Friday, July 30, 2010

Dealing with Procrastination

Last week there was a post about effective artist habits.
This week, the post is about a very ineffective habit in which many artists indulge - Procrastination
"I tamed my personal art demon – the tendency to think about painting rather than actually painting – by throwing the stuff on the blank paper and telling myself I didn't care about the end result.
I believed it and was saved."
Rich Hawk

"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that.
Your mind must know it has to get down to work."
Pearl S. Buck
Procrastination Videos - You'll really enjoy these!
Video 1 - Procrastination - John Kelly - 4 minute video
Video 2 - "Procrastination" Tales of Mere Existence - Lev Yilmaz - 1 1/2 minute video  
          Video 3 - Overcoming Procrastination - Susan Gregg - 3 1/2 minute meditation video

Video 4 - Here and Now: Procrastination - Ellen Degeneres - 3:50 minute video
Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination - Linda Dessau

Unlearning the Art of Procrastination

The Little Guide to Beating Procrastination, Perfectionism and Blocks: A Manuel for Artists, Entrepreneurs, Academics and Other Ambitious Dreamsers - Hillary Rettig - 87-page free e-book - "The reason we have trouble overcoming procrastination is that procrastination is a sneaky, stealthy, doesn’t-fight-fair adversary. As you will see, it is expert at disguising itself and its effects, and at misleading you into trying the wrong solutions."
PDF version .
Rich Text version
Structured Procrastination

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hmong Refugee's Death Fugue - Sheng-mei Ma

"The author of this literary analysis pieces together accounts from oral histories, academic literature, popular works and Hmong storycloths to describe the 'death fugue' associated with the early narratives of the Hmong refugee experience in Southeast Asia and the United States."

The section on Hmong storycloths is pp. 14-29, but the entire article should be read for full understanding; includes pictures.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Incredible Portraiture

"Fine Art" painters and sculptors have nothing on these artists...

CAYCE ZAVAGLIA - Incredible portraiture in embroidery - Cayce focuses on creating portraits of family, friends, and fellow artists. The detail and coloration she achieves are amazing.

by Cayce Zavaglia

LISA KOKIN - Lisa creates incredible portraits by stitching together recycled buttons

by Lisa Kokin (click button icons on left to view more images)  

JO HAMILTON - Jo creates crocheted portraits based on photographs

ILARIA MARGUTTI - Ilaria makes machine and hand embroidered portraits of women who are in process of literally either mending or creating themselves.

by Ilaria Margutti (text in Italian but many pictures)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Effective Artist Habits

Periodically, okay I confess - frequently, I find myself simply spinning my wheels and not actually accomplishing much of anything. I'm fully aware that its mostly because I have acquired and practice some non-productive habits.

Hope that's not your modus operandi. But if it is, the following might be helpful: 

Artist Habits of Mind

7 Habits of Highly Effective People: The Art World Edition

Studio Thinking Framework: Eight Habits of Mind

6 Habits of Highly Effective Artists

Ten Habits of Successful Artists
Overwhelmed in the Studio? Check Your Work Habits

Friday, July 16, 2010

Textile Related Tutorials - Part 8

Textile and other Artists continue to share their knowledge and expertise:

Working with Copper Sheet in Arts and Crafts [including fiber] - Belinda Spiwak

Fiber Bowls - Misty - This tutorial shows how to create fiber bowls from unspun fiber thread.

Handbook of Textile Design: Principles, Processes and Practice - Jacquie Wilson - "...there has been a need for some sort of text that covered the textile design process from initial ideas through briefing, research and design development, to finished fabrics being sold to garment designers and to retail. What follows is an attempt to provide such a text. This book is based on my experiences as a textile designer in industry..."

Tesselation Nation - Raymond Huston has begun a blog, Tesselation Nation - that is solely devoted to cataloging patterns that have been generated from a single tile. His focus now is to only create quilts designed by using this one tile - its amazing! Check it out to see how he does it.

Tesselation Tutorial - Kay Sorensen
Supply List
          Fabric Choices

Lesson 1
          Lesson 2

          Lesson 3

Marbling Fabric the Easy Way - Kay Sorensen

Creative Cloth Dyeing: Scraping, Blending and Silk Screening - Leslie Morgan - 22+ minute video

Rescuing Ugly Fabric - Judi Hurwitt

Tsukineko Inks with Ink Potion No. 9 Tutorial - Judy Coates Perez

Mixing Rit Dye - Judy Coates Perez - Judy provides dye recipes for a yummy variety of colors

Sewing Metal - Judy Coates Perez - this is a 2:48 minute video

How to Make Lace Knitting Charts

Playing with Teabags and More - Judy Coates Perez

The Artful Use of Teabags - Judy Coates Perez

Acrylic Varnish and Mica Powder Backgrounds - Susan Chong

Resin Knitting Needles - These are absolutely, stunningly gorgerous! - instructions are about half-way down the page

How to Design Your Own [Knitted] Embossed Wash/Dish Cloth - I don't anticipate much interest in knitting wash cloths, but the technique is something art knitters might find appealing.

