Archive for March, 2011

Machine of Death

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 30, 2011 by fangcentral

I saw this so I made this:

The short version: I’m sending a little something to (I believe) David Malki !, one of the dudes behind the Machine of Death book, so he’ll send me my very own death card. (The Machine of Death takes a blood sample and spits out an infallible death prediction. Enchanting.)

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Dollies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 28, 2011 by fangcentral

These handmade dolls came with a couple of the 15 spinners at the retreat this weekend. I spun and knit them some legwarmers and a hat, then painted their portrait posing with Jenkins Kuchulu spindles. Their new accessories were spun on the Kuchulu on the right.

Sorry for the image quality; my scanner seems to be getting puny.

Embroidered skirt (2006)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by fangcentral

I made this for the Bone Folders’ Guild‘s Books on the Runway: a Fashion Show of Wearable Books for the Mind and Body.

A line of a poem is embroidered inside each pleat, and when the skirt is worn the text is revealed by movement.

Here’s the little talk I gave about it during the fashion show:

“While doing research for this project I came across an interesting story. It turns out the concept of wearable books has been around for a long time. There was a man who lived in France in the 17th century. He was a mathematician and a physicist named Blaise Pascal, and he made many great contributions to the world of science. That changed, though, one day when he was riding in a carriage over the Neuilly bridge. The horses fell over the edge and his carriage hung poised halfway off the bridge for quite some time. He was rescued, but had fallen into a faint that would last 15 days. Upon awakening, he had an intense spiritual revelation. That night he scrawled poems and prayers on a piece of parchment that he sewed into his jacket. After that he kept it with him always by transferring it each time he changed clothes–and he gave up math and science for philosophy and theology.

“I had not heard this story when I started working on this wearable book. The poem I’ve embroidered on this skirt has, I think, a similar quality to Pascal’s experience, and while I myself am so far an agnostic, I could think of no better words to wear on my body as a reminder of that which I don’t understand, but am still no less indebted to. It is excerpted from a poem, which I choose to interpret as a prayer, by Leonard Cohen. His poem is called A Poem To Detain Me, and this is the text I selected for the skirt:

i bound to my
temples a box of
flesh filled with
holy letters and
captured poems–
and i am probably
wrong. believe
nothing of me
except that i felt
your beauty more
closely than my
own. promise me
that i will return

Life drawing (2005)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 by fangcentral

From one of the Wednesday nights I spent at the open studio at the University of Wisconsin. Consider clicking the images to see them at a reasonable size.

Plusiotis gloriosa (2010)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 22, 2011 by fangcentral

A year ago I was painting beetles nonstop. Here’s one from a cover of a mix CD for my BFF’s birthday.

Here’s the whole cover:

Paws

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 22, 2011 by fangcentral

Watson’s a black Lab with outsized paws. Good boy.

Micron Pigma 05 pen on Arches cold-press hot-press? watercolor paper.

Tax Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 20, 2011 by fangcentral

A boring composition with boring colors for a boring—yet suspenseful—task. Refund or no refund?