I bought this very horizontal little frame at the Oakland Museum White Elephant sale, someone had framed what was evidently an original quote (second photo):
Though life is too short,
it can be
ever so wide!
I was touched by the sentiment.
My brother in law passed on a book called A Sense of the World to me, it is about the Victorian Naval Officer, a man who became known as "The Blind Traveller", he circumnavigated the globe solo and wrote about it in travel books.
Since my brother in law is a sailor, I made him this little shadowbox with the 19th century ship, while keeping the original quote on the back. I neglected to mention that he and my sister were visiting on their own circumnavigation of the globe, which is quite a bit easier these days.
It only occurred to me afterward how these things connect.
Just got my copy of The Ivory Hour by Laynie Browne. I am thrilled that Laynie used one of my altered ancestors pieces as the cover art for this luminous experimental novel. It's a meeting of Henry James characters with pop culture heroes in an imagined future. If you are curious, you can read a bit of it on Amazon:
I think this is the biggest compliment to an author I have ever heard.
My brother in law was in a motorcycle accident which involved getting
his head rammed halfway down into his ribcage, and needed to spend some
weeks sitting and sleeping in a special chair. A friend of his brought
him Stephen King's Dark Tower series, which clocks in at 3712 pages.
B.I.L. says he spent 18 hours a day for three weeks and got through the
entire series - it was the only way he could escape from the physical
I find this particularly moving in light of Stephen King's encounter
with a van being driven by a man who was was trying to keep his
Dobermans away from some steaks. King had a long, long road to recovery
after the incident.
This is what remains of a mechanical bee toy which I had listed on etsy, with the warning that is someone did not purchase it, I would make something out of it myself. This is one of many toys Made in Japan after WW2, when Japan had an advantageous agreement with the United States for export. They were tireless in their ingenuity for making small items, some toys and some china figurines and other novelties for export. I took this apart and found another part of the story of a recovering post war economy, see below.
This shows the inside, where a soda or juice can has been turned inside out to form the body of the bee. This is as moving, I think, as any archeological discovery.
One of the things I made was this Queen Bee Tiara, which I have for sale in my Etsy shop. I used the body in an assemblage which is one of the pieces in my show at Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids in San Francisco, the reception is tomorrow- stop by if you are in the neighborhood!
Neighbor Carlos and I put a table with treats out on the street last night and invited the neighbors to come by. A good time was had by all, including four-year-old Finn, above, who was fascinated by the jar full of moving eyeballs. Some police came by and turned down treats, but obligingly threatened to arrest Carlos, who was dressed like Zorro.
Work for the show is coming along. In reliable small blessings news, Looking for a topper for this, I went through my entire collection of itty bitty things the night before I found the blue thing (from a birthday candle holder?) on the floor of one of my favorite junk stores.
This lovely battered old GE Clock (purchased from my Etsy shop) was just shipped off to New York City for use as a prop in the performance piece/installation "Sleep No More", a retelling of sorts of MacBeth.
My name is Susan Sanford. I pursue the arts in Northern California -Welcome to my free-associative visual journey . I don't do memes or accept awards or ads, but I frequently link to other bloggers if I see something delightful. All photographs and artwork here were made by me unless otherwise noted- please respect my copyright (this includes posting any images on facebook- my understanding is that they claim ownership of photos posted there).