Thursday, September 03, 2015

dilute fallow dick

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth,  
think of Algebra.

From my northern CA squirrel supplier-  thanks Sue!  It's rare to find stitched squirrels, and this one is particularly well done-  looks like it might have been pieced on an old quilt.

OMG, I simply cannot remember the last time I actually layered and basted a quilt, let alone a gigantic stretch of fabric like this one!  What was I thinking???
This has turned out to be the northwest territory of quilts. It's actually on the small side of being a king quilt so I might even sew on another border if I get this much done.  I am kinda sorry I stopped adding slashes at this point, I think it needs a few more.  Please, turn on the oven for my head to go in.

So far I am two studio days into it and haven't yet covered 1/3 of the territory.  Today I will be in the studio most of the day waiting for a rug delivery so MAYBE I can pass the 1/3 mark and pull it a bit forward to work on the sides next.  Of course, I don't have a clue what I will DO after it's all way can I work this mess under my machine- I'm only one woman!
This sucker just may end up with little tufts of embroidery thread tied hither and yon across the surface-  and oh, how I hate that.  

I do have a tip for you though should you ver get yourself boxed into this corner-  see the roll of blue painters tape near the center of the table?  It's a perfect holder for a spool of thread-  #1 I can find my thread, and #2 it stays put in it's little cage since I am pulling off 2 yard pieces to thread my needle over an over and over. And over.  And #3 it holds the quilt in place taped from the quilt edge around to the bottom of the table - and I'm using LOTS of it.  This is the stuff that doesn't leave residue.  

Whew, found this JUST IN TIME:

 French sculptor Karine Jollet

My inspiration derives from old traditions as well as from primitive beliefs and votive practices. Amongst these multiple dimensions, naturalism and symbolism interact with each other through a common language: white. A tribute paid to the spirit-body union.“  
 I’m always fascinated by soft sculpture, not only from a technical perspective, but also because it often generates interplay between the concepts of hard and soft. Karine creates pieces that, at first glance, look like they were carved from marble, with their whiteness echoing classic sculptures of old.They are remarkable pieces, filled with grace, style and power. It’s worth visiting Karine’s website and wandering through her Flickr photostream to enjoy her body of work. It’s quite magnificent.

Ok, that's it, my day has begun and it's not even light out yet.  Waiting for UPS, working on basting the world terrain, picking out carpet for the house this afternoon, and I am way excited because tomorrow I have my son visiting us for a few days-  I must get to the meat department at Whole Foods before I go to the airport!!!  

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

roundhouse carmela croon

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He  kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. 
The  moral : When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut. 
Will Rogers

Now THAT is a sconce!

I was able to spend a few hours at the studio yesterday, working on basting the big 'un together and hating every stitch I take.  I figure I am maybe 1/6th done now, miles (or double orange threads!) to go before I can even pick it up.  I left a good foot around the edges of fiberfill and backing so if I need it to be even bigger-shoot me now- I can add a final border.  I was also able to neaten up the place somewhat but I simply cannot wait to get my space back and progress with some actual industry!  

I am pondering entering Art Quilt Elements again, had great luck and sold my piece out of that show a few years ago but haven't entered since, I may have to dust off a thing or two and get it out into the world!  Believe it or not, in spite of my complaining, I have finished a couple of pieces since 2013, and ya never know what they will find interesting.  My last one was the story of Adam and Eve in Central Park as told through the story of the Seven Dwarves.  Yeah, I found out it was basically the SAME story, then made a book out of the story-  had to since it was gone forever to a party the management wouldn't divulge.  Weird.  Anyway, that's on tomorrow's plate.  

TY sent this to me the other day-  you've heard of 'parallel play' when toddlers play next to each other and don't interact at all-  ell that's how TY and I are, both on our internets across the room sending each other stuff.  

Just a little bit of art today, the tattoo variety:
Beautiful job, isn't it?  

