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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Still Life in a Window Box

Snap...Snap...Snap
Look...Shift...Zoom
It was a pleasure to quickly take many photos of the window box life as it is now.
What looks spent...is actually full of life.
Take a look and see what you think!

The window box, filled with walnut leaves.
Shadow Dancing!
Lace and blue sky.
Close up of a black lump...mutant sunflower?
Tiny black creatures...the creators of lace leaves.

A bit of smocking pleats on the old tomato.
A hint of color.




Beauty!



All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011

Singing in the Rain

     

What a difference a day makes!
For some unknown reason this popped into my head this morning!
My oh my - how my daughter and I enjoyed ALL of the old dance movies.
She's been dancing (formally) since she was 4 years old.
I've been dancing in my heart more years than that!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Exhausted

I've put away the photographs project.
For a while...perhaps a day...or a few days.
Maybe longer.  I need a break.

So, today I feel like this sunflower.

Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011
I spent some moments with the old sunflowers today.
More about that later.

Friday, November 25, 2011

5x8

  Found among my mother's things...
6 linen (?) cloths.  Each with it's own illustrated quote.  Measuring approximately 5x8.  Would you like a little Dickens with your cocktail?  I think they are pretty funny.  These most likely belonged to my mother and birth-father in the early 1950's.  I wonder what stories they could tell?  I think I will do a bit of online research...




UPPER LEFT: "Welcome Poverty", cried Mr.McCauber              
UPPER RIGHT: Mr. Pecksniff and his charming daughter   
BOTTOM: Mr. Fezziwigs Ball

                                                  

 
TOP: Convivality at Bob Sawyers  
BOTTOM LEFT: Mr. Jefferson Brick proposes an appropriate sentiment 
BOTTOM RIGHT: Mrs.Gamp looked around and chuckled

All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011




                                                                      

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today...


Today I am Thankful for these views...
on a mountain-top about 28 miles from my house!




Standing on the top of the mountain I was amazed at the distance I could see.  
Then I began to examine the natural elements up close and that was equally amazing.

What happens when a pine cone sits still for a long time!  Pine cone ghosting!


A plaque on the large pine tree.  It reads: "Soar on Vince. You will always be with us."
Recently trimmed pine tree
Very large pine tree!  Oddly enough it has a very short looking trunk, many large branches very low on the trunk and very long needles.  

Heading back down the dirt road, I marvel at the geological history.

All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Week Everyone!


       

Some days are just overwhelming! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

10 Minute Drill #9 - Memory Keeper


Today I pulled these out.  They were purchased a long time ago at an estate sale around the corner from my house.  One or two of them will be used on the Memory Keeper woven envelope I've begun.  With some ribbon or cloth to help keep it closed.

This one was tucked in among them.
I really like it!
One row shy of a nine patch!  Ha!

 All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Where I Am

 Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011


The time has come to dismantle my mother's photo albums.
It is a very hard job.  
Many of the people in these books have already passed on.  I miss them.
My mother was the last of her generation in our family.  She had everybody's stuff.  
Now my sister and I have everybody's stuff.
I have so many...so very many conversations with myself (and my sister) about: 
What we are supposed to do with all of this "stuff"?
My mom created many photo albums over the years.
But, this grouping of bumpy, textured, woven ones are the hardest to undo.  
They hold my whole childhood.  
They hold the little girl part of me that still exists, deeply ingrained in my heart.
There are so many family photos, collected over years of life experiences.
There's so much family history here.
At first I did not think I would be able to take these books apart, as I've known them most of my life.  They speak volumes about my mother.  Their super organized, chronological order format, even down to the blending of two families...the little white paper labeling done in my mother's never-changing handwriting...their smell, my mother's smell that graces everything once belonging to her.
Taking them apart is loosing another piece of my mom.
It's loosing her once again and that is sad.
I look for the lessons.  I embrace family traditions.  
I celebrate joyous moments again.  
I marvel at who my mother was...at who each one of us has been.
Somehow, this job feels appropriate for this season of change.  
I feel changes coming.
I feel unsettled...disequilibrium.
I fit this job in where time and emotions allow.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

10 Minute Drill #8

Today I like this:

 Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Information & Further Exploration

Information & Further Exploration...often provides Inspiration and Conversation!!!

This is one of those posts that includes many links to other inspiring places to visit.
I like to do that now and then.  I like to share!
I get a weekly update from two cloth related magazines from Interweave press.  I get the updates from Quilting Arts and Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  I took those magazines for years.
Here are a few recent links that made me think of my online community.  The first one is for anyone who likes to spin and read...maybe not at the same time though!  It seems the folks at Interweave have been working on a project that involves spinning projects based on the work of Jane Austen!  You can find it here: spinning and reading
This next one caught my eye because of the colorful photo and the words: periodic table of elements,   which my guy has been interested in.  Not me, I don't want to do anything formal with my dye pot play!  But, I must add that I love color wheels and this reminded me of them.  If you're interested in a scientific display of dyeing, then by all means...go check it out!  Isn't that a beautiful color-filled photo?!
Then I saw this one about the debate about using patterns and one on smooth stitching  Two subjects recently posted on blogs I read.  I myself don't like to use a pattern, not my way express myself & I am not good at it!!  However, my first work (as a kid) was 'printed cross-stitch' designs...just stitch over the X's!  The second article here made me think of arlee whose work is certainly not smooth and flat...and is so interesting and textured because of her creative Frankenstitch!!!

