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January + February Inspiration

Note: Sometimes the things I include in these posts directly influence something I’m working on; other times I include things that just inspire and motivate me to continue making work.

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1. Flower parade featuring floats inspired by Vincent van Gogh in the Netherlands

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2. This heartbeat gif

“Envy will eat you alive; cynicism will eat your work alive.”

3. Jerry Saltz’s tips for art students

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4. Paintings by Guayasamín

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5. Exhibition: Queen by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Dana DeGiulio

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6. This sewing gif

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7. Poetry Readings

“One of the hardest things about being chronically ill is that most people find what you’re going through incomprehensible—if they believe you are going through it. In your loneliness, your preoccupation with an enduring new reality, you want to be understood in a way that you can’t be. “Pain is always new to the sufferer, but loses its originality for those around him,” the nineteenth-century French writer Alphonse Daudet observes in his account of living with syphilis, “In the Land of Pain.” “Everyone will get used to it except me.””

8. New Yorker article: What’s Wrong with Me? by Meghan O’Rourke

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9. Videos of the old masters at work

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10. Vintage NASA Posters

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11. Isabelle Arsenault and her illustrations for Jane, the Fox, and Me

“I’m not a celebrity, I’m a worker. I’ve always worked. I was working before people read anything about me, and the day they stopped reading about me, I was doing even more work. And the idea that if you’re a mother, you’re not doing anything—it’s the hardest job there is, being a mother or father requires great sacrifice, discipline, selflessness, and to think that we weren’t doing anything while we were raising a son or daughter is appalling. It makes me understand why some human beings question their worth if they’re not making a huge amount of money or aren’t famous, and that’s not right.”

12. Interview with Patti Smith by Alan Light

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

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Learning to Sew

 

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I’ve been attracted to thread and embroidery for a long time, but I’ve never quite committed to learning how to use thread the way I want. Instead, I’ve mostly just been collecting images of work that inspires me. I like the idea of embroidery or stitches as evidence of a needle. You can no longer see the needle, but you can see where it has been.

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This past summer in Chicago, I decided to check out a sewing machine and just play with it. I also did a tiny bit of sewing by hand.

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Most of the messy lines were unintentional results of me playing with the sewing machine settings, but I’m happy that they turned out this way.

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I hope to incorporate thread into my work even more over the next year. Thanks for visiting!

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