Now that the end of the school year has passed we find ourselves with a portfolio of work to go through and decide what to keep and what to pitch (quietly in the night, not in front of the kid). I scan most of her work and keep some representative pieces, but we can’t keep it all and still maintain some semblance of an organized life around here. I don’t have cable, but I’ve heard about that hoarders show. Curious if they’ve ever profiled someone who can’t throw away anything their kid makes.
I’m rather partial to this project – the kids did batiking, which is in fact a verb regardless of what my spell check says. I especially love the eye in the center, and the embroidery done around it. The kids did a lot of sewing and work with textiles this year in class, and I imagine that it was quite fun working on this. Applying the hot wax, dying the fabric, the embroidery, and then adding other details. I love that the studio art that they do takes weeks and not minutes – that they dive into a process and learn about the history and techniques.
I’m not sure where I’ll end up hanging this – for now it’s in the laundry room. E is not impressed. But I’m sure my dear friend in South Carolina would consider that a high compliment – her work resides in one of our bathrooms, right above the toilet.