Morning Song

Early Saturday morning before dawn, we started the morning with poetry, bird calls, and frost on our feet.


It was part of a sound installation sponsored by ideaXfactory designed and led by Gerard Nadeau of Drury University’s architecture department called Morning Song Evening Song. Starting Friday evening with a workshop led by Greater Ozarks Audubon members, we each put a wooden Audubon bird call on an orange ideaXfactory lanyard around our neck and headed up to Park Central Square.

There at sunset, we spread through the First Friday Art Walk crowd and started a slow symphony of bird calls noises, first a few, then many. Then more, then faded away.

The next morning we assembled at the ideaXfactory at 6 am, shared bagels and coffee and headed to the West Meadows future greenways park site.


In the wet grass, Kate read bird poetry, then we started the morning crescendo of bird calls and watched the sunrise over the Grant Street bridge. The morning experience was much different, and I think, much more profound than the evening.

After it was all over, Ed Filmer showed up to video, so we got to do it all again. And I had time to make another drawing.


For more photos, please visit to ideaXfactory’s Morning Song Evening Song post.






First Friday Art Walk drawings

This Friday I had planned on drawing a sound installation sponsored by the ideaXfactory (more on that later) but it turned out to be harder than I thought. So instead I drew some other interesting things that happened downtown on the First Friday Art Walk. There were a  lot of people eating green cake as they walked around Park Central Square…


Turns out Park Central Library was hosting an “Edible Books” event, and they had asked local cake shops to make Call of the Wild cakes. The biggest one was made like mountains covered with green pines trees. There was a whole row of ladies cutting and giving away slices of cake. I must say I was a bit relieved as I had originally thought people were eating parsley cake.


The library was so crowded, it was hard to draw because people trying to get free cake kept bumping into me. I went back outside and saw this young guy spinning fire.  The fire glowed nicely against the twilight sky, and so did the string lights hanging across Park Central East. There was a couple wearing hoodies sitting on the edge of the fountain. I would have stayed longer, but it was so cold outside that I couldn’t draw a non-shaky line.


Back at the ideaXfactory, there was a silent art auction going on organized by a lot of Drury University folks to raise money for Rare Breed. They had installed a beautiful folded paper installation on the ceiling for the upcoming Saturday night Drury Beaux Arts Ball, and the paper walls of the temporary gallery also glowed with changing colored light. A DJ wearing fingerless gloves played electronic music for the Friday night auction preview. In the glow of the “cloud” installation, it was a popular spot all evening long.


Over at Art & Letters, a collaborative show organized by Meganne had an opening. She has started about 20 ink on canvas and paper paintings, then asked other local painters to finish them.


 Cattywampus was playing in the corner in front of Christiano Bellotti’s painting.


 Ryan Dunn of Smokey Folk played a few songs with the band.


I really thought I knew this woman in front of a Tyler Estes and Meganne Rosen O’Neal painting. Turns out I know her sister! The best part about ending up at Arts & Letters was Russ and I had great luck at finding some funky retro clothes for the Beaux Arts Ball on Saturday.

How to Make a Really Big Sweater and an invitation to join in the Yarn Bomb!

sun targetDear knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists:

We’re planning on yarn bombing a big yellow sculpture at the Springfield Art Museum on Oct. 19-20. It’s sort of  like making a really big patchwork sweater for something 30-feet tall, 65-feet wide, and with seven arms. How do you do that?

And the answer  is — with help from my friends! I don’t do these projects alone. We have a group that meets at the ideaXfactory, usually on Sundays, or more often for special big projects. You can see some of these at This sculpture sweater project will be the biggest one so far, so we’re putting the call out to everyone to join in helping with this huge project!

Sun-Target-sketchI’ve already had several questions about what to send, and although I spent a lot of time writing this invitation, I just realized that photos would be much better than words. So I’ll show you how we did another project.