Tortured Felt (with some molded UTEE tossed in) - Susan Chong

Four Mixed Media Art Techniques – Cloth, Paper & Scissors ebook – Note: you must register to access

Studio Redesign Tips – Cloth, Paper & Scissors ebook – Note: you must register to access

Fun with the Flower Stitch Foot - Linda Matthews

How to Stitch Freestyle Woven Bars - Sharon B

Taking and Editing Photos for the Internet - Vicki Welsch

Charting Charts: A New Way to Keep Track of Knitting

How to Make Your Own Stitch (knitting) Markers

Liquid Starch Recipe Updated - Vicki Welsch

How to Center a Quilt Back on the Long Arm - Vicki Welsch

Make a Yarn Winder from Tinker Toys

How to Stitch a Not-Too-Crappy Feathered Wreath - Vicki Welsch

Sewing with a Twin Needle - Vicki Welsch

Basting with Mistyfuse - Vicki Welsch

Making Felt Using Yarn and a Layer of Tulle - Linda Matthews

Thread Reference Guides for Superior Threads  

Texture Magic Tutorial - Superior Threads 3-part video series
Part 1 – 10 minutes
Part 2 – 9:35 minutes
Part 3 – 9 minutes
Thread Therapy Series - 5-part video series by Bob Purcell (Dr. Bob), President & Chief Threadologist of Superior Threads
Chapter 1: Metallics – 6 minute video - “Dr. Bob teaches everything you need to know about metallic thread.”
Chapter 2: Cotton Thread vs. Polyester Thread – 6 minute video
Chapter 3: Types of Polyester – 6 minute video - “In Chapter 3, Dr. Bob discusses types of polyester thread. He explains how spun poly, multi-filament poly and trilobal poly threads are produced and the characteristics of each type.”
Chapter 4: The Magic Needle – 5 minute video - “In Chapter 4, Dr. Bob discusses the importance of using not only a good needle, but the right needle. With so many options available, which needle should you choose for your project? Dr. Bob answers this and many more questions in "The Magic Needle."” 
Chapter 5: Tension – 8 minute video – “Dr. Bob...discusses the importance of having proper Tension settings when sewing/quilting.”
Fusing Plastic Bags - the eclipse way

Use Markal Paintstiks to Create Rich Surfaces for Embroidery - Ruth Issett

Demo! Flour Paste Batik - Bridget Benton

Artists' Shorthand: Water - Leni Wiener

Making Sense of Stabilizers - Threads Magazine

Which Machine Embroidery Stabilizer to Use

Selecting the Right Stabilizer - Lydia Morgan

How to Make Your Own Stamps - Judi Hurwitt
''Stitching on Paper - Trish Goodfield

How to Quilt a Face - Virginia Greaves

Facings: An Alternative to Traditional Bindings - K Grace Howes

12 New Quilt Binding and Finishing Methods for Your Art Quilts - Larissa Davis for Quilting Arts magazine

More Tips for Designing Your Own Fabric Line - Larissa Davis for Quilting Arts magazine

Jill Kennedy's Instructions for Making Embellishments - Larissa Davis for Quilting Arts magazine

How to Create a Zentangle - Larissa Davis for Quilting Arts magazine

Felted Wool Dryer Balls - Judy Coates Perez

How to Make a Tutorial - Misty - Step-by-step guidance on how to create an effective tutorial

How to Embellish Photos with Embroidery - Lisa

How to Spin Hemp Roving

Fabric Flowers 101 - Pat Bravo

How to Make DuhBe Fabric Roses

Spring Cleaning for Your Sewing Machine

Fabric Preparation - Aligning Your Fabric's Grain - BurdaStyle

Burned Fabric Flowers - BurdaStyle

How to Create a Fabric Design (Without Using Photoshop or Illustrator) – 2:45 minute YouTube video - Spoonflower

Fabric Paper Tape – Annekata

Fabric Painting with Gutta Outline - yanghaiying - 3-4 minute YouTube videos
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Contemporary Embroidery of Erin Endicott

                               Erin Endicott - Detail of Healing Sutra #10

Erin's work is powerful, beautiful and very moving. It is embroidered onto antique fabrics stained with walnut ink. She states that she uses "...contemporary embroidery on antique fabric as a canvas to explore the common threads that bind countless generations of women. Wounds - both physical and psychological - are given life using delicate, meditative stitches. Traditionally thought of as "woman's work", sewing is a time consuming and contemplative process, each thoughtfully considered stitch becoming integral to the whole."

