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art makes place

© Lindsay Obermeyer work place

"I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation."  -- Samuel Osgood

I am in Nashville for Art Makes Place, a series encouraging partnership between artists and the public.  Other participating artists include Let's Re-Make collaborative, Michael Cooper, Mike Calway -Fagen, Bonnie Fortune, Mel Ziegler and Adrienne Outlaw.  Art Makes Place addresses the artist's role in society and how artists help to create a sense of place and identity within a society.  The series culminates with an exhibition catalogue and art exhibit at the downtown Nashville Public Library.

I'm here with a version of my Attachment Project in which two or more people visualize their emotional connections.  This is done through performance using garments I've constructed as well as getting others to write and /or sketch about their relationships.  As you can see, these young women are bound to each other through work, both in a physical sense and the virtual world of the computer.
© Lindsay Obermeyer two heads are better than one
And aren't two minds better than one?

friday fiber fun #3

© Lindsay Obermeyer crocheting a bed spread
"The life so short, the craft so long to learn."  -- Hippocrates

This past January I made a resolution to give more support to my fellow artists.  When an item wears out, I will replace it with the handmade.  If I can't make it, I will seek out those who can.  Of course, handmade means a bit more money, so I will own less, but have higher quality and know that my hard earned dollars are appreciated and not just a notation on a CFO's ledger.  

Here is my current need / wish list:

These leather wallets are gorgeous.  What I especially love is the artist's incorporation of old skeleton keys.  I saved the keys from my mom's house before my brother and I put it on the market.   I love the idea of adding this meaningful, special touch especially as I purchased my current wallet 8 years ago when on vacation with Mom. 

Then there is the need for some new underwear.  I typically buy the 5 pack from Target, but I love these panties.  And the bras....ooh, la, la!  The best part - the artist will custom make your underwear based on YOUR measurements.  Really!  The idea of a owning a comfortable bra that actually fits is such a delightful thought.  

For summer sandals, these are it!  Talk about uniting my love of textiles with shoes.  Imagine these shoes with these ribbons.  Yummy!

I haven't been on a date in eons, but I'm ever hopeful.  

And then of course, one needs to dream of what they don't need.  I love garments with romantic flourishes . Girly and ever so sophisticated.

The pic is of me making a crocheted blanket for my bed.  What a luxury to sleep under it when the weather is cool as it's made from buttery soft merino yarns.

sweet spring

© Lindsay Obermeyer printemps

"Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
“Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!” "  --  Thomas Nashe

A photo taken in Paris three years ago still sums up best my love for spring.  I didn't have much chance to get out to enjoy it this past weekend, but I loved listening to the birds preparing nests and the laughter of children as they zoomed down sunny sidewalks.  

My weekend was filled with knitting in preparation for Nashville where I will be heading next week to lead a performance workshop with Vanderbilt University dance students.  I am thrilled!  New ideas for costumes are pouring out of me.  I can't keep up.  My wrists are weary of all the work, but I persevere.  Preview photos to come soon!

friday fiber fun #2

© Lindsay Obermeyer cells3

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."  --  Jonathan Swift

Welcome spring with this charming doormat designed by Laura Foster Nicholson.  Laura's work has inspired me since undergraduate school.  Take a look at her tapestries and you will see why.

I'm in love with Barbara Hunt's work.  The Steel Dress series is visually inspiring but her Mourning series is stunning.

Aren't these just the cutest undies?  I have this insane urge to make myself a pair in a deep rose pink with orange and pale pink lace with a teeny weeny purple bow.

As I am in the make-it-from-scratch mood, I'm going to have several yards of custom fabric printed from my gouache studies of cell structures. 

If you can't get enough of Kristin Nichols' designs, she's now selling individual patterns.

the photograph solution

© Lindsay Obermeyer Veda4

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." -- Ansel Adams

My first Enjolive photographs without a model.  I've spent hours looking at Etsy.  How do others market their work?  Are the hats on models or mannequins?  If a mannequin, what kind?  Vintage or styrofoam wig form?   

Knit hats are tricky. You can't just drape one on a hook, over a dress model or fold it neatly in a bundle.  Stuff them with paper and they can look all lumpy bumpy.  I love the vintage mannequins heads, but they cost a fortune and Ebay proved no cheaper a source.   The styrofoam wig forms are too plain and too done.    Finally, I decided on a clean and simple presentation - propped on a tall glass vase that nearly disappears in the image.

