fun facts

vintage tools for making

i’ve been falling in love with vintage tools lately-the beauty of the form, the craftsmanship of the object itself…just looking at them, one gets a sense of the care, the love of the object that it was used to create. granted, these tools are mostly textile related, but i’m biased in that regard ; )

1. made from wood, mud, linen, string, paint, 2030-1802 BC, this percussion instrument called a paddle doll is modeled after a woman and consists of a flat piece of wood depicting the torso, rudimentary arms and neck, with “hair” made of beads strung on linen thread…here.

2. parts of a vintage African Ashanti Loom for Kente cloth. Kente is an ashanti ceremonial cloth that is hand woven on a horizontal treadle loom and the stripes are sewn together into larger pieces. kente cloth’s dates back to the 17th century and is a visual representation of african history, ethics, oral literature, philosophy, morality and religious beliefs…here.

3. vintage kenmore sewing machine model c877.15…here.

4. painted pine revolving spool holder with a pincushion finial, 19th century…here.

5. boston ballet costume, 1991…here.

6. scissors, c 1840, victoria & albert museum…here.

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hot pink

a while ago, i did a painting with some hot pink-not a lot of hot pink, but just enough. it got a lot of interest at the gallery where it was housed and the feedback was always, ‘the client really likes the painting, but they just aren’t sure they can live with the pink.’

artists don’t pick colors to match the sofas of their collectors.

eventually, my painting sold and also graces the cover of encaustic art by jennifer margell.

i’m in love with hot pink, it still remains one of the first colors i reach for…it just makes me happy.

1. slime mold…here   2. flamingos…here   3. an evaporation pond bordering mowry slough in south san francisco bay. the color of the water is caused by halophilic micro-organisms...here   4. nicole andrijevic and tanya schultz, a.k.a. pip and pop…here   5. photographer, bruno suet…here  6. aino-maija metsola for marimekko…here   7. pink passion, 2011, irene suarez-model, rebeca saray-photographer…here    8. scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of butterfly wing scales…here

friday fragments

1. a child’s skull before losing baby teeth, 2. styrofoam insulation eaten by carpenter ants 3. watermelon snow, also known as snow algae, red snow or blood snow

fun little tidbits to start your weekend off right…enjoy and be inspired!

friday fragments

some flowers you may not find in your garden this spring…

1. Corpse Flower, bodiless, stemless, leafless and rootless, it requires the vine for its nourishment and support. It emits a pungent rotten flesh smell, which attracts flies and beetles to pollinate it. 2. Banana Tree Flower, according to Philippine folklore, the heart of the banana tree contains an magical charm that drops out of it at the stroke of midnight and whoever catches the charm in his mouth would be endowed with supernatural powers; that is, if he survives the mystical creatures who try to take the charm from him. 3. Baobab Flower, extremely large pendulous flowers which give way to ‘superfruits’ that contain 50% more calcium than spinach, are high in antioxidants, and have three times the vitamin C of an orange.

fun little tidbits to start your weekend off right…enjoy and be inspired!

SEM images

A scanning electron microscope (SEM) is a type of electron microscope that produces images of a sample by scanning it with a focused beam of electrons, which interact with atoms in the sample. this interaction produces various signals that can be detected and that contain information about the sample’s surface topography and composition, allowing us to see these amazing patterns, forms and textures that could have only been imagined before this wonderful technology was invented.

see more here, here and here.

friday fragments

1. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood…see more here. 2. very rare white zebra…see more here. 3. Silicified “Ghost trees” Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming by adam jones…see more here.

fun little tidbits to start your weekend off right…enjoy and be inspired!