The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 06, 1985, Image 15

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s uit Friday, September 6,1985/The Battalion/Page 3b ON THE SIDE OF TEXAS ASM £ JnuwuL ■national uan Computerized grocery shopping wen es and ;s, enjoyed it, Personal an 'd integral' "lally by i),, •motions D, r . who nj the suit, »e comtntt lamed as4 Free Pre, 'orbes artidi Allan Sloar 1 story ot[- red Haj jue and ver Expb ned as fa aud laws® Safeway testing new service Associated Press AUSTIN — Safeway stores in Austin are test marketing a new computerized shopping service, housed in a refrigerator-sized ma chine and featuring an electronic ally operated catalog of 3,000 brand- name items. Touch the television-like screen, and a young woman named Debbie appears, smiles warmly, and intro duces herself and the 1 out h-n-Sav< shopping network that she describes as “the first automated discount warehouse right here at your fingei tips.” The screen then shows a “ware- |house directory" listing 24 depart ments from home appliances, cook ware and telephones to tamping equipment, luggage and watches. Safeway officials hope Touch-n-Save will be another merchandising vehicle that will bring more customers to its stores. There also are weekly specials and clearance sales. Touch the screen again directly over the particular department, and all the items for sale in that depart ment appear . There are easy instructions every step of the way. Finally, the cus- toinei inserts a Visa or MasterCard to complete the transaction. Postage paid envelopes are avail able on a shelf just below the screen if a customer wants to pay by check or money order. Safeway officials hope Touch-n- Save will be another merchandising vehicle that will bring more custom ers to its stores. Dennis Green, district manager for Safeway stores in south Austin and San Marcos, said the electronic shopping network offers a way to build on the one-stop shopping con cept that large grocery chains have been fostering in recent years. “More people work, more women and mothers work, and they don’t have as much time as they need to shop,” Green said. Safeway bought the Touch-n-Save equipment from CompuSave Corp., a California company that manufac tures the machines. All the products such as General Electric appliances, Seiko watches, Panasonic televisions, and Samsonite luggage are being sold through the CompuSave warehouse and distri bution system, and Safeway gets a share of the profits. An electronic message running across the front of the machine says savings can range from 25 to 50 per cent off retail prices. “Electronic shopping means low overhead, and that means big sav ings,” Debbie says on videotape. “We rush purchases right to your door by UPS.” For now, Safeway is trying out the shopping machines in its Austin and Little Rock, Ark., stores. ‘tided iniai ed. ikeoverofii i a prcpani I proposal invesimt hers adwi •posal wan incial staa )ad lairs i I colors Baskets Sculptor turns ordinary items into art EDUCATIONAL CENTER LTD. TEST PREPARATION SPECIALISTS SJNCE 1938 Call Days, Eves & Weekends You don’t have to go to Houston to prepare. Call 696-3196 for details. 707 Texas Ave. 301 -C In Dallas: 11617 N. Central Expwy. . . c Wed. Associated Press GREENVILLE — Ordinary fab rics, laundry starch and aluminum wire may seem unusual mediums for an artist, but Waynette Davis uses household items to fashion her fiber sculptures. Davis once used the more tradi tional medium of paint on canvas, but eventually she found the two-di mensional boundaries too restric tive. “1 became so involved in the tech nical part of creating — the mechan ics — that I couldn’t express mv jideas naturally or let them change as |l worked," she said. “I began experi menting with other materials, using small boxes and creating an environ ment inside, almost like miniatures.” Two years ago she turned to fiber ^sculptures, fragile shells of starch- wstillened fabric supported inside bv "skeletons of aluminum wire mounted in concrete liases Both in line and texture her work often reveals her affinity for plants land trees, and she uses a unique photographic process to transfer the image of bark to certain areas of f ab le. "I photograph tree bark and then ake an 8-oy-10 positive print,” she said. “Then I coat the fabric with wa- tercolor and gum bichromate, put the material and the positive be tween two plates of glass, leave this in the sun for about 10 minutes, and the fabric picks up the pattern. “Fve always sewn, so I’ve been drawn to fabrics,” said the Houston native. “Even the starching process “/ never wanted to be a sc ulptor in the beginning. I thought sculpture had to be heavy handed. Work ing with hammers, nails and welding seemed so masculine, but these pieces are lighter, more feminine. —sculptor Way nette Davis seems natural. It’s like washing clothes w hen I dip the fabrics." Six of her works were displayed this summer at Conduit gallery in Dallas. Four were as tall as Mrs. Da vis. Like the rest of her creations, they deal with the theme of life and death, birth and growth, struggle and resurrection. An earlier piece, “Ascension” is eight feet tall and resembles a dead tree at the base, with the coloration and texture of ancient bark. As the viewer’s eye moves upward, how ever, he becomes aware that the ob ject is gradually changing into some thing living, topped with almost feather-like leaves. All of her sculptures are titled, a point she considers important. “Ti tles give the viewer a nandle,” she said. "I don’t like to see a piece la beled ‘Untitled.’ It’s like being intro duced to someone without giving a name.” With a title as a starting point, art can reach out to viewers through their senses, said Davis. “I try to cre ate a sensitivity in texture that peo ple will respond to it bodily, without thinking . . . like children do. Chil dren don’t analyze. Theyjust feel. "1 hope people can feel what I do when I see trees — the whole regen erative process," she said. “Because I believe in something higher than ourselves, I believe art must express this concept. To me art is not just decorative, not just self-expression for the sake of self-expression. It’s a means to an end — it has to have a message.” But she says, she doesn’t want to ’ je another artist’s work. don’t want to have a censored judge s. 9 99 .IVERED, hrowina 3 match, size: L. 1 onlyjlt) ateboard, aluminum s with baked o sealed rebound wheels. ZE y, 19." ■ nmer) personal rida ped il Drive, call: 600 r. 159 pliable. STUDENT SPECIAL!! 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"If an artist is ex pressing himself through a piece of work, then at least that’s honest.” She says the inspiration for much of her work comes during her morn- ing jogging sessions. “You get to the point where you’re physically too tired from run ning to worry about little things, and then ideas just come,” she said. “Of course I’m running through a beau tiful wooded area, too, which helps.” Davis, who holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts, is not the only artist in her family. Her husband, Lee Baxter Davis, teaches drawing and printmaking at East Texas State University. He works primarily in pen and ink and water- colors, and he exhibits frequently. “We have a similar philosot about what art should be, but images, tools and techniques differ,” she said. “We feed each other a lot of ideas. I don’t think I’d be an artist if I didn’t have a husband who is so supportive.” Since both parents are working aritists, one might expect the Davis children, Nathan and Anya, to fol low in the same line. “No, they’ve gone completely the other way,” said their mother, laugh ing. “They don’t care a thing about it.” NO CONTEST Chanello’s has the best specials in town PIZZA FOR $1 Buy any two pizzas and get the least expensive PIZZA FOR $1 Call us: North 846-3768 with this coupon South 696-0234 Void with any other special offer EXPIRES 9-15-85 Sr lit ♦ ★ ★ ifc- ilr ★ ^Fifr ★ ★ ★ ★ iAr iir ★ * * * * ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ TO: The Women of Hobby Hall FROM: The Men of Puryear Hall A Sincere Apology We deeply of certain the central regret the actions representatives of area office on the night of September 3,1985. 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