‘Spaces’ by Frankie Magazine – looking for inspiration for my new studio set-up (Rob Ryan, Illustrator pictured)
David Hockney (My suit and Tie, 1971 and Beach Umbrella, 1972) The umbrella’s shadow – so lovely.
His experiments include sending a postcard to ‘any resident of London’ and messages in bottles dropped into the ocean with instructions to be returned to him from the nearest post office. He also sent mail to fictional addresses so it could be returned to him with foreign postmarks.
Excellent issue with a story from writer Ben Lerner set in Marfa, Texas. I traveled there last year and was so pleased to be transported back and seeing that curious small art-crazy town through his eyes as a nocturnal artist-in-residence with a novel to write. His impressions of Donald Judd’s works: “I’d never cared more for Donald Judd’s “specific objects” than any of the other objects that I encountered in the real world”, and then his encounter with Judd’s aluminum boxes enriched my memory of them too. Always a pleasant discovery inside Paris Review. Last issue it was Samantha Hahn’s ink drawings. (http://samanthahahn.com/portraits/
‘Fabric – Textures and Patterns’ by Elisabetta Drudi – A present from my mother. These papers are dreamy.
Louise Bourgeois – tiny tiny stitches, such an inventive storyteller.
A birthday present. Ideas for rising above the constant influx of news and what it all means.
Ready to soak up some of these techniques
Much happier outside. Tiny new shoots coming up.
I uncovered some favourite books while unpacking. It must be one of the best things about moving – remembering why they sit up there on my shelves. I want to read everything again or immediately (if I haven’t) and all at once, and soak up their subjects’ nimble fingers and minds to be inspired to draw and stitch. My rescued plant is enjoying the sunshine too.
(Click on the photos for my musings.)
A birthday collage for Emily. I love this silky copper paint. She reminded me of Emily’s Optical Eyes. What a beauty (both of them).
I did a little sketch of my nephew Nate, while chatting with my family over tea one visit. It turned up in the mail after it had been added to by my youngest nephew (two and a half years old). I am quite proud! My sister said he is so careful with his lines and lots of little gorgeous shapes/creatures are emerging in his drawings. Perhaps I should orchestrate some more collaborations! What a champ!
Just like this guy. Out in the world today ready to serve his baby master.
Christmas present for my travelling companion: handmade hardcover book of photographs using Hahnemuhle paper, remnants of liberty print fabric and our maps of New York City and Texas. Double-sided tape and a template made the photo placement relatively carefree.
This was a satisfying project as I put some bookbinding lessons from 10 years ago to use, along with help from a favourite book on the subject ‘How to Make Books‘ by Ester K. Smith, and some online advice from a very helpful prolific bookbinder that led to a satisfying solution to binding 80 (?) pages (40 pages with double thickness in the spine to account for height of the photos) – Chicago screws! And now my toolbox includes a proper hole-punching kit – works well with a borrowed hammer.
*I opened my travel notebook to a drawing of New York’s famous Katz’s Deli sign after writing this post.