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visitin'

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Bonnie 1
The Possible's slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination.
~Emily Dickinson

With the melting of the snow and the mellowing of icy winds, I'm getting out and about more.  As my Gam would say, I've been visitin'.   Visiting a friend is always a lovely thing to do, but going to their studio is the best as you get to see what they've been making.

Bonnie has been busy working on proposals for mosaic murals.  I just love her style.  Bold, colorful and always cheerful.  

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She's been making garden stones too.  They are tucked here and there about her home as little visual treats.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Garden Stone by Bonnie Katz

We've worked together for years as co-teachers at the Evanston Art Center, but we've also been collaborating on public art projects.  We're pulling together a proposal now, but I digress.  

Visitin' definitely can bring its surprises.  I stopped by Sifu the other week to discuss natural dye classes I'll be teaching there this summer and was greeted by Lisa while covered in duct tape.  

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Duct Tape Dress Form Lisa SIfu

Lisa is endlessly clever and was making a DIY dress form of herself. I need to make one especially as I just bought new software for drafting garment patterns. 


The Red Thread Project® - St. Louis Dance of Hats 2011 part 2

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer The Red Thread Project® student concentrating

"On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers".  --  Adlai E. Stevenson

A few more pics from the Dance of Hats event on May 12, 2011.  

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The choreographers for the day's event were Alicia Williams and Diadie Bathily.  Their energy and enthusiasm had the children out dancing before the event had even started!

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer The Red Thread Project® Samba Bom
Of course, the grooves set by Mr. Mo and fellow Samba Bom members were irresistible.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer The Red Thread Project® Dance of Hats 2011

Finding a hat a to wear.  So many choices!

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430 hats were made by the children, plus several dozen more made by a grandfather who learned to knit from his grandchild.

A huge thank you to Springboard, Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Missouri Arts Council!  And of course, to all the children and teachers who participated!


finding harmony in new harmony

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Utopia

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." -- Mahatma Ghandi

Every now and then this gal needs a break.  After months of working and little down time, I accepted an invitation to visit from my friend Laura Foster Nicholson, designer and fiber artist extraordinaire.  You may have seen some of her work at Crate and Barrel or Land of Nod.  Here is an adorable linens collection she recently designed for Land of Nod.  Too cute!

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New Harmony, Indiana is an  amazing contrast in architectural styles which is rather remarkable when you consider it's population is just 900.  There are the remains of traditional Harmonists structures, one of which has been turned into a life sized pin hole camera!

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 Main Street is primarily Victorian.  Don't you love the bank?!  It's now the headquarters for the mother-son textile design team Docey and Owen Lewis, descendants of Robert Owens, one of America's leading 19th century social reformers.

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New Harmony also features the work of contemporary architects Philip Johnson and Richard Meier.

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I didn't make it to the labyrinths for which the town is famous with the Harmonists having designed the first in the region during the mid 1800's.  The day had turned cold and dreary.  Not a problem, I just have to make a return visit.


The Red Thread Project: St. Louis 2011

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"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live."   -- George Bernard Shaw

I'm short on words today.  I'm still processing the joy brought from working last week with 400+ children, two choreographers and one samba band on The Red Thread Project®'s Dance of Hats.  As both a teacher and an artist, it is gratifying to know that the message you've shared has been received, understood and made their own.  Plus, who can resist watching them have such a great time.?!  A small idea that started 7 years ago has blossomed into something much larger than I ever imagined.

I hope you enjoy this short video made by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Johnny Andrews.

 

 All the hats were made by the children and will be donated to local St. Louis charities.  A HUGE thank you to the folks at Springboard and Laumeier Sculpture Park for their involvement.  


she's gone to the dogs

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Josie

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."  --  Ben Williams

Last week wasn't the greatest.  I went for my annual check up which inevitably led to test after test.  It seems to be my thing.  Feel fine.  Be told you aren't.  Really.  This has been happening year after year for the last 4.  How is one not supposed to stress out when given this scenario?!  

Thank goodness for my pooches, Josie and Jack.  They have taken it upon themselves to keep me distracted.  Josie loves to play ball and Jack will woof for every and any unknown reason. 

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Thinking about how much I rely upon these four-legged friends to keep me relaxed and laughing, I thought it only fitting to create an Etsy treasury in their honor.

Etsy Treasury She's Gone for the Dogs

I have to get Josie the id tag.  It is soooooooo her. Fastest licker this side of the Mississippi.  Jack would be fetching in that bow tie, though I'm sure he'd rather have the doggie donuts.  


Sifu Design Studio

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"Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket."

 --  Charles Simic

My recent visit to Sifu Design Studio and Fine Yarns Store proves my theory that yarn stores reflect the personality of their owners.  Opened by Lisa Whiting just 4 months ago, Sifu is making its presence felt in the Chicago area.  

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The shop is filled with both new and vintage yarns, contemporary and vintage patterns, buttons, threads, books and more.

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Lisa is an established designer with several of her patterns having recently been published in Vogue Knitting.  

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She brings her aesthetic to every aspect of her shop.  Mixed media these days tends to imply work on paper, but with Lisa it's the blending of knitting with embroidery, beading with crocheting, wire with buttons.  Anything and everything can go into the mix.  Don't you just love her rings!

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She's recently received certification as an eco-friendly shop with her various green measures, including a small outdoor basket of thrums for the birds to use in their nest building.  No bit goes left unused!  

As a designer and artist, she supports others by featuring their work in her shop.  I LOVE these embroidered "patches."  I'm thinking that a small collection of them would look fab in my kitchen.

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Sifu Design Studio is located at 5044 N. Clark in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.  Hours are T-Th 11 to 7, Fr 11-9 and Sa & Su 10-6.  Call (773) 598-5797 to obtain a listing of her classes.


The Red Thread Project® - St. Louis Dance of Hats 2011

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The Dance of Hats for The Red Thread Project® will next be taking place in St. Louis, MO at Laumeier Sculpture Park.  Imagine 400+ children and adults connected at the head, dancing to samba music.  I can't wait!  If you are in the St. Louis area, please join the fun.  The dance /  performance art will run from noon to 1pm.  

To learn more about my community-based project, take a look at the project's website.

A special thank you to this year's St. Louis sponsors of the project - Springboard, Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Missouri Arts Council.

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Chicago Craft Social, Needle Felt Gerber Workshop

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"Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity."  -- Bo Bennett

I've been without a working camera for the past few months.  Though I have a cell phone camera, it just isn't up to the job, but I'm fortunate in that others send me pics they have taken.  These come from Alexis.  She and her mom were two of the 18+ participants in my  needle felted gerber daisy pendant workshop at the Chicago Craft Social this past March.  

As you can see, everyone had fun learning the technique and were successful in creating their own daisy pendants.  

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Thank you to Clover for supplying us with their great tools and roving!


springing on etsy

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"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" -- Mark Twain

Spring is definitely in the air!  I'm not the only one inspired by such beauty.  Check out these artists / designers and their amazing work.   I just love the dog in his fetching bow tie collar.  And no garden is complete without a garden gnome to protect it.