Wednesday, 31 October 2007

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Friday, 26 October 2007

Terry Allen - Dugout

The historian Terry Allen practices his calling somewhat differently from his more academic colleagues. Although his recent book, Dugout, published by a scholarly press, puts him on the shelves alongside ten-ured professors, Allen is better known as a singer/songwriter who defies categorization; a visual artist who rico-chets among drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and installations; a poet who channels voices from across different times, places, and cultures; and a maker of unexpected public monuments that please passers-by while gently provoking them to see the world differently.
"Dugout" investigates the invention of memory through sculpture, music, film, and theater.

"Ancient" by Terry Allen

Memory Jars

Memory vessels were made by placing small everyday objects such as keys, screws and nails, glass vials, shells, nuts, and jewelry on the surface of bottles or ceramic jugs using putty, cement, or other adhesive material. Many of these folk art pieces were coated with gold or silver paint, and thus require especially close inspection to discern details; others were left plain so that each applied object was easily recognized.Several historical explanations have been put forth to explain who made memory jars, and why. One is that they have their origins in Southern Black communities, where they were placed in cemeteries for use as grave markers. The vessels were covered with objects which had belonged to the deceased for possible use in their afterlife.Another theory is that memory jugs or jars fit well into the “scrapbook mentality” that marked the Victorian era, in which sentimentality reigned, and decoration was abundant. Saving momentos of loved ones has universal appeal...the odd button, a single earring or other bit of jewelry that reminds one of the deceased relative.Another possibility is that it was a bad weather activity to while away the time, since “idle hands were the devils’ plaything”. Each of these theories has merit. We might never know for sure what the true origin of these folk art vessels is, but they continue to fascinate as remembrances of other times and other lives.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Layered Memories

"..........The layers of our memories are so beautiful and the way they overlap and reoccur is an art in itself......."

There are many ways an artist may express his emotions, his dreams, his aspirations but a successful artist keeps his all five senses open so that he sees, feels, tastes, hears and even smells the emotional signal coming from the other end.

The visual communication workshop- Memoires of an autumn evening

The moodboard

Fabric swatches, threads, pictures, leafs, colours, my silk scarf and the bottle of wine ......

The outcome

I created a collection of mini rug designs as the part of the outcomes of the visual communication exercise with Helen. All the rugs were in either felt or jute. I tried to infuse the sense of romance that is attached with the rugs in this collection. All the colours and material were taken from the mood board

Monday, 22 October 2007

My First Study- A little Girl

The little girl told me.................

"This is a very special place for me. Its in my mind and my past. I've been going there since I was a child. These trees have seen my whole life. Pine trees in rows: The favourite playground. the floor covered with by thin reddish fibers. The cold weather that made you want coffee, wine and hot "aguade pauela". The lake, the cold cold wind and the little red fish all around. Fire at night and the smell of beer. We also used to fly kite by the lake with my father. He was the best kite flyer in this world,....but off course he was my father. And the only thing I brought home, in my pocket was a pine cone"

Mood: Playful, Nostalgic
Temperature: Cold
Colours: Warm
Smell: Pine/Lake
Palate: Wine, Coffee, Olive, Red, Beige, Offwhite, Black
Aproach: Modern, Nostalgic, Overlapped
Client: Young woman, artistic, wants to be there....wants to see it, smell it, feel it...again!

Memoirs from the past

The working title of my project is ‘memoirs from the past’.

The aim of is this project is to conserve and illustrate the memories stored in the human mind. The motive behind this project is to give shape, colour, and form to the situation that intrigues the sense of happiness and belonging to a person. . I understand the physiology of design well and can interpret human emotions in color and design. This project will be a hybrid extension to the work I do at present. I would love to make objects so that they interact well with their surroundings and give out a human touch.


An extensive research will be done about the person and the episode of life that we require to freeze. A personal interview, filling out a questionnaire will be required, the cultural and physiological investigation will be necessary.


Designing weaves, patterns, designs, prints etc using objects, pictures, photos, colours from ones past. I want to incorporate my working knowledge in textile design and come up with beautiful objects that can hold the sweet remembrances of a particular time. Techniques like printing (screen or hand), weave with objects inserted in weft, appliqué, patchwork, fabric origami can be used to create effects of the selected memories.


This project will be perfect gift for our parents as will as children who will be able to keep their memories close to them and then pass it on to the next generation with a story to cherish. The product thus created will be a memoir forever. A range of home furnishings will be created as an outcome of this project

My Memoir


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As a literary genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire from the Latin memoria, meaning "memory") forms a subclass of autobiography, although it is an older form of writing. Memoirs may appear less structured and less encompassing than formal autobiographical works as they are usually about part of a life rather than the chronological telling of a life from childhood to adulthood/old age. Like most autobiographies, memoirs are generally written from the first person point of view.

