Yarn Box

This semester I am taking a painting class. For the second project I had researched artist Lydia Gifford and applied three of her themes to my piece. This included monochromatic materials, try
layering and challenging traditional methods of painting in combination with sculptural aspects. Here I was able to reverse my artistic practice, which is usually deconstructing painting through colour, to the use of paint with very tactile materials.
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many things. I am grateful to be able to take a cab tomorrow morning. I want to be early, like get there for 7am, so I can put rust on my shirts, because that needs to be done. Even though I have many things I feel like nothing is 100% done and everything is sitting at a solid half doneness. I feel like this is a large project for me and that is exciting. Although, it almost got ruined when my pipes decided to leak all over the place, because, of course, I was keeping my suitcase of work right where the pipes decided to leak.

I have to give  a half hour talk on Friday for the FINA class and that is not exciting. Mainly my talk will be about bricolage and how I use it in wearable artworks. I dont like talking very much, especially public talking in front of a group of people. I think I will bring up artists like Nick Cave and the fellow that bricolages golf bags (I’ll have to look him up again when I get home from work), and anyone else I can think of.

– Chelsey Wensveen

 
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many things. I am grateful to be able to take a cab tomorrow morning. I want to be early, like get there for 7am, so I can put rust on my shirts, because that needs to be done. Even though I have many things I feel like nothing is 100% done and everything is sitting at a solid half doneness. I feel like this is a large project for me and that is exciting. Although, it almost got ruined when my pipes decided to leak all over the place, because, of course, I was keeping my suitcase of work right where the pipes decided to leak.

I have to give  a half hour talk on Friday for the FINA class and that is not exciting. Mainly my talk will be about bricolage and how I use it in wearable artworks. I dont like talking very much, especially public talking in front of a group of people. I think I will bring up artists like Nick Cave and the fellow that bricolages golf bags (I’ll have to look him up again when I get home from work), and anyone else I can think of.

– Chelsey Wensveen

 
This year for Christmas one of my favourite gifts my mom gave to me was a three month subscription to a company called Yarn Box.

They have four different subscriptions you can choose from:

Yarn Box Socks which is the cheapest subscription, recipe you usually get enough wool to knit a pair of socks this also includes a pattern.

Yarn Box Classic which is what I have been getting. My first project I got enough wool to knit a shawl and my second project was a knit plush kitten toy pattern. They also give crochet patterns with this subscription.

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Yarn Box Luxe is a seasonal subscription so only 4 a year. You get a lot of wool in this package its one of the most expensive ones but you get really interesting fibres. This also includes a pattern.

And the last one is called Yarn Box Art Yarns this one is also seasonal and more expensive but you get a lot of wool and really interesting fibres.

Im really happy with what I have been getting I would recommend this to anyone who likes to knit or crochet. There is usually up to 5 different color-ways for each month and they are all usually pretty nice. When you sign up you get to customize what colours and yarn weights you like so they can try and match up the best yarn for you.

 

-Nicole

 

 

Material Choices

Some of the wool I have been using this semester comes from a company called:

Wool and the Gang.

 

They sell interesting fibres like their mixtape yarn which is made from upscycled t-shirt scraps.

Or the Jersey Be Good yarn which uses scraps from factory floors in the fashion industry.

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I usually just buy their Crazy Sexy Wool because wool is my favourite fibre to knit with and is natural, viagra order renewable and biodegradable.

 

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Wool and the Gang has been changing the way fashion is created and consumed. They sell sustainable products and patterns, and sell readymade hand knit clothes and accessories.

They also try to promote people to learn to knit to promote people to buy less and make more.

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” Wool and the Gang was born — pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.”  -Wool and the Gang

 

-Nicole

Hours & Hours of Work

I have been using a new tool to keep track of the many threads that seems to fly forth from one article to the next as I journey down the rabbit hole. This tool is called Zotero. It was introduced to my class and I in Print 314 by our proffessor Laurel Johannesson. You can download Zotero for free at Zotero.org.

