Art Bin Participation at Yokohama Museum of Art


By appointment, I got my chance to throw my bad bit of art into Michael Landy’s Art Bin installation located inside the Yokohama Museum of Art. An interesting western idea being executed in a most Japanese way.

Mentioned in an earlier post, I created a large black snowflake that turned out to look like a disgusting spider. The Art Bin installation was perfect timing for me to purge my studio of this really bad idea.

IMG_0073 In typical Japanese fashion, I needed to apply, pick a date and hope they contacted me that my art would be acceptable. A week later they replied by email to let me know what time I was allowed to stop by on my chosen date. IMG_0069

This is a Bring Your Own Party event! There was no one else there to throw their art into the bin! Despite the Yokohama Triennale happening, it wasn’t very busy at the museum and I’m glad a friend was able to join me. I thought they would at least group a couple of artists together to toss work in but, sadly, there was just me.

screenshot I made the lonely 2 story climb to the top of the bin, waved to my friend, and tossed in my piece. It fell like a creepy dead spider and plopped to the bottom never breaking from it’s dead spider character to the end. screenshot

It was all very anti-climactic. Hearing the story behind work other artists tossed would have been a nice experience. Maybe a once per week time for artists to come by, line up and toss a piece in would have been nice. A good way to connect with other artists is completely squashed with the Japanese system of requiring specific appointments.

screenshot The whole Yokohama Triennale turned out to be a disappointing experience. Nothing really made my friend or I say, “Wow!” Too many pieces by artists that are seen over and over and over again. Various artwork that was crammed into areas too small and other work that clearly was placed in an area way too large.

Very few pieces were new work! So much of it was already presented at other venues for the past 10, 20, 30 years! There are just too many amazing installation artists out there for them to have just played it safe. Especially in a city that boasts how international it is.

Thankfully I had great company in my friend so it was still a fun Art Play Day! A big THANK YOU to her for taking photographs, also :)

展示の準備しました!また明日取り付けします! / Preparations for the exhibition are complete!


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After coming home from work last night, 16 hours in the studio with a few hours of sleep in between, – preparations for the exhibition at Kojimachi Collection are finished…well, except for one thing.  I still need to decide the layout of the fourteen Kojimachi Interstices.  I have two possibilities that I am looking at.  Any favorites?




All the artwork, tools, labels, portfolios and postcards have been packed up.  Installation starts tomorrow at 11 am.  I hope to post pictures of the installation process and some pictures afterwards.


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Tokyo Art Book Fair Preparations

Art Book

Our group, Tokyo Art Byte Critique was accepted into the Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair to be held Fri, Sept 19 – Sun, Sept 21. So we have jumped into high gear to create amazing book art work for you to stop by and enjoy!

Yesterday, I got together with fellow Tokyo Art Byte Critique member Lori of The Spendy Pencil and while she made photo choices to include in her works, I chose to bind my map-paged Travel Journals with more pages than originally planned. From 24 pages now up to 40 pages per book for a total of 80 if you choose to use both sides of each page!

Fellow member Lyle Nisenholz has completed another amazing book of his original drawings which flow from one page to another through creative cutouts and and folds on the pages. Enjoy the Bonobo Book video:

A couple of us will be getting together again next week Thursday for another Book Art Assembling  Party to keep pushing each other to offer our best possible art books at the Tokyo Art Book Fair! Check back to see our progress each week and hope to see you at our booth next month!

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014: We’re In!


Originally posted on The Spendy Pencil:

Yuki. Star-fold book. Inkjet print. Macro photos of snowflakes.

Yuki. Star-fold book. Inkjet print. Macro photos of snowflakes.

I just found out from a fellow Art Byte Critique (ABC) member that our application for the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014 has been accepted. We’re IN! I’m super excited. This is a goal our group has been working towards for the last year. It’s been great to meet with members talk about art and book making and share projects and ideas. The people in ABC are great artists and wonderful people so I know this will be fun.

The event takes place on September 20-21 at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS. We will be selling our books, zines and posters at a table.

Last year was a complete crush even until the last hour of the last day. I’m glad we’re a group so that we can take turns manning our…

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HoursTracker – Lepidoptera, Algebra & Crochet


According to my HoursTracker App, this past week, I have completed 17 hours 15 minutes of Research & Development and 47 minutes of Marketing. But just what have I accomplished in this time?

I’m getting ready to place a big colored-copper wire order and wanted to be sure of the gauges, colors, prices and which company  will send their items to me in Japan at the most reasonable price within a reasonable timeframe. Of course, it is difficult to make direct comparisons as one company sells by the yard, another by the  meter and yet another by the 1/4 pound! Due to proprietary metals compositions and permanent coloring techniques there is no way a simple yards to meters conversion will give me a good complete picture. And by the 1/4 pound? Puh-leez! There is no algebra professor that can find that kind of “X”!

