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Visiting the Chicken Coupe
Anyone who’s been around Houston for any length of time knows that every spring there’s a crazy ritual called The Houston Art Car Parade. It’s hosted by The Orange Show. And being the somewhat hip and happening chick that I am, I happen to know someone who owns an art car – Sam VanBibber. I met Sam and her Gournal creating roomie Amie at the First Saturday Art Market in the Heights about a year ago and have since become a steady customer of Amie’s.
I swung by Sam and Amie’s place this afternoon to pick up the next gournal for the Polaroid Project. Amie’s handmade gournals are what I’m using to store the Polaroid Project in until it’s done and book one is quickly coming to the point of having no more pages for sticking images on. I was tickled when I saw that the chicken coupe was parked outside their place.
One of my first successful indoor shots of The Impossible Project’s PX-70 PUSH! Instant film. This film is highly sensitive to light and tricky to shoot with. I’m finally getting the hang of it though. Usually I can shoot a few shots and get the hang of it. Not with this stuff. I find myself praying each time I take the picture. Although the dark slide through the door of the SX-70 to shield the image helps. Once I get that down I’ll be happy and more likely to take pictures outside.
Next up, figuring out a more flexible solution for the One-Step Camera.
The basket full of scissors and iron on transfer patterns. I became obsessed with iron transfers after my mother’s death. In the trunk that I brought home from her house I found a mix of completed embroidery, half-finished embroidery and panels never started. Combine that with an obsession about embroidery thread (collected while I did a lot of cross-stitch) and my crafty self finds herself wanting to open up her boxes of thread, buy some cotton towels and stitch my way to and from work on the bus.
My friend Ramona at Texas Art Asylum turned me on to the multiple variations of edging scissors available for trimming paper and images. Texas Art Supply had a range of these lovely little scissors that I picked up. The basket is just the perfect place to store them in.
Over on the left, you can see the altered book that I’ve been working on after taking a class at Texas Art Asylum. I still have lots of work to do before it’s done, but I’ve got some great ideas from my art journal books and artist trading card books.
Before this last year, you would have been hard pressed to find a tube of paint in my house. Now there are several and I’m using them along with a host of other art supplies. I’m still taking pictures (obviously) but now there’s a whole new dimension that wasn’t there before.
Art became an additional creative outlet for me last year while I was dealing with Mom’s passing. It started with The Artist’s Way and just kind of grew from there.
Now I regularly play with paint, make Artist’s Trading Cards and I’m going to try my hand at book binding in the near future after I create the base pages for a mixed media art book.