Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
This is one of the figures from the series of holiday windows for the Shreve Company in San Francisco. This Turandot and the Rigoletto characters are by EJ Taylor included in the Kat Soto collection for Jim Cardosa Design. Most of these figures are by Kat Soto. You can see the series, a percentage of the sales of which go to benefit Doctors without Borders, on her website, as well as other windows she has done for Shreve.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Here's a pattern for making a bat decoration. Right click above to copy the pattern. You will need some stiff black paper, thread and a hole punch. Fold an 11' wide piece of paper in half and place the pattern on the fold (you can use a little tape to hold it in place) and cut around it. The result should be similar to the first photo below.
If you have cut out the protruding ridges on the top of the wings where indicated, you have the indication of where the folds in the wings should be made - make the first fold up, in the opposite direction of the bisecting fold, then make the two folds on either side.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This image is from the wonderful Three Little Cameras blog. I think the cat looks like a hipster, what with the little soul patch. Asja's work always seems to have something growing where you would not expect it. Her photo diary series is also remarkable.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This is one of the pages of "Talented Chicken", by the enormously gifted Parisa Mahmoudi. The story is about an insistent mother hen, who is determined to push her chick to sing, to fly, to swim - while ignoring the fact that it is only a chicken. Click on her name to see more pages.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
This exquisite bird, like a blue jay combined with a phoenix, is from the Colorful Research blog. I love that it looks like a bird you might make with your hands to cast a shadow on a wall, although of course wings and hands are the same thing. Eva is very bold about trying new things - she consistently breaks her previous boundaries. Perhaps like this bird breaking across the rectangles?
Edit: There is a wonderful philosopher bird here.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Exit, pursued by a bear...
From The Winter's Tale, gleefully pounced on in following centuries to prove that everything Shakespeare wrote did not plumb the depths of the human spirit...it was, however, only a stage direction and not actual language used in the play.
I suppose I must be counting the dinosaur in the lead as a bird of sorts.
Friday, June 26, 2009
This is some of the enchanting work of Nelly Alvarez Aranda. Here work combines materials and techniques, and much of it is on the theme of the interaction of humans and the natural world. If you would like to see more of her surprising and delightful work, her blog is dibujos en el agua
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This lapwing doth run away with the shell on his head.
A gentler contemplation on A Room of One's Own
said by Horatio of the character Osric, who is sent to propose the fatal duel with Laertes.
It's the strangest place to insert comic relief, right before it all falls down. The phrase refers to the fact that lapwings were said to be so eager to to hatch that the leaped out of the nest with the shell still adhering, therefore Osric, with his considerable posturing, is thought to be wet behind the ears.
The lapwing is so called for its trick of leading predators from its nest by dragging one wing along the ground as if it were injured. This blog is being given over to the birds for next while - please let me know if you are posting any birds, or if you see any, and I will link to them.
In the mean time, here are some birds observed recently:
a fiercely contemplative bird, on Random Shots
A gentler contemplation on A Room of One's Own
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Here is the piece "Mademoiselle L joue au Baccarat" on the Couve do Mar blog. This constitutes a chapter in the story of Mademoiselle L - she is also recorded in in other pieces as having played at other games of chance and having been on Safari. Other characters and places are introduced in other necklaces, or "droplets", as their maker calls them (there is one titled "London Subway revisited").
Friday, June 19, 2009
Beth Hahn knits small scale sweaters, in part as a way to figure out the physics of sweaters for humans. She also does lovely, sensitive watercolor illustrations.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
This fable in cloth is by Sara Lechner at Fabric of Meditation. Many of her pieces seem to have narrative and (very dear) characters involved in journeys or in contemplation. Her work is inspirational and the components seem to flow together to make a whole. This piece, which Sara says is about both the process of maturation and about how we make our own prisons, reminds me of William Blake's
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a rage
and also of Yeats' Holy Thursday
'Twas on Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean,
Came children walking two and two, in red, and blue, and green...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Paula at The Beauty of Life placed
the MacMoe stick in a Brisbane Park.
Paula goes boldly where noone has
gone before in a
stitching sense -
experimental and might I say,
Her children get
into the act,
A noble steed and a cheeky mouse
Two of the creations on the delightful Manuales Canigo blog. Parents, wouldn't you love to send your children to Cristina Moreno's classes at the Canigo School? She teaches her students to make their own wonderful art objects using repurposed materials. My Spanish is quite rudimentary, but she uses the phrase "trayectoria creativa" - how beautiful to think of creativity as a flight. More inspiration on her blog - Parents may be able to find a few projects for long summer days here, even without going to Barcelona.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
An assemblage showing Napoleon holding the reins of his empire (more on my web site). It was pretty much inspired by the words on the old needle packet at left, which I was reminded of when I saw a photo of a piece by Ali Forbes in an exhibit at the Royal college of Art in London, incorporating Holdfast bicycle tape, which wittily incorporates a reference to Picasso's bicycle bull, on the Feltbug blog. Is it the same company making a different product a century later, or just a British trope?
And if there's a tinier emperor, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments section.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Here are are two joyfully dancing protozoans which also suggests illuminated capitals from the book of Kells (with a little Miro thrown in), the top is a brooch and the one at bottom is for display on canvas - seen on Dog Daisy Chains. I love their organic lively quality. Her wonderfully witty creations are available in her Etsy Store, and she has tutorials in Machine embroidery and silk paper making on her site.