Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Harper's Ferry

Tonight I saw wild geese flying north and daffodils, green grass and blooming bushes here in Virginia. We enjoyed a great visit to Harper's Ferry, West VA to my cousin Joan's. Besides John Brown's raid, Lewis and Clark were here and Jefferson stood on this rock and said this spot was worth a trip across the Atlantic. The Potomac and Shenendoah rivers flow through here and its stunning.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Stefan and Zara on tour

Sam on tour

click on the photo for the full effect; singing the wind and the rain with Nico and Thomas

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Oh the winter soon be over children, oh yes, oh yes

recent faves

Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Rachel Getting Married, Doubt, Benjamin Button, The Reader (soundtrack by Nico Muhly), Frozen River (guitar played by Sam's colleague Shazhad Ismaily), Miss Pettigrew.
Also we are watching the series Madmen on Netflix.
The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (fun to listen to in the car, read by the author) how famous people (Bill Gates, the Beatles, etc.) rise to success in part because of the circumstances and timing of their age, culture, family and confluence of factors including the incredible number of hours put in leading to their competency.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin (incredible story and interesting to see Greg speaking on Youtube). He got lost in a failed attempt to climb K2 and ended up in a village in the Baltistan and decided to do everything in his power to build a school and did; has built around 60 schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and about one third of all the students are attended by girls. The Taliban has been destroying many of them but Greg perserveres as he believes this is the way to make real change.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Anne Shaffer and Annie Burrows : a correspondence on the island of Guernsey post WWII; light and a fun read.

best quote: At Rowe Conference center in Rowe, MA, Bread and Puppet Theater is leading a worskhop March 6-8 called The First World Insurrection: The institute for Subversive Paper Mache
"You can learn 1. How to launch precision attacks on war and capitalist megalomania
2. How to get the quickest, cheapest response to horrifically expensive dilemmas
3.How to make cardboard politicians, picture stories, hand puppets, giants and noisy garbage for rallies, parades and the like"

best bumper sticker: Buy Wool: Support the No Sheep Left Behind Act

Monday, March 2, 2009

Apron Fantasy

The original woven fragments
piece by fiber artist Sue Jones
My cousin Sue Jones in Oberlin OH made this beautiful design for the Textile Art Alliance guild show in Cleveland; each artist chose a modern or historical textile from
the Cleveland Museum of Art's Education Art Collection. These
textiles, used whole or fragmented, were either incorporated into the new work
or provided the spark of inspiration for an entirely new piece;
sales will benefit the museum's acquisition fund. She writes:

"Re-Production: Apron Fantasy" (20" x 20") incorporates 19c. woven
apron fragments from Romania that caught my fancy (technically,
tapestry weave with supplementary weft). I was intrigued by its
irregular placement of color accents, which I'm imagining as some kind
of code, along with the intricacy of its linear designs. The repeated
diamond shapes, called lozenges, are considered a powerful fertility
symbol, so I took my theme from that.

" Aprons in Romania were always worn with a
tucked-in white blouse, which I'm suggesting at the top using a Roman
numeral design. Notice the DNA test patterns, negative and a positive
pregnancy test strips, and what my friend Carol calls the 'sperm
skirt' at the bottom, inspired by very short Paleolithic string skirts
(~20,000 BC) discovered in eastern Europe, thought to have been worn
as a kind of mating girdle. I've also covered the gold background with my own secret code"

Susan Copeland and Jennie Mynard

Here's my sister in the new sweater I made her. Cool yarn Malabrigo (Merino wool from Uraguay) and the pattern is a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern (I love them).