Friday, March 30, 2012

A Slender Volume....

...even in 1903. And, the humor and wit is hard to find, the best of the lot seems to be a complicated story Abraham Lincoln told a some office seekers about a Chinese emperor hiring a donkey as an advisor.

"And would you believe it?" observed President Lincoln, with a sly twinkle in his eye, "as soon as that proclamation became public, every jackass in the kingdom wanted an office".

Enough said- lovely cover, though. It was ever thus.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We are all in the gutter...

but some of us are looking at the stars reflected in the ditch water.

-Oscar Wilde + Plato + William Blake

Things come together with hardly any need for thread, really -

But sewing is pretty satisfying, as noted before.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Intersection 1

Heh, this was fun. I got some wonderfully ragged chenille yarn at a thrift store, I should have taken a before photo - honestly, it looked kind of like what I would imagine intestines to look like, pinky and white and kind of grubby. So, I was boiling it up on the stove to turn it green with some Rit dyes, but I had insufficient yellow, I started in on the spice cabinet. Turmeric is highly recommended! These green furry bits will eventually be incorporated into a show in the Fall at the Paxton Gate's kid store, the duck basket is available in my etsy store.

The show, which will include the embroidery animal head from a previous post, is going to focus on the intersection between nature and technology. I keep turning over in my head that people can bulldoze a forest, but on the other hand, as the uncombed one once said, "Rust never sleeps".

And as regards the chenille above, isn't the sewing needle a remarkable piece of technology, and isn't sewing- at least by hand- one of the closest imitations of nature technology is capable of? Although I suppose computers are all about interconnectedness as well.

This is going to be CRUNCHY!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Neighbors

Who's under there? This is going it a bit in my neighborhood, one which is designated "mixed" for its combination of single family homes and undistinguished box apartments thrown up in the 60s, like the one I live in.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Boy and his Dog

A Parian ware figure from a charity shop, this is rather unusual. Parian ware was made in the 19th century by molding porcelain in two halves which were then joined. This figure still shows the mold seam in one area, the inside shows marks where the solid mass of clay was removed. It is quite extraordinarily naturalistic, with the boy's shoulders being somewhat rounded as he leans toward the dog. Parian ware is by definition a solid color, yet this is colored with some very delicate low-fire paints. It has no marks. A mystery, and also a mystery that the boy's two gesturing fingers have survived the years.

I am not sure whether this is English or German in origin.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Everyday Object

I have a lot of stuff piled up around here, as you might imagine. There are some things, though, that get used every day, like this old bowl, that just seem more beautiful over time. You must have things like this, yes?

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Good Neighbor

Carlos has been helping. What a nice neighbor to have!