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Storyboard Sketches

I did a few rough storyboard type sketches heavily influenced by Leningrad’s song and music video, pharmacy  ОЧКИ СОБЧАК (rough translation: Sobchak’s sunglasses) that I’m using as a jumping off point.

some of the lyrics are included in the storyboards as a way for me to remember the timing and pacing I was intending at the time.

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I will be working on more storyboards and practice panels over the break to help me have more content (I’m willing to share) to use in my studios for next semester. I will be doing at least one more post for Sveta’s Jacquard weaving

~Sara Y

 

“Moths” Progress + completion

Progress of my moth continuation of my cocoon series which deals with my struggles with avoidance (apt since I’ve been avoiding these dingle dang blog posts)

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Trailer is helping me cut out moths from felt

I started out with wet felted felt (from prefelt) and cut out various moth shapes

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I then needle felted bodies starting with the base

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then added eyes, purchase antennae, and colour to them

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which I sewed onto a vest made from canvas

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~Sara Y

Jacquard Images – Daniel Lévesque

Dick pics 2: electric boogaloo

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Much Neglected Posts

Here’s some progress images from thumbnail, resuscitation to close to being weavable file and a bonus Vsevolod (Svetlana’s younger but not youngest brother)

Since I’m still having trouble getting the words out to explain my characters, I will give you all name explanations
Daniel Lévesque – It’s an inside joke to myself. Literally named after my grade 7 teacher who would pronounce “Daniel” as it is in French and said Daniel kid would have a hissy fit every time because “it’s a girl’s name”. His name is supposed to be the French pronunciation, which I frequently get wrong.

Both him and Svetlana are couple, which is why I planned on two Jacquard panels.

I’ll be posting a few storyboard test things, but I hope to do more storyboards in the future to explain my characters better than I can by talking about them.

 

~Sara Y

Jacquard Images – Svetlana Igorevna Druzhnikova

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progress of Sveta

I might use a modified version of Daniel’s background for her . She will be approximately the same dimensions of 20″ x 66″ and will be woven with the same wool, look that being the Aubusson house tapestry wool.

I’ll see If I can get her weaving finished in the time I have left

(Her first name is based from an artist, pilule Svetlana Valueva, who’s work I loved in high school, and her patronymic is based from Igor Stravinsky, one of my favourite composers)

~Sara Y

Weaving Progress Shots

also subtitled “Unsolicited Dick Pics” even though there’s just one

Weaving progress! Forgot to take one more picture of what I have now

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Feet from two days ago because it is three in the morning now

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he’s exclusively legs

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sample and progress wow!

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Halfway done! 1652 picks

 

Trailer takes the place of the photo I forgot to take

I will be eventually posting the process of how I got to this point with more explanation and what not. Minimal skipping, buy more about hopefully the Jacquard will continue to play nice for the rest.

1991 picks down, some more to go, yay!

~Sara Y

 

Natural Dye Sampler

Fun Fun Fun!

On the weekend I was busy cooking up a variety of colours for a natural dye printing sampler. This sampler shows thirty colours and eleven different modifiers making for a grand total of three hundred and thirty circlers. The modifers include: Cream of Tartar, sick Soda Ash, information pills Citric Acid, store Alum and Iron. The natural dye colours include: Weld, Buckthorn, Chamomile, Golden Rod, Osage, Marigold, Gallnut, Sumac, Madder, Lac, Brazilwood, Logwood, Henna and Black Walnut. I mixed a variety of these saturate dye pastes together to get secondary colours. I also mixed various ratios of alum and iron paste together, this creates the darker grey colours that appear on the cloth below. I will be teaching an introduction to printing with natural dyes workshop next semester, so stay tuned if you are interested in signing up. I received a grant from ACAD to teach this workshop so there will be no costs to students!
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Above is a shot of the dye colours before I’ve added the modifiers.

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Above is a shot of the dye colours with the modifiers.

