NAVASOTA, Texas – So much, so close. Pausing to experience the world one square foot at a time changes outlooks and attitudes. When we think about it, everything is everywhere.
I had the opportunity to travel with a friend, and previous Navasota AIR, Lisa Urban. She invited me to Wimberly, TX for the Hill Country Yarn Crawl – a two week event where yarn lovers can hop around yarn shops across the Hill Country of Texas. Wimberly is a quaint little town with tons of small boutiques, art galleries, and shops, selling everything from dips and butters, to antiques and jewelry. It was a fun weekend – and I got to see a new part of Texas!
This past week I did a paper weaving project with my students at KOR, and it went really well! I wanted to see how they design and create their own weavings and how creative they could get with it. I taught this project to K-6 students, simplifying the weaving to only 2 columns for kindergarten.
After they finished their weavings, they had the idea to put them together to make a giant tapestry. The result was pretty cool! Love all the crazy colors!!
We took a visit to the Round Top Antique Fair in Round Top, TX! There were hundreds of vendors selling tons of things. It’s so cool to see so many different things from different time periods all in one place. Even though I couldn’t buy everything, I took pictures of a few things I wanted to remember for inspiration.
From left to right, top to bottom:
Vintage spinning top- love the patterns and colors!
1970s’ wicker handbag- great colors! Used them in a painting (below)
Old wooden knobs (maybe from furniture)- great shapes, will paint patterns on them, maybe attach to other objects
Cool mirror with wooden beads
Stacked boxes with clashing patterns
Weird triangles on building blocks
Learn to see the things in new ways!! Be inspired by everything
NAVASOTA, Texas – Road trip! Make plans to visit the Brazos Valley this October.
- Boonville Days, Saturday, Oct. 14, Bryan, TX – www.brazosvalleymuseum.org
- Texas Arts & Music Festival, Oct. 20, 22, 21, Brenham, TX – www.texasartsandmusicfestival.com
- Lanterns & Legends, Oct. 26, 27, 28, Oakland Cemetary, Navasota, TX – www.navasotatheatre.org
For a full list of upcoming events, see www.acbv.org/events
….making new work! Since I began my new body of work here in Navasota, I have been super productive! I am figuring things out, learning new things, and experimenting. When I first arrived in Navasota, I was really inspired by the antiquity and the history of the buildings and the town, so I started picking up antique wooden objects and reclaimed wood from local antique and thrift stores downtown and painting patterns inspired by the old architecture in Navasota, plants, textiles, etc. I’ve also been trying to incorporate more materials into my work including fiber, tassels, thread, and thread spools. Here are a few things I’ve completed so far:
A few days ago I had the chance to visit Austin (my first visit there!) and went to the Blanton Museum of Art. There were some really beautiful exhibits, including one of the featured shows of Indian Art. Super inspiring, plus I got some great ideas for my own art! Austin is only 1.5-2 hours from Navasota, so definitely worth the visit!
NAVASOTA, Texas – It worked. Made from a collapsible pet kennel, I drove the new portable darkroom to a secluded country road to make a test image. I am working with paper negatives. It took about twenty minutes to set up and breakdown. It was scorching hot inside. However, I’m excited. This brings me one crucial step closer to crafting tintypes and ambrotypes anywhere. Maybe a tour of Grimes County or the entire Brazos Valley will happen next. We’ll have to wait and see.