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Zotero works as either a stand alone app or as an add-on for your web browser. This app has been extremely helpful to me because while doing rearch it allows me to easily store, case
recall and catagorize citations for articles, malady
books, etc both found from electronic and paper form.

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You can make notes on each citation you make aswell create folders to put them in to better organize your thoughts. Also by clicking your desired citation then clicking either the URL or DOI it brings you back to the article for easy recall. The best feature to me in the ability to form a bibliography quickly and easily. This is done by selecting the citations you wish to include, then clicking Edit in the top bar followed by Copy Bibiliography.

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To enter you citation into Zotero click the small page icon found in the address bar.

I hope this helps everyone as much as it has me!

 

-Amy
I have been using a new tool to keep track of the many threads that seems to fly forth from one article to the next as I journey down the rabbit hole. This tool is called Zotero. It was introduced to my class and I in Print 314 by our proffessor Laurel Johannesson. You can download Zotero for free at Zotero.org.

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Zotero works as either a stand alone app or as an add-on for your web browser. This app has been extremely helpful to me because while doing rearch it allows me to easily store, patient recall and catagorize citations for articles, books, etc both found from electronic and paper form.

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You can make notes on each citation you make aswell create folders to put them in to better organize your thoughts. Also by clicking your desired citation then clicking either the URL or DOI it brings you back to the article for easy recall. The best feature to me in the ability to form a bibliography quickly and easily. This is done by selecting the citations you wish to include, then clicking Edit in the top bar followed by Copy Bibiliography.

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To enter you citation into Zotero click the small page icon found in the address bar.

I hope this helps everyone as much as it has me!

-Amy
 

A very inspiring designer of mine is Yokoo Gibran. She knits and crochets accessories. Seeing her work was one of the main reasons I decided to teach myself how to knit three years ago. I also enjoy following her Instagram she has a interesting way of placing and photographing objects.

Her Instagram

Cones & cones

Her Shop

pile of scarves

 

I came across a article about her and her job as a knit wear designer:

New York Times Article

 

The article is about having a successful craft business and how much you might make, population health
but also how busy you can get.

Yokoo Gibran had wrote:

“I have to wake up around 8, get coffee or tea, and knit for hours and hours and hours and hours, I’m like an old lady in a chair, catching up on podcasts, watching old Hitchcock shows. I will do it for 13 hours a day.”

And even after all those hours knitting, she is constantly sketching new designs or trading e-mail messages with 50 or more customers a day.

Sounds great but maybe not so great!

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-Nicole

Resignation Egg

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Day to day experiences, phthisiatrician
honesty, pill
and a little dash of humour are common ingredients throughout my practice. This piece was made in relation to my former waitressing job. After 3 years of service, my time there had come to an end. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 fiery waitress

1 (new) cracked out manager

1 egotistical chef

Endless supply of chauvinistic remarks and behaviour

Plenty of needless changes

Sprinkle of animosity

Pinch of misery

Plenty of sleepless nights

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and stir for weeks.

Bring to breaking point.

Result:

1 free bird : )

-Carly

 

Textìlsetur Island Residency | My Summer 2014

This evening, pfizer after finishing soldering parts today, recipe and working on the larger housing for these electronic components, viagra I did a final test of the work. When I plugged in the power I had the voltage set at 6V, which is much too high voltage for this tiny chip. When I put too much voltage through something that can’t handle it, I fried everything. This is the kind of thing that happens when you are not thinking clearly, from being too tired, from working on the same thing too long, or from many other things related to the end of the semester.

Maybe it’s simply because I am an amateur still and I am learning things the hard way. Needless to say, lesson learned.

RIP little guy.

Dead little speaker, dead little chip, dead little microphone, dead little chip, dead little sensor. Massacre.
Dead little speaker, dead little chip, dead little microphone, dead little chip, dead little sensor. Massacre.

 

 
 

As a few of you may already know, discount
I will be spending June, July and August of 2014 on residency at the Icelandic Textile Centre in Blönduòs, Iceland. The residency is uniquely for textile artists, and I highly recommend all of you apply. Facilities include:

Weaving Rooms: They have looms of two differents sizes: 80 and 140cm. They are 4, 6 or 8 shafts Counter-balanced. Residents have full access to weaving equipment: large selection of reeds, warping reel, distaff holders, shuttles, yarn reels etc.

