Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

my point of view

olmec at lacma, sf clouds, the magic hour, to dye for at deyoung, carol's collections, hands, romanian folk art and zandra rhodes at mingei, a's heart bday cake

Sunday, October 03, 2010


my shadow with netting, crochet, immersion dyeing, drying marigolds, pompoms for a 75th birthday, block of black sugar, and tofu dinner

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

more pretty things

playing with the sticker dots from my Ermie order, got totally mesmerized for a good 20 minutes and then some more the next day; my first dyeing project, wowza; gorgeous tomatoes also from Jennifer, thank you!!; Sheila Hicks rocks from a textile book at the library.

more nature please

Note to self: More nature, more balance.

It's amazing how refreshed and rejuvinated, and therefore productive I been these last several weeks. This, a result of being immersed in nature in the weeks previous. This means unplugged and forced to adjust to peace and quiet. Reminding myself that it's so important to keep that balance because it's so easy to get caught up and forget. It seems the only way to survive in an urban lifestyle. Hoping this trip and weekend hikes will sustain me through the rest of the year.

around town as summer winds down

I've been obsessed with old rugs, moroccan bag and rug at Mosaik; sesame soymilk at Viet Soy; Sum Vespertine wallpaper at Walnut Wallpaper; Perhaps a birthday cake in the ref at Little Flower; and S's zoris.

Monday, August 30, 2010

big pants

I made the biggest pair of pants at Haystack. This was in response to an amazing pair of silk pants previously owned by an Indian maharaja. Funny, fun, crazy, wonderful, random but not. We added the shapes that afternoon because the wind and sun's rays were making these amazing shadows.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

the woods

bits of my walks through the woods at haystack...

kai's place

kai sent us this pic of us at her place cozying up in her living room in boston. just like old times...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Losing Our Cool

Losing Our Cool is a book about the consequences air conditioning has had on the environment and people's health...

That was one of the chief reasons I wrote the book was the ill ease I felt in going through neighborhoods that I knew had once been very lively places in the summer and then turned into dead zones. You would not see any human life out there, and the only sound would be the compressors and fans on the air conditioners. And I really do believe that what has been called by one author "nature deficit disorder" is a problem that has been facilitated by air conditioning. You can make a dark home entertainment center with cool, still, dry air a lot more appealing than a meadow, say, in summer. - author Stan Cox

Radio segment heard here.

thought about textiles

Textiles embody the creative vision of cultures that produced them.  
- Gerhardt Knodel

Monday, July 12, 2010

don't go chasing waterfalls

Did a serious hike in Escondido Park in Malibu this past weekend. It was amazing, but we did not know what we were getting ourselves into! The saying for the day - Don't go chasing waterfalls!!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

sewing lately

I've been on a serious sewing kick lately. Trying to get my skills up to date for Haystack. With the help of Jin at Common Thread who reminded me of the word improvise, Cal Patch's book, and some YouTube videos, I've managed to get over my sewing hump and am finally feeling liberated.
Made 3 cute summer tank tops, one using a classic seersucker fabric I've had in a drawer for over a year now cut on the bias and the other straight grain using echino fabric, green one is being re altered. Love them and have worn them too much already. 

Altered a dress from a size large to a medium. Bought it on sale so no returns. Took in the sides and part of the shoulders. Wow. I learned more about the intuitive feel of clothing construction and how those little pins that tailors use to "take in" a garment becomes a perfect fit. It's not about cutting a straight line, but making it seem like a straight line when you wear it. 2d vs 3d perhaps?

And this last week and a half involved making a pattern from an existing top I already have. This is the top with sleeves. This has been the biggest aha moment. The tracing tool is brilliant and yes, I have a closet full of clothes I want to recreate. Lots of work, but worth it if the style and fit are right.

More fabric to last me till the end of the summer!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

happy 4th

I LOVE fireworks. We went to our local park to see these. So fun and great to gather with the community! It's been 30 years since they've put on a show. According to our local councilman and thanks to private sponsors, the reality was to bring people's spirits up from the high unemployment.  Happy July 4th and thanks to all our troops and veterans for their service.
PS. ...and I think this is still Venus (per Lou) in plain sight!