Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Art Show and Art Mischief by the Jafagirls

Finally got to see the show that was aired earlier in January and really think the producer and film crew did a fantastic job. Somehow out of a full day of blithering on they edited and managed to really convey how we feel about supporting the arts in our wee community. Hope you enjoy having a peek at what makes us tick.

Watch now: The Art Show | Season 6, Episode 2 | ThinkTVNetwork Video

The Jafagirls of Yellow Springs use craft activism to raise awareness of social issues. We visit the Cohen Film Collection in Columbus, where modern technology is being used restore and preserve rare movie classics. The 442s in St. Louis fuse classical music and jazz. Watch online: Season 6, Episode 2 from The Art Show.

So what's NEXT on the agenda
Other than our regular duties as active members of the Yellow Springs Arts Council and Permanent Collection Steering Committee, we will be working on a new post for POWA!
Preparing work for our Bosom Buddies Exhibit
Nancy has some kind of wild photography idea she wants us to do, hum!
thanks for dropping by

Friday, January 20, 2017

Viva La Vulve and The Craftivism Sisterhood

This wasn't a jafagirl project BUT we are all jafagirls at heart and a sisterhood in the art of craftivism ;) Can't remember whose idea it was (yes wait it was Kate) but somehow we decided that since none of us can go to the protest in DC, we can stay home and do something. So for a couple of days we sewed vulva ornaments to be
placed on a tree for the inauguration. Since nobody could be arsed to get up early enough in the morning to festoon a tree with felt vulva art we met 10pm last night instead. Dressed like ninjas all in black and fussing about we were like the flippin' marx brothers in Duck Soup. I tell you we couldn't get them up fast enough.  Dam! Karen forgot her fags so we could just light up, lean against the car and look all nonchalant like if the cops drove by. A car is coming,dang  is it a cop car, look normal. No, phew! So 
we carry on. Oh shit, is that a cop car. Dang, yes it is. Quick act normal ladies. Drives slowly by but good he's passing right by. Did he see me wave? Cruiser stops a few yards away and waits for a min. Shoot is he coming back, what's he doing, phew! he's going. Hurry, says Kate, who swears he will circle around. I say, naw, really! I don't think so.  Well we will just have to say hello and ask him if he wants to help;)

He never did pass by again and after 15 mins we were happily on our way home secure in the

knowledge that some people will get a kick out of our wee protest art. On the other hand many may not even know what the heck they're  supposed to be.
Please take NOTE: Our tree installation was not designed to represent ALL women. It was designed to represent OUR feelings as three cis women, who were objecting to the inauguration of a cis male who bragged about grabbing cis women by their privates.


'Pussyhat' knitters join long tradition of crafty activism - BBC News

Donald Trump is causing a yarn shortage in the United States, where many Americans just can't get their hands on worsted fuschia pink - because many of the world's knitters are using it to protest against the incoming president.

I have to think Britain's First Feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft, would have been proud. 
Meanwhile in Boston Yarnbombers have added 'pussyhats' to the Make Way for Ducklings statues. Not to be left out Lost Bear has joined in and has his very own hat too.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sisterhood and the PussyHat Project


The Women's March on Washington D.C. is happening January 21, 2017! The Pussyhat Project launched Thanksgiving weekend! As of now, we have 12 days to knit, crochet, and sew 1.17 million pink pussyhats. Join the movement!

Unfortunately health issues did not allow for me to go to DC or any other protest march BUT after a prod from a friend, who supplied me with yarn, I got to knitting hats that will be handed out at the women's march
by Corrine Bayraktaroglu
The pattern is genius in it's simplicity, cute as heck, and I've managed to knit three in three days. It's wonderful to see so many women/girls of all ages come together and knit, crochet, and march in sisterhood. 

And Now From Pussy Riot

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jafa Journal: Yellow Springs Arts Council and THINKtv Art Show

It seems like it's been a bit quiet around these parts, but behind the scenes it's been go go go, particularly for Nancy who is the gallery coordinator extraordinaire at the Yellow Springs Arts Council.
"Into the Deep" by Nancy Mellon
Yellow Springs Permanent Collection
We are both busy with upcoming exhibits  either at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery or at the Antioch University Midwest Alcove Gallery. 
"Saints of Misinformation" by Corrine Bayraktaroglu
Yellow Springs Permanent Collection
in between our duties at the arts council, we are working on our own upcoming exhibit at the YS ARTS gallery in April called "Bosom Buddies". Which reminds me I better start working on the website page for that.
 Need Coffee. LOTS of coffee
Our segment on the Art Show is airing Jan 15

The Art Show | On Air | ThinkTV

Southwest Ohio is home to strong, vibrant, and thriving arts and cultural communities. The Art Show takes a look at the artists and the art scene in and around Cincinnati and Dayton. The weekly award-winning series features profiles from the worlds of art, music, dance, and theater in our corner of Ohio, along with cultural highlights from across the nation.

I don't know that I have the courage to watch it, lol! 
Thanks for dropping by and please pop back to see what new and hopefully inspiring mischief we will be getting up to this year