(Hexagonal floor rug, 1 of 5 for the artist Jennifer Tee; wool, machine knit, sewn; 104" (2.64m) point to point across. All pics enlarge).
I've been in recovery. Not the who I am and why I'm here kind; more like the decompression of my brain and wrists after knitting close to 18,000 rows on an intense, but beautiful project that commenced in early spring. I've pretty much recuperated. My wrists and hands have healed, and I'm no longer waking up with panic attacks about the deadline. The rugs? I believe are in good nick; they're the mini-stages for a performance segment of Jennifer's installation Star-Crossed, taking place weekends, until July 11th (check out the slide show!), at the Dutch Cultural Center, part of the Nether Land exhibition during Expo 2010 Shanghai, China. Huh?
Yes folks, this consequential, international event is still on. You probably haven't heard much, if anything, and maybe that has to do with the U.S.'s participation––shame. If you want to know why, here's one answer. Now let's move on, as the mental postcards of my recovery want out. If y'all want to check out more about the hexagon project for Star-Crossed, it'll be in the sidebar under My Work, in a few days.
Fiber Art Flowers, In St. Nick's Park, HarlemA portion of the repossession of my energy was spent garnering inspiration at The Blossom Of Fiber Art, curated by Michelle Bishop of Harlem Needle Arts. On display were floral creations that covered the full realm from fantasy to reality––happy works, that moved the melanin-popping heat aside from your senses, for a bit. And on that Sunday, July 27th, the 95º heat was poppin!
I want to send a special shout out to my sisters of the Harlem Girls Quilting Circle, hanging out and enjoying a picnic (and a too late member's) birthday cake. A shout to Lisa Daehlin, a participating artist who, in collaboration with a public piano courtesy of Sing for Hope, gave the air the scent of music. Finally, a very big shout out to crochet celebrity and voice sculpter, Dora Ohrenstein! Her new book Creating Crocheted Fabric (Lark Books), will be reviewed later this week. But don't wait for me––buy it now! I'm telling you, the photos of the fabrics alone, creates the kind of excitement not seen in many tomes about the same medium.(Sunflower; mixed-media, beaded, embroidered; Shimoda)
Walking Artists Tour: Thursday, July 8, 2010 7pm to 8pm. Sunday Viewings: July 11 and 18, 2010 2pm to 5pm. Strivers Garden Gallery, 300 West 135th Street (Between Frederick Douglas Blvd. and St. Nicolas Avenue, Harlem, New York City).
Okay, it's time for me to check out, and I'll check back (for real) tomorrow with some stand outs from the International African Arts Festival!