Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Start... Again

There has been a lot going on - A move from Houston.  Up to Saltspring Island, B.C., Canada.  Work on the theatre production with Wendy.  Work on an entry for SSNAP.
But today I post something that I am able to...
The Moth project.

These moths will be flying over to Albuquerque, later in the year.
They will join many 100s of moths to be part of a huge crowd sourced installation project.
I joined the Saltspring Island Painters' Guild and more specifically the Printers' Group.
And we are all making moths to join that project.
Also these moths will be shown at Mahon Hall on Saltspring Island, hanging them tomorrow with many many others.

The moths seem to have developed a life of their own = check out their Facebook page here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Last weekend - more coffee and art

It is a good thing that John likes coffee and he now isn't sure if I suggested Inversion cafe because of the location or the Art League Gallery adjoining it.
Table top mosaic

There we found the coffee shop renovated since October's visit.  It is lovely now and the coffee is good.
We sat outside where there was a lovely piece of fibre art:-
I thought Pily might like this No Hay Pedo - another Mafi Mushkila type phrase meaning - "there's no problem"...
A Forged Utopia
Giovanni Valderas
Detail below

And then we went to the main gallery where I learnt the little known fact that 400-1000 women disguised themselves as men and fought for both sides of the American Civil War.  Some were discovered and sent home and others stayed on the battlefield and worked as nurses.  Others fought as men with distinction and only came out as women when safely living again at home.  Many more were killed on the battlefield.
And She Was
Margaret Meehan

I enjoyed my time working on a still life series

karin millson March 2016

Exhibition Entry and more

When I came to Texas I didn't know what my working days would be like.
Turns out activity has been cyclical with periods of mixed media
Just exercise! 
Karin Millson

and other  periods (= hours and hours)  of very computer focussed slogging.
There have been times of gallery visiting though.
Last weekend we spent a lovely Saturday in and around the downtown area of Galveston. It was a delight, and very inspiring.

I wasn't expecting to see up-liftingly colourful works of Rene Wiley  in her gallery and the stunning fibre art  that she calls Textile Mosaics, by Brenda J Bunten-Schloesser who includes weavings and collage in her art.
Reaching (Old Red) 40 x 20 "
 by Brenda J Bunten-Schlosser
Photo Credit to renewiley Gallery 2128 Postoffice, Galveston
Who represent this artist.

Later we gallery hopped and got all inspired to take photographs after a long chat with  Peter A Bowman (Photographer).  I am still enjoying learning about my new camera E-M5II with its sweet little lens that can fit in my handbag, but it does have inter-changeables (though I just have the one)... aren't I proud.

I can't help it -  I love texture and look at those colours.
Wall Sauce
Karin Millson 2016
I am ready to post a package off to Wendy again... it will be pricey with what it has to contain, let's just say beads, cape, music box.  Life is certainly diverse and full of challenge right now.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Latest drawing ?exercise...

Why think of these things as exercises. Are they not just as much a piece of valid art as any other thing done today?

January and February... Lots going on, included Texan Viruses.

It has been an interesting and busy time. Here are a couple of highlights.
Trip to Calgary to work with Wendy.
Can't show you much but.... here is a photomontage of some of the stuff I have been up to...


Then there was an afternoon spent in the company of High School Students at West Island College where they showed me new and exciting things to do with Shibori...
I was particularly interested that one young man was fascinated enough to spend the entire time working his photographic skills on samples... I was so impressed.  The students were fighting their desire to be off on the long family day weekend... so all credit to them for sticking at it.





























It was Valentine's day whilst I was away but this thorny clawing image provided a tongue in cheek reference to the lover's day - Photo taken in Glenbow Museum lobby.... it is a very large bear sporting all those roses. (no animals were endangered in the making of this display).




Then I went to the exhibition of Hardy's Kaleidoscopic Animalia, work following on from his residency at the museum... I loved it.  There was so much to see in such a modern way of displaying works from the Museum's vast collection.  And being a fashion designer there was plenty of fibre to be seen.... Love those hair prongs  - Knitting needles.

The puppets in Wolf in Sheep's Clothing was such fun - I took the shot for Wendy.  For a laugh.


Then off to Vancouver for the holiday.


Once back in Houston I had a day in Katy and discovered the kcam or Katy Contemporary Arts Museum.  Great venue, lovely works on show.   with Gestural by Chuck Hipsher Some textile related... oil on canvas and velvet with bleach back... hmmm.... Also an interesting piece with some puckered gathering like you get on a cushion that turned out to be little anuses!  Don't ask.


As I said on my Facebook page... I don't rate the gallery for their decision to only allow long shots of the gallery spaces and none of individual works.  This I think very short-sighted of them.  anyway loved the colours in some of the works by Hipsher.  And I certainly enjoyed myself looking around.
They have a small gallery shop where Katy's artists can be represented.  Do drop by if you are in the area.

Thanks to my dear friend L Hawke who drew my attention to the sewers of the road.  This another Whoosie . I think I might use it as my new profile picture....
And this is my stitching to be included in the stitch activism I have decided to be a part of:- THIS
I doubt it will do much good... in this State.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Electronics and stuff

Currently I am working on a few projects simultaneously.
Electronics for Jelly Fish
Colonoscopy in Science fiction
Poetry in stitch
Painterly Art Exercises

I can't post about 3 of those items for secrecy reasons... so here is this painterly work instead.

Oh and below is a contemplative image taken this weekend in Columbus Texas, close to the second oldest tree in Texas.
I am just learning about my new camera and the software support it gets from Olympus... another uphill climb.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Work it out - Where is your passion? Your answer provides the only true solution.

This blog entry was going to be about some motivational course that is on offer in the textile forum this month.  And how I am not taking it, why not... and what I do instead.
However, in putting today's blog entry together I eventually found myself watching this:-
https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms
and felt that all my blog entry need be is that link.  I hope you enjoy it if you haven't seen it already.

Should you be intrigued as to what took me there, here is the former blog entry for today.
There is a move in the textile world to do a 10 week online course on overcoming boundaries and improving motivation.... "Do I need this now?"  Is the main question one should ask before signing up.  I have many items on my desk and I am working on them.  Video, film, stitch, and daily 'drawing' and writing.  And I am getting through the work.... I have strategies, hard earned and seemingly successful.  We can all continue to improve though.


This holiday I joined Ali in making my own gelli plate. My friend Nikki made hers years ago and they last.  Gelli plates are a good, cheap tool that encourages 'play'.  Play is what we do when we get our minds out of that controlled state and into free creativity.

Here is my drawing 'workout" for today.  It might not be finished, who cares.  Changing the orientation of the image can lead me to different meanings in different orientations.
I do wonder what I would have ended up with in a parallel universe where I concentrated on lines instead of circles on the ground... but hey, that is going all analytical  - which I agreed to leave at the door.
And stream of consciousness writing can prove useful based on such daily created images.
As a daily activity this can develop ones free creativity, and break barriers. These ideas are not new. See the work of Ken Robinson for his theories.  He is one hell of an inspiring guy!
I want more Ken Robinson - - Local Library here I come.