Archive for the ‘Art Project’ Category

I designed this repeat pattern textile a few months ago and have finally had a    small sample square printed at spoonflower.com. My good friends in Ithaca are starting a print studio alongside their amazing store Petrune, and asked me if I’d like to try my hand at it.  I’m hooked! This is fun and the best part of it will hopefully be heading back upstate this summer and getting my hands dirty in their workshop.  More on this to come…Thank you Domenica and Justin for the inspiration.


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Castle project

The kids are very into knights, castles and princesses these days.  Well, the boys are definitely NOT into princesses but as a kind nod to their baby sister, they have allowed one pink princess into their kingdom.  We looked at some books and made this castle out of a bunch of cardboard boxes.  The plan was to paint it and keep adding onto it until it becomes a giant lair for kings, knights, pirates, aliens…you get it.  It’s been getting a lot of play and if it lasts, we’ll spend some time painting it-a good way to eek out one more diversion for “bored” children from this project.

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Sometimes you catch them at that special moment when their minds are drifting and you just want to hold on to that image as long as you can.

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I have not been posting for almost 2 years.  Leaving Brooklyn was hard for me. The usual crap that makes a family leave the city and head for greener pastures was all at play in our case, sub-par public schools, lack of parking, lack of an extra bedroom when that third child comes around and a bit too much asphalt.  A year into our new suburban life and I gotta say, I’m really liking it.  I’m still searching for that creative  energy that flowed so freely in the old neighborhood.  I think I’m finding it here…slowly, finally.

Today we were quite bored after school and made these crayons out of bits of old ones we had in a box that were too short and stubby to want to draw with anymore.  It was fun.  We melted the crayon bits in an old aluminum heart shaped mold.  Here’s the thing, each color has a different melting temperature probably based on the pigment to binder ratio.  (I should know this with my art conservation background, right?) So while some colors melted into a sublime paste of shiny color, others just separated into a milky wax substance with bits of crumbly pigment. It was a bit of cool science mixed in with art.  My favorite type of lesson for the kids.

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The first day of the new year is always a bit melancholy to me.  It’s a sign that the holidays have come to an end and a long stretch of winter lies ahead.

The air is mild today…it’s still and quiet.  The snow feels very temporary.  My daughter and I took a walk and I was reminded how even the gray, lifeless landscapes of winter hold subtle sign of beauty.

red berries

snow plant

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Cornell Box

Sebastien made this box during a visit to Mass Moca. We’ve made a couple more at home too. Use whatever you have around the house, photos, or find things from nature. Use a good strong glue.

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