Dyeing Rooms: It is a full scale natural dyeing room.  Provided with a small movable oven, dyeing tools, the same large sink and a drying space which is well divided. Iceland produces is known for its various dyestuffs, such as lychens of various colors, plants and flowers.

The Summer Festival is what I will be there for, and what I am most interested in. Summer Festival is where the artists of the residency, and surrounding area, make large scale (and small scale) outdoor installation works to celebrate the season, daylight and community. Expressing the passing of time, the changing of seasons, and the interaction between peoples through outdoor installation. I want to be part of this festival for the rest of my life, this is what I live for.

Here is a quote from the  2013 Summer Festival at the Textílsetúr Island Icelandic Textile Centre:

We are gleaners.

Our language relies on materiality;
Rusted industrial scraps, seaweed, wool, old sheets, jumpsuits;
Borrowed and re-interpreted milliner techniques.
We’re discovering points of reflection that hint towards metaphysical meaning.
Some say there is an inherent biological tendency for equilibrium.
One is to leave a skin of time, their pieces of vulnerability stripped by weathering and human treatments.

We are what we touch- smell, see, hear, taste.

There is a clarity, a peacefulness on the mountain, it effects your whole being. We become this mountain, this stillness, this landscape.
The elements vibrate through us, her wind rippling taut green strings on rusted forms.
A wave of modulation surfs until it breaks, and all you see is a framed landscape – the sun atop the ocean.

2013 Summer Festival

This is where I am meant to be.

Here is the link the website where you can find out more about the residency, and more about how to apply.

http://textilsetur.com/home-page/

-Natalie

sentiment

Beth Cavener Stichter

Kate MacDowell

These videos are of two different ceramic artist’s that I really find inspiring, buy perhaps not completely in the direction my work is going while writing my grad paper. I could repeat what Stichter says in her video that her work is based off of people she encounters and makes portraits of what she imagines their inner turmoil is possibly, cure but they are equally a portrait of herself as well. What first drew me to her work was a rabbit that displayed to much emotion that you couldn’t help but find in yourself that feeling that it expressed. The sculptures large scale allows you to see each sculpt of the clay, and I terribly wish to touch one. With the size also its impressive how much I can imagine someone physically relating to them on a human scale.

I Am No One by Beth Cavener Stichter, Stoneware, 32″ x 37″ x 30″

Without getting into Kate MacDowell’s concept too far, she first inspired me when I was making my small wire skeletons. Everything seemed so fragile and precious in her work so I reflected on that with my work and what I wanted to protect in my hands. I Highly recommend if your interested to follow the links.

Sparrow by Kate MacDowell made out of Porcelian

Zo~

 The Reparative Impulse

The ACAD Fibre Department hosted a most charming lecture with UK artist Yvonne Mullock on November 6, Phimosis
2013. Yvonne has a multidisciplinary research-led practice that has taken her ( so far, but look out world!) to various parts of the western world, including Newfoundland, Kentucky, Argyle, Bute and Hertfordshire. She was able to give students 20 minutes of her time for studio visits, responses and a talk. As I found her presentation and her work so inspirational, I used my 20 minutes to ask her questions about her life, process and some vagrant ideas.

Yvonne’s B.A. degree is from the Glasgow School of Art in Painting and Drawing. I was interested in the transition between the discipline of painting and drawing and the multidisciplinary work that she is currently engaged with. Yvonne discussed the fact that she sees no division between her training as a painter and the practice that she is pursuing. She feels that as an artist she draws inspiration from things that surround her in her life. Mullock went on to say that the Glasgow School was very traditional, and that although her work in realistic painting was what was being taught and expected of her, she felt stifled by that form. Upon graduation, and a small inheritance from her Auntie Joan, Yvonne went to London to visit a friend. It was there that she chanced upon the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, and talked to the Education Program Director about the potential of a residency. The Museum had never been broached about a possibility like this before, and luckily for Mullock the Director had an arts background and so was receptive to the idea. Yvonne searched out and received some funding, and was installed in an absentee biologist’s office for her studio residency. She remarked upon the excitement of it all: immersed in a real biologist’s office, who was off in Belize doing field work, and full access to the Museum. For her it was also about being active in something that wasn’t boring and stuffy as the Glasgow School, but an adventure that she was formulating herself, and working in response to.

