Tuesday, September 28, 2010

lost in the mail

Well, it is always something... The second STL member, Autumn Randell, who was to make entries into the journal lives in Kansas City where she goes to school. I mailed her the pages a week and a half ago and they have never arrived. So we go to plan B.....

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Roxanne day 2 completed

Mapping - completed. I made it through the week with just enough room to document all the places I went. The week was the norm - not many extra stops. Next week is looking busier with extra meetings, eye appointment, and errands for WCA.

Roxanne day 7 Sept 12, 2010

Final entry. Today is my 7th day making entries and my last. This has been a great experience for me. I have never made a piece of art every day. I think about art every day but having time to produce is not regular. Each entry did take longer than I thought and there were a few late nights working on the journal. I am happy with the way it all looks. I have the next two artists lined up. I have contacted others and a few are concerned about the time commitment. I will start calling people next week to follow up with them.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Roxanne day 6 Sept 11, 2010

9-11 then and now. How could I not write/draw about memories, history, changes, and current life. All of the above involve art for me. Nine years ago I made a drawing that was similar to the one on the right. Every year since then on this day I make sure that I do something in the studio. A way of remembering but life going on. Today was this entry to the journal and I am participating in a couple art exhibits and a art festival this weekend.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Roxanne day 5 Sept 10, 2010

Friday = Gallery day. Today I worked at the Florissant Valley Community College with the task of organizing the permanent collection and attended a gallery committee meeting. Then tonight was the start of the gallery season and I made it to about half of the galleries that had receptions. It felt like I was racing from one venue to another. Im proud of myself though I finished todays entry four minutes before midnight so It was all on the same day. I knew it would be close today.

Roxanne day 4 Sept 9, 2010

"Give me Light". I found myself without enough light when I began the entry for day 4. Yes, im posting it a day late - I just realized that I forgot. This entry has many subjects starting with light and switching to recycling class projects, printing presses , and going home. The entries are taking me longer than I thought they would. When I envisioned this journals theme I thought that I would treat it like I do my sketchbooks and not use the back of the pages. I find myself using both sides and because of that it is taking twice as long. Im glad it is now the weekend and It will be easier to get to it. I still need to make today's entry but it will have to wait until after "Friday Night Gallery Rounds".

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Roxanne day 3 Sept 8, 2010

Telephone poles coming out of your head. It is an out of context quote from Janice Nesser Chu which inspired a print project that worked with the theme that I assigned my students. This signature talks about the quote, has the print assignment, sketches, and some drawing by a few of my night students. I finished the pages way to late last night so it is being posted today. Now on to todays entry......

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Roxanne day 2 Sept 7, 2010

Mapping. Today I thought it would be interesting if I kept track of my journey around town all week. I will number each entry so you can find the approximate position on the map. I will note the time when I leave each morning and the time that I arrive each place. Im saying that I will note each day but if I run out of space I will call it complete. I also have added color with the map and if you read Day 1 entry you might say Im breaking my black and white rule already! oh well... that is the way it goes sometimes. The pic above show what it looks like right now but I do have a couple more stops to make today. I will post another pic at the end of my journal week.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Roxanne day 1 Sept 6, 2010

This is my first entry for my week of additions. Its all about planning the making of the journal. Im thinking that I will keep my entries to black and white drawings and maybe a little collage - but that may change as the week goes. Today will be the easiest day for my entry and making the book. That is because it is Labor Day and I do not have to work today. Right now my plan is: if it looks like Im swamped and not able to make an entry for the day that I will pass it on to another adjunct doing office hours while I teach or I could have my students collaborate on that days entry. I would like to think that I will have time everyday to make an entry, document it, and blog about it but it is good to have a back up.

7 days 1 book 8 artists

Keeping to my deadline I have now completed the tearing of and folding paper to form the St. Louis journal. The theme is 7 days, 1 book, 8 artists. Each of the artists will make additions to the journal everyday for a week. It does not have to be the traditional Sunday - Saturday week. The book will end up with more pages than the recommended number. Due to this I have decided to use a coptic stitch to bind the book. It will need to be presented on a pedestal for viewing. The main challenge in making an addition every day is time.

I have contacted many young women to participate in the project. I have three categories, from which, they come from. I am concentrating on new members of WCA-STL as a way of getting them involved, lapsed members as a renewal tool, and recruited members from students whom were "on the fence" about joining.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Yikes Im blogging!

Hello All,

Wow I never thought that I would blog. I have a hard time just keeping up with emails, voice mails, and snail mail. I am going to give this a try for the sake of the project!

A little bit about me. My name is Roxanne Phillips and I am currently living in St. Louis. I am a artist who incorporates printmaking techniques with drawings, painting, fibers, and photography. I teach at Florissant Valley Community College and Maryville University classes include all levels of print, drawing, design, painting, fibers, and a gallery business class. I also work at Pele Prints and any other odd jobs that come my way. I have always thought of myself as an artist who teaches not a teacher that sometimes makes art.

I wear many different hats within WCA. In St. Louis I am Vice-President and serve on many of the committees. Nationally I have the position of Chapter Council Director and serve on the YWC, NYC conference, and the new media committees.

I am looking forward to participating in the YWC traveling journal. It is my first goal to create the journal this labor day weekend.