Sunday, November 14, 2010

Project Runway: 1, 2, 3, 4... Season 5!

Auditioning fabrics in my studio     Photo: Margaret Braun

Oiy!  I can't help myself!  I have begun Project Runway Season 5!  Please don't tell Glenys. 

Like any good mystery I can't help but wonder "what's next"?  The garment challenges and reactions of the designers makes me laugh and/or groan within every series.

I ask myself, "How can I translate their exercises into my artmaking?"  This has become an interesting and stimulating venture for me, too.  The possibilities are endless.

Keeping with my reuse, recycle, repurpose and upcycle theology I chose fabrics and paraphernalia from the Edmonton Reuse Centre.  It is always exciting because of the unknown contributions donated by a multitude of local gifters.

I have decided to begin with an abstract concept which will eventually take on layers.  There are several obstacles to overcome:  colour unification; combining different fabric weights -- transparent next to upholstery next to satin next to velvet;  prints containing white or light valued-colours may pop too much so I may have to stain them; and integrating intriguing details, accessories and illustrative assemblages.  Blending all these elements together in some engaging way can be perplexing.

Well, off I go.

As Tim Gunn would say, "Make it work".

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I am Hooked on Project Runway!

I have a little bit of fabric in my studio           Photo:  Margaret Braun

For those of you who know me well... I KNOW... you are shocked!  Not only do I not watch television -- I don't own one!   I do not read fashion magazines and certainly do not follow the current trends.  I enjoy my own style.

How did this happen you ask.

Well, it all began four weeks ago when I attended Drop-in-Drawing.  Half-a-dozen fashion design students from Marvel College joined us.  After the drawing session, my friend Glenys and I acquainted ourselves with this creative bunch.  One young man, whom we assumed attended the college, spoke with great confidence and fashion finesse.   Not so, he was a tag-along boyfriend.  Glenys and I were amazed!   His drawings were outstanding AND he had the fashion lingo down.  We asked him how he inherited this ability.  He replied that Project Runway hosted by Heidi Klum taught him everything he knows about the fashion world.

Because both Glenys and I do not own a television the students had to described the reality show to us.  My friend and I laughed!  We decided to borrow the dvds from the library, get together on a regular basis to watch the series, learn fashion speak, eat popcorn and turn our new-found knowledge into a winter project and eventually into a body of work.   (giggle...  "body - of - work"!)

Surprise!  There are    s   e   v   e   n    seasons in our public library.

That is a  LOT  of popcorn!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Drawing by Margaret Braun

I love my birthday!  Family and friends from near and far send their happy wishes and sing the birthday song to me.

I always create a special day for myself.  Okay, maybe three or four special days of celebration.  This year is no exception.

For me, a birthday is a time to reflect over the past year and plan the beginning of a new year.  I am continually blessed and rich with family and friends.  This year I am grateful for experiencing  the tremendously exciting new opportunities that were presented to me.  It certainly has been outstanding and I am looking forward to a full and fabulous year ahead!

As I envision the future, I would like to share a scripture verse with you.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.  Philippians 4:8.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Artists and Poets: Melissa Jay Craig

Melissa Jay Craig demonstrating the finer points of bookmaking   Photo:  Margaret Braun

I was thrilled when I saw that Steve Miller had posted an interview with Melissa Jay Craig on Book Artists and Poets (also available on iTunes)!

I have mentioned Melissa Jay Craig from the PBI Workshop several times in my blog.  She is a very creative and innovative book artist and a wonderfully warm and funny instructor!

I assure you that you will love Melissa, her work, website, blahg and the interview.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thank you Alberta Craft Council!

Pen Drawing    by Margaret Braun
Can you imagine my surprise when I discovered the latest edition of Alberta Craft Council's newsletter shared my blog with its readership?  How kind.  Thank you so very much!

Since 1980, the Alberta Craft Council has organized exhibitions, publications, marketing ventures, education projects and information services for its members and the general public.  They support contemporary and heritage crafts as significant art forms that contribute to Alberta's culture and develop an Alberta craft sector of creative, skilled, viable, and sustainable craftspeople, studios, businesses and networks.

The Alberta Craft Council  has taken fine craft into an entirely different direction other than living room decoration whether in clay, wood, glass, fibre and/or metal.  Craft makers now are as likely to come from fine art schools like ACAD and Emily Carr as the hobbyist tradition. The newer, emerging artists are pushing the boundaries in different directions. The quality of work is really amazing and just keeps growing.

What do creatives have in common?  The love of material and process, experimentation, ideas, cultural expressions, and personally made objects.

Thanks, again, Alberta Craft Council for your recognition of my blog!