Yvonne’s DIY sense of independence comes through in her practice; both in what she is making and in her understanding and appreciation of the tactile material world of craft and art. ( We never touched on that issue, thank goodness, as we only had 20 minutes and not a full evening and a bottle of wine). To illustrate, Mullock tells a story about the choice of a gift when she was younger. She was offered a watch, but begged for a sewing machine. This was to be a formative decision, as she taught herself how to sew, and has used that skill extensively in her practice, both with her work in the costume department of theatre and opera and in her art practice.

Also evident is Yvonne’s sense of humour in her work. I asked her about negotiating the “art stars” of the art world and how, with her honesty and direct approach to life she deals with large egos and the artificiality that can surround that world. She responded by likening it to working in opera and stage, where she was always given the more strange or difficult talent to work with. She enjoys the challenge of the “strange and odd” ( Mullock), again which is evident in her work ( look at her series of the cross- Canadian art quilt images, where the quilts are designed with holes for the female breasts to be displayed). Again charmingly and bluntly, she did tell me that she “loved weirdos” but was not good with dealing with (expletive deleted) rude people.

The interaction with people is evident again in her work; many of her research-led projects deal with entering a community and interacting therein. The Fogo Island residency, where she was formative in spearheading the soft furnishing cultural display of the Fogo Island Inn, involved researching the hand crafts of the local villagers, from quilting to rughooking. The islanders, due to the sense of thrift and being some of the original upcyclers, make their quilts and rugs from scraps of unrepairable and unused clothing and worn out household linens that can be cut around and reused. Mullock’s So to Sew interactive performance at Wreck City involved using the “reparative impulse” to mend clothing that was brought to her, with love and care. At the end of the repair, she sewed in a label with her name to commemorate the act, and her participants left with a memento of remembrance from Yvonne, as well as a mended article of clothing. When I was listening to Mullock talk, the “reparative impulse” as coined by Jeanne Randolph kept playing in my head. Sure enough, I found the quote in Jane Kidd’s “To Practice in the Middle”:

      The reparative impulse is altruistic, generous, and synthetic. It does not cast out  what is impure or ruined.It restructures,reinterprets, and illuminates the potential of the impure subject, object, idea or form. The reparative impulse attempts an integration of grief for the lost ideal with the desire to make good for injury done.Reparative action is the endeavour to restore. Rather than hiding traces of damage, it integrates them with grief of the lost ideal and the remaining qualities of value. (Randolph)

This terminology seems to encapsulate the impulse in Mullock. She enacts both altruism and generosity in her work, and is willing to look at the value of the lost ideal. Her Samoyed fur jacket, knit for a stuffed dead ( obviously, if it was stuffed) Mexican Hairless dog in the Rothschild Zoological Museum, is another example of her altruism, however idealistic.

In closing we talked about the concept of the triangle of Scotland/Fogo Island/Calgary. I asked her about that juxtaposition from a cultural viewpoint. I could see the similarities, both economically and geographically, between Fogo Island and Scotland, but Calgary’s oil and gas economy and conservative mentality must have been a bit of an adjustment for her. The move was prompted by her partner’s involvement with the Watershed + Public Art Project with the City of Calgary. Mullock responded that she is optimistic about the new territory here to explore and investigate. I found her both personally and professionally to be an inspirational and encouraging artist and speaker, with an unorthodox “breath of fresh air” approach to her work.

Yvonne Mullock, Zoology. Image from www.yvonnemullock.co.uk
Yvonne Mullock, Zoology. Image from www.yvonnemullock.co.uk

– Submitted by Christine Thomson

 

The cycle of abuse is much like a cycle of life, website
moving through motions of forgetting and
remembering, and forgetting again. An act of violence, the feeling of neglect, the power of fear,
drain a victim. Through a victims every motion they must fight the restraints of shame and doubt, hurt and fear. There is temporary comfort and ease in a moment of reassurance. A
momentary trust in the sweet talking. Smoothing over the trauma with hollow words.

