Testing…testing

I’ve been playing with some updates to the site. I like the Minima (stretch) template but haven’t been happy with being restricted to a 2 column layout. I found a lovely hack that seems to work well so far, and I’m hoping to add more elements to the sidebars. I’ve also added some Facebook interactivity and have decided to use the IntenseDebate comment forms. I like being able to reply directly to a comment instead of having to do the ‘@name’ scenario. Comments can now be subscribed to, as well. I know some sites have had issues with ID and I’ll keep my eye on it.

An Ode to Blossfeldt

I remember my first introduction to Karl Blossfeldt’s work when I picked up a small, very abridged book of his work published by Taschen. I fell in love and bought the book. While I was in Paris with Michael four years ago, we stopped by the Taschen store in the Latin Quarter and I bought their complete published work edition. If you’re not familiar with him, here is a little info from the Taschen website:

‘German photography pioneer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) photographed plants so beautifully, and with such originality, that his work transcends the medium itself. Over more than 30 years, he took thousands of photographs, revealing a formally rigorous talent whose precision and dedication bridge the nineteenth and twentieth century worlds of image making and bring a distinctly sculptural aspect to a firmly two-dimensional art form. Beautifully but starkly composed against plain cardboard backgrounds, Blossfeldt’s images, relying on a northern light for their sense of volume, reveal nothing of the man but everything of themselves. They are still-lifes, piercingly final statements on their subject, and have endured owing to their technical brilliance and the ongoing fascination of students and photographers. Like their maker, they are quietly and lastingly effective.’

I was searching online for something last week and stumbled upon a Flickr group dedicated to photos done in the style of and homage to Karl Blossfeldt, An Ode to Blossfeldt.

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It’s a nice collection. I hope to see it grow.

Life is Apptacular!

I love the paris apartment. I’m always looking forward to the daily finds in my Google Reader. I was thrilled to read today that Claudia has launched an iPhone app: Keys To The Fleas!

Michael and I only had a day and a half in the city when we were in France four years ago. I dreamt of having time to hit a couple of flea markets but we ended up doing some other wonderful things during our very limited time there.

I won’t be able to take advantage of navigating through the streets of Paris with it just yet, but I can sit back and enjoy fantasy trip or 50. 🙂

In the works…

I mentioned a week or so ago that I am trying to broaden my work. This is another piece that was started a while ago but I am only now getting closer to finishing. I’m very happy with how this is evolving.

In the works...

Edisto

We took a lovely day trip to another one of my childhood favorite places yesterday, Edisto. It’s still mostly unspoiled and waves of wonderful memories crashed in my mind. I’m working a full length post of the history and lore of the island, but I need to jot down notes from my mother.

Sea Oats

Jetty

Lightsaber Chopsticks

With these babies you can cut your food, eat your food, or defend the universe.

More. >>

Nikola Tesla’s Birthday

Nikola Tesla was born on this day in 1856. We often wonder what kind of world we’d live in today if…

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In honor of his birthday, my dearest Michael is committed to getting his studio to a working state today.

Bellchamber Goldsmiths

When Michael and I were planning our wedding, we wanted rings for each of us that represented our passions. He did a darn fine job with my engagement ring, and we looked high and low for his wedding band. One weekend while he was in Atlanta, I was poking around the web when I stumbled upon the work of Jason Bellchamber and his team. I scrolled through the rings and saw the Green Man ring. I gasped and then I called Michael. I sent him the link and he was floored. Since I was purchasing his ring, I contacted them to find out if the green they used for the enameling would somewhat match the greens in my ring. I sent them a photo and they thought it would pair well. I sent them the money and they set to work on his ring. Michael wears a size 13 so it had to be custom made. They worked quickly and in just a couple of weeks it arrived. It was beyond our expectations. I can’t say enough about the service we received from them.

Rings

Linda Glass

California fiber artist Linda Glass makes amazing batik-like quilts. Reminds me a bit of Charleston’s wonderfully talented Mary Edna Fraser.

From the artist’s statement page…
“My artwork combines my environmental activism for sustainable water management and the aesthetics of art making. Growing up in Los Angeles during the drought years made me aware of the preciousness of water and that realization has turned into a passion for raising public awareness about water resources through art.

I deliberately work in textiles with the intention to reach as many people as possible with the issues expressed in my work. Textiles are an unintimidating medium; people feel a familiarity and comfort with fabric since it plays such an integral and basic part in our lives.”

More of works of beauty. >>

Bon Weekend.

This is Junior. He’s now the ‘man of the house’. I mentioned earlier that we had the most amazing holiday weekend in terms of July weather here. 5 breezy days in the ’80’s with a low humidity index. We spent a lot of time on the back porch. It was then that we discovered that Junior is bonkers for traditional Celtic music. We used to play it at the loft when we lived in Atlanta. Any tune with a fiddle or bagpipe, and most importantly a penny whistle, saw the old lover reemerge. He was full of the sound of ‘chirps’ and the gift of ‘love nips’ to everyone including Duncan, who received the most. Nice way to let him know how much he was loved by the other cats. 🙂

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Here he is giving Duncan a kiss after a round of ‘love nips’.

Duncan & Junior

Bon weekend, everyone!

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