Monday, September 15, 2014

taxonomic concomitant manifest




Building a professional relationship on respect as opposed to affection is a very good idea.  Running your art projects the way you'd run a dry-cleaning business is also a really good idea.  You shouldn't go into work like you're going on a date, like you're hanging out with friends.
Penn Jillette



One reason you need a good font and a good editor.



Had to go get blood work this morning and for the first time I had a woman who found my vein immediately-  in fact I didn't even realize she had filled a whole vial!  A few vials later I was able to leave like a drunk, bashing into walls.  But that's done for the next 6 months.  Tomorrow I get to go for my 6 month shoulder check-  hope everything is as OK as I think it is.  At least I can knit.  And move furniture.  

And today we signed the contract on the new house we're building!  Finally!  Of course that means I have a heap of work to do here to get it ready to put on the market asap.  So I'll always put a house picture where I'm whining about the build project and you can just skip right over it.  Because really, who cares?  So I start tomorrow hauling stuff to the studio to hide for the next year until it has a new home to move into.  Trouble there is that I have pretty much filled the studio with my art shit, so there isn't as much room as I really need to store stuff.  And that's where the moving furniture part comes in-  gotta start shifting stuff around and putting it near the big garage door so all I have to do is open it up for the truck when the time comes.  


But for now it's back to seeing some cool arty stuff.  I am slowing getting the files cleared out and gutting ready to start a new batch-  very exciting to start collecting things again!





Painted animal portraits-  look closely because they are painted on hands!


I found these sculptures a while ago and absolutely fell in love.  I love the juxtaposition of the rough natural wood against the geometric painting.  I love the subtle colors.  I want to touch them all!  




Jason Middlebrook’s wooden-plank paintings, inscribing nature with the abstract patterns it inspires, in an act of closeness akin to tracing, gilding, gifting. Stele-scale cuts primarily of maple, walnut, redwood, and elm, the fifteen works have long, lean edges that are sometimes smooth, sometimes craggy or crusted with bark. Framed by, and occasionally wrapping, those edges, handsome lines or angular shapes traverse the fissures, streaks, and tawny eddies within the sanded, waxed surfaces.  



Squirrel Fast Food


Sunday, September 14, 2014

hostler burrow alias

pretty good advice for whatever you need advice for!


Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth. (Julie Andrews)


There is this traditional Armenian 'pizza' called lahmajun that is quite delicious,very garlicky and spicy.  The meat kind has pounded lamb with spices and garlic on very thin soft crust.  There is also a vegetarian version, equally spicy I hear but I am always busy working my way through the meat lahmajun!  (There's a recipe HERE if you are so inclined and don't live near an Armenian or Turkish community!  My MIL will be turning in her grave that I mentioned it just may also be of Turkish origins.)  ANYway, my little grandson is trying out new foods daily and my SIL gave his mom some lahmajun the other day so she pulled off a few tiny pieces-

We don't think it's a hit.  Good thing-  Ill eat his.

I know, I know, he sure doesn't LOOK Armenian.  This generation is down to 1/8th.










Did I show you the busted mirror I got the other day?  I can't imagine how much bad luck this will bring-  still trying to figure out of its broken NOT in my possession even though it's being sent to me, if I am the recipient of all the luck-thing.  I choose not to accept it.  
Wish I had a use for broken mirror.  I'll keep the frame.

Speaking of mirrors, these guys sure need one-  taken from an odd hairdo site, What were they thinking???






No further comment needed.



And the squirrel looks like me this late Sunday night, flattened and fattened.  Tomorrow is a big day, things to do hither and yon, so I best take my catalog and go to bed for now.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

weak brandt steer

Kind of an oxymoron, isn't it?  How about *I* prefer kind atheists over hateful anybody's!  I do have to acknowledge that there are some hateful atheists 'out there' too- in the news his morning actually.


Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. 
It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine. (Magdalena Abakanowicz)


I was able to spend most of yesterday in the studio finally.  Unfortunately I had forgotten my phone so had to come back home to catch up a few details that email couldn't handle, but I did get some work done.  I'm back to work on the Kantha piece and finished a small section off near the bottom.  I have lots to go and I can't say as I am exactly in love with it, or ever will be.  I keep hoping for that ZAP that gives it a reason for being.  

Sadly while I was gone over the last 2 months, the sheets of slides I had in my door fell down.  The little sticky hooks I had at the top of the door I think cooked in the hot sun.  Anyway, in looking at them with a bit of a critical eye for a change, I really can't put them back up-  they are all faded to pale green and blue and you can't make out even what they were at one time.  I am toying with the idea of replacing all the slides in all the pages with swatches of fabric but that project reeks of boredom to me-  I'm in a holding pattern as to what will go up in my door.  Currently the slide pages are held together with jewelry jump rings and some of them ripped the plastic in the trip to the ground.  I really don't feel like replacing the busted pages...  Meanwhile I do have a Pottery barn curtain that I can pull across the door to keep the heat out.

