The Melange That is July…This Year

What a crazy mixed-up fun month this has been…so far.  Possibly there is a limit to how much fun you can actually have in one calendar month, but I haven’t maxed out yet.   The fourth of July of course (see below).  Then visitors…

How and Amy came and we looked at the bridge progress..

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How pointed out the end-of-the-day routine the workers have for the crane…

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we checked the local architecture…

examining architecture

went to the MIG farm cart and had a coffee at Archive…

coffee

MIG lunch

We drew…

THE LAST DRAWING

we hugged…

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Martha and I headed up to Yale Union to see the last day of the Susan Cianciolo show and to attend a “workshop” (we had no clear idea of what we’d be doing…but what the heck…).  Yale Union is just a beautiful space in an old garment factory/warehouse…you must go and take a look as it is now one huge open space with a running ribbon of windows…well, you just want to move in and start working.

Kimono 1

First we look at Susan Cianciolo’s work…I was especially interested in the idea of “kits”…of her mixture of fabric/quilted pieces and narrative and collections and the stuff of everyday life…the evidence of children and their ideas was engaging to me.

kit 9

kit 8

kit 7

kit 6

kit 5

kit 4

kit 3

kit 2

kit 1

kit 11

and now it was time for the workshop…

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Susan Cianciolo

and the task at hand was to make a kimono.  I was more interested in her ideas of making notational books, and began to develop the idea of “workbooks” as I slouch toward “Art Laundry” (stay tuned for that one…) and so…voila, the kimono work book was the end result of my 2 1/2 hours of work…

Kimono workbook

Many people there though really did make kimonos, and it looked like this…

Kimono 7

Kimono 6

Kimono 4

Kimono 2

with three young designers, former students of Susan Cianciolo’s, there to help…

Kimono 3

Kimono 5

Ellen and Larry were here for a few days of total relaxation and I obliged by NOT photographing them…

“Waterlines” went up at the Compass Gallery and here I meanly only photographed my own work, but Dayna Davidson Collins has a bunch of lovely paintings…come take a look…up til August 1st.

waterlines

Quilt group met at our house this week for the “reveal”…all the things we made from Kate’s “ugly fabric” give-away last December (the fabric she gave us wasn’t ugly really…it was the color of a mouse)…true to form the projects were as different as the makers…and just as nice…

Berniece

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Eve

Deanna

Kate (1)

Kathleen (1)

Lynda

Olga 2Olga 1

Ethelwyne

We exchanged more uglies to be revealed next December…ate some yummy salads…

Salads

and then Deann’s homemade cheesecakes nicely presented (and yummy)…

D's dessert

and today I cleaned the sewing “cottage” and sewed all day…

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SEWING COTTAGE 2

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The framer called and they found How’s little piece that was having a frame repair and then got lost…

How's piece back home

SO, what next?  There are some “workbooks” all ready for “ART Laundry”…

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Art Laundry card piece

More info coming on that one…but now maybe the beach?  Drawing for sure, sewing for sure…there are still 10 more days…!

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Wish there were “sound effects” so you could “hear” my surprise and delight !! It’s kind of a running commentary…..because you KNOW I don’t do “concise”!!

  2. A very interesting blog with beautiful photographs. Your garden looks amazing. See you at Art Laundry. May I bring things to be ironed?

  3. Oh lord girl, or as we said at Catholic school, JMJ!
    i loved everything about what you just posted, My heart is in a quiver, especially over your “Kimono. I want…can we talk?”

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