Friday, November 27, 2015

Flood the Streets with Art (III) in Redmond, WA

Flood the Streets with Art (III) in Redmond, WA
Today is Black Friday, the one day a year that Americas go crazy for stuff. It's called Black Friday because it represents the point in the year when retailers have historically begun to turn a profit, thus going from being "in the red" to being "in the black".

I wanted to counter the Black Friday commercialism while teaching my children the value of homemade. I researched some projects online and came across this website sent to me by a fellow artist. I immediatley knew I wanted to do this project and tried to think about what my art would be.

I decided on Christmas ornaments.  I realized  that not many people would expect Christmas ornaments from an Arab artist.

This of course makes the ornaments a perfect art to share because it reminds people that the Arab world is full of people from all three major religions.

Each ornamnet has a vintage sequeince patch that has been handsewn on a felt circle. Then I stuffed the circle with cotton fiber and blanket stitched around. I also added a ribbon hanger and my business tag so people can find my website.

A couple of the ornaments have fabric flower centers.

I made eleven total.

We placed each ornament in a Ziploc bag with a paper cut out explaining what it was and my business card.

My daughter and I then drove around town and placed the ornaments in various parks. One in the nook of a tree...

One next to a lake...

One as payment at a bait shop...

One in a "Extra Balls" bin at a dog park...

One at an entrance to a play park.

We had to pause for robotics club happening in our home, but will place the rest before dinner. Watch this space for the other photos and let me know if you find an ornament.

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