Monthly Archives: August 2011

Art Journal

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I went to a workshop here http://www.artsmarketplace.org/ at arts marketplace for learning about creating art journals out of other books.

The premise is that you have a place to experiment with techniques and ideas that’s just for you, and the material that’s already there in the book can help you get started.

Admittedly, I am not a good journaler if it’s just for me. The only private journal I have is a garden log. Thrilling insights include reminders to fertilize, and records of which month the cilantro succumbed to horrible crispy death.

It was satisfying to make this book, though. I was working mostly out of resolve to improve things about my current work and life situations.

The workshop was only a couple hours long so we really only designed the covers. Here’s mine:

 

 

I did a little collage, some painting and stamping. I tried using some sandpaper on the cover, but it didn’t have a very dramatic effect.

Here’s what the book used to be about:

The binding was coming apart so I poked some holes in it and strung some ribbon. Here’s the inside view:

 

I really liked this little parachute person I cut out from an art postcard. I thought “aww, they look so funny.” Then I thought “aww, they look like me.”

 

 

Less ennui, more making things!

-Rachel

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I visited the shade!

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The thing about Tucson is you have to be down with the summers. They are about 15 months long and and boil-the-sand-into-glass hot.  Do not want. Fortunately, Mt. Lemmon is not far away and the elevation makes for very nice cool weather.

So when Andrea suggested a camping trip there this weekend I jumped at the chance to visit relative climate sanity. Also, I wanted to collect forked sticks. I’m working on a project for an upcoming show that will involve weavings on some of these sticks. Right now my idea is to incorporate them into a nighttime-theme shadowbox with lots of spidery threads and shiny beads. I’ll show you as it comes along.

We had a few false starts but finally got up to the mountain. My favorite thing about this trip was a hike Stephan and Andrea and I took as the sun was going down. We made up an “outrunning the night” song that would involve more synthesizer than anyone would ever really want. Not only did we see a deer and a hummingbird, there was a DOUBLE RAINBOW!!! and hence, a rainbow unicorn photoshoot. This is easy to do, just line your unicorn up with your rainbow and there you have it.

A stately Andreacorn:

 

And a prancing Stephancorn:

Stephancorn

 

Back in the land of searing poisonous sun, but at least I have my haul of sticks:

 

-Rachel

A loom! I made it from popsicle sticks and dreams.

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I have always wanted a loom with some sort of heddle, but was put off by the cost of the shiny ready-made ones. Then I did some research and found out how to make a backstrap loom from popsicle sticks. I got the paint stirrers for free from Lowes and the popsicle sticks were like four bucks for a box of three trillion.

For this kind of heddle, the strings alternate between sliding between the popsicle sticks and through holes drilled through them. I needed to make the holes through the popsicle sticks so I got out the Dremel, which was missing a collet. I called the big-box stores, no luck. However, we have this awesome scary looking Jawa fortress-style parts store nearby where they’ve been amassing bits of everything since the seventies. The parts guy fished around behind the counter for a second and pulled out a new collet for my Dremel.  Yay!

So even after the repairs, I have my new loom for about seven dollars and I’m busy weaving the softest nubby purple cloth. 🙂

-Rachel