Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Break Part One

I am enjoying my first week of semester break.  It is lovely to be able to have time to decompress, catch up on housework, catch up on my own art and spend sometime synthesize all that has transpired over the last few months.

Friday afternoon I started a book and late that night I finished it.  I love devouring a book in a day.  I read Blessing of the Animals  by Katrina Kittle.  This was a book I picked up on a whim at the library shortly after taking Trinket to the vet.  It called to me from the shelf and I'm so glad it did.

The book is the story of Cami and her journey to making a new life for herself after her husband leaves her.  It was the perfect book for me to read as I began my first few hours into mourning the loss of Trinket.  Starting over takes many forms.

Outside The Art of School

I recently have been watching a series on Netflix which some of you might find interesting.  Art 21 is a program which features contemporary artist and documents their process.  It is a great way to find out more about contemporary art and to see what ideas are floating around.  There have been two segments that might be of interests:

Andrea Zittel is a sculpture and installation artist.  In her segment which aired in Season One, Consumption, she talks about crocheting garments.

Janine Antoni is a sculpture and performance artist.  Her segment, Season Two - Loss and Desire, features a her spinning (with a Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel) hemp fibers for a work.

Art 21 is a tremendous work and really helps viewers to wrap our minds around contemporary art.  I know a lot of people (I used to be one of them) don't like contemporary art.  It is hard to read without the clear language that we are accustomed too.  Humans like to make connections and often the art doesn't help us make them.  It makes me think about learning to read.

Once before you were able to read - books where filled with words and those words were made up of letters and then there was this punctuation silliness around.  Letters and words are symbolic of objects, ideas, and concepts.  Once you were taught your letters and the sounds they make, you began to make the connection.  Perhaps the most helpful thing I learned about contemporary art, is that a lot of it is idea driven.  How many ways could you represent in art the idea of love?

Loom with a View

I warped my loom up this weekend for a scarf for Mister.  While at a festival in the Fall, I told him to pick a skein of yarn from my favorite local dyer, Dyeabolical.  He picked this colorway, Steampumpk, isn't it fantastic?

The warp thread is leftovers from my Live Oak Shawlette.  The yarn Dream in Color Baby in the Cloud Jungle colorway.  The scarf is just a plain weave (aka Tabby) to show off the fantastic colors of the yarn.  I love the way the fabric feels as well.  I hope Mister will like the finished project.

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  1. Sorry for the loss of your pet. I love reading a good book but I can't put my crochet hook down long enough to read! Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. Thank you Charlotte (love your blog and your blog name)! Merry Christmas to you as well!