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-Caroline-

Printing Experiments

Breakdown and Polychromatic Printing with Natural Dyes!

For one of my projects I’ve been experimenting with two silk screen techniques called polychromatic and breakdown printing.

In polychromatic printing you use dye water to paint directly on the screen wait for the screen to dry then transfer your mark making/painting onto the cloth. You can get lovely textures from using different brushes and the marks appear light and watery. You can add multiple layers of dye water onto your screen but you must wait for your screen to completely dry before you add another layer. Adding multiple layers of dye colour will create brighter and more saturate results.

In breakdown printing you use thicken dye paste and paint directly onto your silk screen. You can play around with the thickness of your dye and add found textures like bubble wrap or lace. Let the screen dry overnight and then use it for printing the next day. Using the thicken dye pastes causes a resist on your screen. You can print about four or five times with the same screen before your thickened dye disappears.

Here are some process shots of printing from the weekend!

-Caroline-

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A Little Motivation

 

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Source: “The Great Discontent Issue 4.” https://shop.thegreatdiscontent.com/products/the-great-discontent-issue-four. Web. Sept 5, glaucoma 2016.

This week I would like to share with you one of my favourite magazines… The Great Discontent.  

The Great Discontent (TGD) is a print and online magazine featuring inspiring, infertility in-depth conversations with today’s artists, health makers, and risk takers. TDG looks into the lives of its subjects through long-form interviews and short features, a podcast, a live event series and film-based projects. This magazine is published by Wayward Wild in New York City.

Print issues are available for purchase in TGD’s online shop and at retailers worldwide. In addition to print, they also publish new digital content on their website throughout the month. You can also purchase digital copies of all their magazines. I purchased their first magazine digitally a few years ago. Accessing the magazine on my computer and phone is a simple and enjoyable experience. I love googling the artists and viewing their websites while I read through the magazine.

Here’s a summary of what their printed issues cover:

Issue # 1

This issue features a collection of inspiring interviews loosely based around the theme of leaps. Their stories encourage, inspire, and challenge us to make the jump, even if—and especially when—we’re afraid.


Issue # 2

The theme of hustle implores us to reconsider the idea of making it—both how we do it and how we define it. This magazine is a reminder that more often than not, we must work hard to carve out a path to doing the work we love.

Issue # 3

Features those who have dared to push the boundaries of what is achievable.  Their stories will encourage you to explore your interests and overcome your fears, allowing you to discover what you’re truly capable of.

Issue # 4

Ambition is the theme of this issue, covering a selection of interviews with those who are committed to their crafts and pursuing their paths with a sense of purpose. Their stories will drive you to explore your ambitions and chase them with a renewed resolve.

Reading these interviews is a treat, and they help inform your practice at the same time. You can’t go wrong with TGD, it’s well worth your time. It is a great resource for any creative in any stage of their career.

I hope you enjoy reading TGD as much as I do.


-Caroline-

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Source: “Samantha Pleet.” https://thegreatdiscontent.com/interview/samantha-pleet. Interview by Ryan and Tina Essmaker. Photograph by Hannah Kristina Metz. Web. March 24, 2015. 



Getting Yourself Organized!

It’s that time of year again, drugs when students need to start planning their future while we tackle all the course work that’s coming our way. Career goals, viagra buy planning, website organization, writing, marketing, making awesome work, preparing portfolios… the list goes on. School becomes quite overwhelming pretty quickly. That’s why today I am dedicating my post to super sweet resources that can get anyone back on track from their summer vacation!

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Source: “Kreg looks like he’s starting to regret those 4 years.” Imgur. https://imgur.com/Fp9qol8.  Web, April 24, 2016.

FOR PERSONAL ORGANIZATION

EVERNOTE : A personal content manager. Keep lists of websites you like, recipes, ANYTHING that you want to keep track of. Accessible from anywhere, Shareable with other evernote users (good for group work).

