Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fork of the Future



I can't recall this Artists name at the moment but I will find it and add it asap.

For the next 24 hours I will be glazing like a mad woman. I got my Rock Star drinks (which I think are totally gross but indeed do the job of keeping me awake) and Kyle’s collection of Henry Rollins audios of his standup comedy performances. Henry Rollins can keep your attention like no other and is funny as hell. So yeah, gonna be glazing and when this week is all over I will feel accomplished and strong because I can still pull all nighters like the best of them. Wish I could share a pic of the ciaos of our apartment by alas my camera battery is dead and I can’t find the charger. But here is an image to start your day right and a little story from last week I forgot to post.
Story:
Some odd days ago I was mashing up bananas for some zucchini bread with this serving fork that I inherited from my grandmothers estate. It’s a gorgeous Fork with decorations on the handle of leaves and some acorns which I’m admiring as I mash away on these bananas. But then I notice there is a bit of text inlayed on the back of the handle. After a little squint of the eyes I see it was made in 1847.
“WOW” I think to my self. This must have been in my family for generations and here I am making bread with it. I am mashing bananas with a fork that is over a hundred sixty years old, which is blowing MY MIND. And then I realize that if I don’t have children and no one else in my family has children, this fork will end up in some stranger’s house someday. I know that could happen regardless of having children but I’m thinking this is a family heirloom and it needs to continue being so. And the thought that this fork will no longer be in the family starts to make me sad now.
So then I start thinking about having children, but I’ll have to think about it a bit more on the basis that having children for the sake of a fork seems a little ridiculous. But all the same, if I do have a child I can say to them that they owe their lives to this fork. Which at that point I will have framed and hung in the dinning area so they can stare at this very lovely fork every time they sit down for a meal and wonder how they partly owe their existence to this small piece of metal.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Beaten over the head with an artist bio



JANE ALMIRALL


Have I ever mentioned how painful it is to write an artist bio about yourself. Its similar to chewing on tin foil, makes me shutter just thinking about it. So to get some ideas I am researching other artists bios and artist statements and all the while wondering, is this really how they feel or what they think about? Do all other artists have these deep motivations because I don't! My thoughts revolve around being happy, have a sense of humor, enjoy life and don't forget to recycle and reduce. I realize I sound like a card found by the checkout counter or part of a Saturday morning public announcement commercial but I really just make work based on my current whims of interest. I wonder if I could get away with "I live to make and I make to live."

I just wandered across Jane Almirall's web page on the Internet and really enjoyed this drawing of hers. I am going though a bird faze but who isn't really?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Craft Fair Rush



Somehow the fact that I have a month off of work without pay just passed my mind. I thought my summer break was two weeks long but no, a month. Which is great because now I have time to enjoy my summer, but not so great if I don't want to dip into my savings account.

So what's a girl to do? Craft fair it out I guess! After a little search and talk with my Buddy Drea we are applying for the Handmade NW show. I'm crossing my fingers that we get in.

Image time:
The image above is a bowl of mine that's on sale at the Bloomington Clay Studio right now. Other images of work they have for sale is up on my flickr account.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cut & paste my heart away




Emmanuel Polanco


I found artist Emmanuel Polanco's sweet web page by way of Modern Craft. I after a short moment of exploring I found this piece and well I got inspired to say the least. It gave me some ideas on layering fragments of pattern and image. Ahh I love the internet. So many discoveries, so little time.

Thanks Modern Craft!