Saturday, August 6, 2016

Week ONE: Jafagirl Residency at Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch

Our first week of a 6 week residency and we were exhausted, but it had more to do with carting two car loads of supplies etc, and my car deciding it doesn't want to have air conditioning, arg!

Explore Craft Activism with the JafaGirls

The Jafagirls are Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon, mischievous creators of public art. From August 1 through September 10, they are the artists-in-residence at the Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, 2410 Philadelphia Drive in Dayton. During their residence at the Library, they will offer community drop-in hours with ongoing collaborative projects for all ages.
The library is gorgeous, the staff are wonderful, and the creative space is a dream. Love talking to the public and answering questions, although many parents thought we would be doing traditional crafts or teaching crochet or sewing. 
Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch
Our focus is on doing crafts that are used in a non traditional way, like yarnbombing. The first 3 weeks we are working with the library patrons on flowers that we will incorporate into a installation in the children's area of the library. Meanwhile on our closed studio time Nancy and I are getting several projects going. This is next to the cafe near the entrance and 
we will try to cover as much as the pole that we can reach. The black and white felt motif is meant to compliment the beautiful ceiling installation by Virginia Kistler in the cafe.
As per my usual mischief it goes without saying that this will happen.
We would have put more butterflies in the play area outside but the heat got too much.
Hats next week AND an air conditioned car.

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