Candy coat
the pain, forget and move on.

 

-Natalie
ok i shall try to put to words (in more point form because its easier and feels the most honest) the things i am thinking about with my crochet objects before i present on Wednesday.

crocheting is something done with rhythm, meningitis
same as knitting. things that also have (or commonly do have in variation) rhythm are; breathing, click your heart beat, moon cycles and nature with seasons. this expands to growth and decay, things begin and things end. cycles are also comforting, and relayed upon. rhythm is comforting. community is comforting and also keeps loneliness and isolation at bay. culturally individualism makes us lonely because we consider ourselves singular entities, rather than as apart of a something bigger. this is also considered a western idea. (*video worth watching added below*)

http://vimeo.com/70534716

how do we relate to the self and to others? objects as stand in for people for example because they can be sources of sentiment. sentiment: “exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.” this exists and multiple forms and exists in childhood toys for example. in this piece i am attempting to convey a intimacy with objects of rhythm, sentiment and comfort. i want to have a sound recording of a heartbeat playing in the background of this piece in hopes it will relate more to a level of human connection. if a heart beat is heard in a closed room i want it to relate to being in a womb. a safe and natural environment.

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i am using a round chair that will be covered with both the objects i made and an assortment of stuff animals. (i will not be offended if anyone wishes to sit.)  there is more in regards to the crochet objects because they act as containers. “containers are receptive; they establish a transition between interior and exterior.”  (Mathieu 116). to me these objects have meaning that i am not sure is really important to the piece but they are filled with material that are without purpose, and projects i have not finished.

Mathieu, Paul. “Object Theory.” Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice. Eds. Chambers, Ruth, Amy Gogarty & Mirelle Perron. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2007. pgs. 111-127print

well then, i hope this works

Zoe

 

 

 

Process

This semester I am engaging in some process based work once again. I have set out to crochet  chain a kind of cellular netting the size of my body. Loops or ‘cells’ are created  by attaching the chain back on itself, infertility creating a kind of regular irregularity in terms of their sizes.

Once completed this will create a kind of interface between viewer and whatever is on the other side, cheap engaging the senses. I hope to also connect this ‘fabric’ to memory through use of imagery, and the idea of memories being ingrained in our bodies and our senses.

This repetitive, meditative motion becomes part of the process of the hand, not necessarily needing direct mental thought to take place. It becomes a kind of tacit knowledge. In my readings I have come across a thought by David Michael Levin which embodies this notion quite well; “there is a maintaining of thought which is rooted in the work of the hands…thinking not as a cognitive process but as something bodily…” (paraphrased by Stephen Horne), process as part of the body.

This process takes time, and I am consistently trying to keep up with a schedule that will allow me to get the length I desire by the end of the semester. I am almost half way there!

-Sabrina

Horne, Stephen. “Sometimes Minimal.” Abandon building: Selected Writings on Art 1992-2006. Montreal: 11 Press, 2006. 11-17. Print.

+ 15 Chinese Parade for The High Performance Rodeo

Recap of the Art Parade in plus 15 skywalk, recipe the purpose of the walk is to celebrate Chinese New Year: The Year of Dragon. We started walking from the Bankers Hall, buy information pills all the way to the SunLife Plaza. The walk was about 16 kilometres, there were music, dances, Chinese traditional costumes, etc. It was fun, and great experiences to get to meet and talk to other artists that were invovled.

Backstage. While everyone was getting ready, my model and I were……

 ……being silly.

These two pieces are my latest work: seaweed and lobster outfit. While I was in HK, we had this gigantic lobster for Christmas dinner, so I kept the shell, washed it and brought it back with me. So I made a new head piece, here’s a close up shoot.

After the walk, there were sandwiches, drinks, desserts and fruits served at the venue, however, we didn’t eat much, because…….

