In the midst of doing errands and everything else today, I happened to stop by my public library. There weren’t any good movies to borrow, but I did find Andy Warhol‘s biography on DVD. Andy Warhol was an American artist who basically defined the term ‘Pop Art’. Andy was a painter, avant–garde filmmaker, illustrator, and celebrity. He also founded Interview Magazine.
Anyways, I watched the DVD when I got home, and it reminded me of last summer when I visited my sister Julie in Pittsburgh, PA. Julie took me to the Andy Warhol Museum. The museum is quite interesting because not only do you get to see famous works of art, but you get a glimpse into Andy’s lifestyle, as well as experience some intriguing American cultural history.
If you ever get the chance to visit the museum, you’ll probably hear the music of The Velvet Underground while you’re there. The Velvet Underground was a noisy experimental rock band from New York. They never really made it big, but they will always remain influential in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. Andy Warhol was the band’s manager as well as producer in the mid-1960’s. During this time, The Velvet Underground provided music for Andy’s multimedia roadshow called Exploding Plastic Inevitable. This show featured live performers and screenings of Andy’s 16mm films. The band also released an album entitled ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’ which featured the image of a bright yellow banana on the cover – an original Andy Warhol design=:)
You’ll probably recognize Andy’s pieces in the photo above… all except for one. The painting in the lower right-hand corner is a self-portrait ‘print’ created by my sister. Not long after Julie & I visited the museum together, she sent me an email with that image attached. She said that she used the Photo Booth program on her Mac Book to create that. How brilliant! Then, she entitled it ‘Julie’s Warhol’. You can take a closer look at it HERE🙂
I like ‘Julie’s Warhol’ so much that I’m going to print it out and hang it somewhere in my apartment. She also inspired me to try something similar on my Photoshop program, but let’s face it – my piece isn’t nearly as good as hers… What do you think? *lol*
Also, here’s the progress of my beadwork. I stitched some pieces of felt to the back of beaded Tawny so that she stands out from the corner of the sofa.
Then, I began stitching seed beads all the way around her head to cover any visible felt.
Right now, I’m about halfway done with Tawny. When I finish with her, then I can finally start adding a backing to the piece.
One stitch at a time=:0