Synesthesia and this and that

http://www.studio360.org/episodes/2008/02/01

A couple of weeks ago I was listening to Studio 360 on the radio as I did errands. I was really fascinated by this topic of synesthesia. Unfortunately, there is no summary of the program, only the audio, which is above. If you don’t know what synesthesia is, I didn’t either, at least by that name. Some people’s brains see letters and numbers, not in black and white as do most of us, but in color. I can see how that could be a problem for those folks, but also a huge boon. Think of the artistic possibilities. They’ve done brain scans on people who have this ability and watched certain portions of the brain “light up” in a way that most of our brains do not. If you have time, I recommend listening to the audio of this program.

I had been thinking about the surface design workshop and combining that idea with my work. We used polyester fabric and disperse dyes painted on paper, then ironed onto the fabric. I don’t have much of a desire to work with polyester yarn, but was considering doing something on the Mirrix with that idea in mind. Well, I’ve decided on a different route to surface design. I am going to use my regular materials and learn how to apply my regular dyes and/or pigments to my wool pieces. The size of whatever I weave on the Mirrix will fit perfectly into the scope of this project. I will use resists and stencils to experiment with a couple of pieces.

In the meantime, I have to do needle weaving on three pieces, covers and labels for five pieces, and get them shipped before May 24! And there’s still the jungle outside my door. But, Taos Magazine arrived in the mail yesterday. Below is page one of a very important article. Heh, heh… I tried to find it online and couldn’t. If anyone is interested, I did scan the other pages. All of the pictures are great!

TaosMagazine1

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