Friday, June 29, 2012
I am really enjoying the new app for photos called Instagram. It allows me to take casual images of work in progress or little snapshots of daily-goings-ons and share them in an informal way. Here are some recent felt paintings snapped on the app, which uses filters to play with the mood and grain of the image. You can follow the developments of this little photo experiment at this link: http://statigr.am/jennegiles
Between Instagram & Pinterest, there is so much visual candy out there to marvel at! What’s a visual girl to do??
Thursday, May 31, 2012
felted wool, mixed media
Well….the inevitable has happened and I am spending more time on facebook than I am working on my blog. I don’t know exactly what I’m doing there, but the new challenge is a welcome change.
I rejoined in April of 2011 to keep up with photography partners & projects. Since then, I have enjoyed subscribing to updates from world-wide interests, reading through them as they pop up in real-time (almost like a digital reader’s digest, for those who remember this). The other day, it struck me that I am probably doing more reading now than I ever did getting through required reading in college; that has got to be a change in a good direction…
Another major benefit of joining is the ability to meet people involved in felting around the world and to keep up with many of the professional artists that one meets briefly at shows, offering a sprinkle of continuity to what is otherwise a sort of random interaction.
As I said, I’m still not 100% sure what to do on there and have been lately toying with Instagram on my Ipad. As the Ipad is something I keep nearby for work & home, many of these images are of work & home. It makes me wish a bit that I had a camera-phone to be able to catch more spontaneous (perchance more profound) moments in daily life….alas, there is always room for improvement. I have even privately taken to using twitter just to whisper thoughts into the big digital storm (and, on the note of new-found digital whazzits, I’m sitting Pinterest out).
In the meanwhile, I have cleaned up the Feltworks blog a bit, editing out many pages in the hopes of making a more refined and professional assortment of posts. Having had the blog since 2005, there are many less-than-fully-cooked posts that had accumulated over time. In the spirit of Spring cleaning and new adventures, Feltworks is now a little more specific to business happenings alone rather than the organic workbook way I had used it before. Change can be a beautiful thing; as they say: the only true constant in life is change! So…here we go
For those who miss the more spontaneous posts, feel free to friend me in the Facebook neighborhood at http://www.facebook.com/harlequin.feltworks
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Stone Scarves (2008) by Jenne Giles/Harlequin Feltworks
photo by M. Clement
Well, we are back in the Bay and brushing some of the road dust off. Our Easter trip to visit Texas was great: not only did we get to spend important time with family, but enjoyed the time we spent on the highways and byways. Many beautiful wildflowers, funny hotels, odd experiences and encounters.
I think of the roadtrip as a quintessentially American experience what with the vast expanses of open land, the car culture and, up until now, the cheap gas. At $5 a gallon, it is not quite the budget vacation option anymore. I’m glad to have embarked on many mad-cap trips in my twenties, as sitting that long in one position is not quite as easy as it once was either!
Now we are back home, back on a healthy diet, and surveying the road ahead for Spring/Summer. I am excited to get some new projects started and to spend more time in the studio experimenting & exploring. Summertime always has its own sweet rhythm.
Some blips & bleeps:
Sunday, January 15, 2012
felted wool, mixed media
This is one of my favorite felt paintings. It is titled “Plumbing” and represents the flow of creativity from one idea to the next. As one idea module fills up, the creative waters flow on to an adjacent idea module. Some light up like bulbs and some are simply there as a pit-stop between two ideas. Each has its particular organically-laid circuitry. In this piece, I am inspired by the metaphor of creative flow and the relationship between water and electricity: one propelled by pressure and the other by the desire to seek its ground. Likewise, I think that creative ideas are compelled by both internal pressure and the desire to leap out and be dispelled into the world, finding their ground.
The kind of work that I do is of two types: creative and production. I often get lost in the meditation of production, especially after the holidays, where each day has more to do with the factory running smoothly. A small tweak here or an adjustment there to keep the wheels rolling in their well-tread tracks, all towards the goal of making a more perfect product. With a few personal photo projects and upcoming shows on the horizon, it is time to switch gears. It is now time to turn off the comforting hum of the smoothly-running factory and to power-up the clanky creative machinery again with its intimidating hisses and spurts. It is a jalopy that is not anchored to solid ground, but is a vehicle for driving though unchartered spaces: those scary spots beyond the comfortable and well-travelled paths. There is nowhere to begin but to jump off the edge of the canvas and to discover what lies there in undefined space, pushed by creative pressure and pulled by the desire to find new ground.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Writing can be like other forms of art: if you take a long break, you may have many different ideas for topics when you get back to it. Where to begin? It is never a bad idea to begin with “beginnings.”
As 2012 begins, there are many happy changes and new beginnings to be thankful for. Some are life-style changes, some are new consumer decisions, some are long-awaited big leaps forward of the personal kind, and some are small steps to long-term goals. Here are a few of the ones I’d love to share:
We changed our internet service provider from AT&T to a local ISP. Anything to do with tech always feels like more of an emotional upset than it really warrants, but once the change was complete, we were really happy about it. Better service, better streaming, a capped-price plan (no surprises) and no contract. Love it.
I quit biting my nails. I did this back in May, but am comfortable now saying that it is a change for keeps. I have been a life-long nail-biter, hiding my hands at every opportunity. I was even scared that my nails would grow out to be ugly nails, since I had savaged them for so long, but they are now a lovely set of short, strong nails.
I quit by first letting 6 nails grow (4 to bite) and then got myself up to 8 nails (2 to bite) then 9 (one to bite) and then I just finally stopped biting them. They call nail-biting a nervous habit which I always interpreted as something one did because one was nervous. I actually think that biting one’s nails makes one nervous, as I feel a lot calmer now without the habit.
My husband and I rarely eat meat anymore. We watched a great video called Forks over Knives that suggested that one could just use meat for flavoring and that is what we now do. Never one to do something in the all-together, I can handle avoiding meat rather than giving it up entirely. Funny thing is: I don’t even miss it and I’ve lost a lot of weight.
I am taking my time writing and that includes emails. This has been a huge leap forward. In emails, I am also taking time to listen and respond specifically to the issues raised by the person I am corresponding with. I’m not projecting my anxieties or dominating the discussion. It’s a small thing, but has made a huge difference.
I am getting back out to the national shows (ACC Baltimore in Feb, CraftBoston in March). To help and have more fun in the process, I have teamed up with a fellow-feltmaker and friend, Heidi Paul. We’ll be showing at ACC Baltimore together. It has made all the difference in the world to work together as a team rather than going at these things solo.
It has been a great experience: we can support each other in our art and work together to choose appropriate shows; we can share stories about our experiences with shows and felt-making in general; and, ultimately, I know we are going to have a fun adventure together on the road. There are many instances in art (and other things!) where one should work alone, but it is far nicer and more fulfilling when one has the opportunity to collaborate with others.
So, that is a good start on my new beginnings. I hope your 2012 is off to a great start with many new beginnings of your own!
Monday, October 3, 2011
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, shortened to the ‘ALMA radio telescope’, took a snap of the Antennae Galaxies from South America. …
ALMA is an international partnership project of Europe, North America and East Asia, with the cooperation of Chile, and is presently the largest astronomical project in the world.
that is unbelievably beautiful! from Dailymail