Study 33: Art Resolutions-Fine and felted

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. Welcome to Study 33.

One of the many interesting aspects of art is the fluidity and controversy of its definition. The term “arts and crafts” establishes one of the many situations where theory, skill, and philosophy intersect. That’s not what I want to discuss here–at least, not right now, but it  introduces the idea for me of languages of art. My first language is that of two dimensional drawing, painting, calligraphy, printing, and design. On Sunday, I learned a new media in which to express some of those two dimensional concepts in a different language–fiber arts.

Cincinnati sister, Evelien, spied the ad for a class in felting at the Women’s Art Barn in Mariemont. New sister, Polly, and I joined her for a wonderful couple of hours learning to manipulate old zippers, boiled wool, and roving. The focus was making valentine pins, but detours into other ideas were allowed–and it will be no surprise to those who know me. I chose the road less traveled.

I have always loved hand sewing. And so, we sat in the same spirit as quilters of long ago–helping each other thread needles, admiring and offering suggestions, finding a bandage when the inevitable needle prick came to pass. I left with a shamrock inspired by the purple Irish shamrock plant from home. Met two new women who love art and learned a new “language.” A good afternoon.




About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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