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Found poetry pt 2: the otter saga

AN obsession with otters…

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Or the day my phone turned into a needy surrealist and developed an obsession with otters!

Otter-City-1 this is what you get if you google surrealist otters… It is by Caleb Brown and I think it is awesome!! (click on it for more info!)

In case the title of the post didn’t give it away, I have been experimentinf further with this predictive text found poetry idea. I have had some quite interesting results.

There are quite a lot that don’t work, you get an endless string of “I have not I have I want to no seem…” etc but I have discovered that the way to avoid this is to play with the rules. In traditional found poetry you can take words from a page or pages and put them together, this allows a degree of selection of words. So in the construction of these predictive text versions I am allowed…

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Found Poetry pt 1

I first posted this on my fitness blog, but i think it also belongs here, peotry is an art form too after all.
(I am not sure my poetry is…but in general..)

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I have discovered and rapidly become obessed with found poetry. If you aren’t aware of found poetry, it is using words and phrases you find in certain placecs to make a poem. This is how wikipedia describes it:

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literaryequivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.”

This whole voyage of discovery came out of a conversation with the lovely Lucy from  PorterGirl about auto correct and predictive text. So for my first venture into found poetry I decided to use only the words suggested by my phone’s predictive text:

I am not sure if it is true or not
I am not sure if I am a good…

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Further adventures in fabric art and book making…

that is making books…not the type that leads to money changing hands in relation to fast moving  horses and suchlike…

Anyway on to the real point of this. I have been trying some more things…no actually i have been trying the same things some more…

the first thing is making fabric art bracelets. the last one i posted was for me and I have been wearing it it is getting a little bit frayed and worn, which is not a bad thing it looks quite intentional so that is ok but i decided to refine the process of making them as I enjoyed making it.

So here are the results, this one was entirely fabric not based on leather like mine…I was in a slightly orange mood…

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It is difficult to show the texture but i tried:

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I have put this one up in my new Extemporise Folksy shop…I just hope someone loves it as much as loved making it 🙂 http://folksy.com/items/4396105-cuff-bracelet-in-orange-and-neutral-fabrics-and-laces

The second new craft i revisited recently is making books, I wanted to cement my new hand sewn book skills and try out some ideas i had for a fabric cover. this one is the same construction as the last one, with hand stitched pages sewn around slips to allow the cover to move. I forgot to take pictures of the process as i do it…but i promise I will on the next one.

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I still need practice in both of these crafts, but i am having lots of fun learning 🙂


Weekend fabric art and birthday cards

Good morrow my friends and welcome to a brand new week full of sparkling new opportunities yet to be discovered! 

Ok…I am feeling uncharacteristically optimistic…

the book is still a work in progress…i haven’t decided how i want to embellish it yet so it remains unadorned and will be posted once i have decided what to do 🙂

this weekend…mostly inspired by an offcut from the bookbinding that fit around my wrist well I decided to experiment with fabric art in the form of a bracelet. It was inspired by an idea in a book by Ruth Rae but the details made up by me.

it is made from offcuts and old buttons.

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ImageImageThis weekend also yielded another two cards, one for potential sale and one for a birthday card for my dad 🙂

First an image transfer stitched card that i may one day get around to putting onto etsy

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am slightly unsure about the words…but i had a gap that needed something 🙂

the last one for today is a card i made for my dad’s Birthday

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is it enough?

Is it true that to be an artist it is enough to say “i am an artist”?

I mean obviously you have to do some art too but how much and how good does it have to be to call yourself an artist?

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This is a photo of a photo i took some time ago, but i have recently been playing with transfer printing images onto fabric using acrylic gel medium. i am in the process of incorporating these pictures in to other works that involve other fabric and paper and collage…

I am just about comfortable enough to call myself a photographer…but I have no background in art apart from an appreciation of it given to me by my mum. I have no training, no ability when it comes to drawing stuff that is supposed to look like something and no idea what i am doing.

I can create things…this much i am sure of, i have created things and made things all my life, but is this enough? as an engineer and scientist i find myself annoyingly pretentious if i say that i am an artist… especially if i add the words mixed media into the mix.

To say that i am an artist, in my eyes elevates me above the stage i am at…but someone once said that in order to become something you have to become it…or words to that effect,

in other words, don’t just try to be something, be it…

but is calling myself an artist, and doing artistic things enough? 

How do i know if i am good enough?

Sorry if that seemed a little self indulgent…It was just something i was thinking about…any opinions out there would be welcome…


Extemporise

Extemporise

This is my attempt at an etsy shop, I am just starting to get stuff off the ground

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Daffodils Galore

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This page is inspired by the Wedding of my very good friends Jen and Ross, the theme of the wedding was daffodils and the colour was yellow. It was as happy an occasion as the flower choice and colour scheme suggests. The bride and groom and various family members and friends not only hand-made virtually everything involved in the wedding from the place names to the decorations but they rebuilt the venue and wedding car. This shows a level of dedication that is over and above the standard, and indicates a level of commitment that is also evident in their relationship.

This wedding was the, best I have been to (barring my own) and the one I have had most involvement in the planning of (including my own, in some ways). I was maid (technically matron) of honour, a position that I was surprised and so pleased to fulfil. I also made the cake…something that is definitely a test of sanity! (well I say I made it…Jen had a lot of input too 🙂 it was a joint effort)


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