The lovely Christina Loff (behind the camera), blogger for Wikia's Easy Crafts section, and blogger/interviewer Polly Conway were kind enough to include me in their video of vendors at Renegade Craft Fair SF. You can see me talking about feistyelle AND get a sneak peek of next season's collection. Check us out below:
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While refreshing the Museum of Craft and Folk Art with more FE stock, I was excited to see their latest exhibition was of work by Corita Kent, a.k.a. Sister Mary Corita. Corita was an incredible graphic designer, propagandist, and social activist known for the serigraphs she made during the sixties and seventies. She also chaired the art department of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles and co-taught classes with Buckminster Fuller and Charles and Ray Eames.
I'd only come across Corita in book form: Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita (found ages ago during a visit to The Curiosity Shoppe, which you must go to if you're ever in SF), and had been moved by her heart-felt work ever since. Her work drew together her spirituality, design practice and teaching, as well as visions of peace, love, and social responsibility. Bad ass nun, or former nun to be entirely accurate, the woman crossed boundaries and challenged the thinking of the day, plus rocked Marimekko dresses after she left the Order.
The MOCFA exhibit also reproduced the art department's rules set forth by Corita, a space which Fuller visited and described as “among the most fundamentally inspiring experiences of my life." The set of rules (drawn from John Cage's Rules for Students and Teachers) are as follows:
Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.
General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher, pull everything out of your fellow students.
General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.
Consider everything an experiment.
Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.
Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They’re different processes.
Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
“We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” - John Cage.
Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything--it might come in handy later. There should be new rules next week.
I love these rules; I'm totally going to post this up on my work room wall next week. :)
MOCFA's E is for Everyone: Celebrating Sister Corita, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Sister Corita’s life and influence and runs until June 5, 2011.