Thursday, February 18, 2010

I did make stuff...

I had this realization today that I haven't posted anything I've been working on. My Bad. I am working - really.
I have two things going on right now:
#1. Using the previously posted Bible verses in a variety of manners
#2. Landscape Oil Paintings for Olivia..that took a strange turn

Here's what I've done on the Bible verses:
The First idea was to create Handkerchief Dolls, which are a traditional folk craft, and embroider the verses somewhere on them.
Handkerchief Dolls are made from men's hankies. The were one of the few "Sunday Toys" for girls to play with on Sunday. There are some verses in the Bible that say one shouldn't work on Sundays - it is the Lords day to be dedicated to Rest, Worship, and the Family. Traditional Judaism took this to the extreme and said anything besides these - including housework, buying anything etc. was "work" or outside requirements". These strict views spilled over into Christianity and early Protestantism, therefore in colonial times children could only play with certain "Bible" related toys on the Sabbath...
These Dolls are given to girls to keep them quiet in church. They are made out of soft materials so if the girls drop them, they will not make noise. Often the girl would only have one doll and this doll would be kept until she was married. It would then be disassembled and be carried with the Bride as the "something old".

ok Long story short.
I figured this was pretty representative of some of these old teachings about women that are still being pushed. The dolls represent these teachings - like being silent...and they too are carried into marriage.

My first attempts failed. I stitched the words right on the front of the dolls. It was ugly...just plain ugly - hard to read. Bleh.
So then..I made this one:

I sewed on lace and embroidered the lace. It's alright.

Then I got this idea somewhere...who knows. I wrote related text onto the hankies first. I thought about the repetition of teaching and the practice of having students write down rules repeatedly to ingrain them - to punish them.
So below are the hankie dolls I made. The text is also below in " Quotes". I DID NOT put the verses on the dolls, but I did list them below.

"I agree"
Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Proverbs 21:19

"Submit" Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Colossians 3:18

"I am silent"
Women should listen and learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly.1 Tim. 2:10

"I am weak"
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner (1 Peter 3:7)

Ok. Project #2.
Once upon a time I thought about painting landscapes in oil. Then I thought about painting "miniatures" on Feminine Pads. My Mentor Liz, and I discussed the importance of what I paint on the pads. That the pads are inherently feminine so the painting doesn't have to be. Also, she talked about the woman's cycle and how it controls the woman to a degree when it comes. We have tried to make it more "convenient", but there are still things like swimming, wearing white pants...that become a challenge.

So that made me thing about nature and the natural - controlled landscapes, Which brought me back to the Olivia project - oil landscapes. EUREKA!
So I looked at some pics of Manicured lawns to paint them. They weren't good. I did not think they'd reproduce well.

I decided on Landscape Plans and Landscape designs. That is what I did. I copied Landscape plans onto maxi pads with red oil paint. woo...I still want to make several more. Like a WALL full.

After I had out all the Pads from my drawers I found an old box of tampons. I don't use tampons cause they are icky. So I disassembled them. I took out the actual cotton tampon (which I am going to use to make bullets) and I kept the applicator. Another thing Liz suggested was to research history of things, which I love...and as I googled "Feminine Napkins" on the ole work computer, I found out that they recently found hand knitted pads. Women made their stuff for years from cotton, rags, wood chips, etc...but they found some knitted ones..

So I knitted some tampons. They are so cute. They look like little (or big) flower buds. The also look like penis's, which is funny and historical - back in the day tampons were looked down on because they were believed to take a girls virginity away.

Aren't they regal? I think so.
So that's what I've been up to.
In case you are wondering.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sometimes I see the huge amount of art and artists out there and I think...why bother?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

So I've definitely hit some road bumps.
I have made a couple of dolls with the Bible verses and tried a couple more things. I'm thinking that perhaps I should tuck the idea away until I think up a better presentation.

I went to some galleries to film and take pictures for the Fame Project and found everything more awkward than anything. I met some gallery curators and gave out my card. We'll see. I'm thinking some of that project needs to be reworked.

I'm sitting in a pile of projects that need to be reworked. It's time to go back to the drawing board...make some different plans...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Thus says the Lord

So I have these Bible passages. I've got to do something with them - they are just too good to pass up.

A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
Proverbs 12:4

Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Proverbs 21:19

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:22-33

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord
Colossians 3:18

In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands, even those who refuse to accept the Good News. 1 Peter 3:1-6

A man is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. (1 Cor. 11:7)

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner (1 Peter 3:7)

Women should listen and learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was the woman, not Adam, who was deceived by Satan, and sin was the result. But women will be saved through childbearing and by continuing to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty. (1 Tim. 2:10-15)

I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. 1 Cor. 14:34

Then he said to the woman, "You will bear children with intense pain and suffering. And though your desire will be for your husband, he will be your master." Gen 3:16

The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.
But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword. Pro 5:4-5

But there is one thing I want you to know: A man is responsible to Christ, a woman is responsible to her husband, and Christ is responsible to God. 1Cr 11:3

And man was not made for woman's benefit, but woman was made for man. 1Cr 11:9
It snowed again...I'm off again...
Most of the time I'd be stoked, but the weather is sucking my soul away.

