Sunday, November 25, 2012

In praise of escapist fiction

 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 pain.

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.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Biography of a Mechanical Bee

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!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Eat your heart out, Pedro Almodovar

Fashion shoot with my neighbor, who also has an Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween

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.