Category Archives: feminism
fibre arts …
i find working with fibre comforting, tactile, tangible, and versatile .. as you may know, i have been exploring needle felting (check out the gallery for images of felted creatures) and this last weekend i went to a wet felting workshop!
where we created fibre pornography – as the ladies like to call it 😉
and yes, there certainly was a lot of ohhhs and ahhs and cries of ‘i’m so excited‘ .. and of course, whole lotta wetness goin’ on in that room … the explosions of creativity was absolutely inspiring and awesome!
i decided to try to make a vessel … and with a big thank you to our teacher who guided me through the process .. I ended up with this …
if you want to learn more .. here is a wet felting tutorial from crafty mamas .. where they all work on a peice together and then cut it up .. super cool process! and super great pics!
Fibre arts have a long history in community-based arts and in arts for social justice .. here are a few of the artists or projects that i find thought provoking, heart felt, and technically inspiring …
Andi Arnovitz – working out of Jerusalem, Israel .. Andi’s work is provocative and compelling .. she explores many different issues – women’s place in history and religion, peace and reconciliation … this particular peice is called “If Only They Had Asked Us (2010) .. which is about the abscence of women’s voices in Jewish law , and suggests that, had women been involved in writing these texts, Jewish law and life would be all the more vibrant and colourful” (FiberArts Winter 2010/2011 Volume 37. Number 4).
Photo credit: Jewish Art Salon’s Photostream.
This is the only picture I could find on-line except for A.A.’s website so be sure to go check it out!
New York! A big city that I have never been to! But, damn they have some neat stuff going on ..
June 2010 – Amanda Browder, in collaboration with North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition .. and the community disrupted their aluminum siding by sewing a giant peice of art together and pinning it to the buidling .. with the help of a structural engineer .. in a project called The Future Phenomena Project
Neat! Creative! And joyful!
And one more ..
Knit Graffiti! Yarn bombing! You may have seen this in your hometown .. bicycle racks .. trees.. lampposts .. doorknobs .. with a lovely, colourful knitted cover allll over them? let’s thank Knitta Please for this awesome idea that began in 2005 .. or so says wikipedia ..have a lovely day … peace out .. jkl i like it when you comment or drop me a line at email@example.com to share your stories, ideas, and images of awesome art!
The City of Winnipeg has a few stats – Cultural Capital of Canada in 2010. over 100 languages spoken in the area. And Winnipeg Pride’s website tell me that Winnipeg has over 40 ethnic cultures with the largest Aboriginal population in Canada.
2. i have never been there but I have met a few Winnipeggers over the years – people with a sense of justice, creativity, and a certain prairie feel that warms my heart …
3. its a hotbed of community art projects, programs, and activities! let’s go check it out ….
Finger in the Dyke: Last summer, I met this fantastic performance artist named Shawna Dempsey – who works out of Winnipeg with her creative partner Lorri Millan – at a conference organized by Common Weal. One of my favourites (cause I am a big fan of Wonder Woman and I own a few of the 1970’s episodes and I love her kickass attitude) – is this video: about Super Feminist … feminism has and continues to play a huge role in my own life and I am grateful to the women that forged paths before me … and continue to do so all around me right now.. in small and big ways …
Shawna is also the Co-Executive Director for Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art – an amazing organization that offers an array of programs and activities – like discussion groups, special topic-workshops, structured mentoring programs (intensive, long-term, and for Aboriginal artists) …and crafts! The picture is from the website … just to get you inspired to follow the link and learn more about their organization .. is there an organization like this where you live?
This picture is taken from ArtCity’s image gallery — it inspires me to make things and continue to learn more about what other people are doing! Art City is a non-profit community arts organization that offers art classes for all ages – including digital photography, open studio times, and pottery. I have taken pottery classes off and on for years and absolutely love it! There is something about connecting with the earth, watching the clay form into a sculpture or a bowl and then using that peice of pottery for the rest of my life knowing I made it with my own two hands….. makes me feel pretty special.
As I was researching this feature, I found out that ArtCity has a partnership with ” The Institute of Urban Studies with the broader community in Winnipeg and Saskatoon for the purpose of participating in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the theme of which is “Better City, Better Life.” Using a community learning framework, the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Urban Studies, Art City and the Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc. (SCYAP) will collaborate to visualize and document a prairie perspective on the themes of Expo 2010.” Found on the Living Prairie City Blog. You can read more about the project and see pictures by following the links.
There are so many more things happen but I think that is a long enough post for tonight .. I will continue to post links on the side so you can browse to your hearts content .. if you find something interesting .. let me know! I think my next feature will be about some of the tough issues that can be addressed through community-based art …
Thanks for sharing and learning …