Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I always try for window seats on planes, I'm fascinated by the perspective of the landscape and how humans have settled into different places. Arizona was gorgeous to fly into. Miles and miles of desert, mountains , canyons, volcano cones, and then suddenly the suburban sprawl starts. On the way home I packed a few essentials so I could do a few little sketches as we flew.
The view of suburban sprawl from the air, always makes me think of the opening credits of the TV show Weeds. See what I mean, here.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wright was only a consultant on this project, but his influence is everywhere. Upon walking in, one of the first things you see if a stained glass that he designed which was executed by Nino Greco.
The low ceilings give the resort an intimacy that most hotels lack. The center courtyard with its perfect view of a mountain, makes the resort feel as if it was truly designed for the space it's in. It doesn't seem to dominate over the land, but instead shows off its beauty.
As a textile designer, I have a great appreciation for surface design and repeating patterns in all their applications. This hotel proved to be one of the best examples of great surface design. The hotel uses one tile pattern throughout all the buildings in the resort. The tile was designed by Emry Kopta, a southwest sculptor chosen for his ability to capture the spirit of the southwest. It was inspired by the pattern on a palm tree, at the point where the fronds have been cut off the tree. While interesting on its own, what I loved was how this one tile was used throughout the whole building in different ways, creating many different patterns. In some uses, it almost seems like it's a different tile. I couldn't help but think about the hours that were spent designing each facade using this one tile. The attention to detail in this building is something rarely seen today, where hotels all seem so generic.
Another detailed used throughout the hotel were the Biltmore Sprites, angular sculptures designed by Wright and seen often as a pair, but sometimes standing alone. I got home and did a little searching to find out their story which you can read here. (It's interesting, and involves prohibition!) It was a very relaxing trip.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Something about blogging the project I really wanted to get done gave me the extra push to actually get it done. As predicted, it didn't take very long, just needed to do it. I used a colorful map for the covers and sewed it together so that one side is upside down, giving the book 2 fronts. I'm happy with it and psyched to fill it.
I'm going to unplug while away and not even bring my mac. I'll report back on Thursday with some photos from the desert and hopefully some inspiration.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Not surprisingly, I have no appropriate journal to bring. When I went to Colorado in April, I didn't have a good one to bring, but I brought one that I liked the inside, just not the outside (too Christmas-y) with plans to rebind it. Since I have plenty of room in that one to last me through this trip, I thought I should combine. The plan (if I can get this done by tomorrow) is to have Colorado on one side and Arizona on the other, but bind it so that one is upside down, so each starts from the front, depending on how you hold it. This is the plan, we'll see if it gets accomplished in time. If not, it'll just get rebound when I get back, but I'm determined to do it before I leave because I could see this project never actually getting finished if I don't. I'll check in tomorrow night and let you know how I did, and what else I have packed in my travel journal kit.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I'm sure I'm not the only one who's seen guys walking around with pants hanging below their asses. I mean, pants had been low hanging for a while, but the other day I was walking behind a guy and couldn't help but notice that the pants were literally sitting below his ass cheeks.
How could these possibly stay up? Then I noticed the way he’s walking. Having his pants hang this low forced him to walk leaning way back, with his legs spread apart, and with his hand on his front hip, holding up his pants. Of course, then I notice that everyone wearing pants that low, also have the walk to go with it. It comes off as arrogance, but really, I’m convinced it grew out of necessity to hold their pants up.
This got me thinking about how fashion has never been solely about the clothes. This is far from the first example of people having to modify the way they walk to accommodate the style of the day. The first example that came to mind was women with bound feet. While having tiny feet was socially important for a slew of reasons, what was also important was the sway with which women walked on their lily feet. So important that even women who were too poor to have their feet bound (because they had to, you know, walk around to survive) would try to emulate the sway of women with bound feet to appear of a higher class.
Another example is Paul Poiret's hobble dress. This particular dress was so narrow at the bottom, it was sold with hobble garters, shackles essentially, for women to wear so that they wouldn't take too long a stride and rip their seams. This resulted in a very fashionable hobble that women walked with when wearing this very fashionable garment.
As with every trend, they often become more and more extreme, until they become ridiculous and crash and burn, to be replaced by something new. I'm hoping this proves true for this current trend, because I don't want to see how much lower these pants can go.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
In order to decide how to finish my placemats, I pulled out a book that is a standard on any weaver's bookshelf, Finishes in the Ethnic Tradition. I'm thinking I like the fringe, which I didn't think I would, so now I'm trying to pick a finish that would also let me keep the fringe, but without the fabric falling apart and fraying. Finished photos to follow when I'm done!
A few other things, I'm the featured member this month on the Arts in RI blog! Read the interview here.
Also, if the weather cooperates, I'll be at the Providence Open Market tomorrow selling some books. Here are the details. I really hope it doesn't pour, which is seeming kind of likely.
Lastly, I'm happy scarf season is in full swing. I'm wearing this one today and I love it!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I've been having a bit of a creative block lately. I think it's partly because last week I was busy, and then this week I'm working a lot at Craftland. Still, I need to get those creative juices flowing and also design some new product. I decided to take my own advice and unplug, open a new blank book and start brainstorming. I pulled out a book I've had a few years, one I bought at Craftland in 2006 (by If'n Books & Marks) and got started getting creative. Hopefully it works!