i love it.
photo credit: vivienne strauss
i love it.
photo credit: vivienne strauss
i cleaned out my closet over the weekend and found this silk scarf i painted in a surface fabric design class while in college. i still love the colors, but wow, that is too many fish.
i didn’t feel like going to bed on sunday night, so i stayed up late stamping lots of tags with my fish stamp.
while in chicago, jackie and i stopped at a few stores and i perused the letterpress offerings. a theme became apparent:
crap paper source
a few months ago, i had intended to put a post-it note on my computer screen that said “w.f.h. friday” (working from home friday). the next morning a co-worker emailed me to ask why my post-it said “w.t.f. friday” and why was i upset at friday?! oops. so this card is for her.
denver sole [ sole mates ] nourshing notes
wtfwjd power & light press
what the f*ck would jen do?
happy f*cking birthday paper source
i’ll gift this to someone that loves the f word as much as i do…
happy april, happy weekend!
it is cold here.
last week a big package arrived from a sweet friend in australia. inside:
a handbag, made with koi fabric, made by friend and supervised by her mum (thanks, donnie!).
a sashiko kit! yay! i cannot wait to curl up on the couch and get sewing. it’s got koi on it, too!
ayama made this pouch, and embroidered the decorative elements… i have already filled this one up.
there was lots and lots of inspiration in both magazine and book form (and chocolate form!). there were little notes and drawings from her daughter… and that little fish at the top of the photo? it’s a ring!
i’m sure you heard the brew-ha-ha over the astrological shift. for a while there, i went from an aries to a pisces, which would explain the whole fish thing… but now that the dust has settled i think i’m an aries again. can i be an honorary pisces?
thank you, ayama. xo
i spent thanksgiving with my best and oldest friend and her immediate family… they always welcome me with open arms and make me feel at home. within 20 minutes of my arrival last thursday there was an enormous gift in my arms and when i peeled away the paper and cardboard there was a big fish, made of maple, cut and finished by heather’s dad, who is so wonderful to me.
the fish design is one that i created when making eraser stamps, and heather printed it out and enlarged it times 500 (or more?) for her dad to work with. it’s so big (25 inches from nose to tip of tail), the fish is composed of two boards, seamlessly doweled and glued together…
i’m still not sure what i’m going to do with my new fish. it could be a cutting board, but i don’t think i want knives anywhere near it. i may finish it with some poly. or i could paint it, but i probably won’t do that. i may try to figure out how to put it on a wall. for now, i’m going to let it be until i know exactly where it’s going.
thank you, jerry.
(you, too, heather!)
last thursday in manhattan:
then, and i am not kidding, as we were walking through the ny public library, i spotted a dictionary open to the page above. fish #2.
after the library, cindy and i went to the moma, and i had to show her one of my favorite works, paul klee’s around the fish. she snapped a quick photo of it.
lastly, i took myself out to sushi for dinner that night, and spied the fish on my chopstick wrapper just before the waiter whisked it away.
maybe it’s just me, but maybe the universe was trying to tell me something that day…
frank gehry’s standing glass fish at the walker art center is one of my favorite sculptures, and has been since i was a teen. a few weeks ago i rode my bike to the walker’s sculpture garden and reaffirmed my love.
the fish journals are done, and i’ve put a couple in my etsy shop! i was a little worried they wouldn’t get done this weekend… i was only able to get one bound friday, and it seemed to take forever. but saturday i tried a different set of needles and was able to bind one in 14 minutes flat. and before i knew it, i had sewed all 9. maybe it was the sushi i had for dinner that gave me that extra speed…
i got a lot of other stuff done, too, and i’ll show you throughout the next few weeks… stay tuned!
jenn and i chatted about carving eraser stamps months ago… she even bought us each a few to carve. and they sat in my drawer until last weekend.
painted fish studio doesn’t have a symbol/mark/picture as part of its identity. i prefer the simplicity of a logotype (a logo that consists of typography only). but i thought it’d be fun to carve a few fish that i can use to use when i mail packages, or to decorate notes and tags.
and by having a few different fish, i can pick which fish i want to use based on how i feel that day… modern? traditional? playful?
i sometimes buy wine because of the label. the majority of the time, the wine lives up to the design. but occasionally there are duds. this bottle was one of them, but i drank it anyway.
i didn’t want to waste my $8.99.
this week i finally jumped in and tried emulsion lifts. i first downloaded how-tos from the web in 1999, and they were so intimidating: 120 degree water. tongs. distilled water. 2 pages of instructions. it took me a really long time to get around to trying it.
but it really is pretty simple: boil water, place a photo (peel-apart film, polaroid or fujifilm) into a tray of the hot water until the emulsion begins to peel, then move to cold water to remove the emulsion from the photo backing. place onto a sheet of paper. that’s the jist of it!
the photo above was created using my daylab slide printer. the slide was created from a photo i took in chinatown new york a few years ago. i still need to fiddle and figure out how to reduce the rolling on the edges, but i’m ready for that challenge and am looking forward to making more transfers.