Painting - Water Color And India Ink On Rice Paper
I don't spend all my time contemplating the evolution of the Universe and my feelings relative. I also romp and play.
I had the best Mother and Grand-Mother ever! One of my favorite exposures was to both of their love for clothing and making objects to wear. I loved all of those piles of fabric, notions, odds, ends, and weird looking tools. I love embelishing clothing with bead work and embroidery. I am very thankful for this exposure and the abilities I honed through my attraction to the medium. I love color, texture, patterns, and fabric weights. I love making fashion decissions. I am a walking Ger-Animal.
In this 1992 piece I made while in classroom with students at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. I taught Private Lessons their for 5 years after I graduated from The Ohio State University. All of the art projects I gave to students I always completed myself. I felt like my example of making art was far more educational than endless pontificated descriptions, analysis, and opinions. I loved showing students how I would make up some story in my mind and make all sorts of situational details about what was being experienced. I loved treating clothing like it was a person, like it has some sort of substance beyond mearly adoring our forms. I chose to illustrate this tapping of inner knowing through imaging clothing. I encouraged students to look within and find their own imagery and their own stories.
Stivers School for the Arts was a magical place. I'm sure it still is a wonderful environment to nurture the creative element in young folks. I love my time their and the wonderful people of all ages that I played with. I love you Lizabeth Whipps! I love you Gilbert Gonzalez! I love you Yavonne Fancher. I love you wonderful students and all the fun we had playing with our art supplies! We have a good life.
September 11th, 2007
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