I do like Chinese New Year so much better than the January first one. This one is farther from the holidays, and inventory at the end of the year. And No Pressure , you can just choose to celebrate it however you want.
The Year of the Snake is starting out grand for me , as my solo show at the Weyrich Gallery here in Albuquerque opened on the first of February. Called "Feng Shui Plus " it included both my Feng shui Series and my "Universal Language Series" ( and a few of my Architectonic and Fractured Square Series thrown in for more plus!)
I was just starting to think that if people weren't going to buy these soon I couldn't afford to make them any more so Whew!
I am so happy with this gallery which will continue to carry my tapestries!
So now it's back to the loom!
- Albuquerque, NM, United States
- I have been weaving Contemporay Fine Art Tapestries for over 20 years, raising a family in the lovely Southwest. I want to show process which usually gets a back seat to product and share the trials and tribulations as well as the joy and excitement of the creation of art out of a bunch of strings. How remarkable!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I am sooo behind in my Blogging but not in my Weaving!!!
Half of this blog entry disappeared. Murphy's law when you have an appointment to get to. But the upshot is there were many ups and downs in 2012 .
2 galleries closed , I found 3 more. An article was cancelled I got it back and had 2 interviews and the story on my math plus show at the Tapestry gallery http://www.tapgal.com/ in madrid NM was fantastic
I also joined a co op Gallery in my scrambling, the Corrales Bosque Gallery http://www.corralesbosquegallery.com/Gallery_website/Home.html
See my tapestries at the back.
They are a great group of people and many I have known for years but only see at shows so this is turning out nicely and Led to the last bit of great synchronicity of 2012! A good friend ,who I also can see more of, has her pottery studio next door to the Corralles Bosque Gallery. During conversation I said I was looking for a new gallery. She told me she was at the Weyrich Gallery http://www.weyrichgallery.com/ in ABQ and I said I might be interested. She kindly mentioned this to the Gallery owner who was also interested and the up shot is I will be showing my tapestries there AND was offered a SOLO SHOW . My show "FENG SHUI PLUS" , which will featured my Feng Shui Tapestries as well as the Math( the plus, get it?) And the Fractured squares, will open with a reception on Feb 1st 5-8;30 and run thru feb. AND there will be an article ( I'm off to an interview after I finish here) in Th ABQ Journal about the Show. I believe this gallery is a great fir as the owner is a Feng Shui practitioner as well as doing Reiki and tea ceremonies. All fun stuff!
I did the Weems Art Fest again this year and though I didn't win my 3rd Best of Show award I did sell a lot , so it was very successful.
Another Fun thing that happened from a 2012 experience, ( I think from the Scientific American slide show and Bridges Art/ Math Show) was that i was contacted by Princeton University Press to review a New book on Geometry and Art.I'b 1/5 of the way through it and I get paid in books!!!
Here is a recent on the loom pic of 3 little pieces for my solo show
And now I must fly to my interview, Help an apprentice on her loom at her house and then,1 more piece for my Feng shui plus Show as I go
BACK TO THE LOOM
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I am happy that the squashes survived the attack of the squash bugs ( oh the battles I waged) and are still producing.
So all in all another pretty productive garden season.
I will take pictures of the now monster Heirloom tomato plant I rescued for 99 cents ,and post them next blog as they are still ripening.
In the studio there has been much productivity as well.
I had a bit of a scare that another gallery might close, but no, just a change of management. I stuck with them and now I have what looks like a small show at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History's Gallery Store as other artists pulled out in a panic. This is a great gallery and unique in having local artists work instead of the usual gift store stuff.
They sell my Tapestries quite well and now they have given me my newest apprentice,( I'm up to 3 now though one is on hiatus as she moves into a new home)
So I am getting great help asI go into the home stretch for my solo show.
These wonderful ladies are helping me with mailings and yarn sorting as I feverishly weave away. So much to do and now a little help.
