I found a fabulous new place to hang out - Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria Va. Once a month, the group meets to just share art "stuff". We trade ATC cards (for those who are interested) and any art we have been working on. There are also short presentations on various art techniques and new tools/supplies. It is an incredibly talent group of women.
On Saturday I took an Indigo dye class with the owner, Judy. Artistic Artifacts also has great classes! I will share the results later this week.
The owner recently did a little renovating to the shop and to help her decorate the walls, she posed this challenge to the group:
YOUR NAME HERE Challenge
A very wise art teacher required her students to spend 10 minutes in warm up before class each day. The assignment: make your name. The idea was that since you know your name better than any other set of words, you can focus on HOW it’s made rather than on WHAT to make.
1. Assemble your first name in a 9” x 12” format, either portrait or landscape orientation. Add JAMS to your piece.
2. Pieces may use any/all materials attached any way appropriate for the medium. Sewing, welding, nailing, gluing, stapling all work. Be sure heavy stuff is supported so it doesn’t droop or fall off.
3. Embellish to your heart’s content. Use up those snippets of trim and those lonely earrings and broken charms.
Here is what I came up with:
I enlarged one of my favorite vintage postcards from St. Catherine's Day. I was curious about this holiday so I looked up it's meaning. I have collected several of the St Catherine post cards but never knew why they were sent on this day. I thought the tradition was very interesting.
St. Catherine is the patron of unmarried women, students, philosophers, craftsmen who use wheels (e.g., potters), lace makers, and milliners.
On St. Catherine's Day, it is customary for unmarried women to pray for husbands, and to honor women who've reached 25 years of age but haven't married -- called "Catherinettes" in France. Catherinettes send postcards to each other, and friends of the Catherinettes make hats for them -- traditionally using the colors yellow (faith) and green (wisdom), often outrageous -- and crown them for the day. Pilgrimage is made to St. Catherine's statue, and she is asked to intercede in finding husbands for the unmarried lest they "don St. Catherine's bonnet" and become spinsters. The Catherinettes are supposed to wear the hat all day long, and they are usually feted with a meal among friends. Because of this hat-wearing custom, French milliners have big parades to show off their wares on this day.