Wow! So much is going on…. Arts at the Armory is happening:
2. Hacker Junk Mosaic M-W 12:30-2:00 for ages 8-12, students attend all three days, cost is $59 (includes materials). Hacker Junk Mosaic M-Th 2:30-4:00 for ages 13-18, students attend all four days, cost is $79 (includes materials).
1. Laboure Center Afterschool, South Boston Afterschool: Feb 13th 5 – 6 pm
2. Arts at the Armory, Somerville, Hacker Junk Mosaic, Feb. 18 – 21,
3. Ames Free Library, N. Easton, Exhibition & Workshop, March
4. Cambridge Science Fair, April14
5. Somerville Public School Prof. Dev. Workshop, April 10
6. Brandeis Community Day, Sunday April 28
7. Somerville Open Studios, May 3-5
Some are tentative, but pretty sure they will come thru. How’s that for starting a new career at 50! Sold 2 more Fluff prints at Magpie this month….. I hope and pray to have continued good luck and that I find the balance between loving it and getting all the work done! The luxury of time, to let the creative juices flow, as they say.
Yesterday I worked on my DeStijl chairs. They are going to be hanging from the rafters at the Artisan’s Asylum for Open Studios, if all goes well. I also tried to “gear up” to make some clocks, which a lot of people have expressed interest in.
Since I have a back log of ideas, that flash across my eyes as I am sorting computer parts or planning lesson projects, I was hoping I could just pull them all together, start an assembly line and pop out 5 clocks. Well it doesn’t work like that. Trying to re-create a flash of inspiration is like…romance on a schedule. But I sorted thru my paper collection and about 6 color/themes emerged. One was about skiing! Another, needlepoint. The Grafton St dog popped when I sat it next to a black/white image of an art nouveau stained glass. Next step is to pick out surfaces from my stock pile from the woodshop junk bin. I think I’m going to have to dump the thicker pieces. (What a waste!)
Prequel: I save stuff. My Dad saved stuff. I actually have some of my Dad’s saved stuff…. Like this huge magnet. I love that so many people working at the Artisan’s Asylum have electronics knowledge and can tell me what that magnet may have been used for. They also tell me what all the parts, that I am lovingly extracting, sorting and storing, actually do! Yes the “junk” as I call it are computer parts, components, motors, disc drives, hard drives, motherboards, ……. Its a perfect example of how differently people “see” things…. they see it’s purpose, I see it’s shape and color. I hope someday to understand how energy flows thru metal and how impulses cause complex actions to occur and how people combine a multitude of building blocks to say, build computers, robots, design programs. But that’s for another day.
Sean’s feels that, “If you have to explain your art, then it’s no good.” I know what he is saying and I agree that art is a visual medium, it has to work visually first. But it seems all the Artist Statements, Class Descriptions are necessary to get your work out into the world. We live in a verbal world. Silent beings don’t get much attention.
I had a student say, “I’m not used to all this work and getting my hands dirty with glue…. I like to sit in front of my computer and just click.”
Wrap up: I guess the hours I spend thinking and writing about my creative quest, really does pay off. It would seem that is why I am receiving these invitations and offers which mean so so much to me! Reality check, people are actually interested (willing to pay me for this crazy stuff I’m doing.