Our lives have changed. It is difficult to process the new norm. I receive pop up messages from various news sources updating me on the latest numbers. We are currently over 100,000 infected in the US and over 44,000 of them in NY, and over 25,000 in NYC. The numbers are staggering. It wasn't my intention to write any of this when I started to type tonight, but I guess I am leaving it as a remembrance, a stark reminder of what happened in 2020.
I'm now homeschooling my 5 year daughter. As we all are. She's so smart. (I see a lot of myself in her - not the smart, just the curiousity). Loves to learn, yet, her mind wanders. But her rate of absorption is astounding. As I am more visual, she is more auditory. We did packets, IXL diagnostic testing, RAZ kids reading, did some exercises, made a garden with paper flowers, cut out paper snowflakes and so much more. She's really turning into quite the artist. Her dresses in her pictures have beautiful and complex designs on them. I'm thinking of using some of them in my designs! When I do I'll post her drawing them my design that was inspired by it.
Throughout all this hectic craziness, I've managed to continue to make rug designs. I'm also setting up an Etsy store for coloring pages and a Society6 shop for art prints of the rug designs I've made. I'll post those once they are complete.
Enjoy your loved ones. Hug and kiss them everyday.
My current rug designs have fueled my inner stubborn, competitive self. As a result, I will be doing a different 30 day challenge each month. Each month I will choose a different subject and produce 30 pieces. This month topic--RUGS. Since I'm starting this mid month, I will hopefully produce more than one a day. Next month - hmm? Possibly, illustrations, abstractions, or the assortment of children's book concepts that I have. What would you like to see?
I have to say I'm in love with creating patterns. I've always loved looking at patterns, ornamentation, designs... anything that repeated. From the fabric my mother bought to make curtains and covers for the dining chairs, to the incredibly complex interlaces in Armenian manuscripts and khatchkars (literally a cross stone, marking a memorial stele) to the beautifully intricate rugs my uncle would bring home from work, to the gorgeous installations at the Blue mosque in Istanbul. Someone created these designs. Most done centuries ago. Without the aid of technology. That's what really fascinates me. The mathematics, the layout, the preparation, all done by what I deem to be geniuses.
Until a few years ago, I hadn't put much thought into how designs got on pretty much anything we buy - cell phone cases, folders, lamp shades, etc.. I guess I assumed there were in-house designers creating all the work. I imagine this would have been the case a few decades ago, but today there are freelance artists creating them. Surface designers and surface pattern designers creating them. I want to become one.
At night when I close my eyes I see patterns. So many patterns. My mind is constantly creating new pieces. Getting to a computer is a different story. And remembering those frenzied compositions is close to impossible. My portfolio is slowly coming together. I haven't created a complete collection yet, but many collections have been started. I hope you enjoy the beginnings of this new path.
Currently on exhibit at Ashok Jain Gallery, 58 Hester St in NYC, from June 25 - July 20. Reception : June 27 from 6-8pm.
Carbon Series III will be traveling to Woodstock!
Juror, Ian Berry, has chosen your work to be included in Far & Wide, the 6th Annual Woodstock Regional.
Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College. Berry is a highly respected specialist in contemporary art.