Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Made This: freshly printed

I'm working on something new here... I hope that folks will like final product. It begins with a linen-cotton blend, block-printed by hand with dye using hand-carved blocks. We shall see... 

en Nuevo Mexico

 I take a lot of photos... mostly because I plan to share bits and pieces of a world different to folks who might be reading.

One of the reasons I love reading blogs so much is getting a glimpse into life somewhere else. I like seeing what experiences I have in common with other people and I also like seeing what experiences are peculiar to a certain place. 

So here you go... from top to bottom.

Yucca... the state flower of New Mexico. These beautiful monster plants are everywhere. A nickname for the plant is 'Ghost in the Graveyard'. Cool, aye?

My little balcony breakfast spot. I don't really eat breakfast out here, mostly I have a smoke in the evening with a glass of wine or in the mornings or afternoons I might scribble in a journal or read for a short while. My honey made that little table to go with the cafe chairs that we found on the street in San Francisco a couple years ago and finally got around to refinishing a few weeks ago.

Cholla... or jumping cholla or teddy bear cholla. This cactus is also native and everywhere in New Mexico. The flowers are gorgeous and the fruits turn bright yellow after the blossoms die. This morning as I was taking this picture, though, I got too close and just a slight brush against the spines left me looking like a porcupine. Youch.

And lastly... seed pods abound here. These are maple seeds. I love their shape, the texture of the 'wings', and that green just amazes me. A natural treasure indeed.

Monday, May 21, 2012

arte por el correo

A couple weeks ago I received a note in my mailbox from the post office. It seemed I had something to pick up there... from New Zealand!

Well, let me tell you the most whimsical little package of tidbits was awaiting me there, indeed all the way from the land of the Kiwis. This joyful bundle came from mail artist, Erin Fae- a Brooklyn native who has found herself in Auckland running the awesome Alphabet City, "a community art space and gallery focused on the written word: letterpress printing, bookbinding, zines, printmaking, book arts and related forms."

The feeling I got, opening this envelope and discovering all the treasures within was one of the most exciting kinds. And it was so inspiring, on a gut level. This is what making art is about for me... instigating that exciting feeling of discovery. 

This experience also has me thinking about paying this moment forward. Hmmm... in the works already.

Monday, May 14, 2012

a life full of meaning

uploaded to Pinterest by Donna Glosup 
Red geraniums have a way of injecting a simple romance into a space... When I see them I feel happy for everything I have in my life.

Credit: Behavioural Ecology Research Group, Oxford via Science NOW
We greatly underestimate the cognitive lives of animals other than ourselves. Just watch the birds for half of an hour or sit with cat or dog attentively and you can see.

Image by Bettmann/CORBIS via Natasha Rostovtseva
It's moments of unfettered joy that one remembers most vividly in her latest years. Those moments are what give her a real sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.

To live a life full of meaning, one must approach the world with a whimsical eye. Which is to mean that one looks upon people, the earth, and life's situations with an open heart and a wide imagination.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

to the park

It was a cool, beautiful day in the park yesterday... So my pup and I took a stroll and then parked it under the shade of a tree and embroidered for a while until a friend came by to join us. I love that embroidery is such a mobile art form. I must do this again soon.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thrifty Love

I scored some awesomeness while thrifting today. Like the above Swedish horse that says 'Welcome' on one side, and 'Come Again' on the other.

And this vermillion metal folding chair by Samsonite... my first red chair. I love red chairs. And that gorgeous crewelwork pillow. Why anyone would give that away is beyond me.

And a textile artist should always have some textile art on her walls. Like a hot pink god's-eye and a small bit of jute macramé. They make that little tumble weed look so good.

And living in the southwest it's only appropriate to have some cliché 'Indian' figurine somewhere. I like this little white chalk one because it looks like a ghost.

And I'm always a sucker for really cool candle holders. This set is particularly cool. Especially at 75¢ each.

Made out good, huh?

Oooh, I also love these babies... But I found them last month. Vases, I think.

Made This: Indian-ish Split Pea Fritters

Made these Indian-ish split pea fritters the other day after trying to figure out what I could do with split peas other than make soup. I tried following this recipe from the New York Times, but ended up straying quite a bit and not for the better. Now, mind you, these were freaking delicious, especially with that mango chutney there, but they were very spongey because I lost patience and added way to much water and then way to much flour during the 'mushing up' part of the process. Next time, and oh yes there will be a next time, I will hold back on the water and flour and hope that they come out with a much more delicate texture inside. Yum. Plus who can resist that color?

inspired by: entry ornamentation

Rila Monastery via The Ornamentalist

the township of Tiébélé in Burkina Faso by Rita Willaert
Faye's tent via You Are the River

Artamus Hall via Desire to Inspire

Sometimes I want to own a house for the soul reason of being able to paint decorations and murals on the walls.

working in the studio

Making stamps.

Sketching and printing samples.

Setting and rinsing the dyes, post printing.

Again, just some snapshots of what I've been up to lately. I'm getting more work done than I was accomplishing before. A big help is consistently having 2-3 days off from the day job, which is now officially a day job and not an evening job. We'll see how that goes.

color bits

There are the most beautiful colors and textures and shapes around my little home studio. Sometimes I just have to snap them up with my camera.