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Monday, March 2, 2009

Two of my Favorite Fiber Arts Books

Posted by an Amazon.com user:
"This book is beautiful. Even if you don't knit, the stunning photographs take knitting and photography to a completely different level.
If you do knit, most of the techniques are based on the machine knitter, however, most of the charts also work for hand knitting. Most of the uncharted techniques and stitches can be easily figured out by the advanced hand knitter.
This is not a book of patterns or a stitch library, but a book of inspiration, to get your creative juices flowing.
The entire staff of my yarn shop fought over who got to buy it"

Posted by an Amazon.com user:
"In a similar presentation to 'The Art of Knitting' by the same author, this book is a visual feast of colour and texture. It consists mainly of high quality photographs, usually close-ups, of natural and organic subjects - fields, lichens, plants, water, sky and more - interspersed with embroidery inspired by these images, sometimes with the two beautifully overlaid. The simple text complements the illustrations exceedingly well.
There are minimal technical stitch instructions; the reader does need a basic knowledge of the craft.
This is the perfect book for those who 'don't know where to start' in designing their own works.
An extremely elegant and inspirational work, perfectly marrying the craft and art of embroidery. "

 

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Piano Lesson and Urban Gardening

Hello everyone

First of all, I would like to post a link to a review and some publicity photos of my most recent work for the African American Theater Arts Troupe. I costume designed for a depression-era play (how appropriate right') called The Piano Lesson at the University of California Santa Cruz.  If I ever have anyone local to Santa Cruz tune in here often, I can post the openings of my work on the blog:

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_11745626'IADID=Search-www.santacruzsentinel.com-www.santacruzsentinel.com

      

 (You can still go check it out by this weekend -- March 7-8 at 7 pm, doors at 6:30 pm -- at the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside, CA for the locals reading.)

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Secondly, I recently stumbled upon a truly moving video about urban gardening this evening. The past week Santa Cruz has been showing bits of sunshine through this wet and foggy February, which has been riling me up about my own plans for the spring / summer growing season

My roommate and partner, Andrew, and I have always had quite a green thumb in our home (if there is an empty space with some sunshine, it is most likely covered with plants), but this year will be our first time growing food. Unfortunately for our gardening desires, we live in a second story apartment complex and have no land for a garden, only our cement patio. Therefore, we have resorted to many beautiful and well loved indoor and outdoor potted plants. This year will be our first "urban garden".

I have been wanting to get started on my potted vegetable garden with seedlings (they say you should start with seedlings instead of seeds if this is your first round with vegetable gardening). After some research I discovered that if you want to start your growing season early and get the most out of your veggie plants, you simply have to set up a grow light somewhere inside to shelter the plants from harsh winters. You can start with seeds or seedlings (I'm choosing seedlings because I am a beginner). For our terrariums and other indoor plants, we use simple clamp lights (which you can find for around five dollars on ebay) and 5000-6000 K daylight spectrum compact flourescent light bulbs (which you can find at most hardware stores).

It's not too hard and you'll save a lot of money on organic veggies, and what could be more local than your backyard or balcony Help the Earth and help your pockets. Start researching "urban gardens" or "potted vegetable gardens" on the web. You'll find that most vegetables do just as well in pots as in the ground. The video below discusses the myriad of possibilites for the urban gardener (like us), and the need for such resources, especially in this economic climate. Check it out and I hope this motivates you as much as it did me:


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Last Knit

This is a funny little video about how our obsessions can sometimes get the best of us:

 



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