Show your love with tie-dye hearts

Show your love with tie-dye hearts

This is a fun and easy project that can be used to share messages of hope and support with those you love. 

SUPPLIES: 

  • Paper coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Sharpie (optional)
  • Protective table covering (ink from the markers will bleed through the coffee filter) 

Instructions:

1. Use your markers to create designs and patterns on the coffee filters. 

2. When you are finished, place coffee filters on an old towel or disposable table covering. Spray the coffee filters lightly with water. Start with just a few sprays and watch the colors spread. You only need to spray one side. (Be careful not to use too much water or all your ink will bleed out.) 

3. When the coffee filters have dried, fold them in half and cut out the shape of half a heart with the fold down the center. 

4. Put glue around the edge of one side of the heart. Use small pieces of crumpled-up filters or recycled paper as stuffing. Place the top filter over the stuffing and press down on the glued edges to form a pocket. 

5. Add glue to the other side of the heart, add a few more pieces of crumbled paper, and press seams together.Let glue dry. 

 

6. Write a word to reflect on or message to share with someone you love. 

Challenge: Make several more hearts and string them together to form a garland or banner. 

Simplify: Pre-cut filters into heart shapes. 

Mark Newport on knitting to relieve stress, the power of punk, and the best chocolate chip cookie ever

‘I would like us to realize we are all interconnected and interdependent, and act with empathy,’ says artist Mark Newport.

Mark Newport is the artist-in-residence and head of fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. A self-described fiber artist who has worked with print, photography, video and performance art, his most recent work includes traditional European and American mending techniques on used garments. His work Batman in Barcelona is part of the Mint’s permanent collection.

Studio location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

 

Artist and educator Mark Newport. Photo by Jeff Cancelosi


Who are artists that inspire you and your work?

Louise Bourgeois, Ed Paschke, Lee Bowery, Mardi Gras Indian costumes (Demond Melancon), and outsider art environments (Fred Smith Concrete Park).


What is your favorite piece or artwork that you created and why?

I don’t have one favorite. I am usually most interested in the piece I am working on or the piece I just finished. I think that is because the work is a step in a process of thinking and exploring, so I am involved in what I am doing in the moment. While I am interested in the work when it is finished, I also am already involved in the next thing that grows from what is finished.

“Redress 4”

How does your environment influence your art?

My work is currently small in scale and portable, so I only need a comfortable chair and good light to work. I prefer a space that is basically a white box with little on the walls beyond what I am currently working on. I also prefer to be able to control the sounds in the space—music, podcasts, movies or television, or silence.

Tell us about your new morning routine.

I wake up around 7 a.m. I usually do some exercise, then eat and read a little. I also play a game of Sudoku or two, and look at Instagram and email. I try to get to the studio by 9 a.m. or so. Between March 13 and last week, I was teaching online, so I was up a little earlier to get to Zoom meetings with colleagues and students.

Are you finding new inspiration for your art during this shift of perspective in the world?

I have been working on projects that started before the stay-at-home order, so I have not really found new inspiration. I am starting to look at the work in different ways because of the virus and the idea of something we can’t see moving between and into bodies. Likewise, I think ideas around healing, mending, and repair are taking on new elements and references in this moment.

Tell us about your afternoon. Are you working from home, going to your studio?

After lunch I work more in the studio for a few hours, take a walk with the dog for about an hour, and then spend some time writing songs and practicing bass and guitar. Before all of this I was in two rock bands. We were writing and developing music, and performing in the area.

What positive perspective changes in society would you like to see come from the pandemic?

I would like us to realize we are all interconnected and interdependent, and act with empathy. I would also like to see us embrace the idea that all tasks and jobs are important, and that people should be able to earn a living wage from all jobs. And how about universal healthcare?

“Amends 2”


How are you winding down your day? Have any recommendations for stress relievers to settle after another day done?

Dinner with my wife, then we watch TV, and I usually knit. Sometimes I play backgammon on my phone. Knitting is my stress reliever.

What are you cooking? What’s your comfort food of choice?

I am a purely functional cook, and the second-tier cook in my family. I did make some cookies using a recipe from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. They were sharing their recipes on Instagram and I tried to make their chocolate chip macaroons. They were edible, but I didn’t get them right. I will try again and hopefully I can go back to Haystack someday and eat them there.

What are you currently reading?

Working for the Clampdown—The Clash, the Dawn of Neoliberalism and the Political Promise of Punk

What is your favorite music choice?

Punk, ska and rock. I am listening to The Clash as I answer this.

What are your favorite podcasts?

Invisibilia, Hidden Brain, Revisionist History, Beyond and Back

‘I’d like to see humanity place first in our decision-making process in terms of what’s best for America,’ says artist Juan Logan.

‘I’d like to see humanity place first in our decision-making process in terms of what’s best for America,’ says artist Juan Logan.

Juan Logan’s works have be showcased across the nation and worldwide in numerous solo exhibitions, including Beacon at the entrance to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, and the piece Some Clouds are Darker in the collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Logan’s artwork includes paintings, mixed media and sculptures. His work is abstract, and addresses the interconnections of race, place and power. He has five works in the Mint’s collection.

Studio location: Belmont, NC


Who are artists that inspire you and your work?

Jack Whitten, Louise Bourgeois, Leon Golub, Adrian Piper, and Robert Colescott


What is your favorite piece or artwork that you created and why?

One of my favorite works of art that I created is a piece entitled Sugar House. It was made in 2011 and measures 6-by-16 feet. The piece was made using acrylic paint, glitter and lottery tickets. I worked on this piece seven to eight months primarily because of the many layers, along with the thousands of puzzle pieces. I was able to achieve everything I had hoped to, from the complexity of ideas to the subtle and apparent layers of form, texture and meaning. But most importantly,  this piece riffs off of the historical Sugar House used in Jamaica in 1837.

“Sugar House,” 2011, Acrylic paint, glitter, lottery tickets, puzzle pieces on canvas, 6’ x 16’

How does race and place, and your environment influence your art?

I think race is always made a part of our lives as black and brown people in ways that others lack the ability to understand, as it is not a part of their lives. I’m interested in talking about my experiences without necessarily trying to make it understandable to other people. We live in a world where we watch things happen to black and brown people, not because they’ve done anything wrong, but simply because of the color of their skin.

Tell us about your new morning routine.

I usually get up for the first time between 4 and 4:30 AM. I spend time catching up on the news of the day, have a cup of water, catch up on social media and then go back to bed for a nap. After all of that, I finally get up between 8 and 8:30 AM, shower, breakfast, a double espresso, more news, and then off to the studio for the day.

Are you finding new inspiration for your art during this shift of perspective in the world?

Yes. My practice has always included a response to what is happening in the world around me.  I have recently created a few works now that are related to COVID-19. They are looking at the structure of the virus itself and the notion of contact tracing.

Tell us about your afternoon. Are you working from home, going to your studio?

Afternoons into early evenings are generally spent in the studio.


What positive perspective changes in society would you like to see come from the pandemic?

I’d like to see humanity place first in our decision-making process in terms of what’s best for America, and hope for a cleaner environment.


How are you winding down your day? Have any recommendations for stress relievers to settle after another day done?

Relaxing at home working outside in the yard. Spending time with the family. Helping with our freedom garden, and catching up on the news of the day.

What are you cooking? What’s your comfort food of choice?

Chicken pot pie. Fried chicken (dark), grits, and collard greens.

What is your favorite music choice?

Blues and classical

What is your favorite podcast?

The PROJECT with Steve Rutherford

“Elegy LXXIII,” 2020, Acrylic on shaped canvas, 67 1/2” x 83 1/4”