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Apr
16th
Wed
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Miniature Carrots and Mushrooms (by Sophia)

Miniature Carrots and Mushrooms (by Sophia)

Apr
9th
Wed
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"The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair. "Louise Bourgeois

"The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair. "
Louise Bourgeois

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Learning about Louise Bourgeois

She speaks about “Identity” and her work.

"The purpose of the pieces is to express emotion. My emotions are inappropriate to my size. My emotions are my demons…The intensity of the emotions are too much for me to handle and that is why I transfer them to the sculpture."
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine

"Life is a matter of giving in…I’m not what I say, I am what I do"
Louise Bourgeois “No Trespassing”

"It is not a torment to be an artist, it is a priviledge"
“If you don’t let me have the last word once in awhile, then everything goes”
BBC. Secret Knowledge. Tracey Emin on Louise Bourgeois. Women Without Secrets.

Louise Bourgeois, A Banquet/ A Fashion Show of Body Parts
http://bodytracks.org/2011/09/louise-bourgeois-a-banquet-a-fashion-show-of-body-parts/

Apr
7th
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Evie working on her Fish. She seemed very pleased with herself and the challenge.

Evie working on her Fish. She seemed very pleased with herself and the challenge.

Apr
6th
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meganleppla:

I wrapped up a residency with some pretty awesome middle schoolers this week. Some of them shared their thoughts on making art with me, and their notes hit me right in the feels.

meganleppla:

I wrapped up a residency with some pretty awesome middle schoolers this week. Some of them shared their thoughts on making art with me, and their notes hit me right in the feels.

Mar
31st
Mon
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Once upon a time we made a llama…

Once upon a time we made a llama…

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Daughter: Gee! Readmill is going away?
Dad: (sad) Yeah…
Daughter: You keep telling me to sign up for things that keep going away…
Dad: At least you get a taste of what the world could be.
— (at home)
Mar
27th
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Creative work involves constant problem solving, fixing, and refining. When you’ve developed a level of expertise in what you’re doing, it gets easier because you can more easily predict what will go wrong and you’ve acquired enough skills to correct errors mid-stream.

In order to develop that expertise, though, you have to continually choose to persevere.

— Abby Glassenberg

(Source: whileshenaps.com)

Mar
14th
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Mar
12th
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Ideas for kids workshops: recycled cardboard puzzles

Ideas for kids workshops: recycled cardboard puzzles

Mar
11th
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Another eye-candy from the vaults thanks to @sogre

Another eye-candy from the vaults thanks to @sogre

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Last summer I sketched an inventory of all my clothes (top image). I wasn’t surprised by the tamed color scheme and the small number of items. Since we had been on the road for a little more than a year, we’d pared things down to the basics, getting rid of something old when buying something new. I prefer second-hand sweaters and jeans, and I don’t mind mending details. @rogre and I often talk about personal uniforms, something to slide into every morning without much thought.

I was inspired by our friend Gwen (Hi, Gwen!) and her travel planners (bottom image), where she creates a color scheme for every place in the world she travels to, (the way I see it:) minimizing the morning ritual of dressing in exchange for more time playing and exploring.

Our friend Allen’s post about NYT Fashion Week also reminded me of of how visually appealing it is to me to catalog, classify, and color-coordinate the collection of things we have around the house, the fabrics we work with, my wardrobe, etc. However, this is mostly happening in my head. We have little space to display or store things right now. We are still in transition.

I walk places most of the time, so comfortable shoes and clothes are my go-to most days. I grab a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a cardigan or sweatshirt and get on with my time. This ideal uniform is another project we’ve been thinking about, something to do with what you wear in an urban space (more to come on that later).

Artist Simon Evans' Everything I Have (better seen here) also illustrates a catalog of things used and owned. I believe that seeing everything you own in a single chart brings your life into perspective.

Kate and her daily drawings of things bought, her obsessive consumption project, is another example that reminds me to keep mindful of the things I carry in my life. Whether I need them or not, I am the one who must make that assessment.

Back to the wardrobe… Time flies and I don’t want to spend it diving in a closet looking for the right outfit, although I’m still looking for a few basic items to balance things out. Because we are still in search of a more permanent home, the things that travel or live with us have to serve several or one specific purpose. They have to make their case and be necessary enough to stay with us, to be part of our lives. This post is just a reflexion piece on that wardrobe sketch I made last summer. Soon, I’ll write a post about the things we collect, just as an exercise in being mindful of what we own and what the purpose is for those things that live with us.

Feb
26th
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I was looking back at old ideas and found this one for a children’s museum workshop. The children would draw the products they consume at home on the provided pieces of cardboard. It’s an exploration towards graphic design and signage, as well as an opportunity to talk about consumption and recycling.

I was looking back at old ideas and found this one for a children’s museum workshop. The children would draw the products they consume at home on the provided pieces of cardboard. It’s an exploration towards graphic design and signage, as well as an opportunity to talk about consumption and recycling.

Feb
22nd
Sat
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My notes from A Fuller View: Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of Hope and Abundance for All

Each of these skills requires an appreciation for how worldviews…shape our thoughts and actions:

What would be essential for success in this new era includes

- greater cognitive flexibility

- comfort with the unfamiliar

- appreciation of diverse perspectives

- the ability to hold multiple points of view simultaneously

- creative problem solving

- capacity for discernment that relies on both intellect and intuition

My notes from A Fuller View: Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of Hope and Abundance for All by L. Steven Sieden
p. 159-60
Feb
19th
Wed
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A tutorial for a handmade teddy bear with accesories called Osito was posted a few years ago in the digital magazine Kireei. I’d like to share it here again because it illustrates an easy step-by-step project to do with children. The instructions are in Spanish (from Spain) but I think the pictures speak for themselves. My son Enzo (who was 10 at the time) and I worked on it together from the drawing of the character design and accesories to the hand sewing and packaging.

A tutorial for a handmade teddy bear with accesories called Osito was posted a few years ago in the digital magazine Kireei. I’d like to share it here again because it illustrates an easy step-by-step project to do with children. The instructions are in Spanish (from Spain) but I think the pictures speak for themselves. My son Enzo (who was 10 at the time) and I worked on it together from the drawing of the character design and accesories to the hand sewing and packaging.