© Lindsay Obermeyer Laddie Cap

I have to say, I'm pleased.  I'm still learning the full use of my camera, but these images at least bring the focus on the hats and accurately capture what I see.  

Now if only I can figure out how to light earrings properly......

yarn (and more) for cheap!


"Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history.  Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves."  -- Phyllis George

I am cleaning out my closet!  This isn't an ordinary closet.  It is the size of a small bedroom filled floor to ceiling with art supplies.  Having owned a yarn store, you can imagine my stash.  It's time. Yep,  it's time to destash.  

Join me and other crafty folk for the first Do It Your Own D*mn Self craft fair.  Catchy title, don't you think?  Vendors from around the Chicago area will be selling craft supplies for super cheap.  Yes, you read that correctly - cheap!  It's our bit to help others while helping ourselves in the bargain.  We clean out our closets and make some spare change while you find treats galore at a price that won't empty the wallet.

I will of course have copies of how-to books featuring my designs - brand new and at 30% off the cover price.  Now that's a bargain!  There will be loads of yarn from Classic Elite, Rowan, Filatura di Crosa and more.  I'll also have beads, buttons, and ribbon, plus fabric pre-cut for easy piecing.  There may be more as I haven't reached the back of the closet yet.  I know, I'm a craft glutton.

Friday Fiber Fun

"Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy." -- Anonymous

Every Friday, at least that is my intention, I will be posting a collection of all things fiber fantastic.  Now mind you, my definition of fiber is a bit loose as you will soon see.  Have fun!

Looville lady hooked me into Loop.Ph and all the fab things they create such as the installation featured above.

Green fashion for home and self made right here in the Midwest.

I can't decide which of these wonderful books made from recycled papers I like best.  Actually, I'm feeling greedy and want them all.  

These will make your next romantic dinner ever more romantic!

Missoni is always a favorite, but the Fall 2009 collection is beyond gorgeous.  Bene!

spring fling thing

© Lindsay Obermeyer Cerise detail

"Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's party!'" -- Robin Williams

9 days until spring and counting!  I can't wait.  I am already luxuriating in longer, sunnier days - even if the thermometer reads at 13 degrees.  Naturally this spring fever flows into my studio work which at the moment is filled with vibrant colors and lots of crocheted flowers.  

I could make crocheted flowers all day long.  I love them.  They are the visual definition of cute.  I know.  I know.  Serious artists are supposed to be making serious art about serious topics, but I say bring me the cute, the pretty and the beautiful.  I've had it up to my eyebrows with negative economic news.  I'm tired of hearing about how many people have been blown up or shot down.  And for goodness sake, stop blabbing on about low housing prices when I am trying to sell my mom's home.   Instead, I say "Let's crochet a party!" 

exhibition schedule spring 2009

Lindsay Obermeyer at Grand Rapids performance photo by Samantha Bennett 

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break." -Chinese proverb

I am pleased to announce the launch of The Red Thread Project® website !  Check out performance photos from Terre Haute, Memphis and Grand Rapids.  Read how you can get involved. 

This fall The Red Thread Project® will be in St. Louis.  The performance and exhibition will be held at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Galleries as part of Innovations in Textiles 8, a biennial fiber art event and symposium September 25-27.  Mark your calendars and join the fun!

Other great news…

A part of my Attachment Project will be featured at (Inter) Actions, a group exhibition at Orleans St. Gallery, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL  60174.  The exhibition runs from March 21 – May 30 with an exhibition opening March 21 from 6-9pm. 

March 29 – April 17, I will be in Nashville, TN as part of “Art Make Places: Contemporary Artists make Community-based, Public Art in the form of Temporary, Site-specific and Performance-based Artworks."  Through my “Gift of Connection” I will be working with Vanderbilt University dance students on a new collaborative performance.  A blog will act as journal, sketchbook, and photo album of the work. 

Adjust the Thermostat, aka Big Blue, travels with other Cool Globes to Los Angeles.  The exhibition opens on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Exposition Park and runs through August.  If you are in the area and happen to see Big Blue, please send me a pic. 

The Culture of Knitting by Joannne Turney will feature a piece from my Woman’s Work series.  Reserve a copy at Amazon or directly from Berg Publishers.  

Make sure to add a copy of Knitting Art: Expanding the Boundaries of Knitting by Karen Searle to your art library.  You may purchase a copy signed by me and at a discount from my Etsy shop, Enjolive. 

It’s going to be a busy spring!