urocyon: Grey fox crossing a stream (Default)
Quilts and beadwork are interesting to look at, and I still find it amazing the kind of results a person can get with some old fabric or some little beads and imagination. It almost strikes me as magical. But, then, a lot of art does.

Another thing that fascinates me about quilting and some other "decorative" artforms (beadwork, embroidery, sometimes crochet, etc.)? Its use as symbolic language.

More on this )

One thing I ran across which struck me as hilarious was this kids' dress from Baby Gap/Gap Kids. It does look like the design was ripped straight off a Plains-style star quilt. (That post gives some interesting background on them, though the "brought by missionaries" bit is more relevant to that region.) Somewhat ironically, it reminded me of Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors". From necessity and ridicule to The Gap! *shakes head*

Book reference )

New project

May. 5th, 2010 04:21 pm
urocyon: Grey fox crossing a stream (Default)
Tip: don't try to do Spiderman lunges (I have to go a lot lower than that!) with a boisterous dog in the room. Just don't. It apparently looks like you're trying to play. Ouch.

This is the post I meant to write yesterday, but didn't get around to it after getting distracted by the muscle stuff. :) Supper and other domestic drudgery beckoned.

I decided to jump straight into the deep end with the latest art project I'm planning: some memorial quilting.

The project, and a little background )

So, this particular project is giving me a push to finally work with a traditional art form I'd been wanting to try anyway. More on its longer-term appeal--and symbolism--later.

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* In Lois Sherr Dubin's North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment, which also repeatedly touches upon adornment as "an important level of...communication, conveying many levels of information" (p.11 in the 2003 concise edition I've got). There's a lot of gorgeous work in there. The author does a pretty good job of respectfully describing some cultural contexts, with lots of quotes from artists.

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