|richard serra, "torqued ellipses", 1998. DIA foundation|
>> Friday, April 22, 2011
>> Thursday, April 21, 2011
i haven't felt like blogging in the last couple of days - tired, overworked, hungry, overwhelmed, wishing i could be anywhere but where i am right now. but i thought i'd share this lovely pared down version of one of my favorite songs, 'the book of love'. you go, nataly dawn. you make me wish i could sing.
>> Wednesday, April 20, 2011
>> Tuesday, April 19, 2011
once, what feels like a lifetime ago, i picked up, left my life, and flew to the most southern tip of texas. probably one of the most impulsive things i've ever done, but i needed to go. i stayed with my lovely friend Y and her wonderful family and got a wallop of that famous texas hospitality. i was definitely leaving with a taste for authentic tex-mex cuisine (to die for), new country music, radiant texas sunshine that permated right down to your bones, fresh salsa and exquisite mexican tequila, that no matter how much you drink, just floats into your blood and doesn't make you more than tipsy.
when it was time to go home, Y was to drive with me to houston, where i was flying out. however, i couldn't make her do the 8 hour drive again (she had come to pick me up) so i rented a big red truck (of course i had to have a truck - it was TEXAS - go big or go home), packed up my one little bag, and tossed a handful of CDs onto the passenger seat. definitely one of the highlights - probably of my life.
the texas landscape is much prettier and varied than the flatlands of the prairie provinces - we've done the drive out there and it is quite boring. along the highway, there are huge, rambling longhorn ranches with great big farmhouses, fields of flowers, orchards and tiny little towns. because i chose to take Route 77, i also caught glimpses of the gulf of mexico. i watched a brilliant sunset from the side of the road and enjoyed the texas twilight. i passed by the cutoff for waco and tried to take a photo but it was too dark. i got stopped at one of those famous highway patrol stations where a drug-sniffing german shepherd took stock of my truck and a silent state trooper with a rifle waved me on my way. i was actually sorry when i pulled into the bright houston airport and had to relinquish the truck.
lately, i find myself thinking about that long drive and how the solitude surrounded me. i'm not much of a traveller, but i love long drives. i probably should have driven all the way to texas and back, now that i think about it.
i guess the idea of leaving everything behind, being somewhere else, just for a brief moment, is a little appealing right now.
>> Monday, April 18, 2011
"The only thing I'll ever ask of you
You've got to promise not to stop when I say when"
>> Sunday, April 17, 2011
the spinner ring (also known as a worry ring) is an ancient design, like the puzzle ring. and by now, you probably know that i have a thing for wearing and making rings. the basic design is a stationary band with a separate, thinner band that spins around the stationary band. some more elaborate designs have more than one "spinner" band, and some sport more detailed textures and finishes. some ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) experts suggest using a spinner ring as a fidget device for some patients.
i definitely was a little smarter in that i used copper instead of wasting sterling silver - believe me, i went through a LOT of metal in figuring this out and the price of sterling is brutally astronomical these days. and i still don't have the design down properly. the large copper band is not flared on both ends like it should be - one side is actually buckled, because i smashed it a little too hard (yeah, out of frustration). the twisted middle band is probably too textured to "spin" and also slightly too small around the larger band, so it doesn't move very much. while the flat band is even and, surprisingly, smooth and lovely (thank you, metalsmithing class!), i am sure that the rustic, unfinished quality of the twisted band also impedes it's movement. polished up, however, i quite love it.
so while i'm still trying to perfect the art of the spinning ring, i'm pretty happy with the "fidget ring" that i ended up with. stay tuned for more. (as long as i can put it down long enough to do some work.)