…..we had some serious Hot Pot business!!!!

For this week’s schedule, weaving, weaving, and weaving, yeah!

-Vicky

Updates and Advertising!

I actually wasn’t planning to show any of my wearable art pieces until ArtaWEARness (I want to keep them secret). However, viagra this photo is just too funny that I have to have to share it with my Fibre people, plague and hopefully it will make you want to come?!

Here’s the link for purchasing tickets: www.artawearness.com, a site built by Miss. Jessica Armstrong.

Some updates: I’m very excited that this semester I am only taking three courses. Though it’s only three classes, I am planning to make a big food related project for my graduation show (consisting 6 or more meals that represent my memories in Canada, and a large crocheted table cloth with images of friends). While I was telling my instructor about the ideas, she was concerned whether I can finish it on time or not, haha yeah but once inspiration occurs, I just have to do it! Otherwise I feel uninspired, I think I can somehow figure it out, and able to manage my time more wisely this time, hopefully it will turn out as the way I wanted.

There’s a lot going on tomorrow, (Friday the 20th). So if you are not doing anything tomorrow, you can stay home watch TV and you can see me on TV ( as I just did an interview with shawl tv this afternoon). It will be on channel 10, at 5pm, and you are permitted to laugh at my weird nervous Chinglish.

Or if you are planning to go out and not sure where to go, I suggest you go to downtown, there’ll be a Chinese Parade show in +15, by the High Performance Rodeo, the purpose is to celebrate Chinese New Year – the year of Dragon. I will be in it, showing two of my latest work. We are starting at 4pm at The Bankers Hall–> TD Square–> Stock Exchange building–> all the way to the Sunlife Plaza building. It’s free! So please come join us 🙂

-Vicky

Artist Interview: Vicky Lam

I spent last week in Southern California visiting prospective grad schools. While I was there, ailment I had the opportunity to see several shows that were part of Pacific Coast Time. The Mingei International Museum’s
San Diego’s Craft Revolution-From Post-War Modern to California Design was wonderful. The work ranged from wood work to jewellery to ceramics to wearable art and back again. Mona Trunkfield’s Body Ornament was particularily striking, treat but my favorite piece was Carol Lebeck’s Who Decimated the American Indian #1 and #2. Not only was it estheticaly and conceptually interesting, more about but the didadactic panel read in part, “[c]eramists such as Lebick left any argument regarding ‘craft vs. art’ far behind as they pursued complete artistic expression, blending technical mastery and social commentary with profound creativity.”

I also visited the Laguna Art Museum to see
Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971. It was particularily interesting because it featured some printed materials about Barbara Smith’s performances from the late 60s and early 70s, which I had heard her speak about that morning.

Vicky shares her thoughts on crochet, sickness
wearable art, treat and the food that inspires her work.

What aspect of dining most informs your work? i.e. sharing the experience, the presentation of food etc.

I enjoy the atmosphere, the conversation that is carry while sharing a meal with family and friends. Especially because I go back and forth between Hong Kong and Calgary, I find dining is the most effective way to catching up with each other.

Vicky's photo of a beautifully presented Asian dish

You primarly work with yarn, are you interested in working with other mediums such as paint or ceramic to create food inspired work?

I love working with yarns, and I think this material is successful conveying the food theme, because of the softness. More importantly, I think in terms of pursuing the notion of food, the visual and sense of touch is important aspects as well, as an appealing meal requires the look of the dish, the smell, the taste, and sometimes the sense of touch (bread, biscuit…..). Therefore, audience engagement is important; they can at least be able to look and feel the texture of the food objects and be related. Yarns in this case work well, because they are not easy to break compared to ceramics or glass, audience can feel safe to touch and play with the work. Though some may questioned as an artist, do I really want hundred of dirty hands touching my work, I actually don’t mind it at all, as long as people are being gentle. And If a yarn is broken, it is easy to fix, unlike ceramic or glass. I like ceramic too, but I don’t think I would use this medium to convey the food theme, neither glass nor painting.