Personalised Photo Gifts

Personalised Photo Gifts If you've taken stacks of photos why not do something special with them? We have many gift ideas so you can preserve memories using your digital photos. Bags of Love photo handbags, or photo canvas prints are ideal personalised gifts. We also make photo books, quilts, wedding albums, cushions and photo calendars ideal for anniversary and baby gifts. Everything is printed and custom made here in London for despatch often same day depending on what you choose.Simply select your item, upload your digital photo or post a print. We will do the rest with fast, efficient high standards of service. Digital photos become real when you print them to one of our exciting products.

Textures of our memories-Maxine Bristow

"We are surrounded by cloth from the moment we are born experiencing intimate associations with it before we are able to speak. Because our bodies are always in contact with cloth, it has sensory and suggestive powers, which can stir both conscious and unconscious; a childhood blanket, a mother’s dress, a favourite outfit now too small. Memory makes us who we are. The narratives we create will depend on how we piece together fragments of the past. Without memory we cannot know ourselves, others, or our world. It forms our identity, our history and our sense of place. We store memories of events, people and places, remembering them differently each time they are recalled.
This exhibition proposes cloth as a poetic language. Through its vocabulary - fold, drape, stretch, stain and tear, cloth ‘speaks’ of intimacy, comfort and protection, yet also of more disquieting states of restriction, fragility, loss and impermanence. Cloth becomes a metaphor for the layer between ourselves and others. The exhibition organised by Angel Row Gallery and curated by Pennina Barnett and Pamela Johnson brings together seven contemporary artists whose work explores the way in which memory is inscribed within this language. "

Fabric of Memory

Fabric of Memory is a Liverpool Biennial project by artist LEE Mingwei presented at Tate Liverpool as part of International 06.
Fabric of Memory reveals how personal histories can be captured by objects. Lee invited local residents to lend handmade textiles, such as items of clothing, made by and received from a family member during childhood. Both maker and receiver were asked to provide a history of the item, what memories they had of giving or wearing it and what feelings it now evokes. The Tate Liverpool installation features eighteen items that have been submitted by Liverpool residents.

About Life Caching

Human beings (fueled by a need for self-worth, validation, control, vanity, even immortality) love to collect and store possessions, memories, experiences, in order to create personal histories, mementoes of their lives, or just to keep track for practical reasons. And with the experience economy still gaining ground -- with consumers more often favoring the intangible over the tangible -- collecting, storing and displaying experiences is ready for its big moment.

Off The Shelf

Blogonomics: Turn Your Life Into a Blog – And Then Put It On The Shelf
New media meets old media. Volatility meets eternity. Digital meets thinginess. Blurb's BookSmart (still in beta) is software that turns your collected blog entries into a bookstore-quality book. For those who blog for a living, this new service opens undiscovered distribution formats (the blog book!) to reach more traditional readers. And for those who live for blogging or maybe just want to share their digital diaries with friends and family, it makes a great holiday gift.
Blurb works with Typepad and WordPress and is available for both PC and Mac. The software is free but producing a 40-page book costs $18.95 for a paperback and $29.95 for a hardcover, which includes a custom dust jacket. When your book is complete, you can offer it for sale in the Blurb bookstore. But if you’re interested in making money from book sales, you’ll need to buy in bulk to get a discount (or check out CafePress or LuLu).

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life caching-3d head model

Dutch artist Bert Simons has created a 3D paper model of his own head. According to his website, the project is an individual effort at achieving posterity, a way to remain in the world after death. After several models and refinements, the Simons has managed to create an unsettling resemblance in paper. You can even print out the pieces and construct your own version: a sort of lightweight, modern-day bust for the living room.

Whats Your Story Ma??

The other day a friend recommened me to visist this site and i feel its really awesome how people would walk upto a booth and tell their heartfelt meomories. This project started was a national project for Americans to record and share their memories in sound. They have even anounced a book "Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life" from the StoryCorps ,November 8, 2007.

"StoryCorps celebrates our shared humanity and collective identity. It captures and defines the stories that bond us. The process of interviewing a friend, neighbor, or family member can have a profound impact on both the interviewer and the storyteller. People change, friendships grow, families walk away feeling closer and understanding each other better. Listening, after all, is an act of love. "

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Customized - Memorial - Magazine Cover (with YOUR Loved Ones Picture)

8 x 10: ImageIn Loving Memory If you want to capture memorable dates and events with an unique and artistic display, this magazine cover can be personalized per your desires.I was commissioned to create this cover for which my client incorporated it as the focal point of a photo collage board that was exhibited at the memorial service of her loved one.* Just email me your picture, and I’ll create your very own customized magazine cover with your image in place of the one you see now! * You can also mail me a photo, which will be returned with your order.NOTE: Customization includes photo and text.Convo me and we can discuss further, or email me, donnalynn@picturingart.comPrinted on premium quality, acid free, archival paper, producing an image with sharp details, and stunning colors that will last a lifetime.



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