Archive | November, 2010

Plastic Bag Yarn

20 Nov

Needel Felting,yo!

17 Nov


Needle felting is the process of combining wool through intertwining the fibers with the use of specialized barbed needles and without the use of water.This can be done in a 2D of 3D fashion and it’s fun and easy to do!

Wet felting is layering wool by processing it with water to create a sheet or piece of felt. It requires no needles or sewing Once you get a large piece of felt, you can then use a pattern to sew something like a felt hat for example. At that point, you might use needle felting to embellish by applying pieces of wool and pushing the fibers into the felt to create a design.

***Felting must be done with real wool fibers or roving(unspun wool from a sheep. Sheep don’t die from this tho so don’t be sad!)***



Antonio Gaudi and Barcelona!

17 Nov

Antonio Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi was an architect and designer, during the early 1900’s. He is considered by many as is the most internationally prestigious figure in Spanish architecture. He was born in Reus, which is a part of a region in Spain called Catalonia. He went to school in Barcelona, also part of Catalonia.  In his work he used wrought iron, stained glass, sculptural work, mosaics, ceramics and so on. He designed and created within an organic style of decoration and with the integration of many elements during the construction process.

One of  Antoni Gaudí’s most famous  projects is the Sangrada Familia Cathedral. He worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life to it. Even though Gaudi died in 1926, the work continued  till it was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1935. After 1910, Antonio Gaudi spent all of his effort on religious commission, so this project was the kind he wanted…. The Cathedral’s completion has been continuing because he left a number of models for the completion of the nave and the two other main facades. His plans included a central tower higher than St. Peter’s in Rome. After the Spanish civil war ended, architects have carried on the work since 1940. They expect to complete this church in 2041 but there is much speculation from the people of Barcelona because the project has been going on for so long and there are controversies and mysteries surrounding it…

In his own time, Gaudi was both admired and criticized for his style and innovative architecture. Gaudi was fortunate to have loyal clients to support him. From early in his career,  he got attention for his work, but he was known for shunning publicity. At the end of his life he became a recluse and spoke to almost no one. He was killed in a fluke accident because he was hit by a street car when walking home.

Gaudi has been indentified with the Catalan Modernismo moevement of the late nineteenth century. His work is of the  international art nouveau style of the time. To make his work the collaboration of structural engineers, sculptors, and metalworkers was needed to carry out his ideas.

Gaudi was both a political and religious man. He was a devout Catholic. After a certain point in his career he even decided he would no longer make secular work. This was around the time he decided to devote himself to the La Sangrada Familia Cathedral.  As a man of Catalan decent he identified with the nationalist desires of Catalonia which have long since stood against Spain. Even though today Barcelona is of course considered a part of Spain as a result of the Spanish civil war there are still intense ideas of identity and separation in the region.

For a lesson plan that may revolve around the work of Gaudi, I think it could be interesting to have students build their own organically shaped buildings. By blueprinting them through drawing and making miniature models as the project they will also get the feel of an architect’s career. Students would be able to approach scale, measurement, and creative use of space through such a lesson plan.

workshop fun

14 Nov

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Here is the YouTube link for our animated photography!

14 Nov

Photography Basics!

10 Nov

In photography, the term shutter speed represents the amount of time that the shutter remains open when taking a photograph. Along with the aperture of the lens (also called f-stop), the shutter determines the amount of time light exposes the film or sensor. The shutter is similar to a “curtain” located inside the camera that remains closed until you press the button to take a photograph. The bigger the denominator the faster the speed (ie 1/1000 is much faster than 1/30).The pinwheel below is photographed at different shutter speeds, with a faster shutter speed on the left and a slower at the right. Shutter speed is measured in seconds – or in most cases fractions of seconds.

In optics, an aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels.
In photography, the aperture stop of a photographic lens can be adjusted to control the amount of light reaching the film or image sensor. In combination with variation of shutter speed, the aperture size will regulate the film’s or image sensor’s degree of exposure to light.
A simpler way of thinking about the function of the aperture is think about the human eye. Our pupils act just like apertures by letting in just the right amount of light to see.

In optics, particularly as it relates to film and photography, the depth of field (DOF) is the portion of a scene that appears acceptably sharp in the image. The depth of field is directly related to the aperture setting.
The smaller the number of the aperture gives a shorter depth of field, and the larger the number of the aperture gives a larger depth of field.

Electronics as an Art Material

10 Nov

Here are some artists that use electronics in their work.

Food, Family, and Italy

8 Nov

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Os Gemeos poster

5 Nov

Just wanted to share this opportunity with the class. You can purchase a cool poster for $.01 + shipping.