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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Inspiration

First off, let me just say I had a wonderful time in Boston and once I get some photos uploaded and sorted, I will share some fun things from my trip. There was wonderful weather and lots of things to do and friends to see, so overall M and I had a fantastic time. I don't know how we ended up with such a beautiful, warm, sunny week (considering the last time we went was also late March and it was pretty cold), but I'm glad we did! But now the vacation is over and it's time to get back into the swing of grad school and thesis work.

Today was my first day of my fiber art class. It's very open ended as to what we can do and what we can work with, so I'm pretty excited to think about what I want to do. We looked at a massive presentation of different artists that work with fibers, but here are three who have themes I am thinking of pursuing. (My thesis for art education has to do with studying more ecological and environmentalist artwork in the classroom, so I am hoping to keep up with these themes for this class.)


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India Flint dyes fabric with natural materials found in her area, also called eco dying. I am seriously considering using all natural materials for this project - so things that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and possibly biodegradable, so I might experiment with dying. If not now, it certainly sounds like an interesting thing to try in the future!


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Margarita Cabrera has a series of works where she made soft sculptures of things such as bikes, cars, and every day objects (I thought the sewing machine was appropriate!) and it caught my attention. I spend quite a bit of my paper talking about how people view trash and what some of the attitudes on waste are, so I thought it might be an interesting idea instead of collecting trash for a sculpture (which was one of my first ideas) to make my own. So soft sculptures of water bottles, cans, plastic bags...anything which you'd typically see as litter. I could use actual fabric for this or make a fabric out of trash, such as plastic bags or labels from bottles and cans. 


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Kiki Smith is just an amazing artist in general and I really like her work, but what caught my attention today were some dolls she had made. She screen printed the image onto fabric, which I have also seen elsewhere and also enjoy. So maybe I could find some eco-friendly inks (dunno if the ones I've used in the past are, but I am leaning towards probably not) and print my own fabric patterns. That's something I've wanted to try anyways, as I have a background in printmaking and sometimes I just do not like the patterns on fabrics I typically see in stores. (I am a pretty simple person to please, but midwestern stores are just full of things that are just not, well, me or are not appropriate to my age or style.) So there's another thing I'd like to mess around with!

I only have 10 weeks to complete whatever it is I decide on though, so I need to make a decision pretty fast, but I think I'll use this and next week to experiment and then get to making! And everyone in my class has very diverse interests and backgrounds, so I'll make sure to share what sorts of things they come up with, too.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A UFO Turned FO!

Hooray! Last night I finally finished my Cadence sweater! Last month, I'd finished one sleeve, ripped out and reknit the bottom, and also ripped out the other sleeve because it was too small. And since I have all this free time now that student teaching is over, I made myself finish my sweater. All it needs now is to be blocked, which I will be doing a little later, so I will make sure to share pictures as soon as it's dry.

UFOs always look so sad...
Of course, the weather has been unseasonably warm, so who knows when I'll be able to wear it and not get too hot. (Yes, I just had to use wool. Which would have been nice if I'd actually finished it when I was supposed to!) But I will be in Boston next week, so maybe I'll bring it along just in case it gets chilly.

There are a few more things I hope to accomplish before I leave on Sunday, but I have a busy few days ahead of me (birthday party, wedding, packing...) so I'm not going to rush. I have a nice, light course load for the spring, so as of right now I have lots of free time for the next month and I'll hopefully be able to finish a few things then. I'm also going to be taking a fiber art class! I'm excited! I have no idea what we'll be doing, but the studio is called "Fiber Workshop" so hopefully it's something right up my alley.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Berroco Romana

I sign up for emails from various yarn and knitting related companies and this morning I got an email from Berroco about their new Captiva booklet. Look at one of the cardigans featured in it:

Borrowed from Ravelry

Borrowed from Ravelry

Look at the lovely detailing on the side! I love how the ribbing echoes the curve of the bottom. I am kind of in love with this cardigan.