studio journal

Solace in decay, or who needs action when you've got words?

Solace in decay, or who needs action when you've got words?

We've listened to Meat Puppets ll a few times this week at home and in the studio. What is it about his voice? It's ... not good ....

aggregations.

aggregations.

This aggregation of form must be like the slow building of a snail shell. The work is in just adding to what’s there: starting at that one spot where the growth left off, working your way around but always spiraling outward, always adding on to — each movement contributing to something larger. Aggregations.
I Came, I Saw, I Designed Outside The Lines.

I Came, I Saw, I Designed Outside The Lines.

Gayle using fruit as pattern weights, as you do when you're a rebel, a sewist, and a baker.
"I am abusing the concept of ruffles."

"I am abusing the concept of ruffles."

Phil blurts: "You're abusing the concept of everything!" He waves his arm to include Mike. "That's what you do! Both of you." I do not protest.
Remembering Norma Bliss, who has taken flight

Remembering Norma Bliss, who has taken flight

I had purple hair and drove a ’67 Chevy Caprice I had glued things to and painted … and she wore black wings and drove her ostentatiously large shiny red pickup truck with her name emblazoned on the front! It only made sense that we’d meet up in her driveway and chat.
This Shoe Was Stolen From Russell F. Speirs, who took this picture ...

This Shoe Was Stolen From Russell F. Speirs, who took this picture ...

... he made up for it by mailing me fantastic Thurber-esque cartoons, some of which I didn't realize were also adult-esque until years later. (A well-endowed woman wearing pearls with the caption "Whose cellar door is good for sliding down? Mrs. Gotrocks, that's who!")
Secret Lentil at Design Outside The Lines

Secret Lentil at Design Outside The Lines

... our theme is "Form Study" — or as I like to call it, "informed chaos" — an exploration of how improvising with forms can help you open up (and/or revolutionize!) the creative process in your sewing work. 
Thou Shalt Not Mumble Obscenities About Big Bird

Thou Shalt Not Mumble Obscenities About Big Bird

I don't want to curse PBS because, well, Big Bird for starters, but if I'm honest with you I have cursed them EVERY DAY since their new building ruined my soft afternoon light and replaced it with harsh sideways glare
patents, pencils, freakin' laser beams

patents, pencils, freakin' laser beams

I think of making spaces as sacred. Not in some precious sense — just the opposite. ...They are the physical space where ideas in our heads come into the world. They are sacred because they're where shit gets real. 
artifacting: the creation of artifacts.

artifacting: the creation of artifacts.

Artifact. Artifacting. Artifacted. I remain interested in the creation of artifacts. We are drawn to objects with provenance, with history, dra...
the loneliness of the hard-working dung beetle

the loneliness of the hard-working dung beetle

I like dung beetles. And I mean really like – a dung beetle pushing a ball of dung is on my short list for tattoo number three. (If that seems gross to you just refer to it as a scarab – oh yes, it's suddenly so noble!) They are a nice shape. They represent intense transformation. They seem sincere and comical at the same time, and I relate to that. And then there's the whole without them we would be drowning in poop factor.