Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mary Bauermeister

Sometimes I feel like I have "seen it all" because I have been on the internet, looking for art and artist and trends for so many years. But I found someone new (to me) today!  

Mary Bauermeister: "In her early work and after her move to New York in 1962, Mary Bauermeister often worked with natural materials such as sand, stones, or honeycombs. She had been interested since childhood in the mathematical principles behind natural processes. Her use of natural objects, as well as other chance finds, distinguishes her from her American contemporaries, such as Robert Rauschenberg, who tended to incorporate urban discards in their work." 

You know me, I have lots of rock necklaces and they are more precious to me than a diamond necklace! So, of course, I would love Mary's rock art.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Exploring the wilderness within

This week the winter addition of Hutch Magazine arrived at our door. I was so lucky to illustrate the cover, inside spread and lots of other details on pages. Like I have said before, I have a @dreamjob and work with so many talented people. It covered everything you ever wanted to know about microbiomes.

Also did a little gif animation for the website ... it is never about just the printed piece anymore. We also do all the the web graphics ... and get to have a little fun.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thoms Hudson

Thomas Hudson fabrics are the most beautifully painted I ever want to seen! An English portrait painter in the early 1700's. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cheese Boards

Had Friday off, so I feel like this is Sunday, I just realized it is Saturday!!! Hurray. 

I ran across this delicious post on the West Elm blog, with some great looking condiment recipes to accompany your cheese on your Cheese Board, for every occasion. Recipes for SWEET AND SPICY APPLE CHUTNEY, HERB-BUTTER POACHED POTATOES, ORANGE CONFIT, BALSAMIC ROSEMARY CHERRY MUSTARD, SPICY CURRY CASHEW BRITTLE, PICKLED FENNEL, HERBES DE PROVENCE CARAMEL CORN, SAVORY CHERRY CHUTNEY, PASSIONFRUIT BASIL-SEED CURD. All from this book, Composing the Cheese Plate. I would buy this for mom for Christmas, she would have loved it.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Red Lentils!

I had this for lunch the other day and it is the perfect fall soup! Indian Lentil Soup (Dal Shorva). This is something my mom would make and it would be wonderful. I really miss my mom's cooking!!! I need to go dig up her cooking blog that we started so many years ago.

Later: I actually ended up using this New York Times recipe because I wanted the sweet potato.

Hate election

"We all knew these hatreds lurked under the thinnest veneer of civility. That civility finally is gone. In its absence, we may realize just how imperative that politesse was. It is the way we managed to coexist. 

If there is a single sentence that characterizes the election, it is this: “He says the things I’m thinking.” That may be what is so terrifying. Who knew that so many tens of millions of white Americans were thinking unconscionable things about their fellow Americans? Who knew that tens of millions of white men felt so emasculated by women and challenged by minorities? Who knew that after years of seeming progress on race and gender, tens of millions of white Americans lived in seething resentment, waiting for a demagogue to arrive who would legitimize their worst selves and channel them into political power? Perhaps we had been living in a fool’s paradise. Now we aren’t." 

This is exactly how I feel, thank you Bill Moyers for sharing Farewell, America written by Neal Gabler.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This is all you need to know

Listen up!

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. From New York Times best-selling author of the "twisty-mystery" (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware - this time set at sea. Can't wait to start listening! 

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Hutch Holiday Gala

As I round the corner to finishing up 2016 Hutch Holiday Gala ... I remember 2015 Hutch Holiday Gala catalog ... all silver foil and silver paper!

The end of civility?

I am so disgusted with our country right now with the election of the most vile, disgraceful, unqualified person to lead the United States. 

Someone must have been watching a different person for the last two years than I was. He lied all the and you could check the lies because it was all on film! This is not something I am making up

I am also disgusted with previous co-workers posting nasty things about the Obamas, calling our President a POS for absolutely no reason. Creating terrible cartoons of Michelle Obama. So, I have discontinued my Facebook for now. I simply do not want to read it, respond to it, be a part of it. 

I am also going to stop watching my beloved Sunday morning political news shows ... I blame them in part for showcasing Trump for over a year, giving him airtime to spew his nasty viewpoint. I think I am going to stop watching news all together for some time ... I have had enough. I think I might even quit listening to NPR and go back to listening to book-on-tape. It seems less contentious.

