New Inspiration

I have been working on my floor slowly over the summer but in the past few weeks I have been noticing more black and white patterns in my Sunday paper. Not the black and white of the newsprint but the kind of black and white that reminds me of my floor. Here is an ad by MAXALTO:

maxalto ad
   From the Valentino site, I learned that the Creative Directors are  Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli .  I took a look at the  Valentino Instagram  and found that Chiuri & Pierpeolo's collection was inspired by this illustration by  Joseph Larkowsky . His illustration below:


From the Valentino site, I learned that the Creative Directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli.

I took a look at the Valentino Instagram and found that Chiuri & Pierpeolo's collection was inspired by this illustration by Joseph Larkowsky. His illustration below:

Valentino via @josayhef

Larkowsky was in turn inspired by Emilie Flöge, a fashion designer and business woman whose style fell squarely in the Wiener Werkstãtte

This adventure was totally unexpected and fun. It is similar to the learned new word that you seem to read everywhere after learning it...I am finding inspiration in so many new places. Now back to my floor. I am almost out of duck tape...

She was also a muse for Gustave Klimt, also hashtagged by Larkowsky--a nod to both Klimt and Flöge.

Emilie Flōge

Emilie Flōge

He also follows I Have This Thing With Floors --I wrote about them a few posts back--and there is also a inspirational pattern there.

Thing With Floors




chaos, flows, meanders

I just googled "patterns" and I came up with a variety of responses from sewing to tiles to patterns in nature.  A Scientific American article from 1986 on chaos suggests that in nature patterns "repeat" but not exactly in the same way because small differences in the starting points can lead to very different outcomes. Many natural patterns are shaped by this "apparent randomness".


The beat goes on...

By the way, I am also blogging once a month on the Hudson Valley Etsy Team. Check out the blog here.

Unsystem, system

 Last week I started to write a post that was off topic because it was my post deadline, but I decided to delay the post until I had more of the floor completed. I decided to skip the system and work without too much of a plan. I think the only system that I am using is to balance the intricate areas so the pattern is not too complicated all over and hard on the eyes.

Ugh...try to avoid looking under your oven if you live in an old house.

Ugh...try to avoid looking under your oven if you live in an old house.

Next post, some notes on pattern.

One square at a time.

I started the floor this afternoon with the idea that I might pull it up. Working from this angle gives me a great sense of relief. 

The funny thing is that I had so much fun! Listening to James Ward talk about the history of office supplies on WNYC/Leonard Lopate +ergonomic Xacto+ @theduckbrand tape + hydrogen peroxide to clean the floors=freedom/in the zone.

I am using regular @theduckbrand tape in black and white. I was thinking about Pre-War New York Apartment style and Sol Lewitt. It just seemed like the right combination.  The contrast is great.  

I am thinking about continuing the diagonals around the perimeter of the room and playing with lines throughout. I cannot decide if I want to create a Lewittian strategy like, " vertical lines of black and white @theduckbrand tape against horizontal lines of black and white @theduckbrand tape" or, just free-form it. 

Here is a small sample:

Stay-tuned for the strategy that I choose or, that chooses me.

Hope there is sun where ever you are for the weekend.


be kind, rewind...

Moving gives you the distance to take stock of things. Your friends are there but not within reach of an easy coffee each week. You have to rewind on your own and continue "to do what you love more than you love yourself" (thank you Elizabeth Gilbert).  

I have been thinking a lot about social media and how to best use it to learn and to connect and to this end, I have been talking to people about blogs and listening to podcasts about blogs and reading and reading and reading about blogs. All suggest that your blog is the engine of your work as a(n) _______. It is a place to share the content behind who you are and what you are interested in with anyone who will listen.

So....wait for it...

The blog is back and I am plan to post every two weeks on a Friday. I will stop posting on my crafty blog, and consolidate content with is a lot of overlap anyway. 

My first post on May 1st will be about a floor installation that I am working on. I will tap into Sol Lewitt and 70's decorating magazines. 

Let me know what you think, send your inspirations and ideas. By following, you can let me know that you like what you are seeing and reading..

Happy Spring!


Rafaël Rozendaal

My friend Lauren emailed me these cool little abstract animations.

slow empty

looking at something

cold void

You can see more of Rafaël's videos here. Don't forget to move your cursor over the image. Be careful if you are optically sensitive. Some can be a bit headachy. 

Check out his BYOB. I LOVE this idea!

Here is the blurb from his site

"BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a series of one-night-exhibitions hosting artists
and their projectors.

Anyone can make a BYOB exhibition. It’s very simple:

- find a space
- invite many artists
- ask them to bring their projectors

Please read the FAQ if you want to organize your own BYOB."
Rafaël Rozendaal, 2010 - 2013

Let me know if you decide to organize one. Better get started on some animations!

today's inspiration

Gertrud Goldschmidt

Alexander MacQueen

Yayoi Kusama

Nieuwhoff, C 1974, Contemporary Lace Making, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, pg 63

Cy Twombly

not sure how they will figure into the final work but that is the fun.

more drawings getting closer I think

I always have a pit in my stomach when I work.

