Wednesday, October 01, 2014

accomplish clothe leighton

Feed the body food and drink, it will survive today. Feed the soul art and music, it will live forever. 
(Julie Andrews-as Catherine in One Special Night...)

Yesterday I went to the car dealership and they bought me lunch and gave me a loaner, thank yew very much!  No telling how long I will have this little tin box, but it won't be something I get attached to any time soon.  My man Ralph at the dealership said he'd call me today with what's wrong with my car but I didn't hear a word.  I spent the day at the studio doing important things like throwing out papers and moving big plastic tubs around to make more room.  I also made three potholders because I have hated my potholders for way too long.  I picked three black and white prints and another cotton with a newspaper illustration print for the binding.  I had a nice thick hand towel I cut into three pieces and layered, but decided to also add a layer of batting before I sewed.  As usual, since I haven't sewn in a very long time I had to reinvent the wheel, deal with three broken needles, and wind dreaded bobbins.  whatever, I finished them off and brought them home to put in the drawer.  The fallout from doing this was about a 1/2" of towel fluff all over me and the floor of the studio.  I still haven't worked up enough energy to vacuum.  Must do that.  I pinned all my loose and laying-about quilts to one wall, willy nilly and on top and overlapping each other and kinda like the effect.  No pictures of that but look it who thinks he's a big guy now:
The Insurmountable Doorknob

Before I forget, and I know you SO worried about this-  the pool filled all day today. the drain held from the rain last night and we turned on the hose first thing this morning-  it was full by late afternoon JUST IN TIME for the rains to take it right over the top lip.  The killer thing is that yesterday my next door neighbors were draining their pool too  (they aren't back yet and I don't know what's wrong) but dammit, that hose could have come right over into our pool and drained theirs as it filled ours and saved a whole pool worth of water!  Didn't think of this until all systems were already underway-  duh...

Stephen Butler is an artist based in NottinghamUK. I love the work that he does with bits of elements found in nature. Please visit his portfolio to see more of his work.

Our Lady of the Gif is back at it

 About 3 months ago photographer Dan Tobin Smith set up a website to ask the public to donate kipple: junk that was lying around their house. “It’s time to free yourself of the pointless or unused objects in your life,” read the plea. “Give them a purpose as part of Dan Tobin Smith’s installation for the London Design Festival 2014.”
Sure enough, the donations began coming in and in no time at all Smith had enough junk on his hands to create a sprawling installation that filled an entire floor and mezzanine, “carpeting 200-square-metres with a dense, precise, chromatically-themed arrangement of thousands of objects.” The objects are so carefully placed that gradients seem to blend together seamlessly.

Squirrel Cookies!  I think I will make me a batch tomorrow with my dog bone recipe-  this will be the ONLY way my dogs will ever get the critters they so desire.

Monday, September 29, 2014

highway amerada bittersweet

“It is a well-known fact that we see the faults in other’s works more readily 
than we do in our own.” Pablo Picasso

WHAT A HELL OF A DAY.  TY announced at O:dawn thirty this morning that he was going to the gym so I would have to wait for the pool guy due at 9.  I needed to run an errand so I went out immediately but my car was dead in the driveway, wouldn't turn over and just made a CLUNK when I pushed the starter button.  So I came inside and spent way too long trying to call the car dealership to get it in to fix it.  Meanwhile TY left the house, and the pool guy called to say he would be late.  Finally I was able to find my way around the hideous voice mail at the dealership and they arranged for the tow at 11:29 (yeah, I couldn't believe it either) .
Tow Truck's first trip, gorgeous hot sunny daythe last trip out here was at 10:30 PM in the driving rain, and they finally took my beloved car away!  Drat. 
  Pool guy arrived in his red and white van announcing Rhino POOL LEAKS on the back, and he proceeded to stick hoses in the pool and start the draining after checking the local water table to make sure we are OK.  It did drain amazingly fast and I had the pleasure of him having to strip down to get in the pool to encourage the last parts.  He then proceeded to start drilling out the drain which is apparent;ty- he sez-  the source of the problem.  He has been in the damn pool with his jackhammer and drills all day and the sun is beating down like crazy today. Poor guy (I keep checking to see if his shirt comes off again!)  
Red Rhino comes equipped with giant red buckets that say 'LET'S DO IT!' on 'em.  They shirts say Red Rhino as do the trucks.  I say plural trucks because I got three guys in three trucks with three buckets by the end of the afternoon.  
My empty pool, The Rhino guy #1, and one of their buckets  Work commencing.  Things go downhill by late afternoon.

TY goes out to lunch since I am stuck waiting for the tow truck.  The dogs continue barking their wee heads off.  The jackhammer continues.  I start watching my murder shows for tips.  Love the ID channel, 24 hour murders.

Tow truck misses our appointment by only 2 hours, insists to me out the truck window that it's the battery, I insist it isn't.  He gets out his jumper cables and blue box and charges that sucker up in no time.  Seems that computerized cars make that CLUNK when the battery is dead.  Who knew.   But the guy was good humored (his name as Felix!) and away he went.  No charge.  Yea, BMW!  Glad it's just their voicemail that sucks.

