My friend melinda topilko interviewed me for the ACAD Fibre blog. See it here:
I just read the book “Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less”, which has a lot of body language stuff in it. It was really interesting. One of the suggestions is to find out if you absorb information visually, through auditory cues or kinetically, and then figure out what other people are so you can use visual, kinetic or auditory terms to talk to them. Instead of asking someone to picture something, you could say “just hear the blah blah blah” or something about warm sand. Nelson and I both got the same score on the personality test, and are both mostly kinetic, then auditory, then visual. It’s interesting because thinking about being a fibre person, it makes sense to be a touchy feely. I’ve realized the thing about my jury crit I’m most worried about is the social part. I guess it has way less to do with my artwork than I was making it out to be. I make up all these unrealistic situations that would go horribly horribly wrong and then everything would explode and they’d have to evacuate the building and then everyone would say that it was my fault forever and then nothing would be the same again. So the problem is that because some of my work is about social anxiety, I’m going to have to talk about it, and last time I did that, the instructor had no idea what I was talking about and I had to explain it for way too long and almost started to cry. I really don’t want to cry during my jury crit, but I feel like it might be inevitable. The “Make People Like You…” book suggests pretending that nervous-ness/anxiety is actually excitement, because the physical symptoms are really similar. I’m going to try that, and also practice some of the things in the book with unsuspecting t-shirt customers, later today.
I’m getting Nelson to help me register my name.ca and .com, because the person who had my name.com has stopped renewing it(it was for someone’s wedding a few years ago), and that way I can prevent a third artist Lindsay Joy(or porn or something) from stealing it. Googling myself gets me two other artist Lindsa(e)y Joys, which is kind of weird, this one and this one. I heard a lot of people with similar names act the same way, like people named Dennis tend to be dentists. Googling my name + fibre gets three or four things that are actually about or posted by me, though, which is kind of cool.
- Art Central Events: Regalia
5 Nov 2009 … Lindsay Joy Lindsay hails from Golden, British Columbia, and is a third year fibre major at the Alberta College of Art + Design. …
- Fibre Department Mini Show and Silent Auction – Artcity Festival …Mini Show is a student driven fundraiser benefiting the Fibre Department. … It can be emailed to Lindsay.Joy@acad.ca or submitted with the piece. …
That mini show one I didn’t post, so it’s neat that it’d show up on a different art events page. The next two are about Lindsay Wool and then some kind of pharmacy thing, but then the next one is about me, too!
- Regalia: Wearable Art Show – [Calgary Fashion]13 Nov 2009 … Lindsay Joy and Jennifer Akkermans used the 20th century suit as the … favouring a feminine fit built from natural fibres while others had …
- ACADSA | FacebookLindsay Joy http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=327211923127&ref= nf · Fibre Mini Show & Silent Auction! Location:Alberta College of Art + …
So yeah! That’s neat, because I’m on there, somewhere. Now that I’m domain-ing, I’ll move this page to there and then everything will be lovely, if I do stuff, cause I can put it there.
I’m trying to calm down, cheer up and get ready for my jury critique. Instead, I slept until noon and then watched Invader Zim for three hours. Damn.
The problem is, because I’ve been in so many liberal studies or technical classes this semester, I don’t have much of my own studio work to show. I have some things from last semester’s directed studios, and then some weavings and then some ridiculous repeat prints, which I plan to make into utopian proletarian outfits. The problem is, I haven’t made them into anything, and will need to bring evidence of my plans. An instructor suggested painting some sketches in gouache(it’s opaque watercolour which I’ve just started to enjoy using) to bring to the critique. So far I’ve painted one, and it’s pretty silly. My gouache book is kind of ridiculous, though, because it’ll have a textile design on one page and a glowing telephone receiver or an angry cartoon bird on the next page. I feel like maybe if I had more gouaches then they could kind of see that part of my personality. Conversely, I’m thinking about bringing a few t-shirts I’ve designed at work, because they are absolutely ridiculous. The only thing is, it’s mostly collage made from clip art that we are allowed to use, and probably doesn’t really count as “art”. The t-shirts are really fun though, and show a side of my personality that I have a hard time showing otherwise.
I don’t know! Maybe I will bring them anyway. I like the idea of validating silliness with materials and process.
There’s an article in this month’s FiberArts about E-textiles and the Lilypad Arduino. This is a washable circuitboard that can be sewn into textiles. Upon further research, I realized that these are available to order, and aren’t even that expensive. I told Nelson and he got pretty excited, so we’re going to order a starter kit. Basically, you can use your computer to create a code for the lilypad, with a looped task. The Lilypad then performs it repeatedly until the battery runs out. You can attach lights, buzzers, motion sensors and all kinds of other stuff to the Lilypad, using conductive sewing thread.
The only problem I have with the Lilypad, perhaps only because it’s for advertising, or perhaps because of the way the sew-on pads work, everything ends up on the outside of the garment/object, which is kind of ugly. It would be great to figure out a way to hide the circuits and things, and just have what you want to be visible.
We’ll start with some simple things and then figure out how to make something cool with it.