Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jobs You Never Heard Of

Jobs like "I pack art for the museum!" who knew? There are lots of jobs at museums and I presume they are not high paid positions, but you would be in the museum: group liaisons, art packers, docents (very much unpaid), maids, clerks in the gift shop, etc. Just in case you want to work in a museum but not spend years and years studying for your doctorate of art.

Tuesday Andy Rock stopped at my house to pick up piece for an exhibit at the Ohio Decorative Arts Center. Glad to be included in the show and happy not to have to ship it!

If you are in southeastern Ohio in the next few months, stop and see the show!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Olympic Fever

It's been Olympic Fever season here. I love watching the gymnastic competition. When I was in high school, gymnastics was just starting to show up in the gym replacing archery and dodge ball. I think I was a junior, in my last year of compulsive gym when the school bought a high beam and a set of uneven parallel bars. I could walk the beam if it wasn't high off the floor but the day I was told to just hang off the high bar and don't worry we'll catch you if you fall was the end of my gymnastic career! I told the gym teacher don't worry you won't have to catch me, I'm not going up there! And I never did. I used to think I was shy and retiring when I was younger, reflecting on this story I guess I wasn't!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Self Portrait

I was asked about doing a self portrait and I found it an interesting idea. I had done a self portrait in 2013 when I was still doing xerox copies on painted canvas. I was experimenting with deconstructing and piecing things back together, my attempt at humor in the uptight quilt world. It was piece entitled In the Fourth Grade the Artist Discovered Picasso. It was in a QSDS show held at the prestigious Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Every once in a while PBS runs a half hour show of Tracy Rieger and Linda Fowler explaining the art and there I am in the background. It still makes me laugh and now it hangs in my hallway, I'm still laughing, it was a clever idea and it worked!

Now this new girl has appeared on my design wall. She's quite a bit younger maybe four or five years old. I'm sure my mother carefully wrapped my hair in rags and combed out curls in the morning, a perfect Shirley Temple "do". I was missing a front tooth which the photographer retouched. My mother had great hopes of turning me into a girly girl. Alas she also provided me with five brothers, I was seated right in the middle of all their maleness. I like to wear dresses but I am just as comfortable (Ok, maybe a little bit more so) in a t-shirt and jeans. Of course growing up in the late sixties bell bottoms, poor boy tops and sneakers were all the rage. We took the culture away from suits and dresses into casualness. I'm not sure it was all good, but I don't think I want to wear a girdle, hat with matching bag, gloves and high heels either.

Maybe I am being contemplative because my 50th high school reunion is this summer. Hard to think about when we were the generation who thought you died when you turned thirty five. The joke is on us!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Eye of the Beholder

I redid Rosie (the red). I thought the original Rosie eye was horrible. Plus I had made the black and white photo a red duotone that was close to Rosie's real color but it seemed a bit garish when it was printed. This eye is much better and her expression seems much more contemplative. Which means she was thinking of summer grass on a cold winter day!

I  went to our TAA member show Sunday at Lakeland College in Kirtland and had an interesting discussion about our Critique Workshop with Jane Sauer. It was commented that the group was very giving and genuine in constructive suggestions. I think that maybe we were tempered with age and wisdom, at least I hope that was the case. We had one younger (late 20s/early 30s) whose work was much admired and many encouraging comments were made about where to show and her next work direction. She sent us postcards thanking us for the love.

Maybe it is just the great vibe of creative women, there is historical precedence for women cooperating to make things. Many times the women gathered and made large dinners for barn raisings, crop gathering, quilting, etc. Or we just gave someone a shower for marriages, births, etc. Points to ponder.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Not sure we should laugh at this

So I ran out of big pieces of muslin and white felt which I use for backing and batting. I had JoAnn coupons so off I went and made a purchase of 4 yards of each. True to form the cutter asked what I was doing with the material.

"I am an art quilter and I use the muslin for backing and the felt for batting." says I.

" I love art quilts!" says the clerk. "What size bed do you make them for?"

Maybe these are twin size? I don't think Jack Walsh has them on a bed though!

Quilt National 2013

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Next Up?

First off Dad is finished. I think it will be titled WR, after my dad's initials. His given name was William Richard but his mother hated the name William and called him Dick. He was known as WR in business. My dad had the ability to take over manufacturing companies that were not doing well and turn them around. He was smart, practical and a good salesman. He had a dry sense of humor that would come out of left field. I would like to think I inherited some of his better qualities, at least the humor one!

Next up is a re-do of Rosie, I was not happy with the finished piece, the eye bothered me. I had done it twice and it still was not right. And then I was going to crop and
make it smaller so I marked it with chalk which I could not remove. Shucks! So I had it reprinted as a black and white piece. The original photo was an 11 x 17 black and white print I did after art school when I had a dark room.

I think I will do the eye first (no pressure) and see if it works better.

The great debate is on about a new dog. I do miss my Dyna. But it is nice to go do things and not worry about rushing home for dinner and pottying. I think a rescue is maybe a good idea. Corgis don't exactly grow on trees, I just want a nice companion not a fancy confirmation dog. I don't think I will show obedience again though I would probably take the new guy to classes to socialize and learn a few things. Plus obedience is fun.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Work, work, work!

I just finished a three day stint of eight hour work days. I can't remember the last time I worked an eight hour day let alone three in a row. I survived! And it's not like its a physical hard job, mostly answering phones, some accounting tasks, book work, etc. I love working at the church, it is very satisfying being able to help people. Our senior pastor Father Bob Sanson retired yesterday after 49 years of priesthood, a wonderful man, gentle and inspiring. He will be missed.

My next project is a piece on my father, Dick (WR) Tipple, we are fighting out the layout of this piece. I was going to use an old suit, shirt and tie but he made me go to the store and buy new suiting material. I did sneak part of the old shirt in. My dad was a sharp dresser with a wardrobe of flowered ties in wild colors, my mother bought them and my dad wore them, in the 70's and 80's before they were in vogue.     

Our show Focus Fiber is coming to an end, we had Jane Sauer come in for a closing reception, lecture, critique workshop and gallery practices seminar. Very informative. The critique workshop was wonderful. Ten of us gathered in a museum classroom to present our work, we talked about our process, intent and future projects. The input from Jane and each other is going to propel each of us to better work. There is something about like-minded people being gathered together that is so uplifting.

If you get the opportunity to participate in a critique workshop or independent study do not be afraid, run toward it! Everyone participated with suggestions, ideas and resources for each other. I think some new friendships were formed as well.

Have a Happy Fourth of July!