What???  You don't care about all this?  You got problems of your own?  Oh, I'm sorry.  Want to hear the big one-  I was going to enter a quilt into the Food show for SAQA, I read about it months ago and kind of put it out of my mind until I got a notice that entries are due today.  I went to check and it's TOO BIG, I can't enter it.  Bummer.  I think I am going to stay away from sharp instruments the rest of the day.

Blogging isn't sharp, in fact today it's pretty dull.   (heh heh heh)  So on to the arty parts-  today is Ceramics of different kinds

Helsinki-based artist Caroline Slotte manipulates artwork found on acquired antique ceramics to create layered landscapes and isolated images. One of her most striking bodies of work titled Landscape Multiple involves a process of carving and sanding through stacked dinner plates to create new, unexpected landscapes.  If you can see these images larger, do so-  this is stunning work!

The gif lady is at it again, bye bye grannie!

Montana based artist Giselle Hicks creates ceramic items which evoke the spirits of domesticity and romanticism. A bouquet of tulips. Flowers overflowing from a vase. A tabletop etched with stylized flowers and covered with ceramic folded napkins.
vessels:  “I produce three-dimensional paintings out of pots. The studio challenge is to determine a way to create containers that belong not only on the dinner table, but also elsewhere in the home. Many of my pots are status symbols saved for special occasions, generally deemed distinct because of the value of what they hold rather than for what they are. But to me, in between such occasions, they become canvases that visually illustrate the defining spirit of the times, despite their being utilitarian and made of clay, not canvas. They still need to do their job; to be genuine, they must be functional as well as opulent. But they can be so much more.”

A series of small sculptures by Yuriko Yamaguchi. They are so minimal and beautiful. The main material here is wood, but the artist also creates installations using other materials such as wax, wire, bonze, etc. I invite you to visit her website to see more of her work.
nature found art;  Stephen Butler is an artist based in Nottingham, UK. I love the work that he does with bits of elements found in nature. I invite you to visit his portfolio to see more of his work.

And of course that is exactly what I'm doing.

9 PM update:  The pool guy had to call in reinforcements and re-plumb the drain because his drill slipped.  Next thing I knew there were three trucks in the driveway, and three guys in the empty pool and big black clouds.  They finished and said they hoped it wouldn't rain and give the cement a chance to set-up.  It was pouring before the trucks turned around.

I went to go pick up a few things for diner and the car was re-dead.  It took me seven phone calls to reach the tow company again and they were supposed to be here by 7:44 (yeah, they did that weird number thing again!)  An hour and 15 minutes ago.  The rain is pelting, I don't want to even go out to give him my key, doubt he will want to load it on the truck either.  I hate today.  I think I'll go watch 'Shahs of Sunset'.  There, now you know how completely bummed I am.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

barbour triphenylphosphine abundant

"We are what we repeatedly do. 
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." (Aristotle)

There was almost a break in the weather here yesterday- it was bright and sunny all day for a change after the September rainstorms.  Everybody has been talking about how high the water is in the ponds, how few full golf games are happening, how much rain we have had this season.  But in the paper yesterday they said we have had 60" to date and the average 'to date' is 61" of rain.  Yeah, you read that right.  So I am buckling down to get the last inch before it becomes October, and no doubt it will happen.   Actually yesterday I was heading out to get the mail and put my sunglasses on because it was so bright, beckoned the dogs to come too, and out we went.  As soon as we got out the gate I got drenched!  It was a sun shower where one part of weather doesn't let the other part of weather know what's it's doing!  Such an odd experience and it went on for the whole time I was out, maybe 15 minutes.  All three of us were soaked.

Pretty bad when I am talking about the weather here, eh?  

I am kind of bummed out that I am hearing about all the great art and textile shows happening this fall, and I didn't get around to entering any of them I had planned with my 'summer interruptus'.  So another season goes by with me still being completely anonymous.  I guess the Leo in me doesn't take to this well, however I really don't have anything to promote, don't want to teach, don't want to write, and certainly won't be doing any patterns any time soon!  I do have an idea for a next project and hopefully can get the kantha thing out of the way to get going on it soon.  Since it involves cutting up some of my older work (it only hurts for a little while...) I have time to pick and choose what will be my sacrifice to the quilt-gods.  

I can hear you now calling me a lazy bitch-  SHUT UP!  
(said in the friendliest tone possible)

So let's see hat the muse has brought me today in the art files-

Well well, it's an ampersand, you don't hardly see those on sidewalks any more...

With a strong background in fine art, graphic design, interior design, and typography, Rome-based Tommaso Guerra is a good person to call if you need, well, anything. One of his greatest talents is lettering with chalk. Guerra has been commissioned to draw impeccable signs for restaurants and business around the world, as well as public pieces like this decorative ampersand right on the sidewalk.

