Monday, January 8, 2018

A scrap a day - new daily art project for 2018

Last year I did not really follow through with a daily art project. Plans for starting a daily drawing project fell through, I did not keep it up, and I did not do daily photography either. This year I hadn't thought about it well in advance of the beginning of the year, in fact, I did not even start thinking about it until the day we came back from our vacation.
I wanted something simple, something textile, not something that would include such a big obstacle as getting myself over my hesitations that I can' t draw anyway...

I have been collecting pieces of thread that occur when changing threads on the longarm.

I have a heap of pieces of linen that have awkward shapes, which I got from a weaving place in the Bavarian Forest, where they produce table cloths from their handwoven linen.

I also have lots of scraps, and embroidery thread in the same color.

So I decided to combine these ingredients. The project is called 'A Scrap a Day'. Every day I will take one of my (mostly yellow) scraps and attach that to the linen. Either by hand stitching, or by machine.
It will remain to be seen what lasts the longest - the year, the scraps, the thread, the linen... (probably the threads). In any case - I started yesterday.

The first scrap attached.

No rules regarding the stitches used, the size or the shape of the scraps.
Perhaps a bit of 'in the vicinity of the previously attached scrap', but even that I am not sure about.
This is the first two scraps:

I am looking forward to it. Just hope I don't usually leave it to the last couple of hours of the day...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

On vacation

We're on vacation, and I had planned to write a post. But internet is slow here, and I have decided that I won't spend a long time waiting for the computer to upload images while we're here...

Happy New Year to everybody - the picture is from a night-time walk on the moors with the first full moon of the year, on January 1.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas.

When I was trying to post a Merry Christmas greeting yesterday afternoon our internet connection wasn't working with any kind of noticeable speed, so I gave up and didn't get back to it in the evening...

So here it comes:
Merry Christmas to you all.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wise Trees

My current tree project is less involved than the former projects that I have done, DailyOak or my visits to the linden tree on the outskirts of town.
The linden tree has been severely reduced because of some fungus that is making it instable. But it wasn’t taken down completely, only looks rather ruffled now. About half a year ago a substitute linden tree was planted on the opposite side of the path. 

It will only take about 300 or more years to grow to a similar size as the original one. Only in the midst of this process, the cutting back of the old tree and then the planting of the new one did I realize that it had a name - they call it the Donatus Linde. 

But I still have a tree project, whenever I go to fetch milk at the nearby organic farm I take pictures of the large willow on their grounds. Willows grow much faster than linden trees of oak trees, so this one is probably by far not as old as either of the other trees I have been following.

But my affiliation with old trees continues, and when I see a link like this one I get very tempted.

So when I went to Fraueninsel in Chiemsee this weekend, I had to stop by the old linden trees there as well. 

Perhaps 1200 years old - Thassilo Linde on Fraueninsel in Chiemsee

It makes me sad that these trees have to be protected from too many people walking around them and thus condensing the soil, deprieving the trees of necessary air and nutrition. But of course, if I were let to do it, I would go closer, too.


 There is a special fascination in old trees. Just wish we had more of them still around.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Stripping naked...?

A few weeks ago SAQA issued a call for photos of studio space. My studio never looks cleaned up, and nevertheless I gave it a try and sent in a photo of the current state of my working table. You can see it amongst many others here. It's probably not something to be proud of, nor will it improve my reputation, I am afraid. But it's the way it is these days. I am trying to clear up, but it's hard.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Finally a bit of sunshine

It's been a very grey and depressing November, but the past three days finally brought a bit of sunshine. Immediately there is the desire to take pictures again. As long as it is grey, colours don't talk to me, and everything is dull.

Last apples on the tree

Last leaves, seen from above

Reflection in downtown Landshut

I have been taking walks or doing my Nordic Walking excercise and it has been very good for my mood. The past two weeks have also been rather intense with regard to the fight for a work permit for one of the  Senegalese students from my class last year. Right now it is looking rather bad, but we haven't given up yet. What I admire about him is the patience and acceptance with which he is going through all this. Whereas I could scramble up the walls because of Bavarian bureaucracy etc. he just says everything comes as it supposed to come, and he thinks everything will be good eventually. God means well.
(I just hope God hurries up a bit with meaning well because I am not sure how long I can keep this up...)
So any stitching that happens is rather on the side, some longarming for a customer this morning, several other things piling up. And the next selection for the fabric club is in the making, the first color is in the washing machine as I am writing this.