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10 minute tourist

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Cultural Center

"The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own."  -- Susan Sontag

After four hours of staring at the computer screen, it was time to take a break.  I left the Cultural Center and headed over to Millennium Park.  

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer the couple 

I wasn't the only one out to take a stroll.  There was the adorable couple who had just gotten married at City Hall.  Walk a few steps, smooch, walk a few more steps, smooch again.  Giggle in between.  The seriousness of the uniform contrasted nicely with the veil and flip flops.       

I normally don't like taking photographs.  The camera always makes me feel self conscious, but for some reason, a camera phone gives me license to spy, or in this case, play the happy tourist.

  ©2010 LIndsay ObermeyerThe bean

Look carefully.  Dead center. The diagonal line of sunshine is pointing straight at me.  That's right. That speck of orange is me.

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Me and the bean 

And of course, I had to go play in the water.

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Spit
 
 Try it some time.  Walk out your door and look around you as if you've never been there before.  Funny how much you can enjoy yourself.  Don't forget to take a camera!


cell studies

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer paint palette

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."  --  Pablo Picasso

For months I've been asking myself what it is I am doing.  Why all this painting?  Aren't they just studies for something bigger?  Something in textiles?  Perhaps.  But for now I am content with the process, letting one idea flow to the next.  

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Cell Studies 

Textile artist.  Fiber artist. Installation artist. Performance artist. Community artist.  Painter.  So many labels. I like them as they have their use, but by their very definition they can be limiting.

I need to experiment, so that is what I am doing.

     ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Cellstudy1 

Letting myself see what transpires.  

Can art making really be this simple?


power knitting

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer yarn 


"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand."  --  Chinese proverb 

I've been teaching on some level for 20 years, but tomorrow will be a first.  I've been asked to bring The Red Thread Project® to a parochial school in Aurora, IL.  Okay, there is nothing unusual in that.   Over the years, I've taught well over a 1000 people how to knit, whether with needles or knitting looms. But here is the twist - I'll be teaching 200 children, K-5th, at one sitting.  Imagine a school gym filled with lunch tables, 200 hundred children, teachers, yarn, knitting frames, and me.  Fortunately I'll have teachers and volunteers at each table to assist, but I'm just a wee bit nervous.  It's either going to be amazing or completely chaotic.  

Keep your fingers crossed for me.


tissu

  Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame by François-Hubert Drouais

Sometimes I think I missed my calling.  After spending 8 hours at Artropolis, looking at hundreds of works by contemporary artists, it was in the antiques section where I felt most at home.  I love the stories behind antiques - the story of the maker, the materials, the previous owners, and the time frame in which the object was made.  I fell in love with a pair of 19th century Chinese embroideries initially used for decorating a bed, silk floss on silk fabric with incredibly delicate stitch work.  Then there was that table with a 19th century needlepoint set under glass for a top....  Oh la la!  Maybe I should have been an antiques dealer or a textile historian.  I once worked out a business plan for a textile gallery that would revel in all things textile, from garments to contemporary work from all periods and places.  You could call it a fabric orgy.  I was going to call it "Tissu."

The magazine Selvedge comes closest to the concept.  Exhibitions would have rotated around themes, such as Blue, all things indigo-dyed or Counter Spin, objects used in rebellions or with a renegade content.  The skill, labor, design and beauty of these objects would be underscored through installation and information.  I still have the business plan filed away somewhere in the urban excavation site know as my office.  I think I'll go dust it off and give it a perusal.