Just before Thanksgiving, I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Jane Dunnewold at the University of Nebraska. We worked with water soluble resists such as soy wax and school glue. It was a great class! Here are pictures of some of the fabric I printed that weekend.
I think I am now a big fan of soy wax.
Whew, Thanksgiving is a blur. Lots of good food and good conversation. Only a little turkey remains in the frig....and sadly, the pie is all gone. Today's art sale went well for my daughter. She sold all but one of her Sock Monsters at Bizarre Bizaar. Part of today's festivities was a call for random guerilla-type art to be left along the town's main street. Zip Lock bags of art supplies were handed out at the Phoenix Award ceremony a couple of weeks ago by KT Walsh. Far from edgy, the result from my bagged collection of odds and ends was a cross-eyed doll called Have a Hug.
I didn't leave her along our main street, but instead, left her in a parking garage a block east. I just couldn't leave her out in the snow. Hope she finds someone nice to hug.
I have been working a bit on making some more sock creatures like the one done by Molly Chicken. These small monsters are meant to hold money or gift cards. I supposedly took the "Give Handmade" pledge, but this is probably about as close as I can get to supporting that noble cause. I'll be handing out gift cards to be used at a variety of evil big corporate retailers, but they will be presented in a handmade card or monster. This not the ideal, but small steps, small steps... Hopefully, I'll get enough small sock creatures made to be able to put some on my daughter's table at this year's Bizarre Bazaar. Now THAT is a good place to shop for the handmade! Make a Bird a Day is on hold until after the Turkey Bird Holiday. That particular bird will be keeping me busy for a while. Also between today and Turkey Day I'm taking a quick class with Jane Dunnewold . I am thankful for many things...including getting to learn from artists like Jane!
Where the heck did this last week go? Where was I and what did I do? Beats me. There was a birthday, and a couple of doctor visits and a variety of sporting events. I finished a couple of projects that are sorta gifts, so I can't show pictures of them just yet. I cleaned out a closet and painted it a bright boring white that is not photogenic. So, check out Debra's work at HopHopJingleBoo. Her blog is a good one, and I can spend hours jumping around on the sites on her favorites list. Here is a free card from her blog:
Here is a picture of how the "Fancy Pigeons" quilt turned out. It was made using a new line of fabric from Fabri-quilt called Classic Blue, and it was part of a group of quilts made to be part of Fabri-quilt's booth at the Fall Quilt Market.
Yesterday was a big day for me. I was given the Phoenix Award by the Lawrence Arts Commission!! Every year, the award is created by a different local artist. This year's was done by Catherine Hale Robins. It depicts a young Phoenix, just climbing out from the shell.
I like it very much. My family was able to attend the ceremony, so that was great. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law sent me the biggest bouquet of flowers that I have ever gotten. That was pretty great, too.
Oh, the category I won in was "Arts Volunteer". And that describes me pretty well.