It’s been a while. I’ve been off posting on other parts of the interweb. Have you seen my pinboards? I’ve also been working on new art projects, many of which are yet to be photographed. Things to look forward to.
SO. Did you have a nice summer? How is your autumn going? Hope you enjoy these balloons, I found them here.
Some tea towels I packaged up today, getting ready to bring them to Unique LA this weekend.
Some small collages I made last week. I’m pretty excited about this series of collages, it feels nice to be putting things in order. I’ll be bringing lots of new work to Unique LA this weekend, although I have lots more to do before then.
I’ve been working hard this month setting up a shop for my print studio, Flight 64. I’ve got it pretty well stocked now, so check out the Flight 64 Shop and see what my Portland printmaking friends have been up to (and buy some original art)!
*Above work by Josh Hulst, Misha Capecchi, Erin Dollar (me), Sean O’Connor, and Rebecca Boraz.
This is an (admittedly bad) photo of the quilt I’m working on. This is from last night, after I spent way too long laying out all the triangles and deciding where everything should go. I only remembered to take a photo of it at night, so the colors in this photo are a bit wonky…I just wanted to show you my progress! I started sewing the triangles into strips today.
I’ve already learned a lot from this first quilting project. I think next time I will experiment with more solid colors and maybe more abstract prints. I wanted to print all my own patterns for this quilt, but I just kept putting it off, so that will have to be saved for another project.
in my (seemingly neverending) quest to teach myself things that i didn’t learn in school, i am starting a new project. i am going to try to design bookcovers, without much of a clue as to how that process works. i made up this cover this afternoon, using an old photo of mine, and an idea for a book title that has been rolling around in my head for a while. obviously, covers i make in the future will be meant to cover both sides of a book, and have all the important details (author, etc.) but i thought this was a starting point. plus, i think sentimental posters are an idea in their prime.
i planted these a few weeks ago, and i am pretty sure they are already pissed off at me. why can’t i keep plants alive and healthy looking?
After almost two months with only minimal stuff on the walls, I finally put up a small fraction of my envelope collection over my couch. I love looking at them every morning, reminds me of why I started collecting them in the first place. Amazing how these little things I dug out of post office recycling bins ended up bringing me a so much happiness.
maybe a better title for this blog would be “things i want to call and tell nina about, but don’t want to call three times a day because she’ll think i’m insane.” suits my life right now.
so, despite the madness that’s been consuming my days, i’ve kept on target for 52 in 52 so far. here’s what i’ve read so far:
Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food, which started off with great questions and interesting ideas, and ended with what i found to be obnoxious first world “solutions,” which are inaccessible (however visionary and appealing) to most people.
Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty. I like her. She thinks like us, in the sense that she finds the minutea of everyday life interesting.
Shalom Auslander, Foreskin’s Lament made me feel clued in to a lot of the trials of growing up in a strict Jewish community. Really funny, he’s got a great wry sense of humor.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet. Everyone says this is a life changing book to read, therefore I assumed I would be annoyed by it. I actually felt like I could relate to a lot of what he was saying, though, especially about alone-ness being a creative force in one’ life.
William McDonough & Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle… I liked it, especially in terms of the ideas they put forward about completely flipping the ideas about how/why we make things. I love the concept of trying to create things that are actually useful/helpful once they are discarded, and thinking about the entire life of goods, instead of just how we will use them in our own lives. I felt like it got kinda technical and jargon-y at the end though… I am probably a bad environmentalist for admitting that the last 1/4 of the book was kind of a drag to finish.
Bill Buford’s Heat is about his time working for Mario Batali, as well as working with food and chefs/artisans all over Europe. Mario Batali is one of the most interesting characters in this book, he is completely insane (I’d love to hang out with him). Proof of craziness:
So, this is my one hundredth post here! That’s weird, considering how short a time I’ve been posting here… In honor of this excellently numbered post, I will post an excellently numbered list: the books I read this year. 52 books in 52 weeks ended up being 44 and change, but I am still glad I tried! Not exactly an impressively literary list, but here it is, roughly in order of how they were read.
1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
2. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
3. You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
4. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
5. Maus by Art Spiegelman
6. Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me ed. by Ben Karlin
7. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
8. The Mole Sisters series by Roslyn Shchwartz
9. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
10. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
11. A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body by Lauren Weedman
12. As the World Burns: 50 Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan
13. Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith
14. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
15. Dogs and Water by Anders Nilsen
16. The Littlest Hitler by Ryan Boudinot
17. The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
18. At a Crossroads by Kate Williamson
19. The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken
20. Quiet, Please by Scott Douglas
21. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
22. Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill
23. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
24. Joseph by Nicolas Robel
25. Print Liberation by Nick Paparone, Jaime Dillon, and Lurin Jenison
26. The Diary of Frida Kahlo
27. Watchmen by Alan Moore
28. Screenprinting by Robert Adam and Carol Robertson
29. Monologues for the Coming Plague by Anders Nilsen
30. Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
31. Maus II by Art Spiegelman
32. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and other Stories by Carson McCullers
33. Craft, Inc. by Mateo Ilasco
34. A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson
35. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
36. The New Kings of Nonfiction ed. by Ira Glass
37. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
38. All the Names by Jose Saramago
39. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
40 and 41. Two Love and Rockets collections, by the Hernandez brothers
42. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
43. By it’s Cover by Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger
44. That Salty Air by Tim Sievert
45-52? Countless art books that I kept on my desk this year as references… mostly pictures, but I certainly learned something from them!
top three of the year: All the Names by Saramago, Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut, and The Savage Detectives by Bolaño. Woo hoo!
I don’t think this is something I will do very often, but I took a couple photos today on my walk, and wanted to show you. I was walking around my old grade school, which was shut down last year.
The bunny in my backyard got snowed on!