Making bad art on purpose

I am in a place of making a lot of mistakes with my ceramics. I joke that I am actually making a bunch of very large test tiles that holds large quantities of coffee. One of the teachers in the studio suggested I make actual tiles to test techniques and glazes. And...
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Using Mercury Retrograde to Make Better Art

Mercury Retrograde is real y'all.  And it went into effect Sunday. I am not gonna lie...I actually LOVE Mercury Retrograde these days. But that was not always the case. What the retrograde is, as Mercury is winding its way around the sun the view of this on earth puts...
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Studio day

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Big Little Lies

I am a big fan of most of HBOs series. This one was really quite good. Great soundtrack, beautiful location(ahhhh.. Monterey, CA in those gorgeous big houses along the coast. Great casting.  But I have to tell ya' the ending was a bit confusing like some details...
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Today’s art meditation

Usually I sit down to journal with nothing more than some washi tape and maybe a good thin sharpie pen. Today I am adding some props and a little soul work. I didn't realize I was feeling so anxious, but today found myself officially on anxiety meds. So working some...
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Today’s page

I am all about using my every day ephemera. No combing the antique stores for vintage photo to add butterfly wings and dunce caps to. No weird vintage medical or botanical illos. That is not a record or influence of observing my day. And for fuck sake it has all been done already. I want to use my own junk mail and photos and receipts. 

Or Easter candy wrappers as the case may be…

Friday 5: Five random pix from my week

I am writing this from my phone. How awesome is it that I can blog from my phone anywhere, like in the car, or on the John. I swear I am not blogging this from the John. I am however hanging out in the living room, don’t want to go downstairs to the studio computer where all the photos live. So today I am giving you 5 images from my phone that encapsulate my week.


No. 5: Size matters

I am at that point in my ceramic study where I am trying to get a feel for how big to make my mugs. Shrinkage happens. What I think is reduculously huge, turns out to be on the big side of average. The mug on the right was laughably large when I pulled it off the wheel. So here I am recording scale of my new carved mug so I can see how it shrinks once finished.


No. 4: glass feathers

I am making some fused glass feathers for a wind chime. Yes I am still making tons of glass puddles. But while I am working through my stash of broken pieces to melt, I am making this.



No. 3: cats stealing the dog bed

Ballsy…


No. 2: I made yarn this week

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No. 1: my favorite journal page this week

I am working through a month long journal challenge. Check it out on my Instagram feed.

Off to paint more pages… what are your Friday 5 today

I am having one of those days

I am having one of those days…

Paying the bills makes me grumpy… I have a feeling I am missing something major. 

I got turned around 3 times today running errands. And here in Cary that means driving in circles within circles.

I ended up going to 3 different grocery stores because despite having a list, I kept forgetting shit. I was totally cruised by a creepy dude on the gluten free isle.

I came home to find the front door WIIIIIDE open. Luckily no one escaped and everything is intact. But searching my home with the phone ready to connect 911 did not add joy to the grocery errands fiasco. However I am grateful for my relatively crime free neighborhood.

I am having weird glitchy things happening with many of my online tasks today.

So without any visuals. I am letting this be my post for today since my computer fu is pretty iffy at the moment. Off to huff my White Angelica essential oil (I call it my not-my-circus-not-my-monkeys oil) and fondle yarn.

Making Fiber Art: It is all in the details

Check this out. This is my most recent yarn…

It was made from this fiber I dyed a couple of weeks ago. The first in the new dye space.

So this fiber was a miss mash of mill ends, farm wool, angora from my late great bunnies, and sole roving ends. I could not tell you what breeds of wool was in there. This was in a box and I just needed it dealt with as opposed to actually having to sort it into the organized stash. I did not even bother to card it all together. I just dumped it into the dye pot. It was my first run in the new dye space and I just needed to see if my set up needed tweaking. When I spun it up, I just divided the whole batch in half and set about spinning it up into a mindless two ply I could make while watching a movie and using my espinner.

There is something about the mishmash of subtle textures that is just awesome. Look closely, you can see a sheen from a mixed fiber containing silk, some fuzz from the angora, rich colors where the dye strike was deeper in one type of wool compared to another. There was also a good bit of white in this batch. I know so many dyers hate having white in their batches. I think the white provides a much needed separation in some of the colors. The white also affects the range of values for the colors, adding a lot of depth within the yarn.

Check this Superwash BFL dyed and spun similarly. While this is a lovely even yarn, there is something predictable about every inch of the texture. And there is nothing wrong with that. It is interesting how just the subtle difference in the wools of my recent yarn adds so very much interest was. This yarn was also dyed with no white, and a smaller range of colors that were within the same value.

You can see while these yarns are similar, the subtle differences will affect how I use each skein.

While I love this new yarn and I am all about art weaving lately, I have to admit, I do not think this new skien would be best suited for art weaving. I think the texture would get lost against the warp (I am not a big fan of weft face weaving). There is a lot going on within one skien, so there is not much need to add to that visual language with other yarn. I really would like to use this skien in some knitting. But chances are I will need to add come other skiens to stretch the yardage for a project. Those yarns will need to just amplify what is already going on in this skien, be it a color, of texture. That may be as a compliment or a contrast.

The BFL skien however would be great in some art weaving. It has a subtle enough variegation to make a weaving section to work in concert with other sections and a panel as a whole.

So yeah, for me fiber art is not necessarily about high end materials or even the techniques I use, as much as it is finding the the ways to show off the best part of each material and technique in a whole piece. You kind of have to really get down to the details of your work and how each bit contributes to the aesthetic of the whole. It is really not that different from what you may be doing as a hobby knitter/crocheter/weaver, It is really all about being thoughtful and observing how each of your choices affect your project as a whole.

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100 day project

I know this is totally last minute, but do I dare to make the blog my 100 day project?

It certainly would stretch my comfort zone. But then again it would totally fullfill one of my big fat business goals– blog more.

I mean a part of me wanted to fold the #30daysartjournaling into the 100 days, but then again that might be cheating a bit. Hell I suppose for 30 days I could always just fall back on posting some journal pages…

So without any forthought or any prep whatsoever (prep=nailbiting and stressing), I am daring to jump head first into this 100 days project and doing it.


Today is an art center studio day. Glass studio is tonight and I tack on a few hour of clay studio while I am there. I usually wake up with ideas, eager to get there. I will not allow myself to go until I get my work done for the day. I’ll admit lately I have not been piling on ANY admin tasks to complete on Tuesdays because I want to make sure I can get to the studio by 1. That has gotta stop, I have some major projects in the works.

The plan is throw more mugs. I am in the thick of learning all about glazing. AND I am trying to wrap my brain around how big/small to make my mugs to account for shrinkage. So here is hoping I can crank out 8. I average 5, last session I hit 6.

Time to hit post and get to work… so here is to day 1 of 100 (gulp). See y’all tomorrow.

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About UrbanGypZ

Fiber artist Stacey Budge-Kamison AKA UrbanGypZ lives and works in Cary NC. She can also be found knitting in public, hammering out her latest e-course at local cafés and spinning yarns in her booth at her favorite arts festivals. A designer at heart, Stacey has decided that her mission is to help fellow knitters, crocheters, weavers and felters embrace their own style and creativity by exploring fiber art as it is a part of their everyday life and helping them embrace the title of artist no matter where they are in their journey.

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