Made with a pattern?  I'll never know!  My great-aunt made this doggie doorstop!

Additionally recent conversations have been based on earning money and notoriety by putting your work out there.  These conversations have at times been deeply philosophical, personal and intense.  I personally like the idea of entering a piece after you've seen a post like this one.  It has the  perks of you being able to create a piece in a way that is true to you and if it happens to fit a guideline out there...well that's fun!  I have only once been inspired to create something as an entry piece.  It was a self-portrait 'contest' for Quilting Arts.  My piece was not selected, but was on their website for a while!  I thought that was fun.  There are a lot of suggestions for entries in this article.  Also if someone sees some of my work...and just cannot live without it...just ask!

My self-portrait...A sensory gal!  Made by writing a journal page...manipulating it 4 different ways, transferring it on fabric...spring eyes, shells for ears and a protruding nose symbolize what makes me me!  The back was made by scanning rough sand paper and printing that onto fabric.

To all of those that crochet and/or those making the Beekeepers quilt and of course don't we all love circles?   Now, this one may be a great project...the Circle Rug.  When I read the directions, I laughed at how it read like a foreign language to me!  But I do love the idea!  I liked how the middle hole disappears.  Cool.

I hope you've enjoyed this little link-share session and if you've seen something you'd like to share...leave a comment!
 All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011



Thursday, November 10, 2011

10 Minute Drill #7

Fabric Out of the Dye Pots!
 I've taken all of the fabric out, washed it up...
Do you want to see?


With no formal record keeping, this is what I have learned:
  1. The powdered rust in the rusty horse waterer, with rusty items thrown in works nicely.
  2. The habotai silk takes color very well.
  3. My oblong acorns from the front yard, do not give off much color.
  4. The linen takes color well, but remains scratchy feeling, even when in the dye pot for a long time.  Pondering the texture of linen.
  5. The silk velvet is my favorite in both richness of color and feel.
  6. The round acorns dye much darker.

These are the fat round acorns found during a Sunday afternoon adventure apple picking.  I cooked them on the stove in the new little brass dye pot.

Day by day the walnut tree becomes more golden.
We've thrown some leaves in the walnut dye pot.
Today I learned how those leaves dye the front porch as well!!!


I've begun a weaving that will become a special envelope for a newly married couple.
 All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Paula Scher: Great design is serious (not solemn)




These thought provoking books and videos...and websites keep coming my way!  I was at brain pickings...Mmmmm...don't know how I got there...
In checking out the lists etc. in the left sidebar I had to check out the book list on maps!!  That led to the interesting video above.  Of course I had to take a peek at this map influenced site.  That led to noticing the maps numbered 526, 531, and 534-538.  When I read the About Strange Maps... I wondered, "What is the Big Think?"...When I got tho their "Home" page, my eyes fell on Thinking Makes it So...and in the first paragraph, the link to "Monday's Article" (because I am interested in aging...
PHEW
I have only  skimmed most of this (And by placing it here, I can get back to it easily!  My memory helping technique!)

There are many other titles on the sidebar of Brain Pickings that caught my eye.  But that will have to be for another time, as my late in the day lunch break is over.  After a lot of skimming and some listening, I've no more time for all of this metacognition!  Gotta put my brain to use in a different way!!

What if I mapped my evening Internet travels?  What would that look like?  What if it was a bar graph by frequency or subject or???

I'll leave you to think on your own,
Nancy

UPDATE:
Here is the link in case you can't see the video above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atn22-bmTPU&feature=relmfu

Let me know if this does not work for you either  :)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Something to Think About



         

UPDATE:
Noticed at Brene's blog this morning I was interested in this whole field of graphic facilitation.  I had no idea this even existed as a field of work with related fears and conferences and websites and on and on!  Go ahead...Google it, I bet you'll be fascinated!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

10 Minute Drill #6

Art Bear at the mall

Acorns in the front yard.  Notice the oval shaped spiky leaves?

Walnut tree leaves changing, decorating the driveway!

New little brass dye pot! 

The dye pots:
top left: rust, in a rusty old "horse waterer"
top right: walnuts in great-aunts old pot...my first dye pot!   
(you should see me picking up the scraps the squirrels leave & tossing them in!)
bottom left: purple onion (it was fairly spoiled, so I just tossed it in a pot!) in a not supposed to be a dye pot-pot!
bottom right: acorns in the found one-handled pot


Out of the dye pot


 The blue fabric on the right is blueberries...frozen - warmed, then lots of extra juice in the dish...throw in fabric (take out & eat berries first!!)...let sit for days!
The 'lace' was created by my Daddy's grandmother.
Some cotton on the left - walnut dyed
The rest a gift from Deanna!  
Thank you Deanna!
So fun to experiment with new materials!  What a treat!

Gotta Run...have a great night!

 All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011