|Homage Collage: Little Nemo in Slumberland + LADYFITS Scarecrow|
I grew up in the world of comic books, appreciating the craft + witnessing the process. I've always wanted to connect my world of LADYFITS to comics. I decided to try comic cell layouts for my newsletters with the possibility of future issues to be a storyline of my process + the characters (thrift objects) that come into play.
For now, you can enjoy the simplicity of visual expressions in comic cell layouts, an homage to "Little Nemo in Slumberland" (started in the The New York Herald in 1905) - one of my favorite newspaper comics that stretched the reality of the world with a childlike nature + providing a look into the awe-inspiring craft of a comic artist's ability to bring so much energy into a small rectangular space. The color patterning of this comic inspires the palette I choose for LADYFITS, blurring the details, shapes + textures into a whole composition. I enjoy heavy amounts of detail work. It brings you closer into this world to appreciate the materials it is made up of.
You can pick-up the latest issue of LADYFITS as the "Scarecrow of the Housewares Dept" at your local Goodwill store in the Cedar Rapids + Marion areas (issue is out on Friday, Oct. 28th).
Last night's Craft in America series focused on "Family". I watched this episode, surrounded by objects from my own family of makers. Both my home + studio is surrounded by the work of my Grandfather, who built and designed everything from the chair I sit in to the work table I create LADYFITS upon. I'm fortunate to live + work in a space that witnessed my family's generation of creatives. Great energy fills these spaces almost like creative ghosts of past projects. I may not understand fully the craft behind woodworking, but I admire the objects that surround me. I can't ask my Grandfather questions about his woodworking process. Instead, I work around connecting his sketches, lists, placeholders in books, and stories from people. It's a separate journey I take as I work to understand a portion of my Family craft, living among the space of its history.
This episode allowed the viewer to follow various families of makers. It also gave a time for the viewer to reflect on their own generational craft and how it communicates to them. For me, this episode provided a reflection time with my craft family; their roots, heritage and the community that encompassed it.
LADYFITS always communicates back to my heritage in some way: Czech + Cedar Rapidian + Iowan + Maker + Collector + Historian.....
|GRANDFATHER'S WORK, LOVER OF NATURE|
|GRANDFATHER'S WORK: SOME OF MY FAVORITE CHAIRS|
|LADYFITS IN STUDIO|