Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I wrote earlier about the gift exchange at my fiber art group's annual holiday party and showed you several of the functional pieces that were made and given. Today, some that were not functional at all, unless you happen to think that art is necessary, like breathing.
a collage/assemblage by Alyce McDonald
a quilt, wraparound-mounted on a canvas by Marti Plager
Spanish-marbled paper by Debbie Shannon
a needlefelted piece by Kathy Loomis
Monday, December 15, 2014
My local fiber and textile art group has an annual holiday party in December, with a gift exchange as the highlight of the evening. When I first joined the group more than a decade ago, the rules were to spend about $5 on a gift, supposedly fiber-related in some way, and the gifts were predictably minimal. The worst one I remember was a package of rubber shapes to glue onto your bathtub to minimize slipping -- "fiber-related" because they were called "shower appliques." Appliques, get it?
After a few years I joined the board and one of my early suggestions was that since we were all allegedly fiber artists, we should all be able to come up with a handmade gift for the party. To my surprise, my snarky observation was endorsed by everybody else and we changed the rules. Now you must make a gift, one that would sell in the vicinity of $20-25 retail.
And the holiday party has become a lot more fun! Last week was perhaps the best one I can recall, with a huge variety of gifts. Here are some of the functional ones:
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
In the trashy weekend tabloid that appears in our Sunday newspaper, we read that an actress I've never heard of, starring in a miniseries about the four Biblical wives of Jacob, has "a newly acquired skill," thanks to filming the movie.
"I had to learn how to separate the wool that came straight from the sheep, clean it and put it on spools," she proudly tells the interviewer. (I guess her immersion in useful fiber processes didn't extend to learning the actual terms for these newly acquired skills.)
She didn't think as much about the dust on location. "We were covered the entire time we were filming," she complained.
And where's all that dust she was bitching about?
I am so sorry that I missed the miniseries, which ran earlier this week.