I am going to start blogging more, cleaning house more, taking photos. Less hand-wringing about our nation's future. We elected a buffoon and we get what we deserve. And every time I look at Melania, I see her in complete frontal nudity. It is all absurd to me! I do not understand it! So I choose to ignore it for now and go do something good for myself, my family, my house. 

I wish us all good luck in the coming years!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The End (papers)

It is strange what you remember about your childhood. Bits and pieces stuck in the far corners of your brain. Thinking about Mason's books has made me remember things about my favorite books as a child. I still have some of them in storage, that I need to go dig out for her. I remember some of them, and many of the illustrations made me feel very sad. But what I remember looking at in amazement and delight the most are the endpapers! Isn't that funny! 

 Like this one by John Kemper

Here are some delightful examples:

The Golden Circus Book by Kathryn Jackson with end paper art by Alice and Martin Provensen, 2005 found here on Red Caps Cards, where you can see more examples.

Of course there are some great examples on Pinterest, here and here.


Bob Staake The End post.

This is a beautiful example by Walter Crane, Sing a Song of Sixpence Picture Book, Endpapers, London & New York: John Lane, 1909, below.


Yukai Du bright and beautiful

I love the colors and textures used by Yukai Du. Visit her website to see more. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I can not help myself

This election is making me mentally ill. 

Friday, September 09, 2016

6 years of change!

When I was released from my job in 2010, I felt invisible. Then I sat at my computer for 4 years freelancing, I started taking Photo Booth photos of myself, to remind me ... I was still here. Mom would sit behind me all day long, watching TV and doing her crosswords. I recently took another set of Photo Booth photos with Mason and discovered all of these ridiculous photos of myself. But I love seeing the change, mom behind me, when we brought little Sophie home, when I brought Pebbles home, Matt got in on the Photo Booth with me, Mason came home, my uncle in the background (who passed away a couple of months ago), Bri cut my hair and I documented it, then mom was gone, Mason is growing up and I am definitely looking older. Time rolls by, we change, get older, wiser? I want to remember to still take photos of myself and my life occasionally as a snapshot of the moment. To remind me ... I am still here.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Seeing red

You know you have friends that you don't have to talk to for a long time, to be able to feel very close to all the time. I am very lucky to have many of those ;) 

Today, I was having a lovely, long conversation with my friend Lovely Lotus Spirit Artist. I am fortunate to have met many, many years ago at Fort Warden during Artfest. We shared sleeping quarters and became fast friends. She has an angelic aura surrounding her, and everyone who met her, felt it! We went to many more Artfest together and remained close. She stayed at my house when she visited, and got to know and love mom too. 

She has a wonderful ability to connect to the spiritual part of the world and I was telling her that Bri had felt mom in the kitchen with her while she was cooking. Bri heard her bracelets clanging behind her and just felt the warmth. I was telling Christina that was jealous that I had not had one of the encounters ... although I feel mom in the house all the time AND I talk to the chair where she sat. 

And after about 30 more minutes of talking, Christina said, I am seeing a red top or shirt that your mom had ... did she have something red? I thought and I said, I can think of a turquoise and red necklace, but no, nothing right off. So we kept talking about art and life and said our goodbyes.

When I hung up, I looked down and realized I had on a red nightshirt. And texted Christina that fact! THEN, David said, it is even better, because that is your mom's nightshirt ... and I had forgotten that it WAS! GOOSEBUMPS. 

Then mom's favorite movie came on right after that - "Hello Dolly" ... so I guess she is closer than I could wish for! Love you mom! Thank you, Lovely Lotus xoxoxo 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Art that "bugs" me

Kate Kato is an artist, designer, crafter and a collector of unwanted things: "I live in the Welsh boarders where I create sculpture inspired by the nature that surrounds me. My sculptures are predominantly of plants and insects and are made from recycled materials. I love to work mostly with paper and textile, using stitching and embroidery to bring the various parts of my sculpture together." Her incredible work on instagram.

Series of insects we made for IGEPA Benelux, we made these insects out of used and recycled paper by coming soon 


Julie Alice Chappell conjures up these delightful creatures from circuit boards. Find her work on Etsy.

Beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects with various textiles and embroidery techniques by Yumi Okita, also found on Pinterest.

Helen Ahpornsiri’s delicate creations crafted from tiny dried and pressed ferns. Also find more of her art on instagram.