Monday, January 28, 2013
year where inspiration and creativity filled the air. I was fortunate to
have my dealer table next to that of the Guest of Honor Artist,
Roger Dean .I was surrounded by his fantastic worlds and better yet
was able to get to know him and his equally amazing, multi-faceted
daughter, Freyja Dean. Freya and Roger had flown over from England
for the event. Friend Jud was manning his booth. When talking to me
about my work, Freyja asked what sort of environment I visualized
my creatures in. I had never thought concretely about that. My
immediate answer, however, was that they very likely would exist in
a world looking much like one of Roger's landscapes. What incredible
stories the scenes all hold. I have placed one of Roger's prints in my
studio to continue to contemplate the question. My words can't do
justice to either Roger or Freyja's work...so definitely check out their
websites. For a young person, Freyja has already explored many
roads. I'm going to enjoy seeing her path unfold in the years ahead.
As usual, creative costume design and diversity abounded at Arisia
from headdresses to hats
(Yes, that is one of my small dragon books finding a place to roost.)
to entire outfits. Merida was there,a few satyrs and
via a hidden lever.
Since I was set up across from the booth of the Leather Lair
I was entertained by seeing Suzanne and Lithia entice
customers with cool designs. Lots of great outfits
left . It was also fun to see what outfits the Leather
Lair ladies showed up in every day:
Taylor. He died over 20 years ago, but is definitely still around in my
work and challenging me forward.
During the art show opening, I was able to talk more to Eric Bornstein
of Behind the Mask Going over to his studio in Sommerville to
explore activities there is definitely on my to do list for 2013:
an "eye" on whatever you desire:
customer's special edition of the Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft. I
finished it today....A red/gold/black "shark" eye seemed appropriate.
I also learned that my e-reader covers fit the mini I-pad and Samsung
Galaxy pad. Good to know that I'm keeping up with new electronics,
even if somewhat by accident.
The last day of Arisia was MLK day and,of course, inauguration day.
So after packing up my table I was off to Hawthorne Youth and
Community Center to help with a "Prayer Flags for Obama"
workshop and celebration. I had worked with the afterschool kids
for the previous two Wednesdays, so by the end of the eve, we had
quite a wonderful selection.....Images of that in my next blog post.
2013 off to a good start here...I hope the same is true for all of you.
Adventure on. Wendy
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sea Creatures were the theme of Hawthorne Youth and Community
Center's contribution to Boston's First Night Parade this year.
Louie the Lobster (seen above) was our focal creature. As for the
past few years, artist Lisa Lee and I collaborated to facilitate
HYCC's First Night Project funded through First Night.org
We worked with HYCC's after school program as well as led
Saturday workshops including teens and adults. It's always a real
community effort to get everything finished and ready to parade.
Inspired by the organic crocheting structures of
Virginia Fitzgerald, I started working with the after school
kids ( age 5-11) teaching them to crochet in the early Fall
and was pleased to see all of them enjoy the process.(It's
rewarding to see a super active 9 year old go over to
his cubby and pull out his crochet hook and yarn on
his own. ) Thanks to a donation from Susan Thompson
of some of the yarn she received when weaver Theresa-India
Young died, we had plenty of varied yarns and textures to
work with. I think Theresa-India would have been pleased
with the use. Susan was happy to share and pass them on.
Everyone loved making long chains.
fish, some jelly fish (made from shower curtain material)
strings of lights and more...all hanging from a hula
hoop. This is what the finished fantasia looked like in
The children also each made individual fish or other creatures
to carry....made from a variety of materials....with of course
glitter and paint. Large trash bags make great smocks.
Lisa Lee was the chief armature maker using chicken wire and
aluminum screen. Made in two parts it grew and grew....In
the end Louie was a little over 10 feet long. The screening
was stitched with wire onto the chicken wire with inner
strong circular wire supporting it.
Lisa mentioned our plans to the guys working on her apartment.
They offered to construct a float with wheels to support Louie.
A cooperative spirit is alive and well in our neighborhood.
Once constructed, the wooden frame was turned into
"water" for Louie:
and more detail was added. Louie wasn't bothered by
the hungry shark below.
where the float assembly was completed
strung through Louie's body and claws at HYCC. "Seaweed"
raffia was added,a few octopi, a bubble machine in the front
and a chair secured on the base so Sam Sadd, HYCC's coordinator
could ride and pass out Mardi Gras beads from boxes under Louie.
Finally Louie was ready to move outside:
creatures, and we went into the night to march with others.
There were over 40 of us behind the HYCC banner.
Walking in the parade is a long standing neighborhood
tradition, connecting us to each other and to Boston at large.
Kids and adults have fun wishing everyone Happy New Year
while passing out beads and looking at all the other community
groups' parade items and costumes. This year the Hot Tamale
Brass Band was behind us...great help to keep up our energy.
event. Then watched the family fireworks display!
for the parade. Stay tuned for that! We're going to have to
work on HYCC's expansion plans.
Meantime, we're looking for a place to display Louie
for a while.
Happy 2013 everyone...may it be a year filled with communities
working together! Wendy