Monday, July 28, 2008

Another Life for Garbage Bags

You have got to see the Air Giraffe. You will find a whole lot of other air animals like the bears in the picture, but the Air Giraffe is my favorite. Only in New York! I think the artist is Jashua Allen Harris, not much is written about these amazing environmental sculptures. If you find any info write back and tell me what you found. I know it's silly stuff, but after living and working in New York I think this will get a New Yorkers attention, in a fun and surprising way. Take it from me not much gets a New Yorker excited.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Crazy Crochet

Last night I started to crochet a scarf, in the most basic of patterns, but then I decided that I'm not one to follow patterns, I never have been. I had seen the most wonderful dress in VOGUE and thought how gutsy it was to have made this dress and even gutsier for VOGUE to call it high fashion. Hooray for nonconventional design. The trend of hand made items is getting bigger everyday, this is one thing that had to happen considering the saturation of technology in the last ten to twenty years. Ever since computers came into my life I have been longing for the moment I can use my hands to make and build touchable items. I left Parsons the year it became mandatory to take computer classes in order to graduate. I began working in editorial design and worked with paper and wax. I set type and made stats. The word rubylith had a meaning and value to my craft. I felt like Henri Matisse (in his later years) everyday creating layouts and designing covers. Now my craft is getting less and less tangible and textural, so YES I want to get back to my roots, but my way. I have never really paid much attention to textile and fiber artists but I am discovering a new world, a world filled with delicious colors and possibility.  

I don't know what this magenta crochet item will become, but I find that to be half the fun. Rodin once said that he is simply releasing the figure that is inside the stone. I like that school of thought and I like the path of discovery that goes along with it.

Keep buzzy!

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sometimes I like my job

Well today I spent part of my day researching Marc Chagall for a Jewish project I have to complete at work. His work is difficult to categorize. He took inspiration from Belarusian folk-life, and portrayed many Biblical themes that reflected his Jewish heritage. Born in Belarus in 1887, at the time part of the Russian Empire, he lived to be 97. He mixed Cubism and Fauvism with strong symbolic elements. The colors are so vibrant and at times dark and sad. He had a very interesting life. One story I found amazing was that he was arrested in St. Petersburg while studying at Zvantseva School of Drawing and Painting. At the time (1908-1910) Jewish residents were only allowed to live in St. Petersburg with a permit. He was jailed for a short period for the infringement of this restriction. I love his work and his dedication to his beliefs. Check out his work and be inspired to be proud of your roots and your beliefs. 

Keep Buzzy

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I had a great Bee Day!

I had a great birthday yesterday, thanks to a whole lot of folks. I began my day with a showering of gifts from T and Paul. I got some cool tops, bright blue flip flops, Victoria Secret's underwear and Waffles. You can see him in the pic of the day shot on the right. T made him for me, isn't he cute? He is keeping me company at my office and reminding me that life shouldn't be taken that seriously. Love the lips! The next thing we did was pile into my Jeep and zoom over to South Beach for some brunch. What a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. We invited Oscar to come and eat with us but all he had was a "pastellito de queso y guayava". He made an interesting observation, that the Cuban pastries are shape coded. Triangle for cheese and guava (the one he had) round for meat, square for a guava and a long rectangular shape for just cheese. I found this very amusing coming from a guy that deciphers some sort of satellite thing for the government. Then after a wonderful meal at David's we said adios to Oscar and went strolling down Lincoln Road. Really cool shops and plenty of people watching. I should have taken more photos but I was just relaxing and having too much fun going in and out of shops. Paul and T were good sports, considering it was probably 98 degrees or more outside. We stopped for ice cream but I was holding out for a Long Island Ice tea at Van Dykes. As you can see by the pick I got one, okay two nice cold drinks.  After we all had enough of shopping, sun and fun I thought how about going home and hanging out in the jacuzzi. We all agreed that was an awesome suggestion. We went driving through Coconut Grove and passed Carol's house, she's a long time childhood friend of Paul's and a new time friend to me and T. She was having her house painted inside and the painters had just left. The floors were done just a week before... very beautifully done, they looked still wet. Carol was great she didn't even blink an eye, even if we did crash in on her. She served us some white wine, talked about her dad and mine and how we miss them so very much. We discussed what colors she should paint the relief of lions above her fire place. Paul tried to figure out how to get her Mac laptop to be able to connect to the internet everywhere in her home. I of course broke the lovely red wine glass she gave me to drink out of. DUH!!!! Carol gave T some tadpoles and some Monarch butterfly wormy guys so she could watch them do the whole chrysalis thing, T was so excited that when we got home we had to call Marc who had told her that he had an aquarium he could give her. So off me and T went to get it from  Marc and Lynne, they of course served me a delicious birthday martini. Lynne showed me a box full of quilted samples done by hand by one of her friends mom that is quite old and he wanted Lynne to have the not one but two large boxes of the most incredible hand made quilt samples. They must have been at least 70 years worth of work. The woman has an incredible gift for color, really breath taking pieces. Most are small but an art piece each one. 

