I’ve been thinking about mobiles for a while, I love Hanna Sandin’s work and saw the Calder exhibit “The Paris Years” at the Whitney last year. I made this one over the weekend and hung it from the ceiling medallion in the center of my place.
Everything I make starts in a box and then lives there until it’s done. The boxes are for organization – keeping the many little bits for many little projects together and they are also a thinking tool and most importantly a way to start, it is very easy to put things in a box.
I love Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit. Here’s a little of what she has to say about boxes:
“The box makes me feel organized, that I have my act together even when I don’t know where I’m going yet. It also represents a committment. The simple act of writing a project name on a box means that I’ve started work”
I have different sorts of boxes for different sorts of projects. The clear plexi boxes above are children’s shoe boxes from the Container Store.
Ahoy, merry wobblers! May the wind always be at your bustle!
Paper mache sailboat #6 and lots of other things are in the shop now.
I made the photo above for illustration friday , the theme is “theater’.
I’m very happy to contribute a pair of birds – pearl and minter
pearl has a fancy corsage.
You can get all the details about the basket and purchase a ticket (ten dollars online and five dollars in person) right here. You have until 5pm on December 21st to enter.
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.
I just got a great box of old fabric, it’s very old- 1900-1910 but most of it is unused. The pieces are cut in pattern shapes so I’m guessing it originally came from a tailor’s or dressmaker’s estate. My estate has a lot of birds in it. Anyway, it found it’s way to me and I love the little prints, especially the black and whites. The one on the lower right makes me think of Lena Corwin’s blog ( as always,you can click the image for a better view).
And something else: little bird couples all dressed up and waiting to have their official portrait taken.
Little bird friends ready for wintery weather.
I’m working on lot’s of little birds and something for the Johnson Shop Christmas window – progress pics later.