Today TY is golfing and I am feeling punky so I think I will lay low and watch a few things on Netflix while I work on the hexagons some more.  I started sewing some rows together yesterday and might continue a few more today to make room for more hexagons-  I have two gallon zip locks full of them to add.  Yeah, it's tedious but I have my RULE to follow:  I can't start anything new until I finish up current projects.

But before we go look at some quasi-art, look it what I found for sale:
It's a tee shirt montage of Kim K Ugly-Krying !  Poifect.


So, now back to real stuff---



Kosuke Tsumura, a Japanese fashion designer has created this knitted cable artwork using ehernet and iPod cables for the ‘Mode less Code’ exhibit at the Nanzuka gallery in Shirokane, Tokyo


Other knitted things, or knitted WITH other things!
knitted eggs

cupcakes for the winter

knitted wine

knitted house costumes

knitted sushi

 knitted wire

 knitted land mines

 a knitted rabbit!



Squirrel Redecorations for fall
Not a knitted squirrel


I think this will be the last knitting post for awhile, I need to get back on track

Friday, September 12, 2014

intestine chemise uniplex

An extra episode here:

Back in the early 90's when I was still on dial-up and surfing around the WHOLE net every night, I came across a quilting board.  When anyone signed in they made a comment about sharing their coffee or pass the sugar-  something like that- to pad the board into more of a living room kind of meeting with drop-ins and drop-outs, with silent members and very vocal members, anger and laughter mingled into information about what stage their latest quilt was entering.  There were naturally some people I liked immediately and would start corresponding with personally and these folks became my on-line BFFs.  At some point we formed a little private list and it gradually grew into 9 members of (sort of) like-minded folks.  Good thing our minds were alike because there weren't many outward other similarities!

Over the years we would meet each other on business trips or arranged meetings or attending the same events so by now-  I was still traveling and teaching and met most through that, all over the country-  we are spread quite wide.  I have now met them all and I believe most of the others have too, though we have never been all together.  One of the things we have in common is our age group-  four of us are now over seventy, the rest are creeping up behind us in their advanced 60's.  Today we received the devastating news that one of us is in end stage cancer.  Now, if this as a neighbor, I'd smash in the front door and bring a casserole, vacuum the living room, and hold her hand.  I'd pick people up at the airport, I'd arrange for kids, hell-  I'd even mow the lawn and put up Hallowe'en decorations.  I think possibly the only thing I would NOT do is make her a quilt.  But I'm 1000 miles away and all I can do is email support to a woman who has so much to offer for years ahead, but just found out her calendar has been ripped in half.  I am so sad for her and her family.  So sad for the rest of us too, because I know they are all in the same mind set and aren't ready to lose her either.  

All we can hope is that she has a good long time left where she is feeling well and able to do things and spend time with her family, but in our hearts we know the awful truth ahead.  Facing this is really facing our own futures.


consonantal declarative classmate

Wrote out a check again yesterday for a charity that wanted a piece of art for an auction-  I picked a number that will help them, and I won't have to suffer the pain of seeing a piece maybe going for cents on the dollar!  I never donate my work, and politely (with teeth clenched) decline.  


When you're experimenting you have to try so many things before you choose what you want, and you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion. (Fred Astaire)


'SOMEBODY' signed me up for 'Catster' email newsletters.  Funny haha.

My whole sewing group thinks it hysterical.  This will get even...




Don't say I never did anything-  I got the shawl blocked and ready for either giving away or wearing, depending on who is nice to me.  It is really more of a neck piece than shawl, it winds around like a bandana to wear (think old cowboy movies where they pull up the front to cover their face before they rob the stagecoach).  This was quite fun to make, I loved short rows, the asymmetrical knitting, and all those slipped stitches with the pretty picot edge.  Trouble is I'm too scared to rob a bank.







Knitted glass! How does she do that? Carol Milne is best known for Knitted Glass, a technique she invented in 2006. Knitted glass incorporates the techniques of knitting, lost-wax casting, mold-making, and kiln-casting. 






Would you like some crochet fries with that? UK based artist Kate Jenkins creates some of the most innovative knitted art we’ve seen… and all with a humorous (if not tasty) twist. Just look at the fish platter she’s created above: although its made of yarn and sequins, it looks good enough to eat and has a 3D structure often difficult to realize with the soft medium.


I love how this little guy is wrapped in a knitted...something...and the whole post comes full knitted circle!