Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hanging Day

These pictures were taken straight off of Twilight's Blog!! I wasn't smart enough to remember my camera, but thankfully Twi's on top of the situation!! So Thanks Girl!! We started super early in the morning. I wasn't involved with the actual art hanging, I was busy cleaning, and setting up the display bins in the back. I was also in charge of all the food, so I was setting up tables and table cloths and what not. Here is some of the work all laid out as it arrived! Merce and Linda are also busy with cleaning and prepping!!

Preview shots of stuff!!

This is all spare yarn that was donated by the artists. I built a weaving, knitting, and crocheting display for people to work on as they visit the show.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

St.Patty's Day Socks

Better late than never!! In fact, I'm impressed I got them done before the end of March!! These are gorgeous shades of green and yellow, and you can't see it, but the yarn has gold sparklies mixed in. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day Socks!! The pattern is an altered version of the Waving Lace Socks from the Interweave book Favorite Socks! I love anklet socks...and I love how quick they knit up, even on size US one needles!!

I'm already working on another pair!! I'm trying to keep myself calm as I pack up everything for the show on Friday!! The art hanging is tomorrow, and I'm trying not to get stressed out because my Lupus always flares up if I do. So this year, I'm being careful to get lots of sleep, rest, and knitting inbetween baking my four loaves of banana bread and double batch of homemade chex-mix!

I needed something to match the outfit I picked out for the show. Oh how nice it would be to go shopping and buy something new!! Maybe next year!! But I did knit a new headband that will match with my dress! I made a couple of these for Twilight last year. It's a fabulous pattern called Bamboozled by Half-assed Patterns. It's a great knit! It's done in a way that it's rounded and fitted to one's head, and it can be done in an afternoon. This one is done out of Sugar 'n Cream color Sage.

These are the two I made for Twilight. One in cotton and one in a wool tweed. You can make them with ties on each end...or sew the ends together to make a solid stretchy band.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Daniel's birthday is coming on Sunday...the 21st!! Here are his mismatched birthday socks. I think I figured out the problem with this skein of Noro. I think it was meant to do one long sock, not two seperate ones. Otherwise I don't why they would come out so different. But he loves his mismatched socks!! My birthday is tomorrow....Friday. I'm going to be 36. Who says I have issues about getting older??!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pre-Show Interviews

This year, instead of artist statements, each artist did an interview. The interviews are all being typed up and add to a display booklet for the opening. Here is mine!!

What drives you to create?
I have a constant need to make things. I don't know where it comes from, but it always been there.
Why did you choose fiber as your medium?
Yarn and cloth are one of the first things I played with, right up there with crayons. Besides being completely addicted to yarn, it's important to me to have a sustainable art medium. I can combine art with craft for unlimited possibility. I use a high percentage of recycled materials, and I produce 0.25% waste. All my tools can be carried around in one little basket; I can take it and work anywhere.
What kind of materials do you incorporate into your art? Where do you find them?
Nothing is out of bounds to me. If I see one of my dresses hanging in the closet...and I need it for an art piece, I cut it up w/o a second thought. I scrounge! I am on the constant look out for something that would be cool and useful at some point. I have an entire room full of things that will eventually become art!! The freebox, the thrift stores, the yarn shops, the craft stores, and my own yard. Nowhere is out of bounds to me either!!
How much time do you typically invest in a piece?
Each large one has been about one year from my first visions to completion. But I've been collecting materials for pieces I'm about to make for over a year already!! I do take long breaks from pieces. Sometimes they're in "timeout" for not cooperating, but mostly I get distracted by life and other pieces. I usually have anywhere from 6 to 12 things in the works at one time. If I don't, I feel a little crazy.
What is your process to turn your artistic vision into the finished piece?
It usually begins in meditation, or as I'm falling asleep. I build a mental image, and then it becomes an obsession. I can't stop visualizing it. I start to build it mentally over and over. Then I sketch it all out with insane notes onto paper. Sometimes it stops there...and I move on. But if I start tearing through everything I own...then I know it's going to come to life.
What is the special meaning or message behind your work?
Everything I do is a celebration and expression of how much I love life. Period. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Everything about it and everyone in it. Even when that love is a fighting struggle.
Some artists create their art for therapy purposes. Does that apply to you?
Yup! Sure does! Knitting in itself is theraputic for me...got to do it everyday!! But on a larger, more intense scale...My Mother/Daughter piece in this show has been an extreme exercise in what art can do. I have both a mother and a daughter who suffer from mental illness and drug addiction. I knew I had to turn my angst surrounding them into pure love and acceptance or it would kill me. I spent the past year focusing on them as I worked and I think I've been successful beyond my wildest anticipation. My heart and head healed to a degree I didn't believe possible. It was all about forgetting old answers and finding new questions.
What artists do you admire most?
Mandy Greer rocks it!! Also: Janet Morton, Abigail Doan, Barbi Touron, J. Larkin, and Merce Mitchell. The types of art I enjoy are: surreal, mythical, dark, baroque, and romantic.
Where do you find inspiration?
In other art, my own heart, the people I love, my natural world, in music music music...everywhere!!
Do you have any upcoming projects or art shows this year?
The Taos Wool Festival in October!! I hope even more than that. It's always a goal to get out there!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Wrapping up February

Here's more handwarmers! I did this pair with finger tip covers!

People who know me well might think these are the same ones I've been wearing everyday for the last few years, but they're only half right! My old ones were coming apart literally, so I ripped them apart and reknit a new pair from the same yarn!! The old ones were cabled, so I made these lacey!!

More socks!! With Noro! Anyone seeing something strange happening with this second sock? The black and green just came out of nowhere!

This is the Dagger Lace scarf out of last fall's Knitsene magazine. I used the Mermaid yarn that the pattern called for, which I almost never do. I loved it! It was a fantastic knit!! Doing lace and cables with larger needles! Very Fun!!