Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An early spring?

I know it's only February, but I heard a birdie outside our window this morning. Icicles are drip dripping. And I heard it's 40 degrees. That might mean a spring day! I told myself I'd finish a scarf before I ventured out into that sunny balmy day- but first, here's my progress so far. It's refreshing to work with shades of blue, periwinkle, purple and green. Below is my palette, sitting on a wheelie chair next to the loom for easy access.

And here's a pic of Pidge, perched on Albert's chair- slightly ticked (this is one of 20 photos) at how amused I was with the quantity of flubbiness hanging off the sides (how does she balance up there?)
Last night was a beautiful farewell dinner for our friend, Olga, who's moving to Portland on Saturday. A mushroom casserole a la 101 cookbooks and Sam's cinnamon swirl coffee cake. Yum!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A little teaser..

Now that I've learned how to put videos on my blog... here's a little snippet of footage from Albert and my long term film project, "Hungry Mother" (we have 27 minutes complete so far). When the shot is complete, each frame of footage (10 frames per second of film) will have been traced by hand (using a computer tablet) and put into individual photoshop collages (me in a rowboat floating in the sea to get the mail).
I really enjoyed the footage pre-animation, so thought I'd share it. Albert tells me this style of stop-motion (me moving a tiny bit, Albert snapping a frame on his video camera, me moving again) is called pixelation.

If only my loom were this mobile..

Not sure where I found Travis' blog , but it's pretty inspiring (probably on my google reader). From what I can tell, he lives in San Francisco and weaves a lot of garments in trade for bread or rent or bills (not sure how he works that out). I should figure out how to send a scarf in exchange for heating our apt.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Forget me-not photos on flickr

It seems that the Forget me-not opening was a success! Everything is available to look and purchase at this site. The gallery has a flickr set of the show here.

Driftwood Scarf

Wasn't sure what to call this scarf- it reminds me of both the desert and driftwood. This was the last scarf on last week's warp and the perfect opportunity to use more of the hand spun yarn I made last year. I learned (using this handy website) on a drop spindle, which reminds me of making cotton candy (or how I would imagine it's made (saw Coraline last night and it was a magical 3D experience)) and it relatively easy to learn. You can make a drop spindle out of a dowel and a CD or a wooden wagon wheel from Michael's. I picked mine up at the Hemlock Fibers Festival a while back as a step before buying a spinning wheel.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Daffodil Scarf

A spring time scarf for a promising warm day in Rochester! Today we're going to sign up for the 2009 summer season of our CSA and all I can think about are tomatoes and sugar snap peas.. After much thinking we decided to share a share with Ken and Jen again this year (Jen, I've linked you to entice more online bloggage and etsyage :) ). In November, I greedily declared we could eat 2 giant grocery bags full of produce a week. But last night we opted for a smaller portion in exchange for a weekly meet up with friends, dollars saved and an excuse to hoard veggies at 4 different farmer's markets in the area. So many links, I am so excited for summer!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Astilbe Scarf

I enjoyed weaving this scarf because there weren't any neutral tones in it. I was inspired by feathery astilbe flowers in shades of pink, red and coral. I'd been waiting for the right scarf to use this crap of coral wool my mom had given me- it really pops next to the turquoise and periwinkle. These are photos from the first set I took. It was a brilliantly sunny day and as a result, they were a little too washed out. The second shoot involved a big white sheet covering several pieces of furniture stacked on top of each to make the backdrop.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Blues and Green

Sunday mornin' photos.. the always photogenic Pigeon and the next warp for 5 scarves over the next few weeks.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009

My View

In an attempt to be more productive this week, I kept a written schedule of work hours and kept weaving scarves without stopping to finish and photograph them. Assembly line-like.
Not only did I save hours, but I had room to weave a sample piece for a purse I'm working on.
Here is the view while sitting at my loom.

It seemed like a good idea at the time..

I found this sweater pattern on the internet and the kitty in the photos simply loved to be dressed up. I thought, if I can only get a good photo out of the deal, Pidge would never have to wear it again. It knit quickly (probably motivated by visions of how hilarious she would look), but I think the gauge was wrong- it might fit a medium sized pup. Pidge leapt through the sweater in seconds and that was that.

Opening tonight!

Another artist who will be a part of the forget me-not show opening this evenin'. I don't understand how Diem Chau embroiders on china, but I think it's beautiful.

In case you haven't seen the dozen other posts promoting the show (can't help if I'm excited!), here's the info...

February 6th - 27th
** opening party **
February 6th (Fri), 6-8pm

gallery hanahou
611 Broadway, Suite 730

The gallery is located in the Cable Building at the corner of Broadway and Houston. Can't make it to the opening? The gallery is open Monday through Friday 12-6 pm.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Forget me not

Going to be in NYC this weekend? Gallery Hanahou has an embroidery show opening this Friday 6-8pm with lots of talent! (Like Mary Yaeger's embroidered merit badge above) Wish I could be there... let me know how it is if you get to go!