The Cutting and Stitching Edge - Erin Endicott

Friday, July 9, 2010

Key Elements for Effective Abstraction

Moe Brooker is an acclaimed painter, but all of the things he says about abstraction during his lecture to the Philadelphia Sketch Club in this 7:21 minute video are relevant for any art medium.

To learn more about Moe and to view his artwork:

A Morning with Moe Brooker (2.25 minutes)
Cleveland Arts Prize

Sande Webster Gallery

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Mind's Eye: Psychiatrist-Textile Artist Uses Pigments and Processes to Create and to Heal

"Jay Rich, MD ’76, a practicing psychiatrist in Omaha, NE,
sees many parallels between art and science,
between the art of dyeing textiles and the practice of psychiatry."

The Mind's Eye: Psychiatrist-Textile Artist Uses Pigments and Processes to Create and to Heal

Jay Rich, Shibori experimentor and textile researcher

Friday, July 2, 2010

Recap - In Case You Missed It (July 2009 - June 2010)

Following are the topics posted this past year (July 2009 – June 2010)
that you may have missed or want to revisit.

Recap - In case you missed it (July 2008 - June 2009) - posted July 5, 2009

Recap – In case you missed it (June 2007 – June 2008) – posted July 3, 2008

Textile Related Tutorials: Part 4 - posted July 12, 2009

I took a hiatus from blogging from July 12, 2009 - January 10, 2010

Textile Related Tutorials: Part 5 - posted January 10, 2010

Print Your Own Fabric Resources - posted January 22, 2010

Branding for Artists - posted January 29, 2010

Are You Listening?: Haiti Relief Song - posted February 5, 2010

All You Need to Know to Screen Print Fabric - posted February 12, 2010

Master Quilter Hystercine Rankin Dies - posted February 16, 2010

Textile Artists' Dream Come True? - posted February 19, 2010

UPDATE: Print Your Own Fabric Companies - posted February 22, 2010

Artist's Survival Kit - posted February 26, 2010

100 Ideas - posted March 1, 2010

Photographer Claiming Copyright: How to Prevent - March 5, 2010

Textile Design Exercise - posted March 8, 2010

Tax Preparation and Planning for Visual Artists - posted March 12, 2010

Copyright Infringement by Fabric Company? - posted March 15, 2010

The Labor of Creativity: Women's Work, Quilting and the Uncommodified Life - posted March 16, 2010

Textile Related Podcasts - March 19, 2010

Conceptual Textiles: Lace in Translation - March 22, 2010

Quilts: 1700 - 2010 - posted March 24, 2010

Supporting Individual Artists - posted March 26, 2010

Conceptual Textiles: Woven and Embroidered Concrete - March 29, 2010

Emergency Assistance for Artists Affected by New England Flooding - March 31, 2010

Extreme Surface Design: e-Textiles - posted April 2, 2010

Extreme Surface Design: Wooden Textiles - posted April 5, 2010

Textile Related Tutorials: Part 6 - posted April 9, 2010

Textile Book Authors: Do You Know About the GBS? - posted April 12, 2010

Textile Related Tutorials: Part 7 - posted April 16, 2010

Mira's List - posted April 19, 2010

Disastrous State Budget Cuts Proposed for the Arts - posted April 23, 2010

Commentary: Disrespect of Artists by Artists - posted April 26, 2010

A Different Canvas - posted April 30, 2010

Creative Capital's Arts Writers Grants Program - posted May 3, 2010

Art 21: PBS Video Series - posted May 7, 2010

Known Scammer Names Used in Art Scams - posted May 10, 2010

Studio Protector: The Artist's Guide to Emergencies - posted May 14, 2010

Fundraising for the Arts - posted May 17, 2010

Just for Fun: Textile Related Oddities and Absurdities Part 3 - posted May 21, 2010

Marketing Your Fabric Designs - posted May 24, 2010

Free Web Resources - posted May 28, 2010

Sketchbook Project 2011 - posted May 31, 2010

Artists Need to be Wary - posted June 3, 2010

Strange but True - posted June 7, 2010

Essential Services for Aging Artists - posted June 11, 2010

Quotable Quotes - posted June 14, 2010

Textile Designer: Lois Mailou Jones - posted June 18, 2010

How Not to Talk to an Artist - posted June 21, 2010

Free Web Resources - Part 2 - posted June 25,2010

The Ingenious and the Spiritual: How and Why we Make Things - Posted June 28, 2010