Artistically Speaking

26 08 2010

My blogging seems to be taking hit after hit. Apparently, I don’t have anything left to say because I’m having a hard time making anything sound coherent. That’s okay, though. Coherence is WAY overrated.

Anyway, despite the fact that my class ended several months ago, today I am posting the projects from my 3-dimensional design class. The entire class wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but I enjoyed myself very much. Please excuse the poor photography–for some reason I’m struggling with that, too.

The first project was a cardboard sculpture. I decided to do a hanging piece. I was going for something that felt off balance and balanced at the same time. When I look at it I think, “Dr. Suess tornado”, but I’m happy with it overall. After seeing some of my classmates’ projects I decided you can make pretty much anything out of cardboard.

Our second project was entitled “Form Over Function.” In a long ago landscape design class I remember my teacher saying “Form follows function,” meaning that whatever you design shouldn’t just look good, it needs to work. The “Form Over Function” challenge was to flip that around, to take an ordinary object and use its shape, color, and other attributes to turn it into something beautiful (and generally unrelated to the original object). I had a shoebox full of batteries under my sink, patiently waiting for me to find a recycling venue for them. I tried making several different objects  (a pig, a bassoon), but it ended up turning into more of an abstract thing than a literal thing. When I presented it, I hung the four panels on a wall. Now, it’s sitting in a bag under my table. I’m not quite sure what to do with it. I have thought up my next FOF project, though–start saving your bread bag square-closers, everybody!

 The third project was an assemblage, where the requirement was to use symbolic objects to make a person. I did my mom.

I took apart an old sewing machine for parts, also using a quilt book and old spools of thread to make her. I put pictures of some of the people she’s made quilts for over the years inside. I think it turned out pretty well, and I gave it to my mom for Mother’s Day.


And then, of course, the leaf-covered papier mache peacock. Go, natural materials!

Our last project was a frontal piece, to be viewed from one angle. A shrine of sorts. The examples our teacher showed us were relics for saints. One of the requirements was it had to be in a box, so I hollowed out a book for mine . . .

. . . and made a shrine for my dad, which I gave to him for Father’s Day. This photo is the most terrible of them all, but it’s cool in real life. Honest.

I’m signed up for two more classes this fall. I’ll let you know how it goes.

What He’s Saying Now

21 08 2010


Enjoying summertime

20 08 2010

I haven’t blogged much this month. I took my kids to Idaho, and it was wonderful. Every mile we drove I soaked it in–the long stretches of sagebrush, the winding rivers, the forests, the mountain ranges, the peaceful valleys, the small towns, the water towers, the farms, the clouds, the sky, the stars–all of it seeped into my pores like lotion into crusty elbows.

I don’t know if it really is the best state, or if I just think so because it’s my home state.

Either way, I love it.

Truly, it’s a magical place.

(However, if word gets out about how cool Idaho is, people will start visiting and then there will be lines and crowds. Like Disneyland. Ugh. So let’s just make this our little secret, hmm?)

Besides, one of the things I find so refreshing about visiting Idaho is the people.


(I totally have a crush on this boy.)


 If you don’t know them, I’m sorry for you. Also, Idaho may not be quite as magical for you. Whomever you are, though, I hope you have people like these to hug you, eat with you, cry with you, and make you laugh until you can’t stop. Suite! Oh, no, I meant suit. I wish there really was an inverted rainbow to travel through so we could get together more often.

Two more weeks of summer!

Blogging on Vacation?

6 08 2010

I’m trying. In between the parties with these cousins and the parties with those, between the outings to this lake and the outings to that park, we are seriously pooped around here.

I tried twice to load pictures of my daughters in their new nightgowns, since that’s what I’ve been working on in all my ‘spare’ time, but it’s not working out. I’ll try later. Please, everyone, shoot me if I ever again buy flannel-backed satin to make something. It is pretty much the spawn of Satan. (Satin–Satan . . . get it?)

[Phew, third time is (apparently) the charm. Now to figure out how to get the Oregon coast photos loaded . . . ]

In the meantime, I did get a little writing done this morning. I have a couple of friends from my writing group who post regularly from a writing prompt. You’ll find my fiction friday here, if you’re interested.