I had a lovely time this morning with coffee, chet atkins and a big box of Japanese textiles. Stephen Szczepanek of Sri sent over another surprise box of wonderful things.
When stuff like this shows up I can’t think fast enough or sew fast enough. Thank you Stephen!!
And the beginning of the new spider system . Spiders take me forever to make and that’s mostly fine, I like making spiders, but it isn’t practical. As I make more I get better at it and things begin occur to me that speed up the process; having the wire cut to length for each part makes a big difference and next I need to make jigs for forming the leg shapes . I’ll probably need help with that.
I’ll show you more highlights from the Sri box later and maybe some new things in progress – I’m finishing some things over the weekend that will be in the shop early next week – some spiders, an owl or two and some little birds, if you would like to be notified when the new things are available please check back here or join the mailing list at my shop.
*p.s. -I’ll also be spending some time this weekend getting caught up on email and if you’re waiting to hear back from me thanks for your patience*
Beautiful day, first open windows day since December I think.
DIY gift tags! Bundled up little birds – you can click here to download.
(I added some glitter to his acorn cap after I cut them out).
The incredibly generous Stephen Szczepanek of Sri sent over another package of marvelous bits of kimono and other amazing and inspiring Japanese textiles.
Check out the ” trans generational ” boro futon cover on his blog.
I got another surprise package from Stephen Szczepanek ( sri threads) yesterday, so many treasures it’s too much to think about all at once but I’ll share a couple: A single exquisite feather – the picture doesn’t do it justice – it is so soft and iridescent it seems almost liquid, it makes me think of this quote from “The Rings of Saturn” :
“I have always kept ducks, he said, even as a child, and the colors of their plumage, in particular the dark green and snow white, seemed to me the only possible answer to the questions that are on my mind.”
Some impossible blues – already being made into something. Thanks very much Mr. Szczepanek.
And something else – progress this morning on a new ship.
I’m pleased and excited to be included in “Play All Day – Design For Children” published this year by Gestalten. I’m also pleased to live in a world where you can have a blast making castles out of old cardboard boxes and on top of that! somebody will publish them in a lovely book.
It’s available at amazon now – check out pages 48 and 49!
And a couple notes:
* Fill in the Blank Gallery is having a cardboard horse making workshop on Sunday, if you’re in Chicago check it out – all ages and skill levels are welcome and it’s free!!
* Henchard and some other new things ( including some ready made sweethearts and a new set available to order) will be in the shop sometime next week. If you are on the mailing list you will be notified when the shop is updated.
Thanks so much grace and anne for sharing my place and cardboard stampede today and hello to anyone visiting for the first time. I’ll post some more pictures from the sneak peek and the cardboard stampede diy a little later.
This photograph was a gift from my favorite guy at the flea market -(park slope) and I love it. He stopped showing up in early summer last year. I’ve wondered and asked about him since and I found out a few weeks ago that he died. He took the photo at the Half Moon Hotel in Coney Island, I’m not sure when- 70’s or 80’s probably. He was a painter and photographer. I only new his first name – John.
I finished my second cardboard castle and it’s in the window at Johnson at 179 Orchard street. There are also some doug rhodehamel style mushrooms and a couple little creatures roaming around. I had lots of fun making it and it was good thinking exercise for my sometimes too buttoned up brain. I took some pictures of it here before we brought it over.
The back of the castle has some little holes you can peek into. I couldn’t really properly photograph what you see inside, there are ghosts at a ball in one, an enchanted horse in another and miss havisham is held prisoner in a tower (her picture didn’t turn out at all).
The castle will be in the window at Johnson until October 31st . Unfortunately this is my last window for Johnson, Mrs. Johnson is closing at the end of the month. I’ll really miss doing her window. I started doing it for fun and it ended up changing my life in interesting and good ways, Thank you MJ.
This past Tuesday a shiitake mushroom log showed up unexpectedly – a surprise from dave ( thank you very much, I love it). It came out of the box a weird bumpy, lump and it was kind of fuzzy in places too. Stuff started happening almost right away and just 5 days later it’s producing mushrooms like nobody’s business. Fascinating. You can get your own at http://www.farwestfungi.com.
My new shop is up!
There will be birds and caketoppers available there on Monday. More on that later as well as some info on the nice people who built the new shop for me.
This is the longest I have ever abandoned my blog since beginning it last May. The busyness before, during and after the Tinlark show was just silly and I’m slightly the worse for wear – slow, permanently tired – probably need a little vacation. I’ve still got tons to do to catch up. It was so nice today I packed up all my work and spent the better part of the day under a big tree in Prospect Park.
Thanks to everybody who’s been patient ( especially you freda -you’re getting a special surprise).
I wish I had more pictures from the show for you but almost every picture I took absolutely sucked ( I’m hoping the gallery has much better pictures and I’ll post them when I get them). I’ll post the few other marginal pictures I’ve got soon. This is my raven.
He is made from vintage calico and this edwardian bodice. His eyes are antique black glass faceted buttons. He is sold and so is almost everything else! Last I heard there were still two bats and some of the 100 horses. You can call tinlark for info: 323-463-0042
The show was lots of fun. Cris McCall the owner of the gallery is wonderful and it was great to meet laura and maggie and see their beautiful work in person. Thanks to everybody who came by to say hi. Marisa took this picture at the opening.
and wendy has a great picture of my owl on her blog.
Hopefully more show pictures soon but now in other news:
There are tiny mushrooms growing in my terrarium!
I’m pretty excited about it.