Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dogs and Morning Light

Something about seeing dogs on a sunlit morning seems to predicate a better world, or the possibility of one. I wonder if this image came from the title of the blog flying dog studio design wall? It could be. The above is another t-shirt design.

I love this alternative to a journal/idea book on spiritcloth.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Swan is Born

Just saw the Black Swan, an improving cinematic tale of a girl with stars in her eyes, her nurturing mother, and her consummately professional mentor...

Oh wait, that's not right...

This movie is a hoot, but it's beyond me whether that's intentional. The David Cronenberg reference in a pivotal scene would seem to indicate it's meant to be tongue in cheek. It's as if the Crypt Keeper was telling a Weird Tale about ballet. Has anyone seen it, and if so, did you manage not to cover your eyes during the manicuring scenes? In the same theater, The King's Speech was playing, which probably really was improving.

Review of The King's Speech on l'astronave (which in no way implies endorsement of my views of The Black Swan by the proprietress of the l'astronave)..

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Something else to open

Doors on trickhouse, my own assemblage story is behind one of them. Cool sound effects - check it out!

Above is a detail of an assemblage made in an antique portable writing desk, similar to the one featured on trickhouse.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Florence Street Sculptures

This is the work of Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent in Sebastopol, California. Not sure, this may be a working mailbox (see right paw).

More photos of other Florence Street sculptures on Tinytheatre.

A delightful series of small scale scenes on krumelurerockstrek

Young artists at work at Studio Banana

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Too much light?

One of the truly marvellous jeweler's elves by Kat Soto in the windows of Shreve & Co. in San Francisco. Part of the proceeds from sales of these benefit Doctors without borders and the Aids Memorial Grove Foundation. I wish you could see the beautifully articulated hands of these, delicately jointed at the wrist.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Finished tea cosy

I don't have a teapot the size of Mina's, so I am holding a spout up to show where the spout would naturally come out, with my fingers substituting for the handle.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

W.I.P. (Christmas gift for a tea drinker)

In a friend's flower shop recently, I noted that she was keeping her teapot warm with a towel. Tea cosies are simple to make - just make a semi-circular paper pattern with the spout and handle marked. Then cut out the lining and the front a bit larger. I have ironed interfacing to the lining and will do so with the back side of the front also. See where I have ironed the back of the lining to overlap the interfacing? the front and lining should be sewed together, then both halves are sewed together remembering to leave the gaps for the handle and the spout. A great D.I.Y. project for a winter evening (unless you crave efficiency, it's also a nice one for hand-sewing)- I will post a photo of the finished item tomorrow.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Into light

Above, the interior of Terrasol on Polk Street in San Francisco, presided over when we visited by a young man so jolly it seemed as if he could be Santa Claus in 40 years.

Above, An installation of mosaic eggs by Robert James in a run-down part of Market Street, part of a program of The Artery funded by the S.F. Art Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Across all the cultures and religions in the Northern hemisphere are celebrations of light in the darkest days - It's fascinating -literally hypnotic-  the dazzling surfaces presented by the reflective, faceted surfaces of ornaments, as if staring into this dissolving radiance could take one right out of materiality, time and civilization and its discontents.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Robbie's Idea

Robbie had the idea of my making a cushion cover for his mother (my sister) to memorialize their terrier Teddy, who is no longer with them. The reference photo was taken by a family friend, Dick Gilmore.

For the fur, I felted a wool shirt I found on the street. I have plans to turn five sweaters which have been felted (three of them intentionally) into two fashion forward sweaters, possibly over that limbo week between Christmas and New Year's.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December Evening, San Francisco


North Beach

China Town Window

The Window of Community Thrift, in the Mission, where students from California College of Art are doing a series of installations.
I'd identify the artist, but the window only had a list of participants in the series. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Made for Aid

This reversible wall hanging is for sale at the Made for Aid Etsy Store, along with other items suitable for Christmas giving, including scarves for wintry weather. All proceeds go to charity, see the Made for Aid website for more details.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Something Wrong

Christmas ornaments in a local store. Please note: these are gun-sized, not ornament sized. If a certain ex-governor were a festive decoration, this is what she'd be.

Edit: After I posted this, went to a gallery show which had a matched pair of stitched and stuffed white satin pistols as a wall-hanging. How can political/didactic art hope to keep up with the proliferating weirdness efflorescing from the strange machine which is mature capitalism?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Something Mysterious

I get the part about the protective coloration...but surely this is unusual? If you feel inclined to speculate, please do.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Card

I'm not exactly sure which Holiday is being celebrated any case, I'm offering 10 of these 4" by 6" cards, blank inside, with pristine white envelopes for purchase at $12.00 American, shipping included. As the Holidays are upon us, I'll just be sending them out for the next week or so, so you'll have time to use them before Christmas. I will attempt to send out any orders in 24 hours.