Next I have a drone flight over Rhode Island investigating a wind turbine with unexpected results:

You must read the YouTube comments-  someone recognized the area, somebody else the turbine and location, and finally the GUY!  And that will surprise you too!  I absolutely could NOT do this.  I get vertigo just thinking of it-  hmm, gonna go eat some ginger to calm down!   

Saturday, August 29, 2015

zeroth ashame thrush

‘I think simplicity is the most powerful form.’   Nick Cave

The story is that this young soccer player  had a problem with this young squirrel because he repeatedly tried to climb up her leg.  She is taking his picture to shame him.  Bet he feels like 2 cents.  Bad Squirrel, Bad, Bad!

OK, my life the last few days has revolved around Erika, the almost-hurricane that is entering the Keys tonight and meandering along the Florida west coast causing pain and pestilence as she goes.  It could be lots worse, but her trip over the mountains of the islands ripped her up and took out some stuffings.  And here I am with enough toilet paper for the neighborhood.  I have spent the afternoon winding yarn so I have a no-electricity project, and I also brought home all my paints that could possibly be used to 'age' an aged table I had stripped and painted silver.  But the silver is a little TOO silver, and the table is all carved with leaves and flowers so I think rubbing some paint into the crevasses will improve the gestalt of it.  So, hopefully tomorrow if the roof hasn't blow off I will be rubbing umber and sienna into the lower parts and perhaps a Sparklier Silver onto the high parts.  Good thing I have a day because the foreman wanted the table Monday to drill the hole for plumbing and installing it.  Hope I get my act in gear and get it done.

Found out the ENTIRE lighting order was never placed, and spent 3 full hours trying to recreate it after six months of time!  Thought it was all taken care of, but 'somebody' screwed up big time.  Fortunately we were able to put it all back together finally because I had downloaded the listings back in February along with the pictures.  I'm going to be SOOOO glad when this is over.  I so want a house, just ONE house of my own that doesn't have boxes in all the rooms.  

Speaking of boxes, at the studio today I was waiting for another rug delivery and started basting the Big Slasher.  I got about 1/10th all sewn up with bright orange so I can find where I've been-  so boring-  I hate basting.  Probably it's brought on my the anxiety of knowing what has to happen next- QUILTING.  No wonder people tie these things.

Other studio news-  I got back my 2 pieces from the Southern Accents show.  The show closed last Saturday and I had the big roll from FedEx here at home Tuesday night.  I hauled it back to the studio and only one quilt fell out and I panicked until I unrolled it and found the second one nestled inside.  Both are smaller than I remember, and weigh a lot less too.  Guess my imagination ran away with me, but I do indeed have both back and thanks to an uber-efficiet packing and return team!  Of course I have NO PLACE to put them, the walls are lined with stuff for the house, so I rolled them back up and stuck them in a corner for my fall clean-up, throw-out, let's-get-our-life-back blitz of the studio.  Any takers to help?  Funny, I didn't think so.

heh hehheh heh

Let's see if I can find any art tonight:  oops, looks like I am fresh out right now so I will amuse you with a few things from a dark past-

Why, heaven forbid, this is an odd old artist who was experimenting with some linocuts she did of a dried corn stalk.  It appeared regularly over several years in collages, prints, and paintings.  Third photo should be banned from the inter webs it is so bad, but so what-  you guys don't care.  I had fun with these from the start, loved seeing what I could do with a print so I made a hundred I think. The top one was printed on painted canvas with a silver fence added over the top.  The second one was multiple prints of the same image with text added about the Corn Is as High..., and the third image is 2 12" squares with the print being done on fabric and fused down to canvas.  With more paint, more printed images, and some drawn work.  


Thursday, August 27, 2015

edison jesse indistinct

“I believe in my work and the joy of it. You have to be with the work and the work has to be with you. It absorbs you totally and you absorb it totally. Everything must fall by the wayside by comparison.”
 (Louise Nevelson)

And today is Man Ray's birthday, how surreal is that?