Work in progress: Shrimp-dish inspired tapestry by Vicky

Your wearable art work has been very succesful. Are you interested in continuing to create wearable art? If so, do you forsee working with crochet, or are you interested in other techniques like sewing etc?

Firstly, thank you for the compliment, I actually don’t think they are very successful, I think there are a lot of potential to push it further. For me, they are sets of “try-out”, experimentation of expanding my food theme and working with the body. I do like them, it is fun to work with different body sizes, and the illusion of the work, where people are wondering what kind of seafood is it. However, as I am still in the process of learning crochet, I think I may stick with the medium for a while, until I learn every stitch and or until I get bored and tired of crocheting. Then I will move on to something else. It can possibly be sewing as I always admire Krystle’s professional sewing skills, but it probably won’t happen until after I graduate, I think I needed a proper lesson and a good sewing machine.

What I like about crochet is the forgiveness and the controllability. If I missed one stitch or if I made a mistake, I usually just keep going with it. At the end it always turns out something different and I am always fascinated with the surprise.

I do foresee myself continuing with the wearable art in the future. It is fun working with different models, but it is quite changeling at the same time, as they each have different body size, and personality. So they each deliberate different tone during the photo shoot, which I find interesting. From there I’ve learned that the choices of models are important and I’m so glad that all my models are so pretty and helpful. I am very excited to work with them again next semester in ArtaWEARness.

Crocheted crab-inspired wearable art work

Jessica

V&A Collections

Textile art has a long and vibrant history and as artists we frequently draw from the past to inform our work. I have found that finding images related to what I;m doing can be difficult at times, therapy somehow 16thC stump-work just doesn’t get that many hits in Google. Enter in, prostate The V&A collections search. The site is awesome, store it’s got everything old and textile related right at your finger tips. Of course that’s not all, the V&A site also offers a variety of other resources that can assist in craft related research such as articles and Videos. Check out the V&A Channel or the textiles section for articles and images related to your specific area of interest.

images from the collection fragment of woven wool, brown cotton in a gauze weave, Tapestry designed by Murray Walker, Bag by red or dead.

 

-Lauren

Update

Can’t believe this semester is almost over. Just an update of what I’ve been doing lately.

I’m so happy that the crab outfit is finally done, glands and I’m very satisfied with the outcome. Moving on to my last lobster outfit, and I finished the top, website  I’m working on the bottom and the accessories right now, hopefully I can get it done by Wednesday for photo shoot. Then after that I can concentrate on tapestry and weaving. Not that I don’t care about my tapestry or weaving work, I do, especially every time I walked by the tapestry room, seeing how close I am, I just want to sit down and finish it. Also, I really want some feed-backs from my peers on Wednesday. However, considering other due dates that are closer and because I’ve already ask for extensions from my instructors at the beginning of the term. I feel bad if I don’t have anything to show for the final crit. So I hope you guys will understand my situations and don’t worry I will have everything done for the Jury Crit.

I’m so looking forward for this semester to be over, next semester will be much easier as I’m only taking 3 courses. I have more time to slow things down. I’m thinking of a buffet theme for my grad piece, not sure yet…… but I think that will be funny. I was talking to my mom about this idea, and she was very excited abotu it. Sadly, she won’t be able to come to my grad, but that’s alright, I get my graduating peers to share this joy with me. That is also reason why I have to leave the country as soon as school is over, because I won’t see her until graduation is over. I guess these are the disadvantages of being the only child in a single family.

-Vicky

Fibre Artist, Mandy Greer

As an artist who loves crochet and installation, symptoms I love Mandy Greer’s work! Her practice involves crochet and found objects to create highly textured, diagnosis layered work including large installations and stunning wearable art.  She often focuses on one or two colours when creating and will often combine crochet with beads, discount jewels, trimming, fabric, playful objects and natural materials. In Dare Alla Luce, the materials are combined into lush forms that drip and trail twisted crochet lengths that remind me of moss covered trees in an over grown swamp, haunting and beautiful.

http://mandygreer.wordpress.com/portfolio/

Dare Alla Luce, 2008

The Slug Princess is another example of cascading/dripping crochet with found objects added for interesting texture.

