slightly wonky

Getting more fiber…
October 21, 2014, 8:41 pm
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I was going through museum withdrawal recently, so I went to the ICA in order to get my art fix.  I went specifically to the ICA because of their current show: Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – Present.  EXCITING!!!  My excitement should not be surprising as I have a yarn stash the size of a water buffalo in the attic.  Hee hee!  (Don’t tell my husband.)

Before going to the show, and speaking of fiber, I noticed this on the windowsill:


No, not the Halloween decoration.  THE TOAST.  My son somehow decided that THIS would be a good place to leave his egg covered toast.  Why, you may ask?  Who knows.  Six-year-olds work in mysterious ways…and mine typically works in ways that are MOST MYSTERIOUS.

Back on topic: the work at the ICA was fantastic.  I loved the textures, the colors…everything.  It was hard to restrain myself not to TOUCH the artwork, as it just begs to be poked and hugged.  If you like to knit, you know what I’m talking about.  I get itchy fingers in a yarn store NOT because I’m allergic to wool, but because I need to snuggle the yarn.  This is frowned upon at a museum, though.  Humph.

Here are a few of the works, (you will note that some would be more “snuggly” than others)…

(BTW…this blog is a “grammar free zone”…)

Alan Sheilds, Nina Got It for 100 Francs, 1971

This looked like an intricate mesh interlaced with thin wood dowels and suspended from the ceiling.  LOVE IT!  It isn’t clear if the main textile in the piece was created or found.  It looks like a found piece that was dyed, especially if you consider the title.  If I had a big, white, modern house…I’d love to have this floating in a corner.  I’d sit in a white Bertoia bird chair while drinking a pumpkin latte (’tis the season), and just gaze at it for hours.  I love the tension between it’s opacity and its transparency.  They are so balanced.  (Not to change the subject, but does anyone want to buy me one of those Bertoia chairs?  No?  What about a pumpkin latte?  Bueller?)

And a detail:

Alan Shields, Nina Got It for 100 Francs (detail), 1971

It looks kind of childish with it’s bright colors simple construction…but it looks really great as a whole.

Another cool piece:

Ed Rossbach, Constructed Color, 1965

Ed Rossbach, Constructed Color (detail), 1965

TINY RAFFIA BRAIDS.  This looks like some kind of dried sea creature.  I like the colors.  Small hands.  Look at that texture!


Elsi Giauque, Element spatial (Spatial Element), 1979

And a detail:

Elsi Giauque, Element spatial (Spatial Element) (detail), 1979

I loved this too!  This would also go fabulously in that imaginary white modern house that I do not own.  It’s interesting that some of pieces in the show were very heavy, while others very light.  That sounds kind of dumb and obvious, but I love the contrast.  In other words…I think of other sculptural materials, such as bronze, as…well, heavy…always heavy.  But look how different fiber can be!  I suppose it is generally linear, but can be bundled, knotted, woven, etc. to create density or lightness.


Alexandre Da Cunha, Kentucky Pied de Poule I, 2012

I love the neutral colors here.  I also love the thickness and almost Amish look to it.  The most fabulous thing about that piece is that it is made of mop heads.  I KID YOU NOT.  Isn’t that fantastic????  No?  Too bad.


Diane Itter, Color Point, 1981

Diane Itter, Color Point (detail), 1981

Oh. My. God.  HUNDREDS of brightly colored embroidery threads (a guess), are deftly knotted to form a kind of textile Op Art.  CAN YOU SEE HOW MANY KNOTS THERE ARE IN THIS???  Amazing.  The colors are incredible, and the precision is ridiculous.  It makes my inept “friendship bracelets” of elementary school look a bajillion times more inept.


Sherri Smith, Front Range, 1976

Sherri Smith, Front Range (detail), 1976

Ahhhh…layers and layers of knotted, knitted wool.  AMAZING.  This one begs to be touched, and yet I did not.  (Wouldn’t this be a FANTASTIC sweater?  Is that gauche to say so?  Probably.)  Again…look at the texture!!!  Sigh…swoon…



Xenobia Bailey, Sistah Paradise’s Great Wall of Fire Revival Tent, 1993-2009


Xenobia Bailey, Sistah Paradise’s Great Wall of Fire Revival Tent (detail), 1993-2009

WHOA.  If there were crocheting Olympics, this artist would be on the cover of a Wheaties box.  How does one even BEGIN this kind of fantastic creation????  I think this artist needs to do an installation at the ICA.  She needs to fill an entire room with her works.  It would probably be asking too much if I wanted to snuggle some of her works, but I digress…

I need more pom poms.  Just sayin’.