Wish these were white chocolate, I'd bite off their heads!  But alas, they are more white ceramic, and that seems to be something I am attracted to because it looks so good with my overflowing sagging shelves of useless ironstone I collected for 30+ years.  But the collection doesn't have any squirrels and I refuse to actually buy any so they are collected on the blog instead.  Easier to pack...

The good news today is that the pool dig has started.  I stopped by to get some measurements for the 'secret room' under the stairs because I needed to know to find some comfy rugs so the kids will actually go in there.  Guess I better send out  a memo to buy bathing suits while they are on sale, know those critters grow out of them faster than the seasons change!  Anyway I am headed over to the house early this morning to see if anybody fell in our new hole.

After that I am headed out to do a bit of hurricane readiness-  need lots of dog food, toilet paper, and a few gallons of water. Probably another nothing BUT I sure would feel stupid sitting here in a house with no electricity (or toilet paper!) for a week if Erika does blow through.  The weather peeps are all a'flutter over the coming storm, they can barely contain their excitement.  And I don't even have a door on the new house, let alone have things battened down.  It wouldn't take much of a wind to blow in the temporary door and ruin my brand new floor I haven't even seen yet because it's covered with protective paper.
UPDATE:  The hole is now coated with gunite-  had three trucks there all day squirting stuff in, but they had to leave when the afternoon downpour hit and continued for hours.  Couldn't see the stuff, they had a plastic tent over it.

MEANWHILE:  We are on hurricane watch here-  Erika is on her way coming up the coast.   We have plenty of vodka and I also bought some limes.  No flashlights, no batteries, no window tape.  I have my charger plugged into the car just in case. And the pool will be toilet flushing water.  Still need some for tooth-brushing.  Today's project.

Here are a couple of art related posts that are quite different from my usual ones, hope you find them both interesting (the first video) and very disturbing (the second one).

MIT‘s Glass Lab has created a process for 3D printing with molten glass. They call the process G3DP for “Glass 3D Printing” and it operates with 1900° fahrenheit “kiln cartridges” as it prints the glass into computer-controlled shapes.

The artist Morehshin Allahyari has made a series called “Material Speculation ISIS” which are replicas of artworks destroyed by the Jihad extremist group.  ISIS has been systematically looting and destroying precious artifacts in Syria and Iraq.  In response to this, Iranian-born Allahyari has produced a series which stands as a reminder of her culture’s history. Artwork serves as a link to a nation’s past. The ideas reflected in Allahyari’s work include that by taking over a nation you also destroy their history. The act by ISIS shows that art and artifacts are still seen as strong examples of ideas which can sway a nation. ISIS firmly rejects idolatry and is one of the reasons so many statues are being destroyed.

Attacks on ancient cultural sites by ISIS in retaliation for what the terrorist group considers idolatry continue with the recent destruction of two ancient religious buildings in Syria. Both incidents, in Palmyra and nearby al-Qaryatayn, drew firm condemnation from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who labelled the militants’ actions war crimes.
On Thursday, ISIS extremists drove bulldozers into the ancient catholic monastery of Mar Elian, demolishing its walls and leaving piles of rubble in their wake because it served as a place for “worshipping a God other than Allah.”

Less than 100 miles away, ISIS delivered yet another attack on the ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra, which it has controlled since May. Yesterday, militants loaded the nearly 2,000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin with explosives and blew it up; its cella now lies destroyed and surrounding columns have collapsed, Syria’s antiquities chief told the Guardian. The temple, devoted to the Phoenician god of storms and rains, dates to the Roman era and was one of the best-preserved buildings in the city. Loosley, speaking to BBC, described its cella as “pretty much perfect” before its obliteration.

And with that dispiriting news I am off to batten some more hatches today.  The studio needs some fastening down and some plastic tarps over the more easily damaged things if the roof flies away.  Practicing the 'safe or sorry' routine!

