Wednesday, September 14, 2011

what is david byrne up to these days...

he has squished the earth beneath the high line
an elevated park on a former rail line in chelsea
in new york city

read the article on artinfo

i always like his bike racks
and how controversial they became

he also has some fake iphone apps
on exhibit at the pace gallery
called social media
with miranda july 
among others
they're pretty entertaining
i would link it here 
but i cant get the page to load
so why send you there

just to remember...
his playing the building installation
in sweden, new york and london

Sunday, September 11, 2011

jewelry making and the influence of the choo...

kiff slemmons studio

satomi kawai

both studied at the university of iowa
with professor chunghi choo

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

wise words jack

be in love with your life

every detail of it

-jack kerouac

Sunday, September 4, 2011

design for a living world at the chicago field museum

on our way to chicago
before we headed to the airport for our flight to england
we stopped at the chicago field museum
to see the exhibit

different artists and designers
exhibited pieces composed of natural
and renewable resources
that were mostly local to the artist

the entire exhibit was great
but the real reason we went
was because 
christien mienderstma's
giant cable knit wool rug
was there!

each section is made from the organic wool of one individual sheep
that lives at lava lake ranch in idaho
christein is from the netherlands
but she travels to the farm in idaho to meet with the famers
and the sheep

i was so psyched about seeing this in person
it is truly inspiring
i was so excited that i forgot to take pictures of anything else
she also had a display of different papers made from the fibers
of native plants that grow in the chicago area
it was also beautiful
as were the pieces from the other artists
who also deserve mention
but apparently not pictures...

Thursday, July 21, 2011


i have noticed a change in my pottery

something happened
i am not sure what
but today
these forms were emerging

as i would center the clay
i would decide what type of vessel
it would become

i now am learning
the basic skills

start with a cylinder
and allow it to change

i see pottery everyday
but not the way i saw it in this

this is clary
she is so friendly

an example of her beautiful work
there are so few images available online
she says she is not connected
in a way that artists
today have to be
to make a living

yet she still manages to do it

when i last went to her studio
in ely, ia
she mentioned that students
today wouldn't want a
teacher like her

i beg to differ

pottery is a slow art form
you cant rush it
clary is a calming energy
she describes pottery
with a unique beauty
it's no wonder she creates
such beautiful pieces

a pbs documentary
clary illian: a year in the life

i havent even seen the whole thing yet
and i cant wait
literally on the edge of my seat
right now

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

who inspires me...

tonight i sat and watched videos
of warren mackenzie
throwing on a wheel

i tend to question
every decisions
i've ever made

my mind is always running

when i am throwing
on the wheel
i am challenged to let go
of my thoughts
and to just let the clay
move between my fingers

i am choosing to live in a way
that doesn't come easily
for me
because it's a direction
in which
i've always wanted
to go

to share with you a piece
of what i strive to do,
here is a video of
warren mackenzie

master potter
and someone who
inspires me

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


a reminder to keep going
we all have to start somewhere
if we want to end up anywhere

Sunday, June 26, 2011

be that kind of friend

"keep away from people

who try

to belittle your


small people always do that,

but the really great

make you feel that you too,

can become


when you are seeking

to bring big plans

to fruition,

it is important

with whom you regularly


hang out with friends

who are like-minded

and who are




similarly be

that kind of friend

for your friends."

-mark twain

Saturday, June 25, 2011

jewelry making introduction...

my second project
for intro to jewelry making
was an attempted mobius
out of silver
which was way out of my price range

so i decided to try
12 gauge aluminum instead
after hammering away for many hours
i decided to switch things up
and due to the limited time span
i did a simple twist
hammered texture on the outside
wire mesh texture on the inside

not perfect
but a good beginning

my first project
was a pair of 22 gauge copper earrings
special chunghi choo patina
gives them the beautiful
blue and black
they are my "virgin piece"

these are a few extra bits and pieces
that i made in the mean time
i loved to play with
heat coloring copper

there will definitely be more pieces
to come...

ReStyled Leg Warmers

the first knitting project
i ever completed for myself
was a double moss stitch
super long scarf
with noro silk garden
i found at the knitting shoppe

over the years as my scarf patterns have evolved
this lovely scarf was lost in the back
of the closet
and rarely worn

to give this yarn new life
i purchased the
12" addi turbo circular needles
and whipped up these simple
and gorgeous
leg warmers!

i can't wait to wear them tucked under my boots

or folded over to shorten them up

Sunday, April 10, 2011


new york artist
so much expression
such accuracy

illustrator, engraver and painter
art in a commercial venue


Wednesday, April 6, 2011


xia xiaowan
from Beijing
3-dimensional art
on multiple layers of glass

they are just wild
i cant imagine creating this
it's amazing

you can see the classical influence of da Vinci
the musculature
close detail to anatomy
you can almost hear them screaming

"human being humanity"
-Xia Xiaowan

read the article here on dont panic online magazine