Wednesday, July 30, 2014

checkerberry army countersink

We had a dim premonition that power-mad gangsters would one day 
use art itself as a way of deadening men's minds. (Hans Jean Arp)

Crazy time around here these days.  Pepper is being tortured in his own head, we are both busy and have no patience for coddling him-  coaxing him out from under the bed to eat but he won't because he sees Molly's feet shadows under the closed door.  I am knitting the new shawl and love the yarn so far.  But the shop suggested a metal needle and I can't use it because it glints and glares-  I forgot that was why I hate metal needles!  I have about 6" done, just enough to keep the back of my hand warm.

And my Koigu embroidery yarns arrived for more hexagons-  about 11 yards of each of 50 colors (thought I have found four or five duplicates, no problem)  I'm winding three or four related colors together so when I need just a bit more there is something already in the ball that is close enough.  Last night we had a friend for dinner that is going through a divorce and it exhausted me listening to his list.  Guess I won't be looking for a divorce any time soon.  Poor guy.  There are a bunch of kids involved too.    Then today TY suggested we take the dogs into the city (12 minute ride), walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway and eat at one of the food trucks.  Beautiful day out, we drove and drove looking for a parking place and finally gave up and went into a 6 floor garage.  We wound our way up up up and there wasn't a single vacant space, we wound our way down down down and then had to argue about how much money we owed for being IN the garage.  Finally we made him understand the place was full, and we went on our way touring about an dodging duck boats and trolly cars and tourists with fanny packs dashing across intersections.  Headed back to the burbs and stopped at a park along the Charles for a doggie walk.  Nice day.  Very disappointed I didn't get at a food truck though.  We dumped the doggies for a nap and went out for a Reuben though.  And there you are.

What, you ask?  Is this a food blog now???  Nope.  Enjoy the amazing realism in artist Marsha Chandler’s watercolors, and be sure to visit her website to see more of her exquisite work.

More food, you ask?  Nope.  What we have here is a DONUT CAM.  I don't think this is terribly effective because it would crunch when you bite it, and how could you see it and not bite it?  Geesh.  Better do an asparagus cam, I wouldn't touch it.

2014 Farm Dtour crochet challenge, INFO HERE.  The idea is that we help out buy crocheting kudzu leaves and get them to the artist.  The first picture is last year's challenge, the second is this year's proposal to decorate and old farmhouse.

In his series “tautochronos”, German artist Michel Lamoller takes multiple photographs of the same place at different times, then prints and layers them, physically carving them into one image, sculpting two-dimensional space into three-dimensions. By then photographing the transformed image Lamoller returns the work to two-dimensions, playing with space and volume, echoing the compression of time and place in his work. The deconstructed figures in the resulting photographs are a visual reminder that people are always changing and never fully revealed.

This is a good one---  (You may want to silence your computer unless you really like organ grinders)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

antimony mull universe

Success has made failures of many men. (Cindy Adams)

Just returned from a trip to the beach where it was raining hard and gloomy so we left about 2 to come home.  Of course as we ht our exit, the sky turned blue, the sun came out and the streets were dry.  From running to the car in the rain I sat for the ride home soaking wet with two wet-wooly dogs on my lap, so first thing I put on warm clothes and got the dogs dried off.  They had themselves a great time and slept through the usual begging-for-dinner routine.  

The other day I had a theme of ceramics, so I thought I'd continue with today's group of embroidery on vintage and found photographs~

These are by an unattributed artist, vintage photographs over-embroidered with threads.

These are the hexagons I've finished since I got to Boston-  compelling info, eh?  And when I get back and add them to the piece I've already put together and add the others I haven't sewn yet, I will perhaps have a 3x3 foot square.  Damn, this is going slowly!  What I did find is Koigu has put their yarns into smaller quantity embroidery skeins, each about 11 yards, perfect for 1 hexagon!  I ordered a bunch of them in brighter colors to add to the skeins of regular duller colors I have leftover from working with this stuff for a decade.  I really want to empty the whole plastic bin!  I'm saving some of my unopened skeins for the borders, should I ever actually get to that part! 
Note-  today I hit a LYS, a real treat because I mostly order online since Florida no longer has many yarn shops.  I found some great green mottled yarn to use in the new shawl, found on revelry, something to cut into hexagon time and keep me at it.  

When I got home I devoted myself to a vat of black bean soup so dinner is ready for days ahead!  I feel like a domestic goddess.

 Now, back to our regularly scheduled program:

Life has a way of ensaring us with its long tentacles. Before we realize it, forces in our lives from careers, friends and family have bound us in a tight web. Amsterdam, Netherlands based artist Hinke Schreuders depicts entrapment through the use of embroidery over vintage photographs. Using female subjects in traditional dress and poses, her work alludes to feminine vulnerability. Dark yet lovely.

