Wednesday, October 23, 2013


The past months have been spent teaching book arts at various locations as part of Art Is Education a joint project of the Alameda County Library System and Alameda County Arts Commission.  There are many beautiful altered book projects and the challenge is to make it understandable and doable within 2a  hour period.  I enjoyed making book samples and was impressed by the efforts of students of all ages.

 Dance ballerinas dance!  This is a combination of an older book with magazine photo imagery that has been stabilized enough to stand.

 This brings be back to my old high school football days.  College bands are still big stuff.
 Nyls made these and I am still trying to learn to do this one.
 This altered book is included as  we are only a week away from the annual sugar rush.

 For all the young modern dancers this one is a lot of fun.  Teen girls like these.
 Young boys like these  Bots!
 Step into outer space with this one.
 Riding the waves.
Dancing warriors.

Tomorrow I will present student work.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Views from Above

Yesterday I focused on utility covers.  I have more of them from Texas but I'll include them at another time.  Today I am focusing on images taken from airplanes. I always try to get a window seat so I can look at the clouds and terrain below.  It is so interesting to think I am soaring along like a bird but at this tender age being out in the air might be kind of scary.  Anyway, let's head for the clouds.




 All of these were taken enroute to Austin, Texas.  The southwest flight can yield lots of beautiful sky views.  These were taken in May 2013.  When I was returning I had a change to get a few clear shots of the desert and mountains probably over Arizona/Nevada.

 I might try making a quilt from this image.


 This is getting closer to central Texas.

I am enjoying looking at these after several months.  What a beautiful world.

Monday, October 21, 2013

At Your Feet

In 2008 I began my documentation of utility covers and other street art.  This is a continuation of that project and includes images from Cincinnati, Ohio.  There are always similarities  and variations.

 I really like this one.

 Wouldn't this be great for rusting fabric.

 I like these twins.
Tomorrow we'll look at sky views.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Art Inside and Out

During my first visit to the Freedom Center I got off the elevator on the second floor and saw this amazing artwork by Aminah Robinson. As a fiber lover I was knocked off my feet.   Her two part series Journey I and II is phenomenal.  There is so much to see and it would take many visits to all of the various parts.  I was inspired to think large.

 Journey I and Journey II


 Touching ragonon

This Dorothy Burge again holding it.


Detail 1

There are many moving exhibits but the slave pen commands deep attention.  I walked inside and thought of the people held there who would once again be separated from all that they have known and families who are dear to them.  Two young men in their late teens or early twenties also came in and put the chains that were on the floor around their ankles.  At first I thought they were getting ready to do a reenactment but then I discovered they were just experiencing the moment.  The slave pen was on a Kentucky farm and brought to Ohio to be reconstructed.

 Information about the slave pen

This map provides additional information.

The Freedom Center addresses all forms of slavery but is dedicated to freedom.

These are the last of the riverfront public art objects that I observed.  Since I have been thinking more about metal I enjoyed seeing this metal flower interpretation.

The  Great American Ball Park is in the rear. 

As I continued to explore the area with friend, Latifah she suggested we walk toward the other end of Vine.  The community at that end is a developing art community.  It appears African Americans lived in the area and many of them still do.  These are some of the murals on the buildings.

 Following are building details that I found as I walked along the sidewalk.  They are wonderful inspiration for stitching.  I will be examining them more carefully in the days ahead.

 Now many of you have seen the art cows but I hope you enjoy this pig.

 I was very pleased to discover these buildings and look forward to using them in some projects.  Downtown Cincinnati is undergoing a reconstruction.  My hotel was on fifth street.  The Freedom Center was within walking distance.  On the corner of Fifth and Vine there is a big plaza with a large TV screen.  I didn't take a photo of that since the local football team was playing and there were too many folks cheering or shouting.  But I thought it was interesting that there would wide screen TV available for folks to see and support their local teams. Both sports arenas are near the river and are on each side of the Freedom Center.  I imagine it can get pretty lively some days .  These buildings are on upper Vine Street.

See you next time when I'll be sharing utility covers.  If you have visited before you know I take photos of them where ever I go.  Until then.