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.

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!


"Think of a creative way to get around your problem..."--Richard Rodriguez


via Good

Thanks for this post Good...I am not a filmmaker but I really love the freedom of limitations and this little video is a great example. It was made by Richard Rodriguez to explain how he made "El Mariachi" for $7000.00. I really like that he has so much fun making the movie and that he encourages film makers to come up with creative solutions to a filmmaking/prop/etc challenge and not to forget to have fun. I guess there is also efficiency to doing everything yourself. It is in three parts. Enjoy.

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Wabi-Sabi from emmas design blog

Contemporary wabi-sabi tea bowlImage via Wikipedia

I love the idea of Wabi Sabi. Emma Fexeus of emmasblog put together a great piece on wabi-sabi and a list of resources. Thanks emma!
from emma's design blog 2008-12-30 @ 23:20:50
Wabi Sabi, a little more background

“Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry. Keep things clean and unencumbered but don’t sterilize” says Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. That would be exactly what I think defines good interior design. And that is the reason why I am so drawn to the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi, and would like to share some of what I've found out lately.


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Are women writers undervalued because of what they write or how we read?

via bookforum...

Scribblers of America, Unite! Are women writers undervalued because of what they write or how we read?

By Katha Pollitt

Posted Monday, March 9, 2009, at 6:48 AM ET

A Jury of Her Peers.Elaine Showalter's A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists From Bronte to Lessing (1977) changed the way we read fiction by women by showing female writers in historical, political, and literary relation to one another, and doing it in prose that was energetic, enjoyable, and blessedly free of academic jargon. At the time, this was a controversial project. The previous year, Ellen Moers' brilliant (and, sadly, out of print) Literary Women was attacked by Anne Tyler for arguing that great women writers like Dickinson, Collette, and Woolf shared something like a literary tradition with lesser writers like Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Fanny Fern. You can see why Tyler bridled: After all, it was the misogynists who usually grouped women writers together, the better to dismiss them all—Nathaniel Hawthorne's "damned mob of scribbling women," churning out their hypersensitive derivative poems, their narrow, pedestrian domestic fiction. Women writers, the good ones, anyway, tended not to want to be put on the bookshelf next to the other women writers. More...

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Art Parties

This is such a cool idea. My first thought was "Rirkrit Tiravanija - Thai artist who cooks meals as installation art". Although I think that artists have always been interested in food. They have historically bartered food for artwork and often are keen gardeners and cooks. Cooking is creative and artists are usually on a budget. Frank Fedele has written about artists and food in The Artists' Palate: Cooking with the World's Great Artists. Here is an excerpt. Evidentally the YBA's are good cooks too...Ok, but back to the art parties. Locally there is Jamie's Area in Toronto's Kensington Market (more...) but I really like this one (via flavorwire) in the Bronx called the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project started by Blanka Amezkua especially because Blanka asks artists to offer a workshop in the local community or cook a dinner for guests...Another take is by Salon Adelphi also in NYC

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Thinking about...

From Reading Toronto...

2005 05 29
Urban Hieroglyphics
The marks that decorate the Toronto landscape are at once intriguing and annoying. On the street, barely aware, we fail to notice their spontaneous energy. Are they telling us something or are they merely vestiges of delinquent nonchalance?

When I look closely at these markings, some of them vigorously beautiful in form, I see them as ancient expressions. They speak of the relationship of the self with the city, of the need to stake territory and claim ownership of a landscape that can be anonymous and remote. They tell a very personal story - of the mark maker and their impulse to claim that surface at that particular moment, in that particular way.

These marks contain the character of urban experience that is at once internal and external. An instance is captured and recorded for collective consumption to fascinate or enrage us. This expressive chronology ties us to the immediacy and history of the city and in doing so, broadens our perceptions of ourselves.

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Disappearing Artists...

via apartment therapy...

Emma Hack's work reminds me a lot of my friend Anne Polashenski's work...

The first two images are Emma's and the last two are Anne's. What is so interesting about Emma's work is that she is using body paint to camouflage her models where as Anne used the computer.

The idea is kind of beautiful in a scary way...the idea of disappearing--social wallflowers--and yet camouflage has a protective function in nature and war.

Reminds me of the scene in Le Pèrè Noël est une Ordure by Jean-Marie Poiré where the neurotic main character (I cannot remember his name...) is wearing a suit which matches the sofa that he is sitting on--although the pattern is no where near as dramatic as Anne and Emma's...Will have to rent that movie again since I haven't seen it since the 1980's...though still interesting that it is a male character who "disappears"...

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Michael Bierut: 26 Years, 85 Notebooks

via Kim Werker:

I never thought that I would follow so many designers but something has happened to my thinking and I think that this post from Michael Bierut goes for anyone who takes notes/makes drawings...

Kim Werker is my hero of the day after listening to her on Sister Diane's recent podcast and looking at her booklist on

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