Looking for a Good Read on Crafts?

April 17th, 2009

Gwynne Rukenbrod at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft passed on a very interesting article to me written by Bruce Metcalf in 1980 called “Crafts:Second Class Citizens?” In it he explores five reasons crafts are looked down on by the art world

1. A Lack of critical writing in the crafts

2. Crafts are pre-occupied with function

3. Use of ornamentation

4. 5 year lag of ideas behind the fine art world

5. Lack of an intellectual approach to crafts

Before you start hating, read on and you will f ind that Metcalf actually sees the craft movement as a giant “anti-high-art-taste movement” He likens craftsmen to Romanticism and critics and fine art to Classicism, two opposing philosophies. Very interesting and some of what  he says is spot on.

An interesting read and  now I am going to read some of his other later articles

You can find this article at www.brucemetcalf.com 

Eldon Libby sent me this!

April 8th, 2009
My Studio by Eldon Libby

My Studio by Eldon Libby

look What We DID!

March 28th, 2009

A story about the property we bought in the heights


You Are What You Drive

March 27th, 2009

My Ride did a blurb on my car and I am at the very beginning of the video. What fun!

Surrender to Pink

March 27th, 2009

kimpink2An article in the NY Times says pink is the new color in the recession


March 27th, 2009

Send something for the art car Peace Expedition. The Peace Offerings will be displayed with the car at parades etc. Make something under 12 x 12 x 12. If three d and a box or container would be nice too. Send to Kim Ritter
18727 Point Lookout Dr, Houston TX 77058 by April 30th. The work will not be returned but become of the Peace Expedition Collection. I don’t have funds or the time to return them. If at some point I decommission the car, I will donate the work to a good cause. I would like a photo release saying I can photograph the work because the artist will still retain copyright.

This is fun from wordle.net

March 23rd, 2009


Susie Monday showed it too me on facebook

It used words from my blog

Death is Not a Joyride wins @ Austin Music Awards

March 19th, 2009

KC’s band won Best Experimental Band, 2nd place Goth and 4th place none of the above

They are playing at Wave  at 9pm on 6th St tonight at SXSW

New 2d sizes for Peace Offerings

February 11th, 2009

I decided anything under 12″ x 12″ will work. So make an inchie, fat inchie, ATC, postcard or any other small size you like

Here is all the info

It is my firm belief that art can act as a bridge towards world peace

Peace Expedition’s First Trunk Show
“Peace Offerings”

Call for Submissions from Around the Globe for Theme “Peace Expedition”

Currently I am creating a new art car called the Peace Expedition. An integral part of my mission is to showcase small format 2d and 3d artwork in a Trunk Show entitled “Peace Offerings”.
This interactive/collaborative exhibition will be on display in and around the Peace Expedition at Art Car Events like the
Houston Art Car Parade which attracts 200,000 viewers every year.

My mission is to promote the cause of world peace by showcasing art from around the world.

Artwork must fit the theme of “The Peace Expedition” and have some connection to one or both of the themes of ‘Peace’ and ‘Expedition’.  Exploration of the theme is encouraged. This can be your personal statement about your journey towards peace or the bumps along the way, it may be a political statement about your country’s/ region’s/city’s or village’s journey to peace. If abstract, the work should still have some connection to the themes of “Peace” or “Expedition”

Artwork will be displayed in various ways that fit the theme of “The Peace Expedition”.  These display options will showcase the art. Some may be used to decorate the car inside and out, put on or in suitcases and trunks, assembled into scrapbooks, diaries, collected in cigar boxes or in small trunks. Ritter would like to get something from every state and every country.


ANY SIZE 12 x 12 or UNDER

Some suggested sizes:

Inchie 1×1″
Fat Inchie 1.5 x 1.5″ 
Atc size 2.5 x 3.5″ 
Postcard Size 4”x6” (10 cm x 15 cm) or
3”x3” (7.5 cm x 7.5cm) or
4”x4” (10 cm x 10 cm) or
12” x 12” (30 cm x 30 cm)

Label your work on the back with YOUR NAME, CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, AND TITLE OF THE WORK…. be creative if you wish
Sign your work on the front if possible

3D Sizes:
Work should fit into a MATCHBOOK or MATCHBOX or CIGAR BOX of your own choosing.
Choose the matchbook/matchbox/cigar box of your choice. You may decorate the matchbook/cigar box with 2d work if you wish to match what you put inside.
Label your work on the bottom with YOUR NAME, CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, AND TITLE OF THE WORK…. be creative if you wish
Sign your work on the front if possible

Ship to :
Kim Ritter
18727 Point Lookout Dr
Houston TX 77058
Email kim@kimritter.com

Please share this call with your artist friends around the world. Provide them with a translation if needed (and send me a copy of the translation for others who speak the same language. Email to kim@kimritter.com)

International participants: Make sure that the shipping option avoids duties or custom fees as there is no budget for that. Insuring the work will most likely increase the likelihood of added customs fees or duties.

QUESTIONS: kim@kimritter.com
Or kritquilt@comcast.net

Peace Expedition First Steamer Trunk Show Entry


How does your entry relate to the themes of peace or expedition?

Artists release:
I _____________________________________________(print) give Kim Ritter the right to photograph and publish the work in promotion of the Peace Expedition. I understand my work will not be returned but will remain in the Peace Expedition Art Collection. The individual artists retain their copyrights to the individual works while Kim Ritter retains copyright for the collaborative art car called The Peace Expedition and the collections/collaborations that result in the combining of the individual art into scrapbooks, trunks and boxes and other ways of displaying the collections. I have read and agree to the guidelines listed in the call for submissions.

Signature                        Date

These little treasures will be displayed on and in the car and in trunks and other boxes.

Whenever the Peace Expedition is on display, people will be able to explore the art in the Steamer Trunk. The exhibition “Peace Offerings” or parts of the exhibition and collection may also be displayed at other events/exhibitions.

Because of the interactive nature of the exhibition, Ritter will not be able to return your work.
All work becomes part of the “Peace Expedition Art Collection”. Add it to your Collections category on your CV or resume.

The deadline for delivery of work is March 30th but I am accepting artwork now.

A Snowball’s Chance

February 10th, 2009

A Snowball's Chance

A quilt about global warming