Tuesday, March 31, 2009
check out these sweet sleepy sheep from etsy seller namolio.
march has flown by, and i am proud to say that i was able to successfully post here every day of it! i enjoyed the discipline of daily posting, and i think i will try to keep it up for april.
my other goals for march were to join and attend a yoga class regularly (i did that too!). cutting out sugar and drinking less coffee are ongoing projects... (wink).
Monday, March 30, 2009
these lovely creations were made by the very talented felt maker elizabeth armstrong. you can see her flickr stream here.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
i love the little felt houses, of course!
and she also makes flat works. she sells all of it in her etsy shop, and i first heard about mummysam via jars of cute.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
and the winner of the felt flower giveaway...lucky number 2! congratulations yamani, your flowers will go out in tomorrow's mail.to pick the winning number, i used a die from monopoly, a game i haven't played in years (although i did play one time after college, and my friends got into a huge fight). but i love the game pieces, from when my brother and i used to play monopoly for hours and hours as kids. here's the wheelbarrow, for everyone thinking about spring and gardening.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
today's 'biz ladies '09' feature on d*s is all about PR, with this great overview by alisa carrol, and more detailed advice about putting together a media kit from the smart ladies of BAKERY. really great concise and insightful advice for anyone with their own crafty business.
Monday, March 23, 2009
it's so great to see felt getting showcased like this. from their website:
This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, felting requires little technological expertise and is an extremely versatile material. The exhibition will begin with historic examples of felts, showcase innovations in handmade felts, and feature contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings. The exhibition is being organized by Susan Brown, assistant curator, Textiles.
check out their blog about the exhibit to see a comprehensive felt video that serves as the introduction to the show.
and also these fabulous sketches by feltmaker janice arnold who has created a mongolian style felt yurt for the exhibition! yes, that's right, a yurt. awesome.
this shows looks like it is truly amazing. it will be at cooper hewitt through september, and i think that it may travel after that.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
you may have seen the striking work of this israeli artist before, like these pomegranates. so pretty, and such a wonderful combination of material, form and craft.
yoola also makes smaller items and sells tutorials and kits if you want to try this fabulous idea yourself. in an article for the etsy stork shop makeover series, she talked about the process of diversifying her shop. i love that she weighed the pros and cons of making tutorials available, went for it, and was successful.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
hmm, suddenly i have the urge to make felt daffodils.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
BAKERY is also a great new resource for today's crafty business owner. the women behind this new site have a wealth of experience in publishing and marketing, and their blog regularly offers concise tips that are smart and easy.
of course, the switchboards, founded in 2004 to support women in business, is the classic go-to resource for any question you might be having about running a small business.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
i'm also giving away 2 felt flowers!
leave a comment on this post, and i'll pick a winner at random on march 25th. international entries welcome.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
by the way, i just saw the soda bread recipe on CRAFT, which i definitely want to try.
cabbage and potatoes, of course!and corned beef!
Monday, March 16, 2009
one of the things i was most excited about seeing in portland was mandy greer's installation at the museum of contemporary craft. entitled 'dare alla luce,' it was originally commissioned for the bellevue art museum last year, but i missed it then, and have been waiting to see the portland installation. i was also really looking forward to my first visit to the museum of contemporary craft, which is an amazing addition to the pacific northwest art and craft scene.
unfortunately, on sunday when i tried to go with a few crafty pals, we found out too late that they have seasonal hours (=closed on sunday as well as monday through may!) boo.
perhaps this is an excuse to make another trip to portland in april, when the museum will be holding a screening of faythe levine's new documentary 'handmade nation' , a panel discussion, and also a crochet-a-long with mandy. yup. that sounds awesome.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
i came into portland when the late afternoon sun was lighting up the town.
between two trips to powell's books (ahhh, wonderful powells) i had really yummy (and super healthy-organic and vegan) lunch at the blossoming lotus in portland's pearl district.
Friday, March 13, 2009
i'm off to portland for the weekend, and i am so excited to see some old friends and some cool stuff.
before i leave, i wanted to share this amazing jewelry by cythina del guidice, from argentina. they are made of fused plastic grocery bags! using fused plastic to make this and that and totes and jackets has been going on for a while, but this use of the material is the best i've seen.
she sells these and other lovely jewelry in her etsy shop: http://cynthiadelgiudice.etsy.com
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
his work is also on display at the greg kucera gallery until march 28th (image from the gallery website).
and what looks to be the most amazing, kentridge is also directing 'the return of ulysses', the first opera for the brand new pacific operaworks company, which includes life size puppetry by the south african handspring puppet company. wow. the first show is tomorrow night (march 11) at the moore theater in seattle, and there are also shows on march 13, 14, 20, and 21st.
Monday, March 09, 2009
he works in a variety of media, but what i find most striking is his video art, which he makes by drawing large charcoal sketches and altertering them by smudging out, erasing, redrawing, and layering. he then creates animation by photographing these drawing as he alters them. the results are stunning. he also make lovely shadow puppets.
the image above is from the henry art gallery, where an exhibit of his work is on display until may 3rd, 2009.
tonight i am going to see his performance, "I am not me, the horse is not mine:"
This performance, first presented by exhibiting artist William Kentridge at the Sydney Biennale in 2008, combines live performance, animation, narration, and a vocal and instrumental soundtrack. The work continues Kentridge’s investigation of the roots and trajectory of modernism, drawing on instances of censorship and brutal artistic repression from the Stalinist era of Russian history.
i'm pretty sure it's going to be awesome!!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
via etsy's spotlight feature in the stork.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
my mom went through a cheese making phase when i was little. i just remember slicing through the curd (?) midway through the process. and being fascinated by the texture, and process of slicing into even cubes both horizontally and vertically. strange, but i can't remember tasting the cheese at all.
anyway, this ricotta recipe looks very easy, and sounds yummy.