Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Call for Entries: Textiles in a Tube

Textiles in a Tube
is a competitive exhibition challenging artists to "redefine" what textiles and textile materials and work can be.

My friend and fabulous textile artist, Terry Jarrard-Dimond is the juror for the exhibit. 
If your work is accepted, it must fit into a 3"diameter x 36" long tube.

The gallery is operated by  Greenville Technical College and is a nice, new, professional space in a redeveloped area of Greenville.

For prospectus, please visit  Terrys blog here, where you may find the link to the show prospectus. 
or click here 
 then click on the link in the right hand corner 
for the Textiles In A Tube prospectus and entry form.

Enter, Enter Enter!

I've posted about Terry on my blog here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Abecedaria Project

Morgan Conservatory
Cleveland, Ohio USA

For the third year in row, the Morgan Conservatory presented a book arts exhibit by members of Art Books Cleveland called the Abecedaria Project.
I was intrigued with this alphabet book.
Artist, Anne Weissman hand-stitched each page. 
It's a delightful piece, wish I had stitched it!

If you're in the neighborhood, it's a must see.
The show is up through November 26, 2010.

Morgan Art of Papermaking 
Conservatory & Educational Foundation
1754 E. 47th Street
Cleveland, OH 44103

Gallery Hours: Tuesday. - Saturday. 10:00 to 4:00

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Kindness of Strangers

Banksy cat
image copyright artofthestate

I haven't touched my knitting needles in several years. 
And hardly a crochet hook.

Today, I was required to wait 30 minutes before I was allowed to leave the waiting room at my allergists' office after having injections. 

With bright blue crochet hook and warm orange wool in hand, I attempted to crochet a bit during my wait.

A kind woman saw me struggling. 

Whatcha makin'?

Oh...I don't know how to crochet, but I want to make a little bow.

Do you want to single crochet?


She cast on stitches and showed me how to do a thing or two. 
The nurse called her into the honeycomb rooms behind the door for her appointment.
Said the nurse, Whatcha doing?  Spreadin' joy?

We both smiled.

I watched her disappear behind the door and sat and crocheted a little bit of orange heaven. 

Sometimes a stranger has a thing or two to teach you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Uplifting Wallworks

Julia Barello
Associate Professor
Metalsmithing & Jewelry

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

dyed x-ray film, nylon, steel
6' x 6' x 5" 

The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts,
University of Texas, El Paso
(atrium view)
MRI film, steel

Size variable, 2 story atrium space 30' x 25' 

Julia Barello uses both dyed xray film and MRI film to create silhouettes that seem to float on the wall using long metal pins to hold the shapes in place. 

Her designs create an uplifting and effortless feeling to me.

I'd love to wear one of her necklaces. I think I'd be happy all day long, wouldn't you?


dyed medical imaging films 

21" x 21" 
dyed x-ray film, monofilament
23" x 23
All images © Julia Barello 
She has many more lovely works on her website here.