Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Check out this movie, SPINDLE 7. I met the artist, Robyn Love, when she participated in Maker Faire out at the NY Hall of Science. She wrapped the rocket ship with a knitted/crocheted blanket.
Here's the blurb:
Carrying a tote bag filled with drop spindles and wool, artist Robyn Love rode New York City's 7 train through the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, the borough of Queens, talking to her fellow passengers and teaching them how to spin.
I really dug this movie. Since I take the 7 train to work all the time, it has special meaning for me.
Movie link: http://vimeo.com/15853937
Monday, September 27, 2010
That's me, standing between two wonderful needle women at Maker Faire. Held at The New York Hall of Science, this festival had some pretty awesome fiber art.
Robyn Love (left) is the creator of this rocket/blanket display. I contributed a 12" square. Anna Hrachovec (right) was a guest "maker" in the NYSCI library.
Lion Brand Yarn sponsored Robyn's exhibit.
From their PR:
At the rocket ship a trail of over 300 knit and crocheted squares will be attached to flow from the rocket.
This interactive exhibit will allow visitors to write notes and pin them to the yarn crafted trail of squares with their personal “message to the universe."
After the event, the squares will be recreated into afghans to donate to the Warm Up America! Foundation"
featured in her new book, Knitting Mochimochi.
NY Hall of Science wanted to have a strong presence at Maker Faire, so as the Librarian, I invited makers that connected science and literacy to display their art in the library.
We also had Sarah Nicholls from The Center for Book Arts and Mary Carson, author of Let's Play Science. Shelby Arnold, who works with Pop-Up Master Robert Sabuda, gave a pop-up card workshop.
Here they visit on my table.
My display included the plarn bag, my fungus creations and of course my security gate sweaters (see previous post).
I was asked to wear the NYSCI t-shirt that featured the "scicons" - designed by Cara, our art director and my best friend at the Hall.
Karen, crocheter and NYSCI educator, made these adorable scicons.
Technology and robots were BIG at this event. Sure, I dig technology, why not?
Like this groovy device.
These pretty eggs were drawn on by a machine (eggbot) connected to a computer that had been programmed with a design. This is technology that spreads beauty.
Amy Caterina crocheted this car cover from yarn that had a grass like look.
This is another Lion Brand project. Amy and I had a swell visit on Saturday, she is a thoughtful and joyful artist. Check out her website FreeRangeKnitting.
How about my very own Lion Brand Yarn sponsored fiber art piece? Maybe four panels in the library, earth air fire water or winter spring summer fall. I made a connection with them, so we'll see how far it goes.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
As Librarian, this is only part of my contribution to Maker Faire this weekend. I will also display my mushroom creations.
The Library will be hosting some other Makers, including fab knitter, Anna Hrachovec (check out mochimochiland.com).
Monday, September 6, 2010
The librarian (moi) will present several specially invited makers in the Hall of Science library, including a table of my mushrooms, lichen etc. For this special occasion, I plan to go the yarn bombing route and create a sweater for the security gates.
In the process now of making the "sleeves". One of the two will be reds/oranges and the other in the blue/green family. The vertical arms might be purple. Stay tuned.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
We went to hear and see the artist and mathematician, Daina Taimina at a Talk & Book Signing. She delivered a fascinating presentation at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on West 15th Street NYC.
We were invited to "Enter the amazing world of Hyperbolic Crochet. Come be inspired with the sculptural beauty of what a little yarn & a little math can create."
Daina Taimina: “I thought if something can be made out of paper, it can also be crocheted, so I made my first crocheted hyperbolic planes in June 1997 by increasing stitches in constant ratio – after every two stitches I did an increase by one stitch. The number of stitches in each row grew exponentially, so after finishing my first small, very ruffled one I realized that to explore the hyperbolic plane I have to change the ratio of increase.”
The Land and the Sea
Her work is quite beautiful. In addition to illustrating the mathematical concept, these hyperbolic creations are just a pleasure to regard. I love the colors of this one, and the way she placed it in a nature setting.
Friday, August 6, 2010
A cairn is an intentionally laid pile of rocks, carefully stacked without mortar (but with hot glue guns!). Cairns are thought to have some meanings associated with marking property ownership or control, such as a landmark, a territorial marker, or a grave marker. Or the meaning can be purely aesthetic, created merely for the sake of beauty.
... some of this info from http://archaeology.about.com