Well, I finished up August...and I hesitate to say I 'finished' the series.
'Cause I really had fun with these pieces...and, as always, I might go back and revisit the theme. 'Cause who doesn't love a good hat, right?
....annnnnd-here they are!
Hats off to being creative EVERY day in August 2015!!!
My name...in print! Wooo!
(feelin' kinda fancy!)
So...I have been....ummmmm...makin'. Like...makin' tons of stuff!
I went a little crazy and started bedazzlin' phone cases...and I went just a little over the top and made about seven or so...and yeah, I'll sell them/make custom jobs. Email me or use the contact form for inquiries. The base price is $45 including (domestic) shipping for anything like what I have already made (gems, bits and pieces of jewelry parts and findings) If you are wanting some REALLY special that I have to order special thangs for, then we can discuss :)
I also included a necklace I made last week from GREETING CARDS! (and sparkles, of course!!) I was watching the Project Runway 'Unconventional Materials Challenge' and wanted to make something outta cards, too- it looked like so much fun! So my daily art was created from collaged cards...and then, well...I made a statement necklace out of greeting cards!
In honor of 'back to school', I created a DIY Crayon bib necklace with a lil' bit o' bling to wear on my first day back. It was well received by students and staff, folks in Target after school...and as for my husband, he doesn't really get my eccentric style, but I think deep down he also likes my necklace!
Well...here it is! Hope everyone out there on the interwebs had a GREAT first day back..whether you are a student, a teacher...or a parent who is happy that you child is back at school!
Thank you PBCATA and Lighthouse Art Center for my recent ART SALE! Yay! I participated in their 'Art of Association' this summer and when I went to pick up my work found out that my Gustav Klimt piece from my January 2015, 'Miss Matchy Matchy Series' sold...to a lady in a big ol' pink hat nonetheless! Yay!!
...been working all week on my LWHS classroom and I am excited about all tasks I was able to complete, both large and small, that I really feel are going to make this school year even better. Last year I was overwhelmed with all the new-hire stuff...new district...new school...on top of cleaning and trying to organize my room...and figure out what I wanted to do with my students during the first days, of course! All I could do last year was organize my front storage closet and then make the main part of the classroom look presentable...meanwhile the whole back of the room, the kiln room and the back storage really didn't get much TLC until the LAST days of school.
But this year...I had already did so much of the major cleaning and organization jobs that I could focus on smaller projects...labeling and sorting and revamping. And after being without a classroom for a year when I was down south...I am grateful for having my own space, and I take pride and joy in making it a better place for my students.
Before I post some pics...just for fun, I looked back and found some of my 'Back to School-themed' posts from back when I was teaching at Indiantown Middle School, when I first started the blog.
So anyway, I digress...welcome to THUNDERBIRD country;
IMS Classroom Studio Tour, April 2012
IMS addition, 'The Drawing Room, August 2012
IMS addition, 'The Resource Room', August 2013
A little note about IMS...this was also an older, 'work with what ya got' school (...story of my life!), but I love to create beauty and order in places folks might not have known it could exist. (I was like this as a kid, too- ask my momma. We didn't have much money growing up, stayed in older homes, even a single wide trailer or two. No matter where we were I always did my best to re-decorate and organize to create a better space, and always on a budget. Kinda my thing, and I take pride in that.)
And now...for a look at my 'Trojan den' for the 2015-2016 school year!
Front of room, view as soon as you walk in. I do a seating chart...kinda. I stand at the door and greet each student, and direct them to find a seat at a certain numbered table. This way I can still establish some order but they still get some choice. I make changes as needed, but once we're settled I wrote 'em down and that is where they sit. With 38-41 high school students...I need some sanity to help me learn names...and also helps the sub with such large classes.
To the right of the door is my front storage closet, I have shown this in previous blogs. It was so crazy this time last year, and for the most part I did the work on this already- the major work anyway. This year I could just rearrange, label...I did however have one minor nervous breakdown when I realized my Scholastics weren't alphabetized correctly...but I did it myself and now I can find any artist I need. (yay, me!)
This is the back half of the room. I busted my bootie at the end of the year cleaning this area. I still need to work on the kiln room and the very back storage area, but if you open any drawer, everything is organized. I want to find some same-size boxes for the items on top of the cabinet, that's all kinds of recycled materials and various scraps, etc...but I would like that to look a little more organized. (Here's a link to a blog post about that end of school organization project; http://www.jenniferlovegironda.com/blog/schools-out)
And that's if for now. Wait- no. One more thing.
I used to toy with the idea of a separate teaching blog, and I did...and then took it off the main menu 'cause I decided to integrate posts about my teaching in with my art ('cause I'm a TEACHING ARTIST...and 'cause it's just easier for me) Here is a link to view that ol' blog...it's not up to date, and there aren't a ton of things posts... but still has some fun pics and good info;
Link to Studio 'G'
Here are the first six hats in the series...per usual, ain't no tellin' where this will go!
...coming up in the next blog post...Fashion Camp Wrap Up!
(Spoiler alert: It was an AMAZING week, yay!!!)
But before I go into this trip, in pictures at least, here are a few recent NYC trips...most recent at the end just for fun as documented in my blog;
July 2013 (for some reason two posts, same trip tho)
So...here are some pics from our most recent NYC trip!
Here are the direct links to the exhibits shown in the slideshow;
...I have to say, I loved the Chinese/Fashion exhibit at the Met but the FAILE exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum was a hit for not only myself but also my husband and our friend Scott. Can't beat foosball in a floor to ceiling room of blacklight posters!
And that's it. I mean...there's more of course, but Project Runway season premier is tonight...so...you know...priorities!
Til next year...bye Brighton Beach! Bye Brooklyn! Bye Manhattan!! BYE NYC!
So...here are the final pieces;
What are my 'takeaways'? Working on this series reminded me how much I enjoy beading and stitching on fabric. It is more time consuming and and causes me some physical pain in my hands...'cause I will sit and bead for 3-5 hours at a stretch...NOT joking. But at the end of the day, there is something very comforting to me, the physical motion of stitching, the rhythm of the my needle going through the back of the cloth, emerging on the front to pick up a bead and then disappear again into the fabric...yeah, I like that.
What next? Well, I will be incorporating more pieces like this into my art. Due to the nature of the work, the time that it takes to complete a beaded piece...maybe I will have to work small...or maybe I can tackle a larger project if I just work a little each day. The point it- I can't stop. And it might not be part of my 'daily art series' and all of my crazy OCPD numbering and labeling systems...but I think I need to stick with it, somehow.
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG