Sunday, February 08, 2015

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These words are my mantra these days as I fight my way through getting house stuff picked and coordinated.  I'm just too old for this.

"The superior man understands what is right, 
the inferior man understands what will sell."  Confucius

Exciting stuff happening around the corner on the new place-  the AC ducts are all in and when you look up it's a net of silver tubes zigging and zagging through the ceilings.  The roof tiles are all in piles on the tar paper roof, where they sit to get the wood underneath used to the weight.  I don't know how long that goes on for.  The pipes for the bathroom tub are all dug up to be moved to where I wanted them in the first place, and the pile of dirt in the bathroom is 2' high.  My light cans are all wired in, and I have an electrical box with black spaghetti in it.  I've talked to the cabinet guy, I reordered the plumbing appliances to knock off a few buckos, and I think the next step is putting in the windows so they can get the wallboard up.

Of course all I care about is what will go where and a color chart basing everything around the turquoise stove.  Sigh.  Now TY has decided we need to put the Newton condo on the market (again) and bring down the stuff we want from there-  which is a lot.  I have insisted because I think it's dumb to dump a perfectly good bunch of furniture and all my 'stuff' and then have to re-buy the same items here.  So it will mostly be moved and I won't be buying as much.  A semi-relief, n spite of the fact I LIKE new stuff.   But realistically, I am in the end quarter of my life expectancy so buying new stuff (and building new bigger houses!) shouldn't be on my platter.
 MEANWHILE, the realtors continue to parade folks through this house and I am getting so tired of stashing stuff at the last second to make it look like nobody has ever entered.  I have learned something about myself and that is I am certainly not happy with the minimal style and keeping things pristine.  The dogs get shuffled off to the day-care kennel once in awhile, but mostly they get taken to the studio.  They seem to do fine there but I don't like leaving them for more than a short time, afraid they will annoy neighbors with barking since Molly takes up her position in front of the glass door to monitor who is 'allowed' to park.  And Pepper chews his leg with anxiety.  Sigh.

I found a steel restaurant work table for the kitchen, and a couple of steel tool storage drawers at Home Depot-  my SIL uses them for dressers and I think I'll plan on one for jewelry.  Always liked her idea of not having everything tangled up.  So both of those are ready to order.  TY doesn't like the steel and glass tall cabinet I want for the living room-  I love industrial things scattered around but then I realized he doesn't-  I may have to sneak in a few gears and rusty artifacts when his head is turned.  I was born to live in an industrial loft under renovation, he was born to live in a high rise with a concierge.  

But lets' see what I can find for some art to share.  My files are dusty from disuse but I'm telling ya, my life is not my own these days.  And on Wednesday I am headed back to Boston (you can question my sanity right here) to babysit Mister for a few days.  
Next time you see me I'll have dried pea mush somewhere on my person and a big grin on my face from laughing at him. 
 But back to art---  today I have some pretty exciting examples, all of paper!

This fantastic set of paper insects was created from reclaimed paper by Belgium-based ad agency Soon for paper company IGEPA Benelux. The critters are part of a visual language used in a brochure advertising a new line of recycled paper. You can watch the entire Soon team toiling away on the project in this making of video.

 Paperholm, a project that started this summer by Charles Young who challenged himself to build a new paper structure each day. Young received his bachelor and masters degrees from the Edinburgh College of Art where he taught himself paper and card modelling. Despite a long-time familiarity with the process and materials, it’s amazing to see the progress he’s made in just the last three months or so as the models become more intricate and lend themselves to bits of animation. You can follow Young’s growing paper city here.

 Japanese graphic designer and architect Yusuke Oono (previously) released a trio of new laser-cut storybooks including depictions of ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ and Mount Fuji. The books are comprised 40 images bound into a book that can be fanned out at 360° creating a narrative that can be explored from multiple angles. While these pieces seen here are one-off creations, Oono has several other folding books and lights available through Artechnica. 

A couple of my squirrelappreciationg pals have sent me a backlog of critters, I guess they miss my efforts, so here is one of the contributions-  
Look at his wee fingers ready to pull the trigger!  Yikes-  arming squirrels might be our only hope!

1 comment :

Dianne SP Cermak said...

I certainly understand the power that thinking about colors has (on the mind and spirit) when the work flow chart is demanding a focus on duct placement and electrical junctions. I love your paint chart, and keying it all to the turqoise stove is just plain wonderful!