The stress spurs me on when I think that I can't do it, make it, finish it and my pride keeps me on track.
Here are some drawings from yesterday. I think the actual pink that I will use is a bit lighter but no less offensive. I am going for a colour that I heard about on a Science Friday interview with Adam Alter author of Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave called affectionately "drunk tank pink" because it is supposed to have a (short term) calming effect on people and was used in jails and locker rooms to calm prisoners and football players.

Although it seems as if it wouldn't work with the wood, I think that it does.

I am madly working on my drawings for my entry in GrowOp:Exploring Landscape and Place at the Gladstone Hotel. My work will be on the historic glass elevator in the hotel entrance from April 25-28. I had planned to run the work up to the 4th floor but may only focus on the ground to the second floor where the show will mostly take place.

Colours: White and Drunk Tank Pink

title: tensile

subject: spider webs the ultimate drawing.

thinking about: strings, chaos, trapping beauty, scratchitti, strong and fragile at once, calming

300 Years of Floral Patterns

I check twitter infrequently but when I do, I always discover something that makes me think. For some reason, I cannot get this particular article about a BBC newsreader, John Nicholson who renovated his home in Spitalfields. He removed each layer of wallpaper, leaf by leaf until he had a historical collection of the house in wallpaper from 1690 to 1960. The layers of the wallpaper were described in the Spitalfields Life article as fragile as butterfly wings and the pictures are amazing. I am not sure whether I am more touched by the care of house, the fragility of the layers of wallpaper, or that floral patterns have been universally popular since the 1690's.

Here is the link and some photos. Enjoy:

The tape rides again! The remaining rolls of my limited edition Colouring Tape from DesignBoom MartToronto at IDS are now available at distill gallery in Toronto!

Both are boxed sets. The Minimalist includes one black Sharpie marker and the Creative Sweet includes 2 rolls of tape, 3 Sharpie Markers, and a tube cap to make a Pen Holder (or iPhone speaker stand!). If you are in Toronto, pop into Distill.

For more ideas on how to use the tape, make sure to check out my tumblr on tape art and the world of adhesive papers.

Phantom Traps.

"All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

"You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."   Steve Jobs via macuser

Steve Jobs has always followed this mantra. It is so simple and so wise and yet so difficult to embrace. I admire his spirit of experimentation and drive.

To those...

What can you say about September 11, 2001 that doesn't sound trite. I never really liked the slogan "Never Forget" because it is the kind of tragedy that is impossible to forget. It just becomes a part of our collective psyche that we take along wrapped up in everything else we encounter in our cities and in our lives.

I remember so much about that day, and we were very lucky not to have lost anyone in the attacks, but every year I find the hype and re-living moment of the attacks stomach-wrenching.

The terrorist attacks were horrible, and at the time inconceivable, but I am happy to celebrate the city as it is now in all of its wonder in the spirit of Walt Whitman:

"A million people--manners free and superb--open voices--
   hospitality--the most courageous and friendly young 
City of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts! 
City nested in bays! my city!"

What do you think?

11 September 2011


by Walt Whitman

I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name.

Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane,
   unruly, musical, self-sufficient,
I see that the word of my city is that word from of old,
Because I see that word nested in nests of water-bays,
Rich, hemm'd thick all around with sailships and
   steamships, an island sixteen miles long, solid-founded,
Numberless crowded streets, high growths of iron, slender,
   strong, light, splendidly uprising toward clear skies,
Tides swift and ample, well-loved by me, toward sundown,
The flowing sea-currents, the little islands, larger adjoining
   islands, the heights, the villas,
The countless masts, the white shore-steamers, the lighters,
   the ferry-boats, the black sea-steamers well-model'd,
The down-town streets, the jobbers' houses of business, the
   houses of business of the ship-merchants and money-
   brokers, the river-streets,
Immigrants arriving, fifteen or twenty thousand in a week,
The carts hauling goods, the manly race of drivers of horses,
   the brown-faced sailors,
The summer air, the bright sun shining, and the sailing
   clouds aloft,
The winter snows, the sleigh-bells, the broken ice in the
   river, passing along up or down with the flood-tide or
The mechanics of the city, the masters, well-form'd,
   beautiful-faced, looking you straight in the eyes,
Trottoirs throng'd, vehicles, Broadway, the women, the
   shops and shows,
A million people—manners free and superb—open voices—
   hospitality—the most courageous and friendly young
City of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts!
City nested in bays! my city!

Ooooh Swish!

This ephemeral film (via ecoterre) from the 1930's is funny but not that far fetched. Clothes that can be adapted for day and night and the disappearance of the skirt seem fairly typical in 2011. And despite the slightly unfortunate wizardly look of the male "spacesuit",  we are all carrying our phones, coins, keys, and 'candies for cuties' in multi-functional pieces that go from day to night. Wonder what is up for the 80's and 90's--the 2090's that is?