"Even our world is a contradiction of what it is trying to be." George Santayana (1863-1952)
Only One of a town full of decorated squirrels! Thanks LA!
Last post from Newton condo before the comcast boxes have to be returned, electricians here jumping over my crap to install more smoke detectors- yeah, dude says we need SIX harried smoke detectors in a 4 room apartment- Fire Marshall has spoken. And this is costing us another $1000 plus two inspections. Did you know that if your smokes are over ten years old they all have to be replaced? And oh yeah, this is a sprinklered building. With brick walls- the electric guys are having a fit.
We took up residence at the Marriott last night, I was in bed at 8:30 and we had to get up at 6 to get here this morning to wait for the movers to arrive. I did find out they want $9.95 PER DAY for internet service there, so when we get a chance we have an argument with the front desk. How cheesy. Back at the condo after my Starbucks breakfast sandwich, I've amused myself by tossing stuff in the trash- my thought on every piece I pick up is
"Would I like this buried with me in my pyramid?"Since the answer to all the questions that might provoke, is 'NO!' it make it easier to toss or Goodwill it.
Yesterday's task du jour was putting a huge box of pennies through the machine to get some real money- we had over 3000 pennies and just a few other coins thrown in by accident. I walked away with $35 in my pocket even after they took their percentage. So today I opened a drawer and there's ANOTHER bag of pennies so, off to the machine again for the next batch. Good thing it's next to the donation trailer so, as they say, two birds at once.
SO, enough of that, don't want to make you guys as confused and upset as I feel, so let's talk a little art instead of my piles of crap... and pennies.
Found on Mr.Xstich, 'manbroiderer' James Fox, who produced this epic quilt called “The Way” for submission to the European Patchwork Meeting International Contest.
Main embroidery medium: Reverse applique with freehand machine embroidery.
Q&A: Mr.X: How did you come to be an embroiderer?
JF:I studied textiles at Goldsmiths college. London in the 80’s and the draw of the Bernina was too strong to resist.
MrX: What does it mean to you?
JF: It means a great deal to me in that I am able to transfer ideas onto cloth and have that great feeling of being lost in the process.
MrX: Where do you like to work?
JF: I like to work in the dining room but my wife prefers me to work in my workshop, as the house becomes a world of thread ends and small bits of cloth.
Mr X: How do you hope history treats your work?
JF: With dry cleaning…
MrX: Where can we find you and your work?
JF: On the website HERE (or in the dining ro
om, wife permitting).
First, be an active citizen:Remember, you must participate in the world you want to become a part of …. Keep up with what’s causing chaos in your own field. If you’re a visual artist go see the shows in the galleries that are frantically competing to find the one bad neighborhood left in Manhattan to open up in. Watch every movie that gets a negative review in the New York Times and figure out what they did wrong. Read, read, watch people on the street. Spy. Be nosy. Eavesdrop. And as you get older, you’ll need youth spies who will keep you abreast of new music that nobody your age has heard yet.Be an insider, not an outsider:These days everyone wants to be an outsider. Politically correct to a fault. That’s good. I hope you are working to end racism, sexism, agism, fat-ism — but is that enough? Isn’t being an outsider so 2014? …. Maybe it’s time to throw caution to the wind and really shake things up and reinvent yourself as a new version of your most dreaded enemy: the insider. Like I am! …. Think about it: I didn’t change. Society did. Who would’ve ever thought a top college like RISD would’ve invited a filthy elder to set an example to its students?Listen to your enemies, and make them laugh:Listen to your political enemies, especially the smart ones, and then figure out a way to make them laugh. Nobody likes a bore on a soapbox. Humor is always the best defense and weapon. If you can make an idiot laugh, they’ll at least pause and listen before they do something stupid, to you. Refuse to isolate yourself, separatism is for losers.