Cross-stitch hip-hop: Emma McKee

Yes, way.  Cross-stitch and hip-hop do meet.  Here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhzbeBX6xo8 An interesting profile piece from the Great Big Story studio.  

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start small – Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter works across a wide variety of textures and formats: painting over photographs, painting from photographs but blurring, mirrors, versions of a major Titian painting...... where do you even begin? On what basis do you choose your format? I choose depending on the way I feel; randomly, in other words. When I haven't done anything …

What freedom is… Nina Simone

This is one of the best films available on Netflix. I’m reposting, as a friend of mine saw it recently and was just as profoundly shaken and stirred by it. Totally absorbing.

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Last night I more or less idly began watching a documentary on Netflix about Nina Simone – and was right from the start transfixed by her words: “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me – no fear!”

From those opening comments in “What happened to you Miss Simone?” I was glued to the screen.  One of the words most used by the singer herself is “compelling” – and it fits her appearances.

Musically, she is electrifying: confident, powerful, emotional, unpredictable, distinctive.  Like all great artists in any genre (and this is something someone needs to tell warbly teenage wannabe popstars)

  • she inherited powerful art skills through her family (literature words and performance as her mother was a Bible preacher)
  • has invested depth into her art by years of studying and acquiring classical technique (classical piano study),
  • responding to her times and national culture (Civil Rights),
  • bringing in her most personal…

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Stained Glass and Making films – Richard Leclerc and Make Works

stained glass, Arran

Having had so many posts last week about collage - here are 2 similar in a much more expensive media - stained glass and video.  Stained Glass A brief, one and a half minute film about Richard Leclerc, who lives and works on Arran Island, with a stained glass making practice. https://vimeo.com/96632783 2.  Video-making of …

Kaleidoscopic mixed media – Jill Ricci (NY)

Just met Jill's work this morning, and I'm a fan. Jill Ricci’s one of a kind collages immediately stand out with their unique and playful shapes & figures.  - http://www.artisticmoods.com "I am exploring the place between “high art” and popular culture, text and image, figuration and abstraction, past and present, and two and three-dimensional space." …