Arting for 365 Day 306: Stitched Landscape

Day 306, 4 x 6" Ink on stitched paper

Day 306, 4 x 6″ Ink on stitched paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I was really hoping to get the painting I was working on finished for today’s post. Turns out that was a pipe dream. Instead I completed a smaller piece yesterday.

Not wanting to tear up nice, new big sheets of paper, I found a bunch scraps and stitched them together, then proceeded to draw a very simple design. I didn’t think I’d like this piece as much as I do. Something about the softness of the paper, the simple lines and the way the work is physically bound together while maintaining individual parts pleases me.

Day 306 Stitched Landscape

Arting for 365 Day 49: Locks

Day 49 (6/16/12): Bangs

4 x 5″ Mixed Media (Hair – both straight and braided), ink and thread

My friend Mary cut my hair for me yesterday – chopping off a good six inches from my front locks to give me bangs. She did a great job and it was fun to see such a big chunk disappear. She asked what I wanted to do with the hair, and at first I thought, throw it away. But instead I asked her to set it aside.

I’d like to say that I get why people may want to keep a soft ringlet from their baby’s first haircut, or that keeping the 20 inches of hair that they chopped off long ago is kind of fun or sentimental. But if I’m going to be perfectly honest. I don’t get it. Perhaps this is because I’ve never had a baby and never really been attached to my hair. To me, stray hairs are kind of gross. I don’t like finding them in the sink or the bathtub, so why in the world would I actually want to keep them?

Using the remains of my haircut and some ink, I opted to explore the strangeness of keeping locks of hair for day 49’s piece. I was a bit grossed out while manipulating the hair but I actually really like the design. Even at that, I don’t think there is a big buyer’s market for this one on Etsy.