So I made a few wire crochet studies to be sure of the gauges that will be best. Last week was the Tunisian Crochet experiments. This past week was working a doily pattern which I completely misread by the 3rd row! Thankfully, it was the wire work look and feel I was testing not my pattern reading!


IMG_0026 Off the clock, I chose to layer the wire crocheted pieces, combine them with fun destash yarn and created a wall hanging sculpture that I’ll insert into a deep box frame.

My lepidoptera research has been going over my photographs of various Butterflies native to Queensland, Australia, learning their wing colors, both on top and the bottom which is often very different. Googling what their eggs, caterpillar, and chrysalis look like along with which flora species they prefer. I am super excited that this will be a bright & beautiful project when it’s completed.

A bit more research went into locker hooking techniques to help me recreate the rainforest floor. Thanks so much for all those YouTube posters who have happily shared their knowledge. This morning I’ll tackle a sample piece.

The Marketing time is mostly adding to this website and posting daily progress to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, tumblr…

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The Cornershop 1st-31st August 2014


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As I embark on my own long-term art installation project, others such as Lucy Sparrow who have reached their goal peak my curiosity.
8 months in the making, 14 hours a day, 4000 handmade recreated felt items! Watch her interview with Vaiders Arc:

Love Knitting did a great interview asking deeper questions about what it took for her to bring this project to completion. How she was able to fund it using multiple sources and just how much it has consumed her life for the last 8 months.

If you are in London this month, or in Brighton come October, stop by The Cornershop!

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Dear all, you are warmly invited to the opening night at The Cornershop on 1st August at 6pm. We’re then open everyday thereafter from 10am-7pm until 31st August.



An art show truly worth making a fuzz about, Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop is the fluffiest, furriest shopping experience imaginable. She’s filled a former derelict store in Bethnal Green with over 4,000 handmade felt versions of familiar grocery items – from fish fingers and cans of SPAM to sanitary towels and newspapers, rocket ice lollies and oven chips to ciggies, veggies, and what is most certainly the softest loo roll ever manufactured.

Every single thing inside the Cornershop – the till, the functioning pricing gun, the contents of freezers, the pick ‘n’ mix stand – is fashioned from fabric, and the whole lot took Lucy seven months to complete.

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Good (Bad?) Enough to Bin It!


Yes! That really great idea I had that turned out to be not such a great idea is going in the Bin. More precisely, Michael Landy’s Art Bin at  Yokohama’s Museum of Art. 

As mentioned in my Decluttering Art post, what cannot be reclaimed, repurposed or given away to even one’s mother to love will need to go to the garbage bin.  This huge (1 meter in diameter) black snowflake needs such a home. It reminds me too much of a yucky spiderweb.  I am so very happy my project was good (bad?) enough to be accepted for binning at the Yokohama Triennale.

This huge black snowflake/spiderweb monstrosity of a bad idea will be given a chance to be rejected with dignity in an art museum along with a tribe of other rejected art.

IMG_0018 Thursday, Aug 28th, sometime between 11:00 – 12:00 stop by to watch this and other rejected art be tossed into the Art Bin.

Study in Tunisian Crochet

Study in Tunisian Crochet

Art, Works in Progress

Pulled out my 9″ long, I-sized Tunisian Crochet hook this past week to expand my crochet repertoire. A bit of inexpensive Red Heart Yarn, my Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler, and a few YouTube videos and I was set.

It turned out to be fairly easy to do and I enjoyed seeing the stitch patterns emerge along with ideas I could get with it going forward on my Tropical Butterfly Garden Project. I played with learning no less than 8 different stitches and their combinations, even creating stitches that look just like something that was knit with knitting needles and stitches that resembled purling.

IMG_0004 Tunisian Simple Stitch using Red Heart’s Artist Print Yarn

Using as much of my hook as possible I chained a total of 20 stitches across and have so far made a scarf-like study of about 40 centimeters of varying rows of stitches.  The sides of the scarf are not even as I was focusing on proper tension and the actual creation of the stitch vs. counting the correct amount in a row. A recurring problem for me.

IMG_0009 Tunisian Full Stitch or Slant Stitch (?), An experimental row or two, Tunisian Double Crochet, and several rows of what I call the Knit Stitch because it looks just like knitting. I have noticed several stitches seem to have more than one name.

This style of crochet does also have a tendency to curl which a friend in stitch group did warn me about. It was also suggested to use a larger hook with smaller yarn to help reduce this.

IMG_0011 A bit of Tunisian Lacy Simple Stitch, Tunisian Double Crochet, and then a Tunisian Rib Stitch pattern which I’m not sure I did correctly.

