Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ira vs. Khadi

{Or, Depends What You Mean by "Productive"}














Busy painting, powwowwing with the girls about our March show, and Trying to Be Organized. One of the ways I get organized in the studio is by making a big pot of chai and listening to This American Life podcasts while I mix up my palette, because there's something about Ira Glass' voice that makes me feel nerdy and productive. And the best way to undo that nerdy productivity is by taking the local bus on a wild goose chase to hunt down the government khadi emporium. Khadi, for the uninitiated, is natural-dyed homespun cotton. The stuff Gandhi was all cuckoo over. Again, that's vegetable-dyed cotton woven by hand on a loom. Is khadi is the best discovery since duck bacon?

Why yes, Ira. Yes it is.

38 comments:

  1. i dream of being able to cook indian dishes like that.

    our neighbors are from india, and i often just linger outside their window when they're cooking.
    (really, i do..)

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  2. 1. love your leather bag
    2. love the artwork

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  3. H/B- I bet, because you guys are so adorable, that if you asked your neighbors they'd give you a few recipes. I'm just finally getting a few very basic dishes down here, and it's SO MUCH FUN. That pic was a dinner of curried pumpkin with toasted coconut and an eggplant-peanut stew.

    Misie- spanx! The paintings aren't finished (that's just the first hit) but the bag, the bag was a score. Found it in a little shop here in Kerala, and I'm hankering to find some nice leather hides and brass D-rings to make a few copies...

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  4. truthfully, every shot and every word remind me of what inspired me when i was young and still does. listening to stories about creative, strong women that travelled a far to better themselves while studying a different way of life, diivng into other cultures through food, texture and celebration.

    every utensil, dish, cloth i dream of photogarphy so send them my way!!:)

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  5. are you going to make anything with the khadi??

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  6. You'll share recipes, right?? And that little girl couldn't be any cuter. And it sounds like khadi could be extremely addicting to touch.

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  7. I really like your painting on the far right. I love how the silhouette of the silos and the clouds look like a mountain range. Very cool!

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  8. everything about these photos is wonderful. so inspiring. the textiles! the food! the people! and your paintings...so, so, so. love your palette.

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  9. Duck bacon! Be still my heart, and salivary glands!!

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  10. I wish I could come to your show. It looks amazing!

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  11. oooh-I have been missing those paintings of yours! Nice to see them again. Also I can't help but admire that stunning graffiti-why can't we get any of the good looking graffiti in my neck of the woods?

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  12. Paintings!

    Also, what looks like a really good plate of food. Yum.

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  13. You are so lucky to be in Kerala. My family is from near Kottayam and I haven't been to India for 2 yrs now. I am living vicariously through you! Enjoy your stay!

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  14. can't wait to see all your paintings. you will post your show, i hope!

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  15. This post gives me some serious wanderlust... and makes me hungry.

    On Ira Glass: My husband got appendicitis while we were on our honeymoon in Taos, NM. I decided to drive us home. It took us 9 hours to get home and Ira Glass /This American Life on disc was the only thing I listened to the entire time. My husband immediately had his appendix removed. So needless to say, Ira holds a special place in my heart.

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  16. Looks productive to me!!On all levels- what a plate of food! And paintings in process-looking great-wish I was there for your show-fab photos- makes me think I've shared the hunt for khadi-!have a great day-

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  17. Gorgeous shots and just the jolt of color I needed tonight in the midst of all this freakin' snow. I love what you said about Ira Glass. He makes me feel nerdy, but not productive! :) xoxo

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  18. You know I just opened a shop of handmade things and some clothes, and I am sooo happy. This is a milestone in my life and just a great achievement for a single girl with no family and no money. So why is that, right now, I would just set everything on fire and leave for India?
    Vegetable-dyed cotton fabrics. Better than sex (sometimes).

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  19. I don't know if I can handle all of this. First, you blow my mind with this duck bacon talk and then you say there's a khadi emporium!? Too much info...can't compute.

