Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my young students about art and creating things we want. He made this amazing Caterpillar out of play dough, based off of one he saw in a catalogue. His exact quote was, "I saw it in a catalogue and wanted it, but couldn't have it, so I made it!" I think this is part of how/why I became an artist. I've always loved pretty things, but I can't buy everything I want, and so I figure out ways to make something similar. Which I'm doing with Evelyn's rug. I'm going to change a few things, just so I'm not copying it exactly (which I couldn't do even if I tried!). Maybe the colors? I don't know. More pondering.
First of all, I have to have to have to keep plugging away at this painting I started a month ago. (remember all the pondering I did?). I was looking through American Craft Magazine June/July 2009 and came across this great article about Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman. They both have contributed so much to the design world, and in so many different areas too. This is a hook rug designed by Evelyn:
(I primed a piece of plywood, put screws and wire in the back so I could hang it up, and am painting with acrylic, if anyone is interested!)