IMG_0013 As I felt more confident with my skills are started combining various stitches within the rows to begin creating varying textures and patterns. The top section is a match to a very interesting bark pattern I saw which visiting the Daintree Rainforest in Australia recently.

From yarn I moved onto wire, of course.

Tunisian Wire Crochet

Tunisian Wire Crochet

The stitch work and techniques are just as easily transferrable as with a regular crochet hook and I like that some of the stitches seem a bit more durable than with regular crochet but I am limited by the 9″ length of my Tunisian Crochet hook. Whereas with a regular crochet hook I am able to have a width as wide as my yarn will allow. As I type this I am getting an idea as to how to use that to my advantage. More Research & Development!

9" Tunisian Crochet Hook packed with 20 stitches of wire crochet work.

9″ Tunisian Crochet Hook packed with 20 stitches of wire crochet work.

At the far end of the work I found I had a lot less leverage in which to create the stitches using the wire and it became more and more difficult to work. When I create my pieces I need to complete them in a reasonable amount of time or I won’t be able to finish so the extra wrestling it took to complete each stitch will need to be reduced.

Working from here on my Study in Tunisian Wire Crochet work: IMG_0023

HoursTracker: Still keeping track of the hours, this week I’ve spent mostly on this Tunisian Crochet which I’ve clocked under the Research & Development: Approximately 4 1/2 hours.

A bit of Marketing, mostly updating a few things on my website and blog post creating which includes taking the photos, editing the photos, and writing, etc: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.


Decluttering Artwork

Works in Progress

Nothing escapes my decluttering madness when it starts and my creative endeavors are no exception.

Sometimes I’m lucky and all the materials can be fully reclaimed. Hours and hours went into the meter long wide scarf I was making from a super yummy wool/cashmere mix but in reality it just looked like a pile of leftover birthday cake.


When I pulled it out to reclaim the yarn, it left a pile of rainbow confetti ramen. IMG_0045

A run through on the Yarn Winder and I have fresh cakes ready for that as yet unfound perfect pattern:


IMG_0047 Even the piece in progress from the first post I made is subject to scrutiny. It didn’t make it. Still like the lovely idea I had for a scarf. Using the lace thread popular here in Japan, I ran into the speed bump of having to pick up more at Yuzawaya and just never picked it up again to finish. I asked myself, “Why did I choose not to finish this project?” In the end it doesn’t matter, I’ll never finish it or be satisfied if I ever do. So I’ve ripped out as much as possible down to the Wedding Ring chain pattern. Sure I’ll keep the chain for another project but it will likely be tossed in the next round of decluttering madness.

What cannot be reclaimed, repurposed or given away to even one’s mother to love will need to go to the garbage bin.  This huge (1 meter across) black snowflake needs such a home. It reminds me too much of a yucky spiderweb so I’m applying to the Art Bin Project by Michael Landy at the Yokohama Triennale to bin it.


IMG_0018 But will my bad art idea be good enough? Will I be able to give it a chance to be rejected with dignity in an art museum with a tribe of other rejected art?


How long did it take you to make that?

Art, Works in Progress

I am often asked this question when someone is viewing one of my projects, same as many other artists hear.

We could all answer years, decades or even a lifetime we have spent honing our skills, learning our craft, debating which subject matter in which medium will touch the viewer most. Simply printing a single page which should take no more than 2 or 3 minutes can lead to hours of wrangling with computer programming hiccups, hardware problems, printer errors and ink cartridges as drained as the artist.

But that isn’t the answer they want to hear. It makes what we do inaccessible to our audience. I like to see the viewer connecting with my work, seeing the next evolution of possibilities and expressing those “What if…” thoughts.

As I start to fully dive into what it’s going to take to complete my Tropical Butterfly Garden Art Installation I have started keeping track of the hours. Using the HoursTracker App I’ve added in the maximum allowed 3 “Jobs” available in the free version.
1. Research & Development
2. Marketing
3. Construction

I know that I will need to have some parts of my piece completed even before I get to the Artist Residency Site. I am hoping keeping track of my progress will help me keep on track to complete the project as I have planned it to be.

So far I have completed:
1. 53 minutes of R & D: Which Tropical Butterflies do I wish to concentrate my efforts? Which wire sizes, colors and quantities should I obtain?
2. 95 minutes of Marketing: Searching for indy yarn dyers, Setting up a Tumblr Account, Maintaining current connections, updating website, etc..
3. 0 minutes of Construction

Debated with myself if my search for source materials (indy yarn dyers) should be a part of Research & Development but chose Marketing because I will be connecting with real people. In the end, it is doubtful that those who ask, “How long did it take you to make that?” will want this much detail. But, I am that curious to know.