Friday, May 28, 2010

books and more books

From time to time, I've seen photos of books and favorite pages posted on other people's blogs. These are some of my favorite kinds of posts to read.

I've been an avid collector of books since I was in high school, and to this day, one of my favorite things to look at when I'm visiting someone is their book collection.

In the spirit of sharing alike, here are a few of my favorites, some of the books that I keep in my favorite bookcase.

What are your favorite books, and where do you keep them?

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Thursday, May 27, 2010


I always love seeing what other people are working on, so here are a few pages from my sketchbook.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Andy Goldsworthy

I've had this picture in my inspiration file for quite a while, and maybe it's seeing a wintry scene complete with snow when it's so hot and humid outside, but I'm really loving thinking about this piece this morning.

  Andy Goldsworthy
Storm King Wall, 1997- 1998
field stone, approx. 5' x 2,278' overall

I discovered the work of Andy Goldsworthy when I was in college, and I've loved it ever since. How can I not love the work of someone who makes so many beautiful and structurally sound stacks?

Storm King Wall is installed at the Storm King Art Center, an amazing art park in New York state. Unfortunately, this piece wasn't installed when I visited years and years ago. I need to make sure to pay a visit the next time I'm up north!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

summer goals

I'm late, as usual, with my monthly goals. I've realized that I'm getting really overwhelmed with my gigantic monthly lists and that I end up repeating myself a lot, so I think a bit of restructuring is in order. Summer goals seem like a better fit, and I can still check in ever month and cross things off (I LOVE crossing things off the list... maybe a little too much?).

So, without further ado, here are my summer goals:

Firm Deadlines: 
- May 16 talk CFAL (whoops, that was yesterday, but I think I should still get to cross it off in June)
- finish custom orders (woohoo!)
- June, July, August BRAM
- art show entries from calender
- line sheet / catalog  (by August 1)
- submit to design blogs (by September 1)

Projects that have been hanging out on the list for too long and need to get crossed off so i can move on with my life:
- write up 3 patterns (for blog / submission)
- finish orange quilt
- art quilts / small texture language pieces from sketchbook (photos and show entries)
- fleur de lys pattern (SERIOUSLY!)
- photos of all new items taken, edited and posted
- full size samples
- photos of quilts already finished
- how to batik for blog (video / pics?)

- maintain ongoing marketing efforts
- implement at least 3 new marketing ideas / reach out in 3 new directions
- check with biz and marketing plans, evaluate progress and direction
- follow up on existing store/gallery leads
- 5 - 10 new store/gallery leads
- 5 - 10 new deadlines added to calender

-determine what to carry for holidays and how much (how many markets?)
-design new patterns and dye swatches for new holiday / fall / winter colors
-full-size samples
-begin production

whew! I feel so much better now that I'm not carrying that all around in my head.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

vintage japanese bookcovers

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with twitter, but one of the things that keeps the love going is when I find something beautiful and amazing. Yesterday I stumbled across  this photostream of vintage Japanese book covers which blew me away. 

Here are a few of my favorites.

In addition to the book covers, there are magazine covers and quite a bit of other amazing ephemera in A Journey Round My Skull's photostream.

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RT @CarinBerger : RT @strng : RT @thebookdesigner:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

fresh from the pot

I couldn't resist taking a few shots of my newest fabric as it hung on the line, fresh from the boiling pot.

swanson stripe : perse / ocean
hand dyed batik, bleach discharge, overdye 
100% cotton : 70" x 90"

For reference: each of the blue stripes is about 1" wide.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

new : pillow slips

I've been wanting to make some throw pillow slips for so long now, but I never could seem to get them together, until now! Horray!

 5 o'clock crows pillow slips : hand dyed batik
colorway : spice & cherry pop / pattern : hex stripe

5 o'clock crows pillow slips : hand dyed batik
colorway : spice / pattern : trellis

5 o'clock crows pillow slips : hand dyed batik
colorway : perse / pattern : trellis

For more, check out my etsy shop.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

wolfgang laib

Wolfgang Laib is an amazing artist who has done quite a bit of work with pollen, among other things.

Wolfgang Laib

Wolfgang Laib / Untitled / 1998
pollen from hazelnut / height: 2 3/4 " (7 cm)

Here's a video of Laib's show, Frieze of Life, at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York in 2009.

I'm fascinated with Laib's use of color and natural materials, and especially his emphasis on process and ritual. I love thinking about the scale of the materials, just how many tiny bits of pollen are required to create one piece, and then the time and process involved in collecting it. As austere as Laib's finished pieces may appear, I can't help but engage with the richness of thought behind them.


Wolfgang Laib at Sperone Westwater
Laib at Sean Kelly Gallery
Laib at Journal of Contemporary Art

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