I have woven 9 new tapestries for this show so far and am about to start the 4 newest ones . 4 10 inch square
pieces that I do to test a new warp ,
( just put on another 10 yards)
This will be interesting as i haven't done this size in this Series yet.
And now it's Back to the Loom! Happy Fall!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Yes another summer almost gone and now I think I am managing only a post every 1 1/2 months.
There is always so much more to do! But I am making sure I enjoy my garden , ( enjoy the pics) I finally grew some nice big ears of sweet corn, the sweeter for having grown it my self. And beans and squash not to mention the carrots and beets!!!
And the tomatoes are starting to ripen. One plant I saved for 99 cents at a hardware store sale has outgrown it's large cage and the tomatoes are baseball to softball sized!!!
And now to work! I have been placing "In Progress "pictures on facebook . This has been a lot of fun
And speaking of Accomplishments... A writer asked me for a higher resolution image of a Tapestry that was in the Bridges Art/ Math Show at Towson University Md last month.
I had no idea she was writing for my favorite magazine Scientific American! And my pice is in the slide show of her article on the show! here is the Link http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=bridging-the-gap
How cool is that!!
Just when you think you have all your ducks lined up , one flies away,one gets eaten by a wolf,etc, you get the picture. And then you search about like mad to find another and get it lined up and it begins again. I call it the cycle of entropy and it's this same principle that is the reason why everything only gets dirtier and messier , never cleaner , unless we add our Positive, I repeat Positive Energy to it.
Which is why I recently joined a very nice group of Artists,(many whom I have known for years but have been too busy and needed a reason to get back in touch with) in a Co operative Gallery. It's in the beautiful Village of Coralles just North and west of ABQ. I'll be working there in September on the mornings of the 11th, 17th and 24th. So if you are that way come visit, place a commission with me or purchase something from the Gallery( I get Gallery bucks to buy other artists work, a % of my sales so come help me out, I've got my eye on a few things.Above is a picture of my Tapestries in the Gallery! But now it is , BACK TO THE LOOM TIME!!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I have taken over the management of my website which actually meant nothing gets posted. Until today! I finally have 2 new images from my May Solo Show about Mathematics up and watermarked. Oh the learning curve on these things. I hope to get a thumbnail page up for each Series as well as a Sold and Available page.Let's see. You can visit the website through the link in LINKS TAB.
I have a New solo show coming up in November. Entitled " FRACTURED SQUARES; Fine Art Tapestries of Donna Loraine Contractor" it will open November 23rd at Marigold Arts,( on Canyon Road in Santa FeNM) with a reception that day, 4-7 pm, and will run until January 2cd.
I have been posting the progress of the pieces for this show on Facebook which really puts the passage of time into concrete reality. Here are a few of the progress photos if you haven't been following on Facebook. ( Again go to the face book tab and join the FB Fun if you haven't already).These are 4 "skinnies" which will be 63"x10" and they seem to be taking forever, they start out as selvedge (sides of a tapestry) to selvedge, but are actually all tapestry as I do 4 at a time as you can see! Photo at top was the beginning, and left is where I ended yesterday. The real tapestry fun part. These are done as I go with only a few "Rules" to guide me. No Cartoons or sketches. Oh the fun of flying by the seat of your pants!
The way that everyday life inserts itself into one's working life, especially when you are self employed. I had multiple out of town guests, A crazy virus got me and made me think I had Meningitis and then my son got it and I had to mother him and reassure him it wasn't! But now I think the ball is rolling again ( until the next crisis?) and I hope to finish these tomorrow or Thursday.
Here is a Large Square Tapestry for the November Solo Show in progress. I hope to use it in the post card for the show.
But for now I'd better Get BACK to the LOOM!
Monday, June 11, 2012
|an in progress piece for NEW MATH PLUS|
|This is how the main wall at the "NEW MATH PLUS" solo show started|
|This is what it ended looking like after selling the rust piece on the right and shipping the blue piece off|
How many things can we do at the same time, or even at different times? I've been juggling for a while now and will be soon again, but , because this is my birthday month and I'm going to celebrate the whole month, I am slowing down this month of June . ( I say that now but I have solo show planned for November, hope I can wait to crank up the pace until July 1st, ( yeah right sure)!
