Wednesday, April 30

Pay It Forward Art-making Project 2014

About a month back I came across the pay it Forward Art-making Project 2014 on Jack Oudyn's blog and since five people hadn't signed up by the time I got there, I decided I had to be a part of the project.

Would you like to be a part of this project? Read on. I've shamelessly copied most of what follows from Jack's blog but then I was just following directions :)

Step 1
Copy and paste this (see below) as your latest entry on your favourite social website. ( your blog, facebook page perhaps?)

*Pay It Forward Art-making Project for 2014*

I promise to make a small piece of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say "Yes, I want in". A 'like' alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking Pay it Forward is a great idea.

You must in turn post this as your status update and make something for the first five who comment on your status.

The rules are simple;
-It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends.
 - It can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration or a conceptual work of art, a photograph, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper mache - or anything in between.

I'm paying this forward thanks to Jack Oudyn. 
Yes, you can be on each other's pay it forward lists.

PS. It doesn't matter if you aren't an artist, try something out, goggle/YouTube how to make stuff, step out of those boundaries.

Step 2 - For the first five people who comment on your blog entry saying they want to participate, you will do an art trade with them that must be completed by December 31st 2014. I would count as the first person technically so you only need another four. if you find your friends are keen you can do as many as you want.

Step 3 - All forms of art count including creative writing, photography, digital, anything goes!  

Which brings me to the piece of art I will be sending to the first five people who make a commitment to participate in the pay it Forward Art Project 2014.
I'm going to attempt my first zine. I'm waiting for Jack's zine to get to me before I start.
India is not a place where zines are common place so this will be the first one I'll get to examine.
If the zine fails then I'll embroider a little quote or make a little cross stitch sampler which you can frame and put on your wall to inspire you.

Have a good week.

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Saturday, April 26

Blast from the Past

Going through the photographs in my archives I came across these pictures from the very first show of my work . It was a collaborative show. Garments by Plantation House and scarves and stoles by MAYA.
Plantation House garments and my scarves and stoles.( some pics are a bit blurry, sorry about that)

What's fascinating is the way in which we worked. We decided to do the show, then we both worked independently for a couple of months. There was no theme or colour palette we chose to work with.
 Day before the opening we both arrived at the venue and surprisingly there were scarves to compliment most of the garments.
Detail of a reversable tussar silk scarf.
It was a wonderful show and my scarves and stoles were well received and I also sold my work which was a bonus.
This was before I started this blog.

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Thursday, April 17

Green - Roy G Biv 2014

Its that time of the month once again when the visual accompanying a number of blogs on my blog list will all be green and you know its time for Roy G Biv.

Here are my finds
A door with stickers stuck on it. There are layers, some have been torn off. The stickers have something in Chinese on them. This was in Hong Kong.

 Tea growing on the slopes of hills in Coonoor,Tamilnadu.

 Food in India is traditionally served on a banana leaf. Chow Chow Baath is available at restaurants in Karnataka for breakfast.You get a serving of sweet semolina and a serving of savoury semolina which has vegetables like tomato and peas in it.

 Syzygium samarangene is a fruit known by many names - bell fruit, love apple, water apple, mountain apple, cloud apple. Never known a fruit to have so many names.

The General Elections are underway in India and the people in Bangalore and the rest of the state of Karnataka go to the polls today.
Go forth and rock the vote or else don't crib about the government. Be the change you want to see in India!

Happy Easter to all who will be celebrating this weekend.

Thursday, April 10

The Patchwork Garment

Here's an update of the patchwork and black work garment I'm making. Lots of pinning and tacking and then chain stitching together of patches.
Interesting rust patterns as a result of wrapping the fabric around a tangled strip of metal. The diagonal rust lines remind me of the coat of a marmalade cat.
That's the front of the garment. Its got a square neckline seemed the natural choice because my patches are rectangles and squares. I'm having second thoughts about the blackwork sprinkled inbetween...... kind of gets lost, so I'm thinking of doing away with it. What do you think?
That's as far as I've got. Part of the back has been assembled and joined to the front. This picture makes no sense I'm sure and I'm not going to try and unravel the mystery because I've tried typing out a couple of explanations but they make no sense. So I'll say no more and hope the picture speaks to you!!!!
More patches of rust and tea will be required for the sleeves.

How has the week been? It's hot here, the fans are running at top speed. Hoping for some showers to cool the place down. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 3

ALAW -an update

Eight letters required to complete the first set of the alphabet which incorporates 'place' in some way.
I've added D, I, T and Z.
D for Dubai, I for Istanbul, T for Tokyo and Z is for Zanzibar.
Dubai and Zanzibar I visited last year. Dubai is all glitz and glamour. Manmade structures which boast being bigger, taller, faster and better than anything seen before. In contrast was Zanzibar a little island paradise of blue seas and soft white sand beaches, the alleys and carved doorways of Stone Town, the brutality of the slave trade and Dr. Livingstone who set the wheels in motion to abolish it.
Istanbul and Turkey I would love to experience Tokyo for the ancient and ultra modern which coexist in harmony. To get a better understanding of kawaii, to try and taste all the different flavours of Kit Kat, buy origami paper and see something of the rich textile heritage that exists in Japan. I think I'l need atleast a couple of years, one visit won't do it.
I'm hoping to get my hands on a couple of different inflight magazines so I can cut out a few more alphabets.Friends have promised to bring them back from their business trips abroad.
There are going to be more purple alphabets than red going forward. I also need to work out some options of putting them together - accordion book is what I'm thinking of.
Click here to see how differently different people are incorporating place with regard to the 26 letters of the English alphabet.

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