involve themselves in process of discovery. They have joy in the process. It's only as children get older that judgment sets in:
“It's not good enough.”
“It doesn't look like so-and-so's”
“I can't make it look right”
After a career of teaching, making sculpture, and creating crafts professionally I started painting last year and, as difficult as it has been, I've tried to suspend judgment. I found it freeing to make things that weren't supposed to look like anything, to grab a hold of a color and press it onto the paper. And if it didn't look “good” or “right”--so what! I was just “playing.”  Gradually, I’ve refined my focus to creating paintings that imply layers – like looking down into a frozen pond - while still maintaining a sense of joyful exploration.
These studies on the wall are the “residue” of my experimentation.  They’re pieces that have come out of the process of looking and wondering “what would happen if: I put a line here? I make a shape just barely touch there? How can I connect the shapes? These are my “little wonderings.”
It is a new path for me and I’m excited to share it with you.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentines' Day Necklace

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It’s been awhile since I put a craft up here. I’ve been busy getting ready for a little art show. But Valentines’ Day is coming and I thought it would be fun to whip up a necklace in celebration.
 

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Materials:

Clean dry water or milk carton jug
3 (or more) small jump rings and 1 larger jump ring (I used a 10mm)
Necklace chain
Sharpie marker
Small hole punch (1/4th or 1/8th inch)
Nail polish remover (not pictured)



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Cut a piece of plastic from the milk jug.
Trace a heart onto the plastic with the Sharpie marker and cut the heart shape.


Use the nail polish remover to remove the marker.
 

Punch a hole in one side and add a small jump ring.
Repeat with as many hearts as you want- I made 3 hearts; one each for my husband, my son and my dog.

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Just a word about jump rings- it's best to twist the opening ends away from each other- not pull them apart. You can do this with your fingers or pliers.
Then twist them back together.


Add all the hearts to the larger jump ring and you're done!
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