i took these polaroids last summer with impossible project film. they are close-ups of cargo containers (i had to trespass for a few of the shots). i still don’t know what to do with them. i’ve considered framing them, but i can’t decide on the layout, or if they should be separate or one big thing. i’ve also considered tying them in with a set of collages i started last year, but i don’t know if i’ll ever get around to finishing them… so i decided to share here. ideas are welcome.
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i finally bound this book for my brother and his wife. it took me a year. everything was ready, all i needed to do was punch holes and bind. a year. oy.
it contains all the photos i took with my fuji instax camera at their wedding on july 4, 2013. all but one photo was shot in landscape format, so orientation of the book is landscape. i found almost all the necessary letters for the cover in my craft stash, but needed to use a “v” for an “a.”
it took me a while to remember how to bind in the coptic style, which is crazy, since there was a time i could bind 5 books in an evening. i sometimes miss those production nights.
i’ve been wanting to put my work on moleskine cahier journals for a while, and last weekend i made a bunch of art history houses (that’s what i’m calling them now) on paper. they look pretty good, but i’m not feeling the OH MY GOD I MADE SOMETHING I LOVE feeling i got when i made the wood version.
so, i’ll wait a bit, see if they grow on me. if they do, they’ll end up in my etsy shop. if they don’t end up there, guess what you’re getting for christmas?
last saturday night i finally made stuff! i finally made houses for the tiny houses swap. the idea formed in february, but the right night to make them was elusive. saturday afternoon i started cutting the shapes from an aspen board, by hand, with my hacksaw and mitre box, and lightly sanded the edges. my niece came over and we played and read books, and when she went to bed i poured a glass of wine and got started.
for the surface, i used the scraps of art history text pages left over from this paper house project. there’s a little picasso, matisse, klee, miro… i cut each piece with a razor blade and glued it down and once i started i couldn’t stop. i even went down to the basement to cut more houses. at 2:00 am, i had 20 houses, and i decided i’d better stop since my niece is an early riser (6:30am!). i am soooo happy with them! and i want to make more! maybe there will be a saturday in may…
it’s week 11 of my weekly habit. here are the last 10. do you follow me on instagram?
it’s been a while since i’ve added something new to my etsy shop, so i’m really excited about my newest set of polaroid magnets: east berlin! all photos in this set where taken by me between december 27, 2013 and january 3, 2014 in east berlin. this is my first set using only impossible project film, and i couldn’t be happier with the results! if you have a love for berlin, you can find them in my etsy shop here.
50th & xerxes
october 26, 2013
impossible project px 680 color protection
do i sacrifice composition because all i want is the subject? of course. is getting great color & contrast with instant film tricky? hell yes! i know my photos aren’t always amazing. i don’t always have time to consider the perfect composition, and with the expense of instant film, i’m hesitant to take numerous shots in order to get the perfect photo. i’ve never claimed to be a professional or talented photographer — i love taking instant photos, and sometimes they are pretty good, and sometimes they suck. i try not to share the photos that suck, but instant photography is something i love, so i’m going to keep taking photos with my polaroid cameras, and i may share terrible photos. it keeps me from sitting glossy-eyed, mouth open, in front of the boob tube in my spare time, and it gives me something to do outside of long work days (now topped with school work). yes, this photograph is sub-par, but i stumbled upon the orange chairs on a sidewalk on a fall day, and i love orange chairs, and fall is pretty cool too, so i’m posting it. (i’m a little on the defensive after finding some harsh criticism about my photography. i’m pretty much over it, and i’m gonna move on. i think. not fishing for compliments, just need to put it out there so it’s said. i’ve closed the comments for this post.)
in last spring’s purge, i came across my collection of driftwood from lake superior, and found i had the perfect sizes of driftwood to make a tree. i remembered seeing a driftwood xmas tree online, so i saved the pieces to make my own. thanksgiving weekend i painted an old ruler gold and glued the pieces down:
and ugh, i hated the result. it just wasn’t right. then a week or so later, i saw a mobile online. it had nothing to do with trees or driftwood (i think it was something like linen bows?) and i realized that i needed to pull the driftwood off the ruler and make a mobile:
that’s much better (but a pain to photograph).
i had to glue on a few lake stones to get the pieces to balance. they don’t really hit each other, but with the right breeze they make a great sound. and it really isn’t that christmas-y, so it can stay up year-round.
last weekend it occurred to me that polaroids of vintage christmas items from december 2011 may be fun as holiday cards. so i rescanned them, arranged layouts, and printed a couple of each polaroid, then put them in my etsy shop. even if they aren’t popular, revisiting my favorite christmas decorations makes me happy.
a few fridays ago, i met the east side girls for a craft night, and we made paper houses. rachel found the templates we used, and i created my houses with pages from an old art history text book.
