Thursday, February 26, 2009

Object D'Art Opening at The Del Ray Artisans

I'm very excited about making something creative that is not a purse!

The Del Ray Artisans is opening a new show tomorrow night that has an unusual spin. Theresa Kulstad, the curator, rigged up two dart boards. One board had varied themes, such as 'cosmic', 'organic' or 'bright'. The other board had different artistic media, such as 'drawing', 'painting' or 'textiles'. Each artist threw two darts, collecting a theme and a medium. The challenge was to create a completely new piece of art based on these words.

For me, I took the challenge a little further. I have been wanting to make wall hangings and thought this would be a tremendous opportunity for me to explore something new. The two words I threw were 'organic' and 'photography'. Although photography is an endeavour that I do miss, I did want to branch out. I took photos at a beach on Lake Michigan, in Wisconsin. Then, I printed the photos onto organza and cotton material. I used these photos and combined them with actual organic material~pressed leaves collected last fall.

I had too many components to make only one piece, so I ended up producing two works. One is single wall hanging, not too big, about 12" x 9". I also constructed a triptych that hangs vertically. I am looking forward to seeing them tomorrow at the opening!

Please feel free to come to the opening, or stop by the gallery at another time. Located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301, the gallery is open: Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be hung until March 22.

See you there~Jen

Green Tip~Check out the stuffing in the bags at the Shakespeare~

I try, try, try to walk the talk. So, when I was home in December for Christmas, I collected all the used wrapping paper, for some unknown project at a future date. I ended up using them to stuff and fluff up the bags dropped off at the Shakespeare Theatre earlier this month. Take a peak~ you'll see some of our x-mas paper!

Other ways to re-used wrapping paper- be it Christmas, birthday or wedding:
~Shred and use to package valuables for moving or shipping.
~Line animals cages with it.
~Flatten larger pieces for blank art paper for the kids.
~Cut up into smaller pieces and use for To Do lists.
~Make your own handmade cards for next year.

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