Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A few things from around the house today:
* a horse in a nurse cape
* a book on the Mother of God
* a pink wool blanket on the living room chair
* four spools of cotton sateen thread
And I had one of those double matinée film experiences this weekend: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche New York and Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky (hence the title of this post).
And the 1st snow last night!
Alice loves it ...digging for leaves & twigs under a blanket of white.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
On these dark evenings that begin at five I'm at home cooking soup, drinking les Jamelles and reading some of Frances Spalding's writing on Bloomsbury. Her bio on Vanessa Bell and a newish book, Insights The Bloomsbury Group (2005).
Above - one of Duncan Grant's fabric designs for the Omega Workshops. Like the Shakers, their designs were anonymous, stored in simple paper folders, and unlike the Bauhaus or William Morris, Omega had no political or industrial agenda. They didn't wish to revive craft. Their objects were meant to demonstrate an honest joy taken in existence and making things.
And below - Clive, Mary, Duncan and E.M. at Charleston.
Virginia Woolf in 1925 praised them for 'having worked out a way of life which was not by any means corruptor sinister or merely intellectual; rather ascetic and austere indeed; which still holds, and keeps them dining together, and staying together, after twenty years; and no amount of quarreling or success, or failure has altered this. Now I do think this rather credible.'
and this week a farewell to Dear Natasha, and see you soon .
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Congratulations and thanks to John for all his hard work, and congratulations and thanks to Susannah for her beautiful writing. Thank you too to John Jones for taking great photographs of the work for me.
I won't comment too much on the full publication as I haven't seen it in print yet. Please check it out for yourself on the Alphabet City site which includes info on the FUEL festival in Toronto November 23-28, 2008.
And for those of you in the North, on November 19th Kyle Cashen's band Crash the Car will release their new recording They Built Houses Here. I mention it here because Chera designed a handsome cd cover and website for them using some of the images from Blankety Blank.