Google Drive : Cloud Storage, integrated into gmail. Most useful for gmail users, but is accessible with any google account. Best for personal storage only, sharing capability isn’t great, doesn’t create links for file downloading purposes.

Google Calendar : Scheduling app. Works best integrated into gmail. Make different ‘calendars’ for different uses, easy to share calendars with others, send/make appointments automatically through email. This is my savior this year!

Toggl : Time tracker. Really great for knowing where your work day went, or how long you’ve spent on a job. Very simple, can generate time sheets too.

FOR GROUP WORK

Google Hangouts : Group video chat. Best video conference tool for more than 2 users at a time. Can share your screen with other callers, and text links during calls. Needs gmail account.

Skype : Two person video chat. Commonly used worldwide, has recording capability with plugin software such as, CallRecorder

DropBox : Cloud Storage, made very useful for projects and file sharing. Free account with free space that grows with recommendations. Excellent for file sharing and making downloadable files. Integrated onto your desktop. (Good for group work)

GoToMeeting : Paid group chat provider. More reliable for important, professional meetings.

FOR BUSINESS

Mailchimp : Free (up to 1000 contacts) contact list manager and email creation software. Keep your mailing list up to date and in order. Track who opens emails, categorize contacts, generates a ‘sign up’ form you can embed on your website. Starting a mailing list is great for when you start to build clientele at craft shows.

The Square (POS) : Extremely easy point of sale device. Connects to your bank account, allows small vendors to accept credit cards. Low % commission on per sale basis. No contract. Vital for craft shows!

Dreamhost : Web­hosting. Affordable and easy to manage, good user interface, great customer service and friendly. Can register all kinds of domains too.

Big Cartel : E­commerce platform, great for small shops.  – up to 3 item shops are hosted Free. Uses paypal. – Can be cloaked on your personal website.

Shopify : Canadian E­commerce platform, good plans available for larger shops with many items or lots of sales. – Can be cloaked on your personal website.

Wave : Canadian online Accounting software. Free for small business, can connect to your bank account. Does invoicing, tracks expenses and bill payments.

Quickbooks Online : Highly tested and true accounting software. Online tool is new, I have heard only good things about this platform. Makes sending invoices easy and professionally to your clients.

Tangerine : Online banking, personal or business. No fee banking, great user interface, interest on savings, picture check deposits, easily shared/linked accounts – I hesitate to recommend a bank, but this one deserves a look.

FOR PUBLISHING

Issuu : Web publishing into digital flipbooks. Free. Used by magazines for professional online published look. Upload a PDF and the site crunches it into a online flipbook with a link.

Blurb : Affordable, high quality, hardcopy book publishing. Can order 1 or more books – best to be designed in InDesign, but can be published from a PDF. Site will generate a flipbook of you book with link – printing proof. Delivery in a few weeks.

Graph Paper Press : Wordpress themes for creatives, free and paid. Great quality and design, come with updates, lots of functionality.

Moo Cards : Very high quality printing. Offers low unit print runs, can be expensive but you don’t end up with 1000s of cards (which is often a waste). Lots of customization.

Vista Print :  Affordable large run printing. Canadian (lower shipping cost). Mid range quality. Limited customization.

Overnight Prints.com : Good quality printing, fast turnaround. Shipping from California, can be pricey. Moderate customization.

Adfactor : Toronto printing company. Can order online or in person. Turnaround time is a couple weeks, can be convenient. Limited customization, average prices. FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING

FOR SOCIAL NETWORKS 

Etsy : Sales platform. Connected directly to customers. Is known for craft, batch production, hand made goods by real people. Very quick to sign up and begin sales pursuit.

Linked in : Business driven social media. Linked In profiles are very often used as resumes and in job acquisition. Ability to ‘endorse’ contacts for their skill set. Good for finding references.

