Monday, June 11, 2012

Warp, Weft

{Sketchbook}



Above, watercolor sketch of an antique cotton sari hem, from what is now Dhaka, Bangladesh. Source material from Uncut Cloth, which I picked up when we were living in Jaipur and quickly became my most cherished book on South Asian textiles. The pages on 19th century wedding saris (sashimi pink! with gold thread polka-dots!) is enough to make you reconsider this whole white wedding gown thing we do here in Ewe Ess of Aye.   

Speaking of textiles I've been painting exclusively on Belgian linen this spring, the results of which are now up on my website, here. Think Rajasthani textiles, Mojave Desert intaglios, and gleeful banshee cries of line and color now that it's summertime and I'm liberated from the brain-strangle of Foucault and Derrida. Let us call this the Summer of Brain Freedom & Ginger Shrub Bourbons. Yes? Yes.

*My eye just started twitching when I typed "critical theory." Not even kidding.

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  1. i don't mean to be all smothery about your new projects, but if hypothetically the praying mantis eggs in your fantastic willow sculpture were, say, still viable and they hatched into a little clockwork army and maybe you needed someone to be the volunteer ringmaster of a mantis circus, i've (cough) already cleared some the training space to teach steve to leap through hoops and he's demonstrated what i'd call promising receptivity to mixed-species performance.

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    1. Consider them yours. You can find them in the tiny triangular garden at the junction of East 9th Street and Stuyvesant Street in the East Village, where I may or may not have installed the sculpture in the dead of night, and now the vinca and hosta and clematis has grown in and on the piece (as hoped for) and the parks department people have thrown up and their arms and let it, for the time being at least, be.

      Good luck with the circus training. I expect front-row seats on opening night.

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  2. man, my grammar goes all funny when i get excited about insects.

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  3. i love the colours you've chosen! and omg that willow sculpture is amazing. (also, the fact that you installed it outside, in a garden, so it could integrate with nature, makes you my hero.)

    unrelatedly, when did you get a new banner?! (it looks fab, btw.)

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    1. Thx for noticing, lady! I did indeed get a new banner. And by "get" I mean I made it in Word, because I don't have Photoshop. WHOT?! Yeah, I know. I just don't have Photoshop, so I make my simple headers in Microsoft Word. True story.

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    2. pff, photoshop is over-rated. (not that this means i covet it any less, ofcourse. sigh...) anyway, i am LOVING this word-version of fancy-photoshop-logo! totally smooth+artsy+direct. aka perfect. :)

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  4. LOVE all the new!! Specially the Jaipur Series. Good stuff lady! Any AC yet? Possibly an old skool fan blown over a bowl of ice? :)

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    1. No AC, holding out. Got a good fan though;)

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    1. I had a shrub with ginger in it a week or two back! I had read about shrubs in a NYTimes piece a while back and I was anxiously awaiting the day they got to some swank artisanal location in LA. It was called a "gin-pop" and I really liked how it worked out. Just enough vinegar to be a weird new flavor, but not too much. Sort of palate cleansing and deeply flavored at the same time- like sour sorbet.

      PS- awesome new paintings, I'm really pulled into the tactile parts of the brush strokes. And the red/purple just jumps out of the screen, I bet it glows in the dark in analog.

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    2. Thanks E! My mom was just telling me about drinking shrubs as a little girl- I think shrubs date back to colonial times, actually. Really good over ice cream, and obviously really good in drinks;)

      Thanks for the nice words about the new paintings.

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  6. i like everything about this post.

    xo

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  7. I am definitely with your motto for the summer. Cheers! And your latest work left some kind of a spell on me. Stunning!

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  8. love your new paintings! and LOVE the sounds of this book. Getting to see Indian brides and weddings was one of my favorite parts about being over there, so much excitement, decoration, and celebration going on!

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  9. I get lost in the details of textiles too, and love your sketch. I remember visiting the craft museum in India and taking a picture of every single piece there!

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  10. I love this idea... looking at a design, then looking even closer, and then even closer until it's abstract. Gorgeous!

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  11. So you pass on the twitch when I then read critical theory. But I'd happily twitch away for an hour or two with 'intaglio' and 'weft' working in my mouth and the memory of that glorious burst of colour and pattern.

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  12. Oh your work is so beautiful, always.

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  13. absolutely beautiful! the closer I look, the more things that pop out at me! Was looking for a perfect
    notebook to use for creative ideas, but I think I will emulate you and design my own :)

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  14. oh my goodness! This is great! I think I understand the sort of pleasure you get from looking at and then painting textiles - making small marks over and over again is totally my art therapy.

    Alsoooo, I'm in love with your little paint set! Watercolors? May I ask the brand? I think I need a good traveling paint set just like that.

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