Saturday, April 27, 2013

You Still Got TIme

Beatrice Wood, artist. Her most productive years were from age 80 to 105. "I owe it all to art books, chocolate and young men."

                                                         Photo by Tony Cunha 1986

Her Autobiography - love the title!

On the cover of this interesting exploration

Some of her work from 1960
Love the colours
Age: 67

Thinking of new work I bet...

You got a story, you got work to do, baby you got time.
 Get to it.
To the Lindt mobile Robin!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The finishing touches / Circle of Life/ Hooking Hellaciously

When you are getting dressed there is always a little something you do to finish off or polish your look. I like scarves and fairly strange necklaces and recently after a long hiatus, I've begun to wear earrings once again.
I thought I had an allergy to metal but with a rest of 6 or 7 years it appears I've healed myself. So I'm happily back amassing earrings. The latest ones favour this silver smith, Louise Jarvis of Owen Sound. I find her at the Farmer's Market on Saturday Mornings.

I have a strong belief that topics go around and make the rounds.

INCOMING HINT: Ideas are like that too, for goodness sake if you get one act on it as soon as possible before someone else seizes your day. Ideas want a home and if you put them off they will go next door or beyond to roost.

And now back to earrings and how they are topical.
Today on Art for Housewives she talked at great length on earrings and of course all the very fine ladies of Advanced Style are polished off with wonderful arrays and styles of ear jewels. It is a joy just to see them.

It was required if you were anyone of worth to have more than one hole in your lobe during high school.
And now there is a whole chart of possibilities:

With names no less.
 Types of earring: 1) Helix/Cartilage, 2) Industrial, 3) Rook, 4) Daith, 5) Tragus, 6) Snug, 7) Conch, 
8) Anti-Tragus, 9) Lobe

So much to do with a circle and a hole!!

Speaking of circles and holes, here is my Circle of Life January Journal 2013 rug, my WIP that will not RIP

I hope you are finding time to both array your self splendidly and hook hellaciously. There is time enough for dull when we are dead!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Favourite Rug Store

Right this minute my favourite rug store is having a sale. 60% off. 
Here is the one I picked out.
I love it!

 Divine coloration and detail, yes?
Plenty of inspiration for us!

 The details:

This Semi-Antique Authentic Persian Kerman rug is hand-knotted of 100% Kork and has 400 knots per square inch. Kork is the very finest quality wool obtained from the shoulder and flanks of shearling lambs.
Colors found in this rug include: Light Blue, Beige, Blue, Brown, Burgundy, Green, Ivory, Light Green, Light Brown, Olive. The primary color is Light Blue.
This rug is in Extra Fine condition.
The measurements for this rug are: 11 feet 4 inches wide by 17 feet 9 inches long.
This rug is currently in stock and will ship witihin 1 business day.
Price with discount? $67,659.00
A girl can dream.
Truly, you should look because there are many beautiful rugs and most are well within a reasonable budget of $300 to $400  and ALL WOOL!!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Step Aside Miss Scarlett

Yes Scarlett your little make do dress made of curtains has been bested!
By candy wrappers, which make a great and inventive hooking material too.
Spring is upon us. What will you be wearing?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Work Destroyed - The Balls!

Looking today at Robert Swain.

Here is one of his paintings. Untitled.
Apparently he did these gradation paintings purely by instinct, not through math or science but by eye. They do have a magical unpredictable quality, they do not lay flat as one might expect either.
Each side of each colour plays with another. Look further and perhaps from a distance to see the parabolas the saturated and then the dark colours create.
New inspiration for the inch mat.

The most enjoyable and vivifying thing I read about him was in the titles of his work. The name, always untitled, the size, the year made, the materials and then frequently instead of private collection or Museum of Modern Art ..... the delightful phrase Work Destroyed and the year it died.
Wool Destroyed would be a good title for a hooked piece wouldn't it?
It takes balls to edit your own production as you go along. 
All that is left of these works are photos.
The one above still survives. Thank goodness. It's inspiring.

Happy hooking and looking.