Hootsuite : Social Networking Manager. Put in time all at once and Hootsuite posts and updates your social platforms for you – as per your programmed schedule. Great for keeping networking sites

I love getting organized and staying on top of things! If you have a useful site, platform or source that you’d like to share, comment below! We’re all in this together. Lets make this year a great one!

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Source: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” Imgur. https://imgur.com/su9hjm4.  Web, August 29, 2016.

-Caroline-

Up Next

With my degree coming to a close, stomatology I have been thinking a lot about what direction my practice will take. I have some time to relax before pursuing a career in architecture and I want to ensure I continue making. There are many intersections between art and architecture and I intend to explore them. As a reaction I have created a list of large-scale projects that will keep my mind busy and ambitions high, with the goal that somewhere in the next ten years I’ll make it there.

With that said, here is a piece on my list of inspirations: Triangular Water Pavilion by Jeppe Hein.

This piece is created using two walls of two-way mirrors and a wall of water, creating a triangle. The piece is elevated above a basin of water. Hein describes the effect of the work on his website, where it states, “approaching visitors prompt the descent of the water wall through the activation of a sensor, gaining access to the enclosed space. Upon entry, visitors find themselves surrounded by water and reflective glass, cut off from the exterior by the resurgence of the water jets.”

Now, why didn’t I think of that?

 

-Marcia

Check out Jeppe’s website (also my image source) here: http://www.jeppehein.net/index.php

The Mysterious Weaver: Helena Vento

While working on my transparent cotton weavings, public health I began to research artists who work in a similar way. This search was too specific in nature, and I had a difficult time uncovering artists working with the same concepts and processes as me. However, I did find Helena Vento. When searched, her name brought results of only her Pinterest page, where little information was given as to her work as an artist or how these pieces evolved.

The images included a caption simply stating that they are a transparent weave of linen. Despite the lack of further information, I was inspired by the subtle design of the weavings, the finishing of the edges, and the documentation in everyday spaces. These are the decisions that are most critical in making a weaving successful, and I feel that her weavings are presented very successfully.

                     

This work gave me something to think about as I continue to document my own weavings and strive to present them as successfully as possible.

-Marcia

Image Source/Helena’s Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/helenavento/textiles-by-helena-vento/

Back to Basics

In a reaction to the loss of a loved one, this web I decided to switch gears within my practice and focus on creating a work that allowed myself to work through the grief. This work took shape in the form of two weavings which are roughly 2′ x 6′. The weaving process is repetitive and therefore conducive to reflection. I feel this direction provided an outlet for my grieving process, hospital while also providing new insights for my practice.

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Weaving, In Progress

After reflecting on the process, I see that this was an important step towards facing what I did not want to; in the weeks between losing my grandmother and beginning the weaving process, I inadvertently kept myself busy with activities which would not bring up thoughts of the loss. Starting and following through with the weaving put a personal pressure on dealing with every aspect of my loss.

Weaving, In Progress

Weaving, In Progress

The scale of these woven pieces is meant to reflect a figure. I chose to keep everything concerning the weaving minimal, including the weaving structure and colour palette. I did not want any distraction from the conceptual meaning of the pieces. I chose to weave openly so there would be a high level of transparency in the cloth. These pieces stand for what is gone, but not lost. It is an attempt to put to materiality what cannot be seen or touched, but is certainly present. It is an ode to the elusive, deep understanding that the loss of a loved one is only a physical loss.

-Marcia
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I decided to take my elective studio courses in departments I had not previously expanded to. This year is largely my last constraint-free opportunity to make full-time, prosthetic
and I am working to enjoy every part of it. This semester, order I am taking a wheel-throwing class. This has proven very difficult; there is a huge amount of technique in throwing and subsequently a high level of frustration. Having just passed midterms, I am now feeling confident and comfortable on the wheel. It has been rewarding and soothing, and something that I will definitely pursue outside of school.

