I just returned from a most fabulous trip to San Francisco, California. This was my first time traveling without my husband and kids since the beginning of parenting, with the exception of flying back and forth to Ohio a couple times to care for my mother during the final stages of cancer. And of course, that was not any fun. No fun at all. But this trip was fun. So much fun.
In addition to meeting up with old friends, I wanted to attend Lisa Solomon's solo exhibition "SEN" at the Fouladi Projects. You may remember me writing about the 1,000 doilies project here and here. Earlier this year, Lisa had mentioned that she needed help with the doily making and I jumped at the opportunity. I'd "met" Lisa through instagram and explored her website and blog. I knew that I really liked her work and that I wanted to be a part of it. I also knew that it would be a great excuse to visit San Francisco again. I love San Francisco.
The show was really very lovely. The wall of 1,000 doilies crocheted by 45 women from around the world was a huge success. The doilies were beautifully laid out in rows of color with threads leading to spools gathered on the floor. The tiny pins and shadows created the illusion that the doilies were floating. I was so glad to be there, and to have been a part of the process. Though I only made 20 doilies, each doily took nearly an hour to make, so a lot of patience and time was put into this piece. But it was all worth it.
Below is Lisa's artist statement for "SEN":
Lisa’s art practice is an ongoing investigation of gender archetypes and hybridizations, as well as an examination into her own personal history. Through obsessive repetition and re-contextualization, she takes traditional feminine handicrafts and elevates them into the realm of fine art.
For this exhibition, Lisa, who was born to a Japanese mother, hones in on Japan’s historical and cultural fixation on the number 1000. She has created a unique interpretation of the 1000 cranes, and stitched a playful version of Senninbari, the “good luck” belts traditionally composed of 1000 knots, made by women and worn by their husbands to protect them while away at war. In a similar vein, she will be installing a wall of 1000 doilies, hand crocheted from 10 different hues of thread, sewn by her self and over 45 different women from around the world, and then arranged in a manner which will explore color and color theory. From each individual doily will dangle strands of thread, left purposefully to hang as a tangible testimony to process, functioning both as a remnant of the passage of time, and as a way to coax the work into a three dimensional space.
Opening reception for the artist 6 to 8pm Friday, November 15th
Show runs through Dec. 21st, 2013
I especially loved the pieces that included tiny hand-drawn paper cranes and beautiful French knots.
I met up with my old friend Thea and made a few new friends. Thea and I hadn't seen each other since high school. We were in the same art magnet program for a couple years. She now lives in the Bay area and runs a lovely letterpress business: Kavamore Press.
Not only did she take me out for drinks at a cute bar, but she generously gifted me one of her beautiful prints. I love it so.
I also had the opportunity to meet up with a new instagram friend Courtney Cerruti, who happens to be friends with Lisa and Thea. I love funny small worlds. She has recently written a book about image transfers and I can't wait to get a copy. I see a new obsession in my future.
And best of all, I'm so glad to be home with my family. I think everyone really missed me. I know I missed them.