Or, things I have been looking at (and not looking at).
Everybody makes list posts, but me. If you can’t beat ‘em. Join ‘em! Each of these things to be a post all by itself, but I spent my time having fun this summer. So rather than moan about the posts that were never written, because I am unrepentant, here is a list of wonderful things.
1. Manufractured exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Crafts. Just amazing (and a wonderful overview available on the site). Laura Splan, whose work I adore, was the big draw for me. I was thrilled to see her work in person. I loved works by Cat Chow and Devorah Sperber who both work with zippers, spools of thread and other sewing notions, but to completely different ends. The knock out piece of the entire incredible exhibit was by Livia Marin, Ficciones de un uso, 2,214 lipsticks. You read that right: 2,214 lipsticks.
3. John Dempcy at Augen Gallery. I saw a piece of his in the spring and said I would keep my eye out for his work. How lovely of Augen to host a show in July. Mercury is my favorite piece from this group.
4. Tracy Kendall Wallpaper. Not only beautiful images, but a fun website with music too. What’s not to like? I especially like the Bespoke Stripe display.
5. Paper dresses. Yep, I can never get enough of these. For some reason I find fashion as art more interesting than actual clothes. My husband or daughter have to force me to shop! Lia Griffith (a Portland gal) makes some of the most beautiful paper gowns ever. Check out these beauties
6. Can you believe these beautiful objects by Kathleen Dustin are actually purses? I would have to find something more far precious and worthy to carry than my wallet, keys, pens, loose change and gum wrappers that’s for sure.
7. Cutting Edge Patterns and Textures by Estel Vilaseca. A book with so much eye candy that it is practically hypnotic.
8. Tribal and Village Rugs: The Definitive Guide to Design, Pattern and Motif by Peter F Stone. The title says it all. Fabulous book!
You might also be surprised at something I have not been looking at: Altered Books.
I am well aware that there are people out there doing amazing things with books. I am just not looking for them, because the idea to do them came to me in a dream. In the dream I was all alone and sitting in total silence folding pages, I think that both the silence and the isolation are a part of what I am doing, so I have to honor it.
Thus, no peeking at anyone else’s altered books. Please, please, stop sending me links (but thank you for thinking about it!). I can't open them. Art can be a harsh mistress.
(Images of Ficciones de un uso by Livia Marin, and Mercury by John Dempcy are from the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and Augen Gallery websites.)