A dear friend of mine left the planet Tuesday.  He was a wonderful talented photographer, a funny friend, and a plain old great guy.  He was a short-lived boyfriend back in the early 60's but we quickly decided that wasn't working and instead became lifelong friends after that.  I will miss him, but continue to use his made-up words for unnamed situations that have become mine after all this time.  And think him each time.  Thankfully I have a few of his photographs sprinkled around the house to think about, all with a quirky viewpoint.  Bye, Wil.  Thanks for being my friend. all these years.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

mouthful weiss traitor

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have"  Maya Angelou

Sorry about this post, something has gone terribly wrong in the formatting department and every time I go to correct it, something else goes awry.  

Banksy’s Dismaland, where he has assembled more then 50 artists to contribute to the dystopian version. Hang in there to catch the magic castle!

Michelle Kingdom uses thread like paint in her highly expressive embroidery of peculiar situations. Her dense embroidery builds up layers of colors and textures, using each stitch to create intricate compositions. Although small in scale, each composition seems to hold endless mystery as it illustrates captivating narratives that are somewhat dreamlike in nature. The artist embraces the use of the thread as a line, as she often connecting the figures included her in work. It is amazing how Michelle Kingdom uses a simple thread to create shadow and depth in her incredibly detailed artwork.

This is supposed to be a Life Hack, but (heh heh) WE know it’s nothing but crocheting! So folks, keep your cables neat by crocheting them, you don’t need no stinking’ video. You’re experts!
How to tie your leads and cables. Keep leads neat and tidy with this simple cable chain. Perfect way to organize leads that are too long, or for storing cables. Stop them getting knotted and tangled together. Ideal for behind your TV or USB computer leads.  Or use duct tape.

Monday, August 24, 2015

primal elongate daredevil

“Good merchandise, even hidden, soon finds buyers.” (Plautus)

I managed to extend my 'birthday week' a few more days, basically because we had dinner plans both nights.  No, nobody knew it was my birthday and no waiters came out of the kitchens to sing over a cupcake.  But both nights that happened to other people in the restaurants, even two celebrations going on the second night.  
TY had managed to find two small lamps I really liked online but they were sold out so I put them in the fergittit file in my head.  Then, the next day he found them again or they were back in stock or somebody changed their mind and I got them!  This is cool because it means I won't be using my broken consignment shop lamps from 1965 Palm Beach royalty.  
The other good thing that happened is that I have yet another room to decorate-  there is a tiny storage room under the stairs and I am making it a playhouse for the kids.  I spent a good chunk of yesterday looking for beanbag chairs that would fit, but most are way too big.  Then I thought it needed a sheepskin rug but know that my animal-centric granddaughter wouldn't enter if there was an animal remnant in there, so started looking for fake flotkili and gave up on that too.  Shiny acrylic.  I did find a spectacular 'monster' pelt on Kickstarter but it never made it and the things were selling at around $400 so decided to make my own.
The felt and thick backing alone probably will cost that.
Like I've got nothing else to do.
THEN I remembered a shag type wool rug that I can't use in the new place, it was cheap to begin with and is deep enough to be comfortable so I am racing over to the house to get the measurements of the hidden room to cut the piece to fit.
THEN I remembered I have several 24" pillows I had made covers for from my Buick Printing experiments!  And miracles do exist-  I found them!  So, I am all set for the kid's space, will add a few things to the wall, might even paint some jungle if I can bend myself into the room without getting leg cramps (!).  Wish I could find a remnant of that iconic palm leaf wallpaper.

Art time:

Would love to do this with my current boring dining room chairs.  Stay tuned

Proving that snow globes aren’t just kitschy souvenirs, artist duo Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz create mini worlds covered by glass domes that are dark, gloomy, and slightly sinister. The scenarios they build are usually set in a stark wintery landscape and feature characters carrying out strange, ill-disposed acts on each other.
Working together since 1994, Martin and Muñoz source different figurines or model making elements, cut them up and re-assemble them as victims or criminals at a crime scene. They use plumber’s epoxy to build the base of the scenes, and cover it in a water resistant resin. Then, they fill up the globes with a water and alcohol solution, to create the authenticity of the object.

And I guess now I will wind down my birthday week and start planning the August 2016 festivities.