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feeling a bit prickly

Maybe because I was working on this:
prickly
-and asking myself “what is the point?”. Having so much that needs to get done before Chicago and the study trip to Japan while at the same time being called out online for “standing on the sidelines criticizing instead of rolling up my sleeves and doing something”. This I get for publicly stating my opinion on recent discussions ( LBPost )about the future of art in our fine city of Long Beach. I admit I said the E word (education) and as you know, it is something I am passionate about when it comes to public education. But to be called out both on a youtube video as well as in a public forum by (get this) the same person who “borrowed” one of my ElementaryArt pics from my blog and then used it to promote himself without permission, attribution or anything just left me feeling a little prickly.
So, in retaliation, I headed to the studio to work where I had several rewarding days with dye and silk.
Releasing the threads that bound the pent up fabric and removing the sharp and now unnecessary barbs the silk rewarded me with small volcanic-like mountains complete with lava flow and molten ash. Very Icelandic- thank you Gudrun for your book of paintings based on natural surfaces in Iceland-just marvelous! You can see her work hanging in the airport in Reykjavik when you arrive (and by the way she is my sister in law). So much inspiration in your work- I see all sorts of “scapes” for shibori work there.
released1
Phew!
Then, another sign of renewal-
sign-of-spring-in-the-plum-tree
momma dove sitting on her nest in the plum tree.

and
some more large wraps for birthday gift orders..here’s one
basic-chou-wrap
Plus I get to iron silk while a band rehearses in the next room.
practicing
the sound was sweet!
( oh and I’m gonna ignore the threat of a defamation lawsuit you posted and just assume you had temporarily lost your mind- wishes for a speedy recovery)

maybe i should just become a photographer…

at the risk of boring you to death with yet another instance of image “nicking” i again feel the need to publish this little story on behalf of those of us out there putting up our works online for others to view and perhaps along the way, we might (god forbid) be rewarded financially for our efforts. or at least given a little credit.

yes, there was another “incident” last night. (go back a few posts to read about previous incidents)
a local self proclaimed arts advocate used one of the photos i posted on my blog Elementary Art in a newsletter that was emailed to their mailing list (quite large I would assume) as well as on their website on a page advocating for one of my personal favorite causes-art education (if you go there now, he has redirected the page to something else so as to obfuscate his misdeed-it originally was where the photo he “borrowed” of mine resided ).
while you might imagine this would tickle me to death (gee..i’m flattered…. AGAIN) i was not.
“why?” you might ask. well to start, there was no permission granted nor asked for regarding the use of this image. nor was there any attribution. no link to the Elementary Art blog, no mention of Elementary Art at all! in addition, the image was of two students (minors) and no photographers release had been granted to them for use this image. just so happens i know the parents of these kids and while they have given ME permission to use the image on MY blog they in NO WAY intended it to be taken and used for any other purpose!
when this was brought to the attention of the offending party and a suggestion made that they could donate any $ amount of their choosing to go towards supplies in the classroom this year for Elementary Art as a payment for use of the image to promote their good deeds to the community, they simply apologized and declined. so much for their motto….”creativity ………is ACTION!”
i guess they mean action that OTHERS should take to promote the arts.
yes, i am feeling a little bitter this morning. i think that this community’s art’s organizations have become one giant press release. as one artist so aptly proclaimed, “public art has become public relations”. Go here and listen to what an Artist Himself says about the future of the arts in Long Beach.
it appears as if there may be a new bureau of arts and cultural affairs formed in the City Manager’s office sometime soon. i wonder who could be vying for a place at that public trough?

okay, okay enough bs! perhaps my sour mood is also reflective of the respiratory virus that has been attacking me for the past couple of days. most likely. today i am left with *only* the racking cough and am ready to get back to my Real Work. excuse me while i retreat into the studio for the rest of the week.

before i go….i will add that aside from working on the rest of my current orders, building inventory and planning my workshop for houston Quilt Festival (there might be a couple spots left-can’t guarantee it though) i am taking Susan Sorrell’s Organic Design online class. it’s all about “free-motion hand stitching/embroidery” . my term, not hers. but it reminds me of free motion machine stitching-only done by hand and mind. i need to turn off here and check out a bit to really get into it.
here goes………………….