This is also a vintage picture, but of course it's of squirrels!  Thanks, dear reader, I always appreciate a little squirrel donation-  it helps pay for nothing except a sense of irony.  For me that's better than rent money.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

elmer catalysis taxonomy

I draw on my memories but blended with a lot of fantasy... (Bryan Adams)

Just returned home from Circus Smirkus, a kids big top extravaganza from Vermont that puts on a 6 week show every summer all over New England.  Since they were set up about 2 miles from here we bought tickets for the kids.  The oldest kids/performers were 18, most were 14-16, and all were excellent gymnasts with long resumes of summer circus training.  Rumor has it that the best of the best end up in Cirque du Soliel.  I was very impressed with these kids-  it was hot as hell and the show went on for 2 full hours.  They soared through the air, they worked on poles, they had trapezes, and long cloth lengths they worked on, scaring the hell out of me as they cascade to the floor by unwinding the fabric from their bodies.  To see these kids you would never believe there's an obesity problem.  My own g'kids, at 4 and 6, were the exact age group to be mesmerized.  So glad we went, even in spite of the overpowering heat.  

And back to art---

To create his caddis fly collaborations, Duprat collects larvae from their natural environment and relocates them to a climate-controlled tank. He then removes their cases and stocks the tanks with precious and semi-precious materials. Originally, Duprat let the caddis fly larvae build with gold spangles, but he has since incorporated turquoise, rubies, opals, lapis lazuli and coral, pearls, sapphires, and diamonds.

And more bugs---

 Designer Janis Straupe is one of the finest, brightest and most respected professionals in Latvia, has designed and made wooden design products for more than 30 years. His work is practically applicable, technically complex, with clean straight lines, geometrically accurate and sharp, without any poetism and ruffles. He plays with form where functionality plays the main role dressed in very exclusive design. Janis Straupe is known for his untraditional point of view, trying to show multilaterism of wood combining functionality and decoration.

Thanks Janet!  A squirrel knitting and wearing my glasses!  Looks like a pretty nice cabled sock perhaps?  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

coloratura shameful cuttlefish

I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse. (Diane Arbus)

Today I wrote a bunch of overdue letters to get things up to date.  The other night we went out for dinner to a famous steak house and I had an appetizer for my entree.  It arrive, steak tartar, which I simply adore, and I picked up a section to spread on my toast points.  The whole pile o' steak came with it.  I cut off an appropriate amount for the toast and put the smaller bit on, tried to bite it and the whole pile on the toast came off in my mouth.  It was loaded with sinew and gristle.  I borrowed my husband's HUGE steak knife they provided and I couldn't cut through some of the tough parts in it.  Steak Tartar, for crying out loud!  It should be meltingly soft, cut in uniform meaty sections off a piece of trimmed meat.  I couldn't eat half of it because I didn't want to be pulling long gristle strings out of my mouth..  But we were with people I didn't want to break a conversation with so didn't complain.  And that made me mad later.  So I was going to write a review but decided maybe this was a real aberration since I had ordered the same thing before and loved it.  So I sent an email to the restaurant.  I haven't heard back.  All I asked them is if buy some weird quirk I perhaps got the pile of stuff they had trimmed OFF the meat instead of the meat...  we'll see if they answer me.  All I want is acknowledgement because I won't ever go back.  IF I don't get that, then I may just write those reviews and tell you where not to go!

Snow monkey stole himself an iPhone and knows how to use it!  

UPDATE:  I received a call from the Executive Chef and talked to him about how substandard my food was and he was grateful I let him know, appalled that the line cook hadn't picked up on it, and offered a comp-  I declined, he insisted, so I gave him my address and will pass on the comp to good friends who love the place.  He was nice, I was nice.  Mission accomplished.

I thought we should take a quick trip through some current ceramic art.  Most of these people are still working and are in their late stages of production, but you can see the years of work in each piece:
Hara Kiyos

Victor Spinski


Ellen Schon

Peter Voulko

Carol Long

John Glick

Beate Kuhn

And a little demonstration of one of the Korean masters pulling a pot

Icheon Ceramics Village in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, is home to over 300 ceramics studios where artists use traditional techniques to produce a wide range of functional pottery and artwork. Nearly 40 of the studios still use wood-fired kilns. This video filmed by the American Museum of Ceramic Art shows five ceramic masters from Icheon at work in their studios. 

This amazing current work by 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.  I love the Japanese indigo designs translated to table top.

And the beat goes on-  
Two people sent me this ad-  Sweet!  Taxidermy Useful Object Classes!  A real squirrel lamp I can build myself!  But I don't know why I have to tell them how old I might be, are old folks adverse to slicing into animals?  Oh.  I guess i answered my own question, and the fact is I do not want a frog ashtray.  So, join up if you want.  Just don't send me your squirrel lamps-  a picture will do.