Week #2 Oakland Artist Residency

This past week has been an exciting adventure of thirfting, dyeing, Solvy melting, sewing, embroidery and all sorts of textile related activities. On Labour Day, Susan, Maria and I went to Thrift Town's 50% off sale. Susan is collecting red dresses for an exhibition on Health.  The American Heart Association's symbol for heart health is the red dress. So a thrifting trip was in order.



There was a pretty big rush into the store. Above, Maria has spotted something gliterry :)


Susan buying up all of Thrift Town's red dresses.


Back at the studio, Susan sorts through her purchases.


There has been a lot of thread dyeing in the past few days. Factory thread leftovers are cut up and dyed. This will then be all sewn together with Solvy or other interfacing to create a new textile. Susan will be designing and creating a series of one-of-kind wearable art dresses for the exhibition.


Yarn detail. So Yummy!


Here is the exciting Solvy dissolving process: The squares and diagonals I was sewing  have been embroidered with health sayings and words. 


The panel is placed in a bucket of water.




After a lot of washing and rinsing, the Solvy has magically dissolved and all that is left is the crosshatched thread and the emboidered words.



Here is Betty, one of Susan's student interns, hanging the up the panels for drying.


This week I learned how to operate the industrial emboirdery maching. It is very cool.  Below, a short video of the the industrial embroidery machine at work.  

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I really like the serendipity of of the word 'breathe' after recently making a set of inflatable Bronchi.




This week, there was also some sewing machine trouble shooting


and a lovely meet and great with some artists at an Emeryville art event.

All in all, a great week in Oakland!


WOW Removal at Fieldwork

A time-lapse video of WOW removal from the Fieldwork site. Please excuse the slow start, the somewhat blurry focus (not recommended to watch in HD), the bug on the lens, the low quality video and the abrupt ending (we were not aware that the batteries were low on the camera, and it went into power save). But its a decent How-To of taking down your giant W. O. W. made of tarp and stuffed with hay that has been installed in a field all winter, should you ever come across this situation. Many thanks to everyone who works with Fieldwork and the take-down day: Susie, Richard, Chris, Erin, Jason, Chris, Cam, and Barb!!!


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Organisms and Orifices at Toronto's Hysteria Festival

10 Pink Orifices
These cute and cudley creatures, the Pink Orifices, will be joining their Organism Creature friends at Toronto's Hysteria Theatre Festival from Oct 22 to the 31st.  These fibre sculptures will be part of an installation in the lobby and lounge of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, at 12 Alexander Street.  Although the Pink Orifices look adorable and sweet, they have been known to have a temper and be vicious if provoked.   Thus, please do not touch or feed the animals.

Hysteria website at www.artsexy.com