Postcards for Ants is an ongoing painting project by Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots who has been creating a miniature painting every single day since January 1, 2013. The artist works with paint brushes, pencils, and bare eyes to render superbly detailed paintings scarcely larger than a small coin.   More with Lorraine and her ANT-ics here~  

From here on, in I'm tuning to the Playboy Channel:  First up, the disapproving mother:
(I love these gifs, but I think there is a mistake in this one, tell me what you think---)

Photographer Robyn Twomey, who took beautiful portraits of former Playboy Bunnies at the Former Playboy Bunny Reunion (yes, there is a such a thing!) in Las Vegas. We just came across these portrait photos by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz taken at a reunion in Baltimore of other former Playboy Bunnies who used to work in various Playboy clubs around America in the 1960s.

 Tomoo Gokita’s abstracted erotic paintings have a very nostalgic feel. As a child, Gokita snuck to read his father’s playboys, which he says are still a big influence on him now. His father created the images for advertisements in Playboy for its launch in Japan in 1975. Gokita now keeps the entire collection in his studio, and this influence shows heavily in his work. The curves and teasing stances of his characters are obvious references to such imagery. The forms and colouring make for a very retro feel, but the strange dot-eyes or the patterned zigzag head of the tuxedoed man have more of an Internet age vibe.

Found this little guy in Urban Outfitters.  i really liked the print but it was pretty awful in the crafting-a-pillow department so I left him there.  Actually I leave all the squirrels I find where I find them, you won't find any squirrels in my house!  I know you're disappointed in this fact, sorry.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

antiphonal pandanus diddle

 "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse 
will happen to you the rest of the day."  Mark Twain 

I've been AWOL, sorry.  I managed to get to the studio yesterday with the original studio helper who slept under my feet all day so every time I moved she either got her tail pulled out by the chair or stepped on by my feet.  I kept eying to redirect her snooze to a place not in step range but she would have none of it-  she PREFERS to sleep on cement or stone, won't get in a comfy chair or even the flat weave rug.  She does this because of some abandonment issue she must have, figures that if she is right there un defrost I can't get away and forget she's there.  So she won't miss a meal.

But I did manage to get some lines sewn on the land(Es)cape piece but frankly it's getting tedious.  So many miles to go!  And the jury is still out as to whether it's gonna be worth the effort.  Sigh.

Still no movement on the new house, still being permitted and we don't have any time frame for building to start.  Also, they people interested in this place haven't come back down to FL yet so my messes are building up again,  I live in fear I'll get a call some morning and they will be in town for one afternoon to see it!  Today I'm loading another plastic bin with shoes and bags I won't need for a long time, then taking them over to the studio.  Perhaps by the time we actually get them to a new closet I'll not want to keep them and can take the whole bin to charity?  Maybe.
Meanwhile today I am picking out online toilets and faucets to write down and go visit somewhere in person.  Such a riot of fun.  Not.  

Remember the paper chain made from a vintage calligraphy book I showed you the other day?  Well, I have cut up two more books and have one chain ready to go but I am holding off connecting it so it can travel to Boston-  it's all New England food stuff from the old Time Life World of Food series from the 60's-  the woman up in VT that made the calligraphy chain gave it and the Latin America book to me so I spent yesterday cutting the strips from the full page photos, then cutting them into 4" strips.  I did join the Latin American ones, calling it 'FIESTA', and will save it for any Latino parties I might feel like decorating for.  Hey-  I make enchiladas every once in awhile, and a mean pork roast with orange juice and garlic.  That alone deserves a paper chain! And these are well over 12' long, so formidable.  I suggest you cutting up your books too.

The second chain I will take up to Thanksgiving dinner-  the kids might want to help me put it together, assuming we can figure out a way for them to deal with double sided tape.

 Here is the last of this series:  Kim Burke’s miniature food sculptures are so realistic you’ll want to eat them in one bite. Inspired by the photorealist movement, Burke creates flawless dollhouse-scale meals from actual photographs, positioned at various angles for maximum accuracy. Each plate of food, so small as to be balanced on a human fingertip, is carefully rendered from clay using needles, razor blades, and a rock for texture. Chalk pastels add color. For cake frosting, Burke uses Translucent Liquid Sculpey mixed with solid clay. The artist’s company, Fairchild Art, offers a range of plates, from sweet to savory dishes, each at a 1:12 scale.

And another one of the funny gifs made from found photographs

German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie has created an entire new collection of ant-covered porcelain dishes and tableware since we first shared her work here early this year. Many of the new pieces are part of a unique partnership between the artist, Rijks Museum in the Netherlands, and Etsy. The pieces are hand-painted in Bracklow’s studio, signed, numbered and fired to 160 degrees. As unsettling as having insects permanently invading your dinnerware is, I can’t help but be enchanted by how perfectly crafted they are.   I know, I have shown her work before but I simply love it-  would get the sugar and creamer if I could and just leave it out on the table to freak folks out.  Of course the painted ants would have competition from the LIVE ants I battle continually...

Surpriced little chipmunk guy caught with concealed contraband!