All in all a very special day. I received phone calls from my sisters, brother in law, Tania, and Mom. (sorry if I forgot anyone) Thank you all for making this day a special Bee Day, I had tons of fun. I lived, laughed and loved... what else can I have asked for?

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sailing skirt

The center panel is my attempt at Nuno felting. I was trying to make a scarf but it came out too short and a bit too wide. So today I thought I would put my mistake into something useful. I was looking around my studio for a vibrant blue to match the blue circles I had felted into the silk. The only thing I could find was an old sail cover Paul had stuffed into a bag with his old sails. The fabric is strong but light weight, perfect for making a skirt. I have begun free style embroidery with the yarn I used in the Nuno process on the sail cover. This helps cover any stains the cover had. I have a ways to go yet but I'm more than half way done. I'll post the final product when it's finished. What do you think???? Keep Buzzy!  

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Revamped Leather Jacket

This is what I did today. I had a leather jacket from the eighties that had really beautiful leather, it was very dated and not in a good way. I wanted a messenger style hobo bag, big enough to carry all my stuff plus lunch, for my daily metro trip to downtown Miami. The edges are crochet with two different fun yarns. I also lined the inside with black fabric. Hope you like it, leave a comment. Keep buzzy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fashion and art

Who influences and inspires fashion. Well in the case of Vera Wang, the artist Kees Van Dongen has for her Fall 2008 collection. You can see the influence your self by going to  Fall 2008 RTW and click on Vera Wang. Van Dongen's work is sexy, elegant and has an amazing sense of color. You  immediately go back in time when you see one of his paintings. Have fun and look him up. Keep Buzzy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I have discovered a wonderful poet...Rumi

I was looking at my Yahoo sites that I have made my "favorites" and it lead me, after half a dozen clicks of the mouse to the poems of Rumi. Now for all you well read types I'm sorry for myself that I did not know of Rumi before and please forgive me of my ignorance. He has sold more than half a million volumes of his poetry-no small feat, considering that he lived in the 13th century. I have sat for about an hour reading his work online and have ordered the book you see above. You should take a couple of minutes and read his poetry online. I hope you will be enriched and want to read more of his delightful work. 

Here is a short poem that I really liked... enjoy!

Today like every other day
we wake up empty and frightened.
Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down
a musical instrument. Let the beauty you love
be what you do. There are a thousand ways
to kneel down and kiss the ground.
- Rumi

Monday, July 14, 2008

A mosaic of who I am... or maybe not

My friend Lynne had me do this mosaic. If you want to do your own here's how:
A. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search
B. Using only the first page, pick an image.
C. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker

  1. What is your first name?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. What high school did you go to?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. Who is your celebrity crush?
  6. Favorite drink?
  7. Dream vacation?
  8. Favorite dessert?
  9. What you want to be when you grow up?
  10. What do you love most in life?
  11. One word to describe you?
  12. Your Flickr name.
Have fun the mosaic if very colorful and graphic and makes you think about things you haven't thought about in a while. Keep buzzy!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

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Jitterbug Rainbow Scarf

I started this scarf a couple of days ago.  I'm using wool from a company called  Colinette Jitter Bug. The wool is normally used for socks.  I'm thinking this because I found the wool in the socks area at the yard store, but what do I know.  I'm making it really long so it can be wrapped around the neck and still have a really long hang length.  I'm planning to make some sort of dangly things, maybe out of embellished felt disks or some fun fabric made into disks then free embroidered. I'll post what I come up with.  Have a buzzy day!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Visit to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

An amazing day at Fairchild! Who's brain child was it to combine art with nature???? Exhibiting at the garden, other than Mother Nature was, Roy Lichtenstien, Dale Chihuly (a small amount of donated pieces) and Fernando Botero! Absolutely amazing! Color was everywhere in nature and in art. My mother in law has been a volunteer at the garden for the last 25 years and is of the opinion that art and nature should not be combined. I think, it is yet another way to bring artistic knowledge/education to the public. It also helps the garden to obtain funds  in order to help save tropical plants, habitats and cultures from devastation. It's an amazing place, so if you are ever in Miami don't miss the meeting of art and nature, you will for ever be changed.


Monday, July 7, 2008

It's a boy!!!!!!

Here is my "new" nephew! Not out of the oven yet but baking quite nicely. Three sisters, the two oldest have girls and the youngest sis is having a boy! I am so excited to meet him!!! His name is Dylan Jax. Jax in honor of my dad who passed away. The origin is Spanish and is the masculine form of the Greek name Hyacinth. My dad's name was Jacinto, which is Hyacinth in Spanish. I think Jax should be his first name, but I'm not the parents and I had the pleasure of naming my little girl... so go for it!

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Someone is trying to tell me something

Hi all! I am so sorry I have not been updating my blog. I probably have lost all my readers. After my step son and wife's three week visit, it's been hard getting back in the groove of things. As you can see by the pic I had a small accident. This happened on the 5th of July. A metal framed door was the culprit. Last year at the same time I was in the hospital with T because of her appendix. I am really starting to hate the 4th of July! 

Anyway, I am going to try my darndest to at least put an entry a day. I hope someone is reading my entries out in cyber space.

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