Check out what I found:

Yeah...On "The Daily What" no less
great.There are truly no original thoughts anymore.
The Bible says so -and it said it 2398739847-347-3809348 (Aprox.) years ago. Boo.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ug! I'm sitting here in a pile of handkerchiefs and it's just not working for me.
I've imagined this in many ways.
If I could play my thoughts as a Youtube video right now, you'd see. It's not looking good.

I'm at that moment when I know that this idea actualized will not be as good as previous or other actualized ideas. Ergo, when we all sit around in the happy critique circle of joy in June, I'll inevitably hear, "You know. These are ok but, your other handkerchiefs were better."

So, I think, why even make it? You know?
If going in, you know that it's just going to be mediocre, why do it?

Is this my perfectionism talking? I can't tell, sometimes it changes voices so I'll be tricked.

I like the idea. I think that I need to express something about Church and the ideas it perpetuates about women. I don't know if this little hankie doll is the best for it though.

You know what I'm thinking? Laurie Simmons - Baptist Style.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Hankies, Hankies, Hankies
So I've been working on these hankie dolls. Yeah, they look like CRAP!!!!

Historically, children were only allowed a few toys on Sunday's. These toys usually related to Bible stories. Adults were not allowed to work on Sunday's and activities were very very limited to observe the Lord's day. Girls were allowed handkerchief dolls, dolls made from white mens hankies, to take with them to church. The dolls were allowed because if the girls dropped them, they would not make noise. Many times the dolls were taken apart when the girl got married and the handkerchief would serve as the "something" old in their wedding.

I planned to embroider some of the Bible Verses on them about women - Be silent, Be Submissive, You are the weaker partner, You are made for man...etc. Teachings that are taught to us as children and also taken into marriage like the hankies.

ANYHOW. They look like crap. The dolls themselves are unimpressive. Which is to be expected because they are a folk craft. The embroidery seems more awkward than anything on them. I tried one hankie with big writing, one with small....even one where there writing was disguised as pattern/design. All Barf-y, to be technical.

So here's the plan:
#1. Attempt to alter lace - incorporate the words into the pattern and then sew the lace on the bottom/around the hankie
#2. (The better option?) Print/transfer the image of the Bible page on which said verse lives. Make the verse(s) pertaining to women in Red. In some Bibles, Jesus' words are in Red. The women verses are mostly from Paul, an Apostle who never married and suggested others shouldn't (Rejection issues? I think so...) Anyhow. His words are often taken as God's word, but he is a yeah. I think the structure and geometry of the print will contrast the hankie. I will hand the dolls with pins by the hands, so they resemble ghosts/crucifixes.

Laurel, my adviser, told me to keep things light. Not to try and make a statement. Oliver Wasow told me to watch out for doing things like dolls, because they are over done. So this project is kinda opposite of both of those.

If only it could be a more lighthearted, humorous take at how church shapes us ladies...
I'll think on it more. I, in NO way, want to make fun of the church. I love Jesus - trust me I do... but I've heard some weird sermons directed towards women.

Bridesmaids Dresses
Liz, my mentor, recommended I rethink my text for my dresses. I think she's totally right. I need to interview my dress peeps again and hone in on a specific part of the bridesmaid experience. She even suggested I use random dresses to record the text onto. Originally, I liked the idea that THIS dress went with THIS story. But, thinking about it now, I see how the project could work without that personal connection.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I met with my mentor yesterday. IT WENT GREAT!! I'm so SO sooooooo thankful to have Liz this semester.

We went over my ideas and I got the thumbs up :) Yay!!!! She also helped me make a much needed timeline.
Things are rolling now...

I got some more supplies for the "Fame" project this weekend. I needed more accessories. I also got some materials for my embroidery projects.

Liz had GREAT ideas/suggestions
Bridesmaid Dress Project: Reconsider text and hone in on what exactly the project is about - reinterview the givers about the wedding. What part of the "Feminine Experience" am I discussing.

Dolls: They sound good - just keep going with them.

Landscape paintings: I will not go into this one - it's a surprise!! But I have a new idea for the format of the landscape paintings. Liz suggested that I consider WHAT the painting is of - landscape whatever and it's specific to the format I'm creating it in. That it also discusses Femininity.

Fame project - Consider doing the project for a year. Think of ways to document it in a physical way, not just a virtual way - like a book.