Flexagon PartyThis past weekend, Anthony & I celebrated Martin Gardner's birthday with a weekend of hexaflexagon building, learning, and flexing! If you unfamiliar with flexagons, I highly recommend watching ViHart's videos: This One, This One, and This One.

We managed to build several hexahezaflexagons on Saturday with a dodecahexaflexagon to cap the night (yes - that is a 12-faced hexaflexagon)!  On Sunday, we continued the fun by attempting some of the more unusual hexaflexagons.  Anthony worked on tetrahexaflexagons as well as pentahexaflexagons (Hexaflexagons with sides that are not a multiple of 3 are far more complicated).  After several failed attempts, I managed to build a working 48-sided hexaflexagon.  Of course, it is a bit thick & delicate... but fun.

Chiaroscuro Self-PortraitI entered my first piece in an art show in quite a long time recently - the Blue Ridge Fiber Show in Asheville, NC.

 

Show information: 2012 Blue Ridge Fiber Show ...Into the Garden

"an international, biennial celebration of fiberarts"

October 2, 2012 - January 2, 2013

at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC

Sponsored by the Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild, Inc.

 

I entered my Chiaroscuro Self-Portrait (pictured here in progress on the loom).

 

I just received word that I was awarded Second Place in Amateur Weaving in the decorative non-functional category!!!! I am so thrilled.  This wonderful information arrived today as I was nervously debating whether to enter another piece or two in a local juried art exhibit. (I think I might go ahead and take the risk.)

If you are going to be in the Asheville, NC area, please stop by the Arboretum and take a look at the show.  There are over 140 pieces of fiber art in the show ranging from professional to amateur work and woven work, felted work, garments, functional pieces, etc.

 

Letter from show judge

Listing of winners

Melissa Jay Craig - 99 CopiesIt turns out that sometimes you don't have to travel very far to study with an incredible teacher at an incredible art center.

This past weekend I took Melissa Jay Craig's Unusual 3D Techniques class at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation located right here in Cleveland, Ohio.

Melissa is a great teacher.  She covered a number of techniques in papermaking, scupture, and dyeing in just 2 short days.  While I would have loved for the class to last longer, I walked away having learned a lot of things that I feel I can 'run' with at home in my own studio (with some modifications of course).  This was my first experience making paper and I really enjoyed it.  There is something really magical about it - especially when working with fibers like overbeaten abaca that shrinks and shrivels and has a gorgeous translucency.  It is definately fun to work with a medium that changes as it dries - making it more difficult to predict exactly how it will look when it is complete.Morgan Kozo Garden

The Morgan is quite a gem.  It is a non-profit art center dedicated to the preservation of handmade paper making and the art of the book.  It was established in 2006 in a converted machine shop in an industrial/residential area on the east side of Cleveland.  It includes a large gallery, papermaking studio, bookbinding studio, printmaking studio as well as an amazing kozo garden out back in a re-claimed lot.

Triple-weave blanketFor a birthday trip last week, we went to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater for the first time.  It was spectacular!!  Initially, I didn't bring my camera in since I knew that photos during the tour are not allowed.  After the inside tour, we got a chance to walk around the grounds and view the house from the outside.  I was so enjoying just looking, that initially, I didn't want to go back to the car for my camera.

The thing that finally inspired me to go get the camera was this triple-weave blanket that is for sale in the gift shop.  It is really spectaluar and worth every penny that I couldn't/didn't spend on it.  After snapping photos of the blanket, we walked around the grounds again so that I could take some pictures of the house as well.

On the home-weaving front, I have finished the 'prototype' self-portrait in time to take it along this weekend to Woolfest.  I will be spending the day Saturday demonstrating double-weave pickup at the Guild-booth at Woolfest.  I am also going to bring along a number of samples for the booth.  I haven't decided exactly what to bring along yet... but I will figure that out tomorrow night (along with preparing the loom for travel, getting all my tools together, etc.)

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