Monday, September 16, 2013

Merry Monday- 9/16/2013

Well, it's Merry Monday, again! Last week flew by, didn't it? My week consisted of lots of grading at school, rearranging the furniture and making some things at home and actually getting out of the house to just have some fun on Sunday. It was a good week. (Well, other than not having any kiddo time, I really hate that.)  So, here's a look at my week:

On Wednesday evening, M. and I felt honored to be spending time with a group of German filmmakers who are working on a project called Utopia- a traveling exhibit and documentary about a group of German immigrants traveling to the United States in 1834 and settling in Missouri. You can read more about that here. More to come on that later, but I can tell you that M. will be creating a new wine to specifically coincide with the exhibit. He's excited about it and I'm very happy for him :)

On the making front, another experiment, and yet another fail. This time I was attempting to over dye the onesie (originally dyed with blueberries) with beet juice. Well, it looked really good in the dye bath. It looked just okay when taken out of the dye bath (after 28 hours!). And I knew it was a failure after I washed and dried it. Oh, my! It looks almost the same as when I started. And I even bound it really tightly with dental floss, hoping to get a somewhat striped effect. Well, I didn't. So, needless to say, I don't recommend dyeing with beet juice!

The free-form crochet is going much better. I love the process. On the left you'll see the piece that I started last week. On the top right, the same piece, felted in the washer and dryer. I like it! The middle and bottom left show the new piece that I made yesterday. The best thing about this is playing with the color combinations. And, of course, not having to count stitches! My husband thinks I'm crazy because I'm having so much fun making them but I have no idea what they will become. But, I'll think of something :)
On Sunday, I had a little time to spare in the morning, so I tried something else that I've been thinking about for a while now. The photo on the left shows my attempt at painting directly on a piece of cotton muslin, using thinned acrylic paint mixed with textile medium. The photo shows it after washing and drying, so, in my book, this one was a success. I wanted a very subtle, watercolory (if that's a word), blurred effect because I plan to accent it with stitching. I'll keep you posted. It's a gift for someone, so I HAVE to finish it! Oh, and I also had more spare time for a glass of wine- in the middle of the day :)
Later Sunday afternoon, we visited the St. Louis Art Museum. I hadn't seen the new addition since they finished it, so I was anxious to go. The middle photo shows a Wayne Thiebaud painting (one of my faves!). I had never seen one in person, so that was cool to see. My first impression was that it was much smaller than I expected. For some reason, I envision all of his work as very large scale pieces.  And my next thought was how much the paint resembled icing (which is appropriate since he is best known for his paintings of baked goods). Other favorites: works by (clockwise, from top left) Louise Nevelson, Joseph Albers, Jackson Pollock, Lucian Freud, Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close (close up), Chuck Close (full view), and Richard Serra. I have to admit that Gerhard Richter is not really one of my faves, but I just thought it was a cool concept- that we, the viewers, become part of the art. Fun!

 I hope you're having a merry Monday :)  Juli

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