Since landing in Chicago, I haven't been doing much handwork to speak of (that would be *exactly none*) so I've been a little ambivalent about posting with nothing to show. Although I've been regularly out & about in the city, it somehow seems a bit self-indulgent to think people show up here to see how I've spent my day if it doesn't include something remotely art or textile related. But yesterday was a red-letter day on both counts! A *good friend whom I had never met* came to town and we met at 'the bean' where we posed for a few photos together, thanks to her forethought in bringing along her husband to chronicle the event. (Great shots, Mr. K!!) We then parted ways with him and headed to a fantastic collage show, right across the street at the Chicago Cultural Center.
A couple of years ago while browsing the bookstore at the Museum of American Folk Art in NYC, I came across two books featuring Tony Fitzpatrick's work. Loaded with detail, painted and pasted, it jumped off the pages and hit me right between the eyes. As with most artwork, the originals are so much more engaging...mesmerizing, actually. Smaller than I'd expected, they are all approximately the same size, around 10" x 14". You could truly lose yourself (and time) gazing into these complex little worlds, though on this visit, we were chatting while we browsed. The show includes over 40 pieces and although it closes next weekend, I'd highly recommend it if you happen to be in the city this week. I've already been twice and will probably stop by again. Maybe I'll see you there!
We stopped for lunch at the closest place we could find to continue our visit and hardly took a breath as we gabbed the afternoon away. And just as I suspected might happen, we ran out of time well before we ran out of conversation. But we're already looking forward to her next visit, when I can host her at my home (God willing, I'll have one by then) and entertain her among my stacks of fabrics & buttons & ribbons & trims. So, who was my afternoon companion?
Mimi K! Aren't you jealous? (Thanks, Mimi...it was so much fun!!)