I have fallen down the Rabbit Hole…

tissue paper

…again. I have a voracious appetite when it comes to fiber. Fiber Arts, that is. Taking a sabbatical was a wonderfully creative outlet. What I learned and started to explore then, continues to spiral out of control. I love it. So now it is onto experimenting with paper.

paper pin loom

Paper to spin, weave and dye for. Currently I am spinning tissue paper that is left over from gifts I have received. Yes, that inexpensive brightly colored wrap you find in clothes boxes and gift bags. My research is taking me to Japan (at least in books and videos) and learning the language and history as it applies to paper.

The art of Japanese paper weaving is from the Edo period during the 18 and 19 century. Shifu (cloth) clothes, hats, kimonos… are made from mulberry bark paper, Kozo, Mitsumata and Gampi. Thin continuous strips are cut from Washi (Japanese paper) and then twisted and woven into fabric. Paper was woven into garments for segments of the population because of the scarcity and expense of other materials. Today, paper garments are vogue for the upper class.

Susan Byrd’s book, “Song of Praise for Shifu”, can’t come fast enough for me. You can find me waiting at the mailbox. I will keep you posted on my shifu progress. Have you tried spinning paper, weaving it? Show me, tell me.

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Yulia Ustinova

hooked sculptires

hooked sculptires

Yulia (Julia) is a crochet artist of voluptuous naked women. She resides in Moscow, Russia. She obtained her degree from Moscow Printing Arts.

Her sculptures are of women at play with a hula hoop, sunbathing, showering… funny, thoughtful and created with a hook.

Newtown Arts Festival is around the corner

The Newtown Arts Festival is to be held, Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2012 at the Fairfield Hills (Trade Lane) in Newtown, Connecticut. The hours are 9 – 6 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are free.
For more information, click here.

Superheroes take up the knitting needles

Superheroes possess extraordinary, often magical powers. Every knitter knows, that a piece of string and two sticks can create magic. See how Mark Newport takes knitting into the superhero realm.

Mark Newport has an exhibit “In Action” of his eight hand-knit superhero inspired costumes. He is a Detroit area artist and educator. Each costume is life-size and wearable. The installation “In Action” looks at what heroes are and how they protect people. It is currently showing at the University of Texas Downtown Gallery. For more superhero action

Free eBooks on Copyright for downloading

Interweave and Knitting Daily is offering free eBooks about copyrights. Interweave is the worlds largest on and off line resource for artists and crafters. This guide, to the basics of copyright and copyright infringement, will help you “better understand what it is and why it matters”.

These eBooks come at just the right time. This past week was World Intellectual Property Day. Whether you design patterns, craft for bazaars or are a craft retailor, this information on copyrights and copyright infringement will help to educate you on the issues that affect the arts and crafts industry.

The 10-page eBook is available for free download in each of Interweave’s online communities for artists and crafters:

Felt your cat

Crafting with Cat Hair is written by Kaori Tsutaya and translated by Amy Hirschman. If you enjoy wet and/or needle felting and have a cat, this book is for you.

Is this extreme? No more extreme than knitting with sheep wool or musk ox. No more out of the box than crocheting with Angora rabbit fur or using soy and milk casein for weaving, or spinning your dog’s fur.   Continue reading: 

A creative pilgramage retreat

Jenny Doh has put together 14 stories of different mixed media teachers, in her book “Creative Pilgrimage“. It is an exploration of artful gatherings and discovery of innovative art techniques, enjoyed by both the teachers and students.

What fun it would be to have the time and funds to just take some time off and be creative. Jenny takes us through the retreats and the teachers that create there.