Monday, March 10, 2014

Working small

A sample of Calder's micro creations.  I really love them.

He's got a great eye.  Given a pile of LEGOs, I would never end up with the types of things he makes.  His little fingers finesse the pieces into small compositions with a personality, a grace, a randomness that becomes a beautiful, functional synthesis.  My mind is blown on a regular basis.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 27

Yesterday, making our way North.  Evening, around 5:45.

Today, heading back South.  Mid-day, around 1.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 25

My artist friend, Shannon, is taking a painting class.  The instructor suggested the students try an extra project collaborating with another artist, so Shannon asked me if I'd like to make something together.

We met today and spent a few hours working with painting and clay.

It was inspiring to see Shannon so willing to explore outside her comfort zone.  And I love the way what we are making draws on our strengths as well as techniques with which we're not as familiar.   I think when we're done, it's going to be pretty great.  The mystery, loss of control, and not knowing where this piece is headed makes it all the better.

** All photos by Shannon Finley **

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 24

Patching hand-me-downs.  Stitching stripes to stripes.

Repairing when and where I can is great especially when the clothes have made it this far.  Lake is the fourth kid to wear this shirt… Zutano clothes sure can last!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 23

From last night…

White Russians in honor of Gwynne Goldberg while watching the Kenny Werner Trio play at Jimmy Mak's in Portland.

And a few other things I didn't make, but really enjoyed eating/drinking:

Americano @ Heart
Meyer Lemon and Key Lime creme-filled @ Blue Star Donuts
Everything @ Wilder: Goat cheese stuffed Peppadew Peppers, Fried Cauliflower, The Burger, Fried Chicken w/ Parsnip+Potato mash and slaw, the Flourless Chocolate Cake, and the Honey Fern cocktail… all so so good!

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 21

Meow.  Zzzzzzzz……..

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 20

I completed the memory/story/prayer card folder for my friend's mama's memorial.

Binder's board covered with cardstock weight paper.  Spine added and bound to covers with book 
• Ribbon tie for closure, glued ends recessed into pared away area inside covers to keep the surface
  flush.  (I love this trick even though it always feels so "point of no return" like cutting your knitting.)
• Folded pockets from cardstock attached to inside covers and trimmed out with additional paper for a  
  finished appearance.
• Adhesive throughout: Talas Jade 403
• I *heart* my bone folder

Sorry to geek out on the supplies, but I remember gathering all these items for my Book Arts class in college, and the instructor was very specific about our materials.  I adopted her respect for these things, and have appreciated having them in my toolbox many times over ever since.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 18

In lieu of quiet studio time I give you a sneak peak at the "storm before the calm" of bedtime.

This is my first attempt with iMovie.  Interesting.  Not something I'm feeling called to mess around with, but a new-to-me tool to play with nevertheless.

In other video news… I'm looking forward to watching this tonight.  And I did find his interview with James Turrell very interesting.  Calder was captivated too.  Also, the boys (all of us, really) are enjoying these cat-related video bits here, here, and here.  

Oh! and it looks like Max has a new friend!  He and Jim Brown have made it past the hard part and are getting along really well.  I think we might even catch them snuggled up together in the near future.  Jim is so docile with the kids… unbelievably so, really.  I'm happy he's here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 17

I think I'm gonna need a second piece.

Six-Minute Chocolate Cake from my copy of Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home.

I used Black Onyx cocoa powder along with the regular cocoa, spelt + w.w. flour, and went the coffee route.  The book's suggestion to serve the cake with a fresh orange compote (a mixture of cut fresh orange sections, marmalade and orange liqueur) sounded great.  

Sifted together, the dry ingredients formed a Painted Hills-esque cinder cone of brown and white powders reminding me of Roden Crater.  I recommend this video of James Turrell and his work, and look forward to finishing this one later tonight.

A Month of Making :: February 16

Still working on it… pleased with the progress.

Also, hoping the new guy, (yes, cat #3,) can find it in his kitty heart to warm up to Max.   Max would really love a friend, and Jim Brown is a lover, but it's going to take him a bit to adjust.