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Tuesday, September 26, 2006


a few more details


oops forgot the mascot

Details, colorful needles, call in the puzzling troops, Nina our in house, chef and art critic, Buddy our mascot and itch beast for J.

progress details of Everwhen


John arrived in Toronto on Thursday Afternoon about 4 PM after driving 8 hours from Woodstock. We began work almost immediately. I was feeling trepidation and unsure how to break out of the Frame of the puzzles. And to move away from the images and see the puzzles more as shapes and structural elements. Johns piece was so large and overwhelming in it's beauty I got intimidated. While we first discussed this as a collaborative where we would send images and objects, cloth, puzzles etc back and forth and work from that it didn't really happen that way. I was not able to figure out how to do what I had in my mind. SO I have to say that I relied on John to start and then I worked off of what he sent. In the end the collaborative part while not what we thought it would be still was really interesting and helped me to break out of the frame, and thus see the work as more three dimentional - in ways I didn't expect. While the work doesn't look anything like I think either of us had imagined when we first started - I am very very happy with the results. What follows are some images so that you can see the progress of the actual work.

As best I can I am going to divide the pictures up to show the progress of the piece. We officially finished it yesterday around 6 PM.

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Working

It has been a very busy few days

There were images from the puzzles to put together.

Sewing and sew and sewing

By about the middle of the day on Sunday we had this.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Mittens, Face, Body

I just found this one. I may use part of it.
I am looking foward to getting the piece. I am also working on other smaller ones. This is a big one. I found a person who is a jigsaw whiz and she has put together a whole bunch for me.
I will send images after I return

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Some thoughts to get our creativity flowing

Random words taken from Sketchbook with Voices.

Do your own work but use someone else's clothes. - Cindy Sherman

I want to speak and hear impertinent questions and rude comments. I want to be on the side of surprise and against the certainties of pictures and property. - Barbara Kruger

We are obliged to steal pieces of language, both visual and textual. - Barbara Kruger

Each material has its own inherent scale. Art's an identification process and a language. Decide on a specific kind of material and a specific way of developing the idea. Then develop it until you are bored. - Lynda Benglis

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Here is what's coming to Toronto

Friday, August 18, 2006

This is the nutty way I'm embroidering on the knit. It is taking a little bit longr than I thought. I am using this old machine I have and am trying to get the line to look drawn. Just wanted to show you.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Looks like yesterday

The difference is most of the pieces have been attached.

Still moving towards the embroidery.