A trip to the ICA is always a fantastic few hours.  I wish that I lived closer, or I’d just hang out there ALL THE TIME.  I’m sure that they’re glad that I’m not a local.

Coincidentally, I recently started dabbling in weaving.  It’s pretty fun, and works up MUCH faster than knitting.  Here is my crude start:


Don’t you wonder how I can muster up the gumption to continue weaving this little thing after seeing that show at the ICA???  I do.  I clearly have no shame!  I like to learn new things, so I am perpetually a beginner…(and one of those “jack of all trades/master of none.”)  This thing screams, “BEGINNER!” and has that tell-tale D.I.Y. aura.  Oh well.  At least I can snuggle it.


Nemo schnemo…where’s the chocolate?
February 8, 2013, 7:37 pm
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Well, it’s 4:01 pm here, and we are officially banned from driving in Massachusetts.  No, I’m not kidding.  We have a MOTOR VEHICLE BAN right now because of winter storm “Nemo”.  We’re expecting 24″ – 30″ of snow today.  YIKES!  (Send help!  Send chocolate!)

Here’s what it looked like at 10 am this morning:


Pshaw.  What’s the fuss?

Here’s what the radar shows right NOW:


Hmm.  We live next to Cambridge, in the upper right.  I guess that red stuff at the bottom of the map is heading our way.  Here is what the blue stuff on the map looks like right now:


Hmm.  I guess that the red stuff is going to be worse?  Luckily, I bought a huge, puffy down robe (to replace the natty mint green one, as mentioned in earlier posts).  So, I can muff around the house looking like a short linebacker whilst I drink massive quantities of tea and try not to go out of my mind with cabin fever.  Perhaps if Jack Nicholson had a puffy robe like mine in “The Shining”, he wouldn’t have gone off the deep end?  I’m doing much better, in comparison, as I just LOOK like I’ve gone off the deep end.  Impressive, right?

My son and I have done MANY activities to entertain ourselves today.  I’ve tried to maintain sanity and not have the contents of our house spread all over the floor by my son.  He’s a master at domestic demolition, a.k.a. making a mess. It’s almost like we have our OWN Nemo INSIDE our house, creating a disaster.  I may have to have some kind of vehicle ban here as well…

Our sweet cousin (well…my husband’s cousin) sent us this kit of animals to make from paper:


Looks kind of fun, right?  (or, is that only true for the inner architect?)  How hard could it be?  It’s just three pieces, for crying out loud.  It turned out cute, even though I nearly had a meltdown with the gluing:


My son felt it was important to have a dinosaur next to the tiger, just for effect.  There’s nothing like using an xacto blade on a wobbly wood table while your five year old jostles next to you and asks when you’re going to be done.  STRESS!  Luckily, no one was hurt, as we wouldn’t be allowed to drive to the emergency room anyway.  Yay, Nemo!

I was rather proud of our little paper tiger sculpture, UNTIL I saw the work of Li Hongbo online:


Li Hongbo

Watch a video of his work here.  ISN’T IT MIND BOGGLING???


Li Hongbo

I’m kind of flabbergasted.  I’m flabbergasted that he could MAKE that enormous stack of accordion paper, never mind sculpt it.  So talented.  Crazy!!!  (BTW…both of those sculptures above illustrate how I’m going to feel by the end of the day…)  Sometimes, I wonder if success in the art world is related to O.C.D.  Thoughts?

On a happy note…I finally finished knitting my sweater!


Don’t you love it??? I’m totally addicted to knitting.  Yes, I have a problem.  Yes, I get giddy when looking at yarn, patterns, and other people’s projects.   Yes, I have a Ravelry account, and could waste an hour looking at knit SOCKS.  It’s a problem.  I’m kind of sinking into the puffy robe persona.  Not good.  At least we don’t have cats…

Okay…in a similar textile vein…watch a cool music video of thread, pins and sewing needles here.

I wasn’t kidding about sending me chocolate, either.

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