Sometimes I really like when other people publish lists of things because it gives me something to work off of to learn something new. That was the case earlier this year when I saw Arch Daily’s article called The 30 Architecture Docs To Watch In 2013. I haven’t watched anything on the list yet but I came across the bookmark on my computer and got re-interested in working my way through the list. I think it would give me a great foundation in architecture, a design area that interests me but that I don’t know a whole lot about. A lot of them seem to be available online so I’ll start there. Have you seen any of them? Got any suggestions where to start?
I recently played with PlayDoh. Hadn’t done that in forever. It’s kind of silly fun. You’ll notice I mostly end up making faces.
I love looking at the things on display in other people’s homes. And what better to enjoy than their art? Here is some of my favorite stuff I’ve seen hanging in homes recently:
Here are some photos of art I’ve seen recently but that I don’t know who the artist is:
This is an image I love that hangs on a sliding glass door at Jeanette’s home where I do petsitting.
This was some intriguing wood art hanging inside of Eno wine bar near Union Square in San Francisco
This work was in a gallery show that I went to but I can’t for the life of me remember what the gallery was so I can’t find the artist. If anyone knows, definitely let me know so that I can give proper credit to the pretty colorful work!
This artwork was hanging inside of a cafe that I went to in Japantown. Clearly it’s marked with a tag showing the artist’s name but I didn’t snap that in the picture well enough to see it and I forgot to write down the attribution. I like the work a lot, though.
I was recently interviewed by Eliza Gale who does interviews with people around the world about the work they do and the work they want to do and the work they love. I think the most fun thing about this interview was that I got to be highlighted in the company of some other really cool folks.
First My Interview
I was interviewed about my work as a crochet blogger and got to share all about why I write (and specifically why I blog) and how that relates to my passion for crochet.
Here’s an excerpt:
Q: What inspired you to start your blog?
A: I am a professional writer who has worked in blogging for more than ten years so it was natural for me to start my own blog. I’ve actually had several personal blogs over the years but I started Crochet Concupiscence, my largest blog, in 2011. At the time I was doing a lot of writing work for other people that I didn’t feel inspired by and I wanted to start a new blog that would be a place of refuge for me. Crochet had become really important in my life and starting a blog about it was a great way for me to share what I was learning in the craft while connecting with a larger community of like-minded people.
On the Home Page
The interviews are put up on Eliza’s blog in a three column format so here’s what it looked like on the first day that my interview went live:
As you can see, the interviews up near mine were of two cyclists who are working to raise awareness about an issue that concerns them and an escape artist and illusionist who works in magic. How awesome is that?
Other Writers and Bloggers
Eliza interviews people from so many different walks of life. Some of the other bloggers that she interviewed recently included:
Anthropologist and homelessness blogger Jemayel Khawajais
Incidentally, that photo of Julianne was taken at a place I’ve been to myself: 16th Avenue Tiled Steps
Other Places I’ve Been Interviewed
Here are some other interviews people have done of me and my work:
- Sylvia Browder, founder of National Association Women on the Rise
- Gwen Blakley Kinsler, founder of the Crochet Guild of America
- LL Book Review (also posted on Flying with Red Haircrow)
- Lisa Hasleton’s Reviews and Interviews
- Ruminating in the Desert
- Underground Crafter
- A Place for Writers
- Seven Alive
- Goodreads interview by author Jennifer K. Lafferty
- Portland Examiner
- Little Rock Books Examiner
Little Paper Planes is a Bay Area based online store that also serves as a community for artists. They have lots of pretty products and a beautiful blog filled with terrific examples of great art and design. They recently co-launched a video/ multimedia series called Working Title that I’m loving.
They recently explained that Working Title is:
“a collaboration between KQED and Little Paper Planes, hosted by Kelly Lynn Jones of LPP and Andrew Martin Scott, co-owner of Needles and Pens. Through this program, which will include videos, interviews, articles, and essays, we will explore how local artist-entrepreneurs are re-inventing the American Dream, creating alternative economies and redefining success in the Bay Area.”
Needles and Pens is a cute little store in The Mission that I’ve stopped into more than once. They have zines there and it’s the kind of place I totally fantasized my own zines in 10+ years ago when I was an indie zine maker. I’m also a fan of the handcrafted jewelry that’s there; I’ve personally bought a few of their feather-decorated hair clips.
I love what Kelly says in the first video when she says, “There’s a subtle movement happening out there; people are choosing more unconventional career paths in order to have greater control of their lives. They’re re-engaging with artisanal craftsmanship … they are once again making things with their own hands and managing to sustain themselves while doing it.” Each episode celebrates one of these people.
The first episode is about Jay Nelson, a self-taught artist who builds tree houses:
The second episode is about Atelier Dion, a husband-and-wife-owned ceramics fabrication business:
I’m looking forward to seeing this program develop over time!
This is awesome. You can see more at Weburbanist, which explained in part:
“Unlike most street art, INSA‘s murals weren’t made to be seen in person – they’re best viewed online. That’s because the UK-based artist painstakingly paints, photographs and re-paints each of his works several times over in order to create these amazing animated GIF images.”
Last month I shared the stenciled message board I made using some of the materials that you’ll see in the photos below. Today I want to know what you would make with these same supplies. Get creative and share your answers in the comments below!
What’s here: 87 stencils that are themed “family message center”, three sponge paintbrushes, 6 colors of acrylic paint, chalkboard paint
Yesterday I mentioned that when I went to World Naked Bike Ride it was a beautiful sunny San Francisco Saturday. I was at Justin Hermann Plaza, where there’s a terrific sculpture fountain, and since it was Saturday there were vendors set up. I tried on a million different masks sold by a man named Steve Pogni and ended up getting one. I’m not sure where I’ll wear it but there’s always some kind of costumed event happening in San Francisco so I’m sure I’ll find ample opportunity. In the meantime I just wore it while hanging out at the fountain, listening to the beautiful French music of a street performer who was there at the time. That’s the magic of daily life in San Francisco.