Things are showing signs of relenting, though. The colitis hasn’t come back, making me feel more and more that the Rituxan (that I was taking for RA) was part of the problem. And finally, this morning, the cats ate together on their feeding table. They were more hungry than sociable, but the only one howling was (you guessed it) Hapi. They looked at each other as if to say “Did you do that?” then went on eating. Miracles and peace after a long, drawn out war! Most happily, I can say I am actually excited about making art again after quite a gap in enthusiasm. I look forward to an hour or so every day of immersing myself in threads and beads, and am happy with the results. I am “seeing” ideas again for larger works and hope that someday I have time to make them. Being an art person is a wonderful thing in this ugly and difficult world. Working on the next pot piece. I like the quilting on the pot itself a lot and am not going to cover it up too much, I think. Challenging colors to integrate, too. Interesting piece to delve in!
For a link today, I again return to the awesome and exhaustive site TextileArtist.org for a look at six artists that use recycled materials in their art. I am putting together a new unit for my students based on the artist that I previously posted about (Bryant Holsenbeck) and these artists will fit right in to students’ exploration of the concept. I like the installation work of Susan Stockwell and can see the kids’ work being arranged in such a manner. Also, the paper sculpture work of Jennifer Collier is great, too -- I have two students who built a mock computer out of cardboard but can’t seem to know why or identify the artistic purpose. This artist’s work might bring insight, and at least a little discussion. The combination of trash and innocent treasure that Louise Baldwn creates is also very appealing (below.) So much art, so little time. Off to make the day happen.