    And please tell me how you managed to find the only Navajo sari in all of India? Beautiful.

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  20. good morning, beautiful lily. I woke up today and thought of you as I made my tea, looking out over Monument Manor. Last night your old 'hood was the last of the sunlit and the first of the moonlit, which is not a bad geography when you really come down to what's important in siting a shack.

    I am so excited to see what happens next in your desert sagas. I knew I should have picked your camera brain before letting you romp off to parts of the world I'll probably never visit.

    with a great big sigh, much love, and sari envy,
    xoxo
    kt

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  21. hey lily! i've been catching up on your blog this morning and living vicariously through you and your adventures! amazing. those fabrics are boootiful.

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  22. great studio space! i've posted a painter today who you might like.

    lenny lopate is my ira glass. but then i'm older than you...

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  23. i adore ira glass. seriously. if i ever met him i would probably spontaneously burst into tears and then die. not even an exaggeration. same for oprah. and morgan freeman. and catherine opie.

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  24. p.s.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/jaipur-puts-on-the-worlds-best-book-party/article1880759/

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  25. oh, rhiannon! my MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT OF MY LIFE involves meeting ira glass. so mortifying.
    oh, lily! i love these shots, especially the bag, and ESPECIALLY the pile of wet clothes and the water footprints on the sidewalks. love it.
    also can't wait to see more paintings! i love me some grain elevators. carry on!

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  26. Your blog is soo beautiful..I wish I could make Indian dishes like this one and enjoy the incredible culture!
    Have a great day
    Greetings, Diana

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  27. Isn't it amazing that you can be working in your studio in India and I can be working in my living room in LA and we can both be HYPER PRODUCTIVE because of the TAL podcast? I swear I look forward to Ira all week.

    Can't wait to see what you've been working on over there. And pls bring back boatloads of Khadi so those of us not on hiatus in India can buy some from you!

    Baby Dash needs a Khadi outfit. He does.

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  28. Wow- your photos, and your blog in general, are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Oh, I love this! I'm in Damascus for the next six months, and there's so much I want to write and photograph while I'm here that I hardly know where to begin. I went back and read through all your Adventures in Hindustan yelling, "This! THIS!" I'm not sure exactly what "this" is, but it's how I want my blog to be. (And I totally agree, listening to Ira Glass just makes my world seem so much more interesting.)
    Can't wait to see more!

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  30. That bag of yours is pure perfection and as usual your photos are absolutely beautiful. Lily, your paintings are gorgeous I love the colors. Sending you much love!!!! XO!

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  31. lily..such gorgeous images. your food images lately have been hitting my heart real hard! love!
    j.

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  32. There seems to be gorgeous, vibrant colors all around there! Love your paintings.

    P.S. I always listen to This American Life when I'm sewing. That and Fresh Air. Ira and Terri have such calming radio voices!

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  33. This is the first time I've been to your blog, such lovely photographs and beautiful paintings! I'm really in awe. Looks like a very interesting life you lead! I'm greatly enjoying reading about it via your blog! So happy to have *met* you!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  34. Yes yes yes to all of the these things. That food looks delish, your studio life sounds like a blast (and you've got great paintings to show for it), Ira Glass might be my #1 hero (Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich following closely after) , and DANG GIRL - I cannot believe how great that bag is. Everso jealous.

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  35. Thank you for having such an incredible blog - these photographs are just beautiful. And duck bacon?! I hafta get on THAT bandwagon!

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  36. so much goodness in here, i can't pick.

    the fabric, the paintings, the young girl, the food, no your wrists no the bag! ah!

    i used to love zoning out late at night on a model or drawing, listening to TAL...

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  37. Wow. I'll be damned, I do the exact.same.thing. For real, get the studio all neet, turn on some This American Life...I get al excited when that happy, boppy music comes on when they are getting into the story...And mix my colors...sigh, (with my nice hot cuppa) Soooo perfect.

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  38. This is great, your nerdy Ira Glass mood followed by your wild ride in search of homespun cotton. Fabulous inspiration.

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