I have a line of scarves and here’s the link to purchase if you are interested.
Here’s a video about VIDA and their mission on the website.
Over the weekend, my husband and I dressed up as Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera for a Halloween party. We weren’t necessarily in the mood and it would’ve been easy to stay home. A few hours before the party I thought about the opportunity to walk three houses down, see costumes, have a few beers, eat some chocolate and talk to a bunch of interesting people. When I thought about it, well, it would’ve been really stupid to stay home. Culturally, I think we sometimes consider PLAY as frivolous or unnecessary. NOPE. It’s really necessary. I know that play makes me feel more creative, relaxed and better able to handle setbacks.
I’m pretty sure I’ll remember dressing up like Frida & Diego for a Halloween party more than another night on the couch watching a movie. GO FORTH & PLAY, YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.
I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Frida Kahlo’s home in Coyoacán, Mexico, but I can pretend I have with Photoshop. Don’t you love my cigarette spoke. I think Frida probably could do things like that with smoke.Frida is worth knowing more about. She had a remarkably interesting life. Her paintings, clothes and attitude really speak to me and provide inspiration. http://www.biography.com/people/frida-kahlo-9359496
Aunt Cindy knew that I would want to shoot things that most people wouldn’t be too interesting in. I love shooting metal and shadows. I could’ve used more time actually. I will be back, there’s a lot more to explore. Part three next week.
“I have been dyeing wool and silk with eucalyptus for a few years – the scent that results is enough to keep me going especially during our long winters. I have quite the stash of beautiful samples and experiments… some I stitch (I love using the stitch as a design element) and some have resulted in teaching aprons, hats, pants and even sweaters. For me – a sleeve or a portion of a garment can become an art object all by itself.” —Elizabeth Bunsen
When Elizabeth refers to these pieces she uses “rusted” as a verb not an adjective. I love that. She was showing me different textiles and then let me know how they were “rusted”.
We really connected about making art that is usable and environmentally friendly. Her technique is easy on the earth and she uses fabric she already has or was given. That’s how I prefer to work too.
Her work has such a unique quality that at one point when she was showing me a sweater from her mother (top photo) I felt like I should be in a back room at The Shelburne Museum with white gloves on. I really adore the archeological quality of her work and process…again an ancient pull.
“I love paper. I especially love making marks on paper while collaborating with natural processes… I use tea, rust, botanical pigments, indigo and other domestic solutions. Doodling on these papers – around a ring of rust for instance functions as a meditative technique. Over the years my stash of marked papers has grown and I often mix them up in little sample books. I also hang lengths of marked paper on hand-twined silk strings along with eucalyptus dyed fabric. My “to do” lists often end up dipped into the indigo vat or dyed and become little books of collected dailiness. These processes often succeed in helping me create the illusion of slowing the passage of time.” —Elizabeth Bunsen
“Moon Over Nebraska” This license plate is from her Grandfather’s truck.
I sent Elizabeth my photos and asked her to respond to the images…because I had to have a better description for you, the readers.
For me to write about Elizabeth’s work is equivalent to trying to describe the way I feel when I jump into the ocean or feel rain on my face. It’s a sensation. It’s ancient and internal and highly personal and not easy to put into words. However, I’ll try.
My first pull to her work was threefold:
ONE: The palette (rust and blues make me swoon)
TWO: The license plate from a Nebraska truck. I’m from South Dakota.
THREE: A very unique quality that is feminine, industrial, dreamlike and yet tangible and familiar at the same time…again, ancient really best describes her work for me. Do you ever have those people, places or things in your life that keep surfacing even though you don’t have a known connection? For me it’s 1930s Berlin Cabaret—another post— another time.
Elizabeth’s work feels like I’ve been waiting to see it and that our paths were suppose to cross at this point in my life.
I hope you enjoy her work and please share and check out her blogs and FACEBOOK page.
1. a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
2.a picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
3.a visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
4. the state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
5. the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
We shift our perspectives all the time. But, when we do it deliberately it is more empowering than when we do it out of necessity. I have teenagers. I am trying to see different perspectives all the time. I thought this quote from Jung is a good guide for shifting perspectives. Good Luck!
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
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