i had a creative burst of energy at the end of july, and i started working on a series of collages. i was up late on a saturday night, moving pieces of paper around, and i had to force myself to stop at 2 am. i finished 9 that night, 7 more are arranged but not glued down, and i’d like to design 4 more for a total of 20. and then what? i don’t know.
the collage above is my favorite so far. and while i didn’t think it’d take me so long to get back to them, i’m not going to force myself… i will wait for another creative burst of energy.
my first book binding class was during my senior year of college, and in addition to learning different binding techniques, we also learned how to make double-tray clamshell boxes. we made our boxes following the library of congress instructions, boxes for the protection of books.
as the end of the year neared, our instructor told us our final project should be a portfolio of some sort, something to hold work we’ve created. i decided to make a giant clamshell box. dimensions:18 x 14-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.
it took me a full weekend to make, and it was all i did that weekend. i remember sitting on the floor of my tiny apartment in loring park, surrounded by pieces of book board, carefully cutting and measuring, gluing boards together (the tray walls of the clamshell are 2 boards thick), pressing the boards and waiting for them to dry, covering every piece with paper, and all the while keeping track of the paper and board grain to reduce tension that could cause my box to pull apart after a few years.
when i brought it in to class on the day our portfolios were due, my instructor’s eyes widened a bit when she saw my clamshell. apparently i had taken the project too literally, and she was expecting simple folios. i had gone much farther with the project than expected. but it didn’t bother me that i had probably worked harder than anyone else in the class. while creating my portfollio was an intense and complex and nerve-wracking process, i had loved every minute of it.
it’s been stored in the back of a closet for over 15 years, and hasn’t been treated well. it’s dirty, has a little water damage, has been banged around… and when i pulled it out recently the weight of the project boards within it were just too much for the hinges and the top separated from the bottom. i’ve said my goodbyes.
i’ll break my trip down to 4 categories:
i stayed in a hotel across the street from the arch, and i had an amazing view from my window. it was there greeting me in the morning, and the last thing i saw outside in the evening. it’s really a beautiful structure, and i loved being able to spot it from miles away.
when i got to the opening of instant @ gallery 618 friday evening i immediately saw my orange vw bug photo on the wall. eeeee! it was so amazing! and then i continued walking through the gallery and recognized another photo, then another: really?! my photo of m’haha (minnehaha) cleaners and my photo of a clicquot club advertisement were also chosen. i couldn’t believe it. i stood there for a few minutes soaking it in. it was so… wow. wow.
beer beer beer beer beer. it was the tail end of craft beer week, and i definitely made sure i had my fill of craft beer. pre-gallery-opening beer? yes. beer before noon with clogged arteries on a bun at quincy street bistro? yes. beer before you get on the metro to meet your friends for beer on the other side of town? yes. beer with your really lovely dish of chanterelles and asparagus at syndey street cafe? yes. beer before noon again? yikes. and i plan to do it all over again next year.
a huge thank you to the wonderful krissy, who made sure i saw, ate, and drank the best st. louis has to offer. krissy introduced me to some of her friends, including jude, who was absolutely lovely and fabulous. and the amazing jackie was in town with her boys: i whisked her away for an evening for some blubbering and beer. (not my finest hour, jackie! i’ll make it up to you.)
i’m still recovering 3 days later, which is the sign of a great weekend.
last monday i found an email in my spam folder, sent to me 2 days prior, with a subject line of “polaroid film.” the sender mentioned she saw my work in uppercase magazine, and she asked a question about which film to use with her daylab*… my heart skipped a beat at the uppercase mention — really? having my work mentioned in uppercase is a dream of mine! and then i started kicking myself for letting my subscription lapse.** dammit! and i had just seen a pile of uppercase issue 18 at two hands paperie in boulder, colorado, the day before. why didn’t i flip through one? arrrgggg!
and then i realized there was a good chance she had seen a “peep” i had put in a previous issue, promoting my chairs book. and i settled down. it was a peep, it had to be. i answered her film question, but couldn’t help ask which issue she found me in.
the next day the stranger responded. it wasn’t in the peep — she saw my work on page 13 of the latest issue! omg! i couldn’t think of local retailers that carried it, so i decided to renew my subscription to get my hands on a copy. last friday issue 18 arrived. and there i am, page 13, my chair polaroid cards included in a feature about chairs. wow. wow. wow.
i had no idea i’d be in the magazine, and seeing my work there was the creative pick-me-up that i really needed. i spent the weekend doing the types of creative things i haven’t done in months. it feels so amazing. and i’m never letting my subscription lapse again.
acrylic on paper. february 2002.
pen & ink, fall 1992
pencil, spring 1996
pencil, fall 1992
conté crayon, spring 1996