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Outstanding in Her Field

Posted on: Saturday, July 26, 2008

Remembering that I love these textile/performance pieces by artist Beverly Semmes. Quietly camouflaging oneself while also boldly taking a stance. "X marks the spot" as both a cliff-hanging teaser and a mysterious lure. One moment texturally integrated, the other coyly delineated.

Buried Treasure (1994), Beverly Semmes

Civic Gardening Sessions

Posted on: Monday, July 21, 2008


Some inspiring civic gardening and public works projects for Summer 2008. Innovative examples of leafy adaptation, creative plotting and art farming via a broader definition of cultivation and cross-pollination. Do not miss the latest postings and opportunities for collaboration on Freesoil or Insert_Here. Some architected greenery at Landscape + Urbanism might also keep you cool!

Victory Garden in San Francisco via Eco Art Blog and SF

Festival du Lin

Posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The lovely ladies at ID Textile (Marion, Sonia and Sylvie) sent me a link earlier this week to this amazing fiber installation for the Festival du Lin (Festival of Linen) in Normandy, France. What a gorgeous marriage of craft, ritual, and stunning site-specific adornment. 

The Busy Bee Instinct

Posted on: Sunday, July 13, 2008

I am excited to finally see these exhibits on view here in the greater Metropolitan area: In Response: Summer Projects at Wavehill and Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling at MoMA. Wonderful evidence of the industrious, 'busy bee instinct' underway in both an idyllic natural setting as well as daunting mid-town Manhattan.

See Home Delivery/MoMA's blog for updates on the prefab installations.

Tim Walker - Pictures

Posted on: Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Lily Cole and spiral staircase, 2007  Tim Walker

Sometimes you just have to succumb to the downright prettiness of fashion photography. The current Tim Walker - Pictures exhibit at the Design Museum in London juxtaposes the everyday with lavish delights and whimsical (absurd) landscapes and interiors. I am convinced that unfettered fantasy is indeed the cure to what ails us.

Erin O'Connor, Jacquetta Wheeler, and Lily Cole, 2007  Tim Walker

via dezeen

Celebrating SCRAP Independence

Posted on: Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Wrapped Pfeiffer Centennial Corn Bin by Catherine Bouzide and Danny Mansmith

I am not exactly sure what it means to be a true patriot these days - but as we approach the upcoming holiday weekend, I cannot overlook the fact that we still turn to the heartland for evidence of what it means to be American - bound and tied to something honorable and familiar.

There is no better evidence of home grown patriotism, perhaps, than the attempt to resuscitate our endangered agricultural landscape and use of open space via subversive visual cues. Artists Catherine Bouzide and Danny Mansmith recently completed their collaborative Wrapped Pfeiffer Centennial Corn Bin installation piece as part of The Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois. I find this project to be rather timely and patriotic as we examine the role of corn, biofuel and erratic weather patterns in the future of our natural resources supply. 

The artists used recycled scrap fabrics and donated textiles from native Chicago thrift-stores as swaddling bandages for the corn storage bins. It's a poignant celebration of independence as we examine ways to make GOOD with what we already have and re-invest in the power of the communal effort and  barn raising.

Corn bin being wrapped at The Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois

Detail of Wrapped Pfieffer Centennial Corn Bin by Bouzide and Mansmith

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