San Francisco Artist Alliance Provides Numerous Opportunities for Local Artists, Aficionados and Amateurs Alike

July 31st, 2012

KCW World Heavyweight ChampionshipAfter our move to California, I quickly joined the San Francisco Artist Alliance when I was looking not only for show and gallery space, but for a way to share my interest in batik with local children and other community members. I had never entertained the thought of becoming a teacher of any sort and had no real desire to start that career now, even on a part-time basis, but without a teaching degree and certificate, my opportunities for going into actual schools to teach my craft were limited at best.

Most simply, batik is the art of using wax on fabric to create negative design space before dyeing the fabric. After the fabric has been dyed and dried, the wax is then removed using a combination of scraping and heat. Batik-treated fabrics can then be turned into beautiful clothing, various soft home décor pieces and very often, are frame-mounted and hung as gorgeous works of art.

Joining the Artist Alliance has given me the ability to set up a steady schedule of classes for everyone in the community to enjoy. I have been invited to several schools in the district as a guest lecturer and to demonstrate my art to the children. The younger kids enjoy scraping out designs and pictures on fabric I have already covered in wax, while my older students are able to handle the hot wax and apply it directly to the fabric themselves. The best part, however, especially when teaching those new to the art, is their amazement when they see the fabric after it has been dyed. It is often very difficult to see the beauty created when working with light-colored wax on white muslin so I keep projects small, that can then be dyed in class, for children to be able to see their results quickly. Once they see what they created, almost blindly on their wax-covered “canvas,” they are always eager to try bigger and more complex projects.

The Artist Alliance is a great resource for those new to the area to find interesting gallery and performing art venues, as well as locating classes and workshops for real hands-on experiences in many different mediums.


The Powerful Affect Photography Has on Our Understanding of History

July 31st, 2012

Early European Exploration Here is a World map that defines all the ...The camera and the photos that it creates have definitely changed the way that we interact with the world, and the way the world interacts with itself. In the millenniums before the camera was invented, the only way that an individual could explain events that were going on around him was by either using a medium like a pencil, or ink, or paint to try to capture what he saw with his own eyes. A person could also use words to try to take the images that were being processed by his mind and then record them in a way that other individuals could understand.

While history is replete with individuals who were able to use these mediums in order to document important events in world history, recording things in this way has a very clear and obvious flaw. The number one defect being that the way that either the artist or the writer recorded history often would be subject to their perception of the events that they were viewing.

The camera and photography really helps to remove this subjectivity, because a camera and its lens is not going to capture events based on the way that the individual operating the camera perceives them. Continue reading »

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