Slug Princess, 2008

All images copyright Mandy Greer, http://mandygreer.wordpress.com/

Jessica

Lam’s Blog of the week

I had 9 hours of sleep last night without getting up every few hours scratching and putting lotion on, pilule so I am a very very satisfied child right now. 🙂

Lest We Forget

Last week I was unproductive, and very emotionally, I think it’s mainly because of the rashes I’m having since October. At first I didn’t care as every winter I get rashes like this, it comes and goes away within a week. But this time, it stayed and got spread all over my body, so I was scared and panic that it won’t go away, and it got even worst last week. As we were having the Atelier show in Art Central, I was modelling one of my wearable piece, I tried to cover the red rashes with foundation. My skin got reacted, so for the whole week I couldn’t sleep well and it really bothers me. So I finally told my mom in Hong Kong and went to the doctor. The doctor gave me Lyderm Cream to put on, it didn’t work at first, but it is finally working! My mother also ask advises from my family doctor in Hong Kong, she advises me not to use any shower soup, especially not on area where I have serious rashes, because those shower soup contains a lot of chemical substances. She also said that it can’t be wool that I’m allergic to (thankfully) as I’ve been working with wool since last year. She thinks it might be stressed, the dry weather and the foundation. Well we will find out when I go back to Hong Kong in December.

Anyways, so my advises to you all is never try to cover up any injuries or rashes or anything with foundation, let it breathe, and go to the doctor immediately if it’s getting worst. Also, don’t ever take 5 courses in your final year, as some fourth year courses worth 4.5 credits. I’m taking two 4.5 credits and three other courses, adding up together, it equivalent to 6 courses work load. So don’t ever do that, try taking 5 courses each semester in first, second and third year, then in your fourth year you only have to take 4 courses each semester. I think I overestimated myself, I thuoght I can handle it, but I can’t. On top of that I’ve applied for ArtaWEARness, going to do Show & Sale, and also planning to do a collaborative ParkShow project about the mixture of Chinese and Philippine culture with Patricia (Jewellery major & Fibre monitor). I know I should not complain at all, because I am the one who put myself in this kind of situation, but at the same time I’m thinking, if I don’t do it this year, when am I going to do it? So all I have to do is breathe, suck it up and just do it!

Another advise, if you really want to do ArtaWEARness, just apply in your second and third year, if you don’t get in, at least you know you’ll have a second chance, whereas if you apply in your final year, you going to be paranoid whether you get accepted or not. Thanks god I got in, otherwise…… I would be so sad. 🙁

As last week I was too lazy and was not able to focus, so I only have pictures of my weaving work. I’m very happy with the outcome of the tube and especially the shawl (they are now displaying in the Fibre department around the elevator area). I honestly think this collaborative project is a big challenge, because everyone has different taste, so from the beginning my partner and I had a lot of arguments regarding to the size and the pattern choice. I’m glad we’ve resolved the problems together at last.

I do like double weave, but it’s challenging as you couldn’t see what happen inside the tube. At the end after I cut  the weaving off, I noticed that I’ve missed a couple threads which frustrates me. Anyways, I’m glad it’s finally over, for our final independent project I’m going to weave a poncho for my mother for Christmas.

This is my mommy <3 Thankfully we have same size (well I think she’s 10cm taller),  it’s close enough that I don’t have to worry about whether it fits her or not, but in terms of colour choice and pattern……. any suggestions?
This week passed by so fast!

The Atelier show yesterday was fantastic, healing
we all had fun walking down the stairs showing off our great wearable art work. Here are some photos from yesterday.

Getting ready for the show, one Health
thankyou Crystal-lee for the make up

We had Japanese food before the show

“Ocean Maiden” is a series of shellfish based garments, depicting the forms of certain seafood: Prawn, Oyster and Mussel, I crochetted abstract garments for the female figure and incoporate real seafood shells for body accessoires, so the audience can recognise and relate to the chosen seafood.

Photo credit to Chris Armstrong

This collection would be expanded for ArtaWEARness 12, and there will be outfits for crab, lobster and clam. The show will be held on Feb 2012.

-Vicky L