I Sing Because I’m Happy

2015-04-06 12.04.59

"Mom! Why do you keep singing when I've told you not to?!" After more than a decade of being soothed by the sound of my voice - often falling asleep mid-song - our 13-year-old son now complains whenever he hears me sing. I get it. The typically-developing side of him is bothered simply because he's supposed to be bothered by me. He's in middle school. It's required. At the same time, his spot ...continue reading

Catching Up

2015-03-31 20.18.37

Where did March go? I vaguely recall it coming in like a lion, but after that it's all a blur. Fortunately, I snapped a few pictures here and there, so I can piece together some of what went on. It certainly looks like I had fun! I spent a good portion of my time crowd-sourcing materials for more "teaching the art of upcycling" projects. I approached our local Half Price Books store and our ...continue reading

Pet Toys

2015-03-026

My quest for balance and my need for organization intersected this week, when I looked at my ever-growing stash of obtainium and realized I've got to use up more of this stuff . . . but only if I make things that leave my house. I created some calm amid the chaos by loading my car with materials I'm using at schools next week - more found-object creations for the Arts Center's Artist in ...continue reading

Boyfriend Bracelets

2015-03-06 15.54.05

Remember the days of wrapping your boyfriend's class ring in mohair to make it small enough to fit your finger? After I covered all my wire hangers in t-shirt yarn, I started looking for other metal that needed softening and decided to use a bangle bracelet as my next guinea pig. The bracelet I chose was too big for me and pretty cheap looking, so anything I did to it would/could be an ...continue reading

Cornell-inspired Creation

2015-03-05 12.35.11

Yes, I'm still on my Cornell kick. Last week, I explored ways I could adapt his style to the materials I have on hand (or what I think I can get more of) for some of the school projects I'm teaching in the next few months. I have several ancient (more than 40 years old), gutted, library books and decided they'd make an interesting base for a Cornell-inspired creation. What began as a collection ...continue reading

Cardboard City

2015-02-27 10.27.25

Earlier this month, I spent a week at Goshen Elementary, in Prospect, Kentucky, helping third, fourth, and fifth grade art students create a cardboard city, inspired by the work of Annalise Rees. Rees is an Australian artist who looks at a cardboard box and sees, "...delightful banality and boringness, common to all, the magical gateway into childhood fantasies. Timber, brown paper and string. ...continue reading