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Dolce Domum

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I have a thing about houses; imaging them, designing them, finding the perfect location. All in my head of course ! So, when the latest magazine from Cloth Paper Scissors landed in my mail box, with a front cover photo of wee block houses, a plan for an Art Play Days project was soon in place. Here’s the original photo:

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I think I’m going off in a bit of a different direction. We did start out with wooden blocks (once upon a time my children played with them, but now they’ve put away childish things. Sigh). I’ve got a woodland fairy house thing going, and Andrea has an ambitious plan that involves lots of tissue paper, and is heading toward an abstract “nativity scene”. I’ll try to take some photos as things progress more. House building takes time!

PS This magazine was a substitution for this magazine which went out of print, which was a substitution for Living Craft which went out of print (still online). I really liked Living Craft. What’s up with the magazine business ?

An Idea Takes Root

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Ok, collaborative project update. Still very much in the planing stage, but I wanted to share the process. I’m into making sculptural felt pieces, and my son is passionate about making electronics. I have in my head the idea of an interactive piece of felt. I love how tactile wool is and how much people like to touch it. With this in mind, I want to make something that responds when you pick it up. For some reason I though of a water lily set in a wooden base that you would hold. The center would be hollow glass with LEDs. The light would change based on different inputs.

I set my son on a hunt to find a micro-controller that would fit our size requirements and could be programmed with my son’s knowledge. This is what he came up with : the Lilypad Arduino.

Hey, the name even matches ! When I talked to my friend Natali about doing the glass piece for me, she mentioned she was quite into water lilies for a recent project; a very cool collaborative collection of art for producing a Tarot deck.

So everything is coming up water lilies. I think we’re on the right path!

Workshop Work-up

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I’m presenting a felting workshop for WomynSpirit Festival soon, so I thought I should probably do a sample and time it. This idea will have to be simplified as the handles took up too much time. I have to remember that it always takes longer to do a piece in a class setting. Tomorrow for Art Play Days, I’ll experiment on Andrea and see if she can finish in the required time. I love the creative energy of working in groups !

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10174490093_ed65a5777d_bFelt vessel with drift wood and copper wire accents.