I'll catch up on paperwork, clean this dust bunny filled studio, and lounge poolside a bit. The water lily above is in my pond which I get to enjoy poolside
Especially since I just shipped off 3 pieces to Towson University in Maryland. They were accepted into a joint show on Math& Art, put on by the ART Department of the university: Here is all their info if you are in the neighborhood-
Connections Between Art and Mathematics Juried Exhibition
In conjunction with the Bridges Conference, the largest mathematics
and art interdisciplinary conference in the world, held in 2012 at Towson
University, this large exhibition will be installed in the Center for the Fine
Arts Gallery. Juried by Gallery Director, Professor Christopher Bartlett and
a panel of Bridges organizers, it represents over ninety participants from
over thirty countries with art that incorporates mathematical themes
and concepts. With 130 works many media are represented including oil,
watercolor, digital prints, metal, wood and 3-D printed sculpture.
LOCATION Center for the Arts, Center for the Arts Gallery
ON VIEW Saturday, June 30 – Sunday, July 29, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION Friday, June 29, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
GALLERY HOURS Tuesday—Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm
Information: 410-704-2808 · www.towson.edu/artscalendar
Admission is free and open to the public.
Gallery Director: Prof. Chris Bartlett
Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents
Bridges: Connections Between Art
and Mathematics Juried Exhibition( a month long exhibit , that "BLUE KOCH SNOWFLAKE FRACTAL, in the middle above) was accepted into) and the BRIDGES organization who hold a conference every year on the interdisciplines of art music math and architecture. Here is a link to them, http://bridgesmathart.org/bridges-2012/
So except for checking to make sure they get there , I wait for them to return. I wish I could build some kind of technology into them so I could eavesdrop on their adventures. I am also looking forward to any connections I can make with the participants in the show as well as the attendees. I hope to attend one of these one day but weaving and teaching schedules so often get in the way.
So I think I must do one paper work chore and one cleaning chore before i go off to swim.
And then tomorrow I will tie on the warp again and be BACK TO THE LOOM!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
They are doing a membership drive and have great offers so if you haven't joined yet now's the time.
And the good news is I've found a venue for my NEW MATH show at my beloved TAPESTRY GALLERY in Madrid New Mexico.Called "NEW MATH PLUS it'll be from May 5th through June 16th with an opening day reception on Saturday May 5th , 1-4
With Judy's cookies and tea among other goodies!
There are so many reasons to go to Madrid, it's a beautiful drive from Albuquerque or Santa Fe,scenic route 14! From ABQ on the other side of the mountain, don't miss the Talking Talons Thrift store! One of my favorites! and in Madrid there are 2 wonderful antique and general cool stuff stores. One is owned by my Albuquerque neighbor, and is called The Real McCoy.It is just south of town and filled with all kinds of wonderful collectibles that Robby has collected . She also makes dulcimers so there are lots of musical instruments around. The Other store is called RED BONE, and it is in the middle of town, up the stairs on a boardwalk type platform. It is a visual feast of a consignment type antique collectible store. Theres's a downstairs too that's filled with vintage clothes. And before the reception you can eat at the magnificent little restaurant MAMA LISA'S Which is right across the street from RED BONE. The beet salad is always good and big enough to share, but their mexican fare is fab and everything tastes healthy and good for you. And the deserts are to die for, in fact it used to be called the NO PITY CAFE! They are all delicious but definitely try the Red Chile Chocolate Cake!
Now to a sneak peek at one of the NEW MATH pieces; This one is "SIERPINSKI GASKET FRACTAL, rusts"
The inverted white triangle begins the function , which is subtractive. So you "cut out" ( the black triangles) the triangular middles of every subsequent white triangle. The areas of the white triangles approach the infinitely small but never disappear!
But now I must, as I have the finishing work to do on a new piece. So many knots to tie!