Artist Crush : : Meredith Woolnough

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2015 by Meredith Woolnough, 93 cm by 93cm

Great art picks up where nature ends.”  Marc Chagall

I recently came across the work of Meredith Woolnough.  There are moments in every artist's career when they see another artist's work and think "Holy Crap!  That piece is perfect. Spot on to what I've been thinking and why didn't I think of it first?" Yes, I am slighlty jealous and in tremendous awe of her talent.

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Free Patterns : : The Rainbow Collection

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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou 

I love rainbows, don't you?  They are frequently a source of inspiration for my designs.  The Rainbow Faith Bracelet I created for Ehow.com.  As it is made with crystals, it is extra sparkly.

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I also made this finger knit scarf or Blanket for Ehow.com.

 Easy to make and a perfect car trip project. 

©2016 Lindsay Obemeyer Rainbow Hat

And last but not least, my rainbow children's beanie, because aren't your children the gold at the end of the rainbow?!  I posted this pattern on my blog earlier this year.


Free Pattern: Beginner Baby Blanket

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A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it. – By Frank A. Clark

This is a simple, beginner's level baby blanket.  It falls in the category of tv knitting, you know, that project you can do while watching tv and not get too lost with what you are knitting.  This blanket was designed as a newborn receiving blanket, but could easily be adjusted to other sizes.

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Free Pattern :: Crochet Christmas Coasters

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.--- Norman Vincent Peale

There are only 177 days until Christmas.  After years of being the family scrooge, I've decided to follow in  my mother's footsteps.  She started preparing for Christmas in July.  This was partly due to nostalgia.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and the one with the happiest memories.  She also started in July as she owned a catering company and she was working 12/7 from The week before Thanksgiving until the week after New Year's.  She didn't have time to go shopping or prepare the homemade crafts in December, so she got started in July when her business was slower.  

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Knitwear Inspiration :: Chanel Fall / Winter 2016-17

 

 A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.

 The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. -- Coco Chanel

 

Chanel has been a frequent source of inspiration.  In my college days, it was the suit fabrics I loved.  I'd go to the couture stores, study the fabrics and then try to replicate them on my loom.  But these days, I study the knitwear and beadwork.

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Free Pattern : : Slouchy Baby / Toddler / Kids Beanie

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So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard

 

With every hat pattern I've posted, I receive several emails and comments requesting the hat in a different size.  Okay, so I have written this one for a baby, toddler and young child.  I wanted to make a slouchy beanie with a big pompom.  It is a beanie that slides over to the possibility of being a beret but I didn't give it enough slouch to be a good floppy beret which is how I like them.  This is a beanie with a touch of attitude.  I think pompoms are a prerequisite of childhood, especially big colorful ones.

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The House of Elsa Schiaparelli : exquisite embroidery

 

Dress designing . . . is to me not a profession but an art. -- Elsa Schiaparelli

 

I am beyond excited to have found this video by the house of Elsa Schiaparelli.  She was a huge influence on my early art.

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Social Networks and Stroke Recovery :: Short Video Review

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
– A.A. Milne (Author of Winnie the Pooh)

This is a short video about my work with Dr. Amar Dhand and his research lab last year.  He was researching the impact of one's social network on their recovery from a stroke. Social network science looks at the effect of networks on the individual as awell as larger corporate structures.  Take a look at the video and if you want to learn more about the project tor become involved yourself then please take a look at my other blog

 


Art Review :: Lindsay Obermeyer Art 2009-2012

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -- Pablo Picasso

June 11th is the 10 year anniversary of my blog. Really?! June 11, 2006. I started my blog to record my creative process. Along the way it has done just that, as well as delve into my love of teaching art, and more recently becoming a DIY craft blog and now a bit more on cooking because of my change in my diet. The blog has become a bit of a journal and also a bit of letter writing to myself into the future.

Have you ever noticed that our earlier-selves know our future selves far more than we realize at the time? 

I read recently of a professor who told his ceramic students that half would be graded on the quantity of work they made, while the other half would be graded on the quality of one piece.  Those who were assigned the making of the perfect piece failed.  They spent their entire time worrying over each detail, bogged by discussion of the cultural implications of their chosen material.  Those who made for the sake of making arrived at work that became suffused with meaning.  They had allowed discoveries to happen.  By preventing self censorship from negating production, they could whittle away at an idea until it began to take shape.  Delight came as much from the act of making as it did from the final product. 

I want to make for the sake of making, letting each piece of work act as a point on a map toward the next discovery.

These words were from one of my earliest posts.  June 12, 2006.  I still feel this way.  I have  joy in making for the sake of making. It's that creative adventure, a thrill and a struggle until the end of the piece. For the past few months I've been struggling to figure out the next direction of my work.  I was overthinking it.  I had to just jump in and start making.  The making will lead me down the path.  While looking at exhibition calls, I didn't have recent work to submit, work made within the past three years. With that in mind, I knew I had to get cracking. Make for the sake of making and just trust that a cohesive body of work will emerge.

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So here is the start into the future. Ta da!

The images at the top are the 4th collection in the Facebook challenge.  They are part of a series called Pattern Play and delve into a review of the microscopic patterns, real and imagined that lurk below our skin.  Photo credit: Larry Sanders.

 

 


Art Review :: Lindsay Obermeyer Art 1988-2007

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

A friend recently challenged me to feature an artwork a day on Facebook.  Well, as I am going through my images of previous work and looking at how I want to group them for a new website I am building.  I decided to focus on clusters of art rather than one single work.

The first post is of my Visions of Paradise series completed between 1988-1992.  They were my alternative reality to urban living with all the anger and violence swirling in the air outside my window.  I made a conscious choice to focus on the positive and the beautiful.  This series was well received, and was featured in books and magazine articles and a few of these pieces are now in the Museum of Fine Art Boston.

In 1992 I went off to graduate school in Seattle.  That same year I was diagnosed with cancer again.  My work turned from the exterior landscape to the interior. 

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Much of this work has also sold,some to private collectors and the rest to a university oncology department.  The work allowed me to process, analyze and accept that cancer would be an ongoing problem in my life. I would never be fully rid of it. Basically at the root of this series was the fragility of the human condition and all the fears and anxieties that go along with it.

I continued on this same track but delved deeper into microbiology.This collection began with a grant. I wanted to show at the International Museum of Surgical Science. As I wrote the grant the story of a young Victorian woman developed. She was interested in medicine, but relegated to only the girly arts of embroidery and knitting. So while she embroidered patterns of femurs and leucocytes developed. Her sweaters were non functional and display the tumor they were intended to cover.

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