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end of june sketch

june 30 | wet felted body with hand beading- small hole punch spaced 1/2 inch
apart lining armhole 1/2 inch from the edge. Then, sleeves hand knit purl/jersey stripes,
shaped to match armhole in body and clean finished- linked on through the holes in wet
felted piece. Skirt is hand dyed felt with machine seaming and two front pockets,
CB zip. Rib socks with green wool/mohair stripe at side.


the shape

photo top | Bransfield Strait, Antarctica

photo bottom | thesis photo series -- hand painted Emily's legs in white clay
photo by Chelsey Culmann | model Emily Theobald

master of hand

Holding Tension | 13 x 25 cm | cotton string, silicon

Two Monocles | approx. 24 x 9 x 5 cm | drift wood, cotton yarn

Patchwork | 11.5 x 25 cm | magnolia leaf, cotton yarn

Laced (grey-blue) | 16 x 16.5 cm | magnolia leaf, cotton yarn

Laced (grey-blue) | detail

Growth | length 32 cm | wood, silk-mohair

Growth | detail

Octagon (rear-view) | 15 x 8 x 6 cm | magnolia leaf, cotton yarn

special thanks to Alison Scarpulla for passing on this immense inspiration,
& putting my hands to work tonight though they are exhausted


new one today

Sunday's Necklace 6-26-11 | mixed materials

I found these yellow orb-like beads at Bead's World on Broadway,
& paired them with these neutral bone/glass and plastic pearls I had around the apt.


tgif y'all

A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past
is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching
for something in particular you don't find it, but something
falls out at the back that is often more interesting.

J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan


inspiration 6-19-11

From the National Geographic Archives

"Wicker baskets and seat cushions doubled as crash helmets 'in case of a
sudden landing,' according to "Ballooning in the Stratosphere" in our March 1933
issue. Though temperatures in the spherical aluminum gondola sometimes topped
100 degrees F, Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard (right) and his assistant, Paul Kipfer,
stayed cool enough to conduct their studies of cosmic rays as they ascended nearly
ten miles above Augsburg, Germany, on the morning of May 27, 1911. The pair landed
safely on an Austrian glacier that same evening. A previous try had been less successful.
'I was the target for derisive stories,' wrote Piccard of that attempt. 'The absent-minded
professor had made an error in his calculation, and consequently the balloon,
instead of ascending ten miles, rose only ten feet!"


June 11th

On our walk yesterday, Frank and I were very lucky to have stumbled upon a ceremony
taking place down by the river in Astoria Park. A group gathered in a circle lined with
small light blue flags for music, dancing, and words spoken. The language was of
spanish dialect, so I'm not sure what was going on exactly, but what we
observed went like this...

Men, women and children, all with leather bands worn on their ankles covered with sewn
shells to make a music as they danced. The bands themselves were embroidered, some
with tribal pattern, some with skulls, flowers, and contrast blanket-stitched edgings.
Some wore fabric wrapped at the knee along with these shin-to-ankle covered bands of leather.

It was almost like the Native American ceremonial and healing music I learned of
and listened to in American music class at FIT. They blew into conch shells and played
drums, stringed instruments and moved together as one. The air was fragrant with the beautiful oils burning in the center of the circle. There were also colorful patterned blankets and flowers gathered in the center.

The women and girls wore white cotton tunics and skirts or long dresses, some with brightly
colored embroidery, and patterned fabric wrapped around the waist and hair.
The wrapped scarves had long fringe, sometimes with shells and stone sewn at the ends.

The men and boys wore leather wrapped bottoms and rounded pieces that covered the chest,
also decorated with stone and shell beads and were hand embroidered in bright threads.
Most wore wrapped scarves at the waist in saturated red colored fabric, allowing their
incredibly intricate tribal back and arm tattoos in black, red and brown ink to be visible.
Lastly, these incredible feathered head pieces, that swayed with the motion of dance,
and when still, slightly with the breeze. One of the men had a head piece that held an
actual skull (or representation, I didn't get that close, but it was supposed to look real in
any case) that rested in front of his forehead, right above his eyes, as if to make him appear
two-headed... very cool.

They carried flags with images of a saint-like figure, edged with brightly colored flowers.
As well as animal line drawings in a light blue ink, which waved brilliantly in the cool
air that carried with it a light rain. At one moment, they all gathered around one boy, and
poured white flowers from woven baskets lightly atop his head as he kneeled upon one knee.
The surrounding green of the park appeared more vivid than I've seen this season.
It was without doubt one of the most inspirational ceremonies I've witnessed so far in my life.

(photos snapped from afar with my phone)


let me get your opinion

Hello everyone! I started this one a little over a week ago, before beginning my
latest freelance project. I was aiming to create one of the sweaters from my May sketches,
with the green roving knit in. The piece still has a ways to go, but I did want to see
if I could get an opinion on this sleeve before I continue.

Now, I didn't intend for it to be so dramatically huge.. but now that it lives,
I think I love it!

It's very warm, and with another sleeve added on, you can kind of muff it in
the front by tucking your hands into the opposite sleeve.

Bobbles line the center and the hem is garter stitch.

Ignore the loose ends!

So what do you think?! I'll probably begin the second sleeve tomorrow,
or decide to slim this one down a bit.. I just can't decide! help!


out in the sun

Max Romeo

photo/music inspiration as I knit out on the back roof... :)


river glass

After a busy week of non-stop knitting brain function, I wanted to
relax yesterday and play around with my beading wire again. I ended up
beginning to wrap some of the beach glass I found the other day into pendants.


socks on the brain

Knit with Llama wool

Dani-- Holy cow.. how good are these babies?

Been thinking 'bout socks lately, and how I'd love to experiment in
four needle circular knitting. I've tried once before, and found it to be pretty
fun, then never went back to it. Anyhow, I've been working lately, and have a
bit of money in my pocket, so maybe I'll take a ride up to the Hudson River Valley
one of these days to pick up some new wools to play with. :)