Wednesday, February 6, 2008
New adventures - fiber and otherwise
Okay, I have been a ba-a-a-d girl/woman and have been gallivanting around all over the place. On Saturday, we returned to Balboa Park and checked out the Asher Durand exhibit at the San Diego Art Museum. Fabulous, wonderful landscapes, portraits and a few still lifes. Wonderful. Additionally, there were some lovely California artist landscapes in another hall including Maurice Braun, who is one of my favorites - I love his use of color and light. Then we went to the Mingei Museum and for the first time, I actually was in the presence of a few of George Nakashima's furniture masterpieces as well as work by his daughter Mira Nakashima. He truly was the Elegant Craftsman and was called a living treasure in our country before his death in 1990. He had a very spiritual relationship with wood and it certainly shows in his furniture. There were also some very Zen-like displays of stones that had been collected in various parts of California. They were works of art created by nature.
There were some gorgeous traditional children's wind caps from China (even Sluggo was excited) as well as beaded modesty panels from Cameroon. I also loved the Indonesian baby carrier basket made of beads, shells, buttons and wood. Just gorgeous! The attention to detail lavished on these pieces is quite astounding.
We were allowed to take photos but could not use flash so some of the images may be a little dark. There was a wall covered with Indonesian print blocks that were really remarkable and I could see these interpreted into intarsia as well as the baby carrier or the modesty panels. Great graphics. The colors and designs were so inspiring. I want to work on some pieces incorporating these ideas. Outside of the museum was a captivating modern mosaic sculpture which attracted lots of children including me. It was magical! Just a wonderful sunny day!
Just so you know, I have been doing some knitting and crocheting as well. I am working on some new designs and will post when complete. Also, my freeform sweater is finally progressing again and all I have to do at this point is finish up the yoke and the finishing touches. Yeah! It has been languishing in the workbasket for over a year and I will be happy to have it done. I have been working on a freeform purse as well and am posting a little teaser as I haven't given it to the person I am making it for yet. The colorway is a little outside my usual choices but it was interesting to work with and I am pleased with the finished result.
On Sunday, I went to the LA Fiber Guild meeting and we worked on wet felting using a resist method. It was a cold and rainy day and by the end I was soaking wet and pruney but had a wonderful time. As soon as my project dries and I have finished it, I'll post it here and describe the process more. Suffice it to say, it was a lot of fun!