How we made the column at the ideaXfactory

The brick column at the ideaXfactory holds up the corner of the building and is sort of boring.  It’s the same width on each side, so it’s a lot like the sculpture that’s made of long beams with uniform sides. We put a call out for everyone to make something twenty inches wide, any height.


This is Adie assembling pieces of knitting and crochet by everyone in the group. Don’t mind the (WO)MEN WORKING sign, that’s a joke sign we made. We do have a couple of terrific guys – in our group. Some of the pieces were exactly the width of the column, some were pieced together. We added in round and unusual shapes, granny squares, other motifs. Wendy added lots of crocheted pockets for flowers, notes and one time, a geo-cache.

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Some of the pieces, like the doll with swirly hair, were recycled from another project. Some of the words were knitted in contracting colors…


and some crocheted as chains and then stitched onto a background.


The cool thing about these projects is that by sewing yarn pieces together, we can wrap and completely transform the look of buildings, sculptures, trees, bikes, or almost anything without using any adhesives or things that might harm the object. Then later we take it down, and everything goes back to before – except for the photos!

Here’s what we need to yarn bomb the Sun Target sculpture (aka the French Fries) at the Springfield Art Museum

yarnbombersYou can make sections 16 inches wide, any height. Even a little an inch or two smaller is okay because these things stretch. It helps for a more snug fitting sweater. If it’s bigger, we can always wrap it over to the next side. So don’t get too uptight about measuring if you don’t want to.

Also you can just send single granny squares or smaller pieces, and we’ll use them to fill in odd places. You can also pre-sew your motifs together if you have a certain design in mind.

We’ll need your contributions before Oct. 19 and the sooner the better, because we’ll be sewing them together ahead of the installation weekend of Oct. 19-20. Please mail your contributions to RuBert Studios, 1841 E. Bergman St., Springfield, MO 65802 or drop off or mail to Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield, MO 65806.

You can also join us for meetups either at the ideaXfactory or outside the Springfield Art Museum, depending on the weather.

I’ll be posting times and days for meetup on my facebook page and Twitter.

You can also email me if you have more questions.

You can also follow this project on the Instagram at #yarnbombsam

I’ll be posting photos of contributions as they come in, and a lot more photos during the installation!

Additonal links:

Art Museum music video (with music by Plaid Dragon)

Yarnbombing the Tumbler on the Square (another fun stop-motion video by my husband Russ.)








Yarnbombing for St. Patrick’s Day


ideaxfactory-yarnbomb-installationIf you’ve been to my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts recently, you’ve probably see lots of yarn bombing photos.

We started a yarn bomb group at the ideaXfactory last fall and since, we meet every week, have been getting lots of projects done.

When we found out the St. Patrick’s Day parade is scheduling to go right by the ideaXfactory, we decided to decorate.

You can see from the installation photo, that the building is sadly in need of some new paint, and we don’t have a sign yet. So I decided to knit one.

For the other sides of the column, we recycled another project we created for the Art Museum yarn bomb last January (here’s the stop-motion video), but it was a little too small. Yesterday afternoon was a great time to sit outside in the 80-degree weather, and crochet up a few odd pieces to fill in.

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Sweater for a Ginko Tree and more Yarn Experiments

The little ginko tree outside the ideaXfactory started looking a little sad after it lost its leaves as the weather got colder, so we’ve been adding a few things. Like a tree sweater. Actually it sort of start as a turtle neck I knitted, (heh) and then I’ve been slowing adding arms.


My friend Penny made all sorts of creative little pompom creatures and plants that are attached in the top branches.

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Yarn Bombing meetings at the ideaXfactory

For those who haven’t heard, yarn bombing is about personalizing and colorizing ugly urban public places. It’s non-permanent graffiti knitting and crocheting, and there are active groups in cities around the world, each with their own projects and agendas.

My friend Penny first told me about it and suggested we start a group. What a perfect project for someone who wants to polka-dot and stripe the world!

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