Archive for January, 2007

Explosion In A Dairy

Posted in General on January 26th, 2007

Okay, maybe not.  But there’s an awful lot of white around here lately.  And I’m not talking about snow.  I’m talking about my latest work avoidance technique (I think this is number 1046).  Allow me to explain.

For several years now, I have been buying small boxes and trays and frames from the “stuff made out of wood” department of places like Michael’s.  I had no idea why I was doing this.  But I now have a goodly collection of the stuff.  Anyway, it occured to me that I was never going to do anything with these bits and pieces in their current condition, because having to wait through all the prep and dry time would put an end to my creative burst of energy.  So, I decided to prep it all, and then it would just be on the shelf waiting for the right moment and I could dive right in.

This brilliant idea coincided with the realization that I really needed a new ironing board cover, so making a mess of the old one was no big deal.  So I’ve been working on my ironing board, which is just the right height.  First, a little sanding, then a coat of wood sealer.  This takes a couple of days because I can’t do all sides of the boxes at the same time, and the stuff takes time to dry.  Then repeat the process with gesso, and that’s where the “explosion in a dairy” look comes in.  All these pieces are now white, and just begging for some color!  (Yes, I considered leaving some of them as plain wood, but the wood, frankly, was not that good quality, so I covered it all up.)

In the midst of all this wood sealing and gesso flinging, I remembered something from my childhood.  I used to have a collection of glass figurines that my grandmother started for me, and I would build environments for them out of cigar boxes, complete with rooms and furniture.  And now, I have begun to make shrines and reliquaries out of fabric and various other things.  Perhaps all these wooden pieces will become part of the shrine/reliquary phase of my work.  Hmmmmmm.  Now there’s an interesting idea.

Heigh Ho!

Posted in General on January 20th, 2007

It’s off to the mainland I go!  Time for a haircut, and I have a quilter friend who has been cutting my hair for about 20+ years.  Beckie is a very talented lady, whose quilts are fresh and colorful and cheerful.  She divides her time between two houses, so I have to catch her when she’s in my corner of the world.

Meanwhile, several folks have posted on QuiltArt about cleaning out their closets and adopting a “uniform” so they don’t have as many clothes.  The whole idea of a uniform does not sit well with me.  I didn’t go to Catholic school, but I had friends who did.  Their “uniform” was universally unappealing. The idea that I should wear nothing but black doesn’t go down well, either.  The goth look is not for me.
So, in the safety of my little blog, that practically nobody reads, let me come out in favor of wretched excess! Yes, I own some black, but I always wear it with something colorful and fun over the top – a coat or vest or shawl or outrageous jewelry.  Life can be blah enough without eliminating color from it!  I admit to being a clothes-horse.  I love clothing, and I own a lot of it.  Most of it I made myself  (just can’t get into making underwear), and I dye my own socks.  Why on earth would I want to restrict myself to a tiny little slice when there is so much wonderous variety out there?!  Reminds me of some of the folks who live here on the island who are SO.O.O.O.O proud of the fact that they haven’t left the island in 25 years.  Oy Vey!  There’s a big world out there, folks!  Have you no curiosity?
Enough ranting for one morning.  So let me leave you with this thought from Auntie Mame:  “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”  Now, where did I leave that hat?