More than anything, this class has reminded me to not take myself too seriously this semester. Although my practice has remained quite serious throughout the year, I am still looking to soak up every free moment of making. My cups, bowls, and pitchers have been a very light-hearted experience and in turn compliment the thoughtful exploration taking place in my textile practice. I feel this is bringing a balance to my practice that I have learned from, and will take with me beyond my graduation from ACAD.

 

-Marcia

“The Only Way Around Is Through”

In a reaction to the loss of a loved one, healthful I decided to switch gears within my practice and focus on creating a work that allowed myself to work through the grief. This work took shape in the form of two weavings which are roughly 2′ x 6′. The weaving process is repetitive and therefore conducive to reflection. I feel this direction provided an outlet for my grieving process, while also providing new insights for my practice.

Weaving, In Progress

Weaving, In Progress

After reflecting on the process, I see that this was an important step towards facing what I did not want to; in the weeks between losing my grandmother and beginning the weaving process, I inadvertently kept myself busy with activities which would not bring up thoughts of the loss. Starting and following through with the weaving put a personal pressure on dealing with every aspect of my loss.

Weaving, In Progress

Weaving, In Progress

The scale of these woven pieces is meant to reflect a figure. I chose to keep everything concerning the weaving minimal, including the weaving structure and colour palette. I did not want any distraction from the conceptual meaning of the pieces. I chose to weave openly so there would be a high level of transparency in the cloth. These pieces stand for what is gone, but not lost. It is an attempt to put to materiality what cannot be seen or touched, but is certainly present. It is an ode to the elusive, deep understanding that the loss of a loved one is only a physical loss.

-Marcia

For The Love of Tennis: Alternative Fibre

First, hemorrhoids a history lesson: Tennis was derived from from a sport called “real tennis” or “royal tennis”.  The ball can bounce off the walls, double bounce on either side of the net and generally, has a laundry list of complicated rules that I can’t even name.  It can still be played on 43 surviving courts around the world, however, the majority of tennis players around the globe have decided to move on to our modern version of tennis.

The main difference between the two versions of tennis that I am interested in is the tennis ball.  Unlike todays modern, hollow, yellow felt balls, the sport of real tennis plays with a denser, usually white ball. This real tennis ball is handmade.  The core is cork and is then wrapped in a fabric tape.  The ball is then covered with melton cloth and stitched closed.

Upon acquiring a real tennis ball, I decided to take it apart.  Below is an image of my woven work: linen warp and real tennis ball fabric tape weft.

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-Madison

Mighty Ugly

 

Have you ever read Selvedge Magazine? The school library has a subscription and I highly recommend checking it out. A friend of mine got me a digital subscription for my birthday. It is a beautiful publication full of some of my favourite things: textiles in fashion, fine art, interiors, travel and shopping.

I read a really great article in issue 59 this morning written by Kim Werker called: Ugly on Purpose, which also appears in the book Craftivism: The Art of Craft & Activism by Betsy Greer. In the article she discusses overcoming your fear of failure by making something ugly. She came up with the project “Mighty Ugly” when she was faced with the challenge of making a doll. She decided to alleviate her fear of screwing up by intentionally making the doll ugly. This was a profound experience, liberating her from the pressure she put on her self to make things perfect.

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From here, her project flourished. She held workshops and invited people to make ugly dolls with her. They would discuss the ugly voices that we all to listen to saying: “You can’t do it” “It’s not worth trying” and “Nobody will care anyways…”

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By listening to that voice and letting it convince you not to make something or not to speak out is doing yourself a disservice. “If there’s even a small chance our creations or conversations will make someone smile or raise someone’s consciousness or inspire reflection, that’s reason enough to create or converse.”

Kim Werker now has a book on her project as well as a website: http://www.mightyugly.com/

I really enjoyed reading this piece, it has a lot of parallels to my ideas and work with stains on cloth. Making something ugly is really the beginning of something beautiful 🙂

-Carly

 

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