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ersi marina's workroom is always open to the public, even when I am not in. Sometimes I need to sleep.
And to paint.
And to play with my four cats.
My name is Ersi Marina and I live in Spain though I was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. I kept it all very Mediterranean.
This blog is a means to share my work and snippets of my life, as well as to be in contact with you all. I hope you'll enjoy your visit.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

a home-made loom

I've started playing again and that's a healthy sign, I think. I spent October doing very little, a few sketches (I love sketching my cats), peaceful walks along country roads and quite a lot of reading. But it was only yesterday that I actually sat down to begin a project.

I had been meaning to make a simple, tiny loom for a long time. About a week ago, during one of my walks, I came upon this piece of wood that was just laying there, beside the road, waiting for me to pick it up. So I did.

I thought I could make a series of woven pendants and maybe a few tiny pouches. I can't be very specific, because my ideas usually take on life after I start working on them. The actual size of the weaving surface here is 10 x 15 cms (4 x 6 inches). As you can see, I hammered small nails in the wood, 0.5 cms apart.

Then I wound a length of crochet thread around the nails, going up and down and finally tying both ends to the lower edge nails.

I got carried away a bit taking pictures, because I was so happy with my makeshift loom! At the beginning I thought the piece of wood was much longer than necessary but when I started weaving I realised the extra length makes it easier to hold.

And then I started weaving, using a long embroidery needle as a shuttle. I even improvised a heddle of sorts with a stick I'd used to stir a pot of white acrylic.

Et voilà! My first finished pendant. It will hang from a strip of white leather, as you can see here. There are still a couple of problems to solve and I really have no idea how to go about it, since I've never tried jewellery before. At least not since my school craft days. I'd like to fasten the loops to the leather cord somehow, to hold the pendant in place and I still haven't figured out how to do that. Any ideas?

I am also wondering wether I should add some weight to the lower part of the pendant, so it will lay flat on the chest. Should I, really? And what kind of weight?

The long threads jotting out on all sides seemed fun, I still like them but they can be trimmed off easily. I'll sleep on it and see what happens.

This silly little pendant was just a first experiment. I'll make more, try different threads and colours, I think I'll even try weaving with silk ribbons and who knows what else may come up in the process.

I'm having fun again, a simple, naïve kind of fun and the longer the distance from this past terrible summer, the better I feel. Picking up strength. It's just as well, because this year's Art Market will open on 6 December and there's a lot to do.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

explorations in mark-making

I just came across this wonderful video on Pinterest and immediately felt like sharing it with you all. Maybe you have already seen it, I hadn't and I was really moved by its beauty. Simple but exquisite and a beautiful sound track too. I do hope you'll enjoy it.

I think I'll be back soon ♥

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

marks on the parking lot

During summer I worked in the local Tourist Office, that's on the entrance to the village and right behind a large parking lot. Large by our small-village standards, that is. Dozens of cars and trucks park there, especially in summer and on weekends, since the narrow Medieval streets of the village are a pain to drive through and offer very few parking spots. Remember, Susan?

While I worked in the Tourist Office the parking lot, with the unending stream of cars driving in and out, was just a source of stress for me. But the other day I took a walk by there and it was completely empty. Luckily, I had my camera with me, because I suddenly discovered a new unending stream of abstract marks and compositions, left behind by the busy summer months. I clicked away, fascinated by the beauty of my discovery, and the result are about 30 photographs, many of which - to my eyes - look mostly like gestural calligraphy marks on the asphalt. I felt like sharing them here and I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I did. (Click on the first image so you can view a larger-sized sequence of them all.)

I never moved any of the objects to place them in a more 'convenient' way. I just walked around each 'composition' to find the best frame for shooting.

Dark rubber marks, probably left by the tires of a heavy truck. If I had made them with ink on paper, I would be proud of them.

Same marks, different composition. A friend immediately saw a tree here, another one saw a scorpion...

Little blackened stones and tire marks engraved onto the pavement. And a delightful ochre-coloured stain on the lower right corner of the image.

I wish I had painted this one...

I promise I didn't create this composition intentionally.

There is a Milky Way in the sky and an Inky Way under my feet...

Now if that isn't an F!

I also love the colour palette: blacks, whites, ochres and siennas.

This is one of my favourites...

Same leaf in both images. It was blown over by a passing car and went to rest next to a blot of asphalt.

A piece of paper run over and flattened by a truck...

Coffee stains, maybe?

Traces of the white paint used to mark the parking spaces...

There is a bus stop at the end of the parking lot. The sun projected the shadows of its methacrylate panels on the pavement.

And the photographer at work...

I'm still mostly quiet but seem to be recovering an artist's view on things. It's a good sign. Love you all.
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