Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Package project -- week 2

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Ushuaia, Argentina -- the southernmost city in the world, where the ships leave for Antarctica. 

Today we will be flying from Santiago, Chile into Ushuaia and boarding our ship.  Here's what Ushuaia looked like three years ago; I suspect it hasn't changed much.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Today I'm off on an adventure -- a trip to Antarctica!

I've always been intrigued by the cold places of the world, and have always loved ocean voyages and the thought of going somewhere that most people don't.  So this trip is a three-fer.

This particular iceberg was in a glacial lake in Patagonia, where we visited in 2007.  I suspect we'll be seeing much bigger and stranger ones on this trip!  I'll have lots of pictures to share when I get home.

Meanwhile, if Blogger cooperates, I'll have a new photo du jour every day I'm gone.  See you in a couple of weeks!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

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The 2011 package project

In addition to my daily art project, I'm starting a different kind of project for 2011.  Rather than commit to making a certain kind of art every day, I am committing to at least one a week, with the option of making more if the spirit moves me.

So what am I going to make?


I was 17 months old the first Christmas that I knew what was going on.  As the only child and only grandchild, I got all kinds of goodies, but proceeded to vex my elders by wanting only to tear the boxes open and not really caring about what was inside.  "More packies!  More packies!" I notoriously exclaimed, as my mother tied up the empty boxes with ribbon and gave them to me over and over.  Indeed, "more packies" became family shorthand for all kinds of unbecoming but not altogether disgusting greed exhibited by loved ones.

But my packages are going to be the good white swan, not the evil black one.  Instead of symbolizing greed, they're going to symbolize frugality and resourcefulness, because I'm going to make them out of things on hand.  Maybe they'll be like little time capsules, or like the Andy Warhol boxes into which he swept the entire contents of his desk every now and then.

I came to the definition of my 2011 regular art project only in the last couple of days.  I have been reading a book on the early days of fiber art and was taken by the number of people who made bundles as an art form.  Some wrapped up stacks of paper or fabric, some wrapped plant materials, some wrapped heaps of yarn ends from the floor of their studio, some wrapped cubes of thin air.

This concept was apparently hot stuff in the 70s, and when I saw so many pictures of various bundles at one time, it heated me up too.  I've admired bundles made by other artists in the past, but never seriously thought to do them myself until now.  Had I read this chapter in mid-September, it might not have had much impact, but seeing it on December 27, just when I was regretting that I hadn't figured out a regular art project for 2011, was different.

As with any regular art project, you can set a whole lot of rules for yourself at the beginning, and despite your best intentions, it doesn't work out exactly as you plan.  In fact, that's one of the things I love about regular art!  So I'll just see what happens.  And when I find out, you'll be the second to know.

Here's my first package.  It contains some of the tiny clippings and thread ends from two years of clearing off my cutting table.  I can see bits of my six latest quilts in there.

Happy New Year!

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