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2-18-08 Over the past few years I've
accumulated a collection of half-finished paper projects. Some were
pieces that didn't look like they'd work out the way I planned; some were
finished but I didn't like them; some were pieces I'd just lost interest in.
All were sitting around cluttering up. (I can't stand to throw away
anything that has work time involved in it. Seems so wasteful.
On the other hand, it's just as wasteful to spending time dealing with the
clutter. Catch 22.) In addition to all those failed pieces, I
had a couple of nice forms - one
vessel and a jug form - that
just weren't complete, but I hadn't known what to do to finish them.
Both had way too much time and the forms were way too nice simply to do
something/anything to finish them. At some point around the first of
the year, all the clutter in the workroom got to me and I resolved to finish
all the unfinished projects in some manner or another. With the
exception of the two pieces mentioned above, it didn't matter what the
pieces looked like, how I finished them, they'd be FINISHED. And so I
set about doing just that. In a strange way, that resolve freed me to
do things my perfectionist mind wouldn't have considered doing under
different circumstances. It allowed me to take chances I wouldn't have
taken. With one exception, I'm pleased with all the finished projects.
But I'm more than pleased with the flatten vessel and the jug. Both
had been put off until last, and what I learned in finishing the other
pieces came into play completing these. The flattened one is about 12"
across and about 7" tall. The top surface area needed something.
When I was casting about for ideas and materials, I ran across a
bundle of Kentucky coffeetree
stems. The stems about 2' long and have a lovely subdued burgundy
color, but unfortunately, the stems are brittle, particularly from the
middle toward the ends and aren't suitable for basketry. Still, the
bases are solid and have an
interesting end on them. I selected 24 stems, similar in diameter,
and cut 2" off the butt end. Then I trimmed the cut end flat and
arranged and glued the pieces around the opening of the flattened vessel.
A chipboard ring went over that, then the ring and a portion of each stem
were covered with hickory. (Sorry, no "in progress pictures.) I
wasn't happy with the plain, flatness of that top ring, so I covered
it with scrunched hickory, then when that was dry, I tipped the high spots
with black. Here is the finished
vessel. A slightly angled
view gives a bit more perception of the depth of the vessel, and a
shot from the top. I had to
laugh at Page, a friend who was visiting a few days ago. She picked
the piece up and commented on how light it is. Actually, for paper,
the piece has some heft, weighing in at three-quarters of a pound, but
is a clay artist. For her, anything under ten pounds for a piece is light,
a thought that is reinforced hauling her work back and forth to exhibits and
shows many times over a season. So sorry, Page... Want to try
being a papermaker instead?
2-20-08 I keep forgetting to put a link to
a documentary that Kentucky Life shot here at the house last fall.
Earlier this month it was aired on Kentucky Life. Each week the
program highlights interesting people and places around Kentucky during a
thirty minute program. The one I'm included in has a super segment on
a group that uses horses to help people with disabilities. Excellent!
The segment I'm in starts about 16:30 into the program. To view the
video, click the "Windows Media" or "Real Player" link in the upper
2-21-08 I've been off playing
photographer/webmaster for the Berea Arts Council's "Heart for the Arts"
fundraiser. It's scheduled for Saturday, March 1. The even is a
combination chili supper and art auction...great food, excellent art...and
I'm fortunate to get a first-hand close-up look before the event.
Spent one day shooting and editing pictures, then put these up on their
website. If you'd like a look at what the artisans here are willing to
give to this organization, take a look
here. What you see is an amazing collection of work, but what you
don't see is equally good. There's much, much more. If you're
planning on being anywhere around Berea on the evening of March 1, you'd be
well advised to stop in and bid.
2-23-08 My friends are as bad as I am
about scavenging stuff for me. Jerry just returned from Florida where
a tornado ripped through and played nasty with the plants while he was
there. After the skies cleaned, he went out and gathered a huge
load of bird-of-paradise leaves,
giant philodendron leaf
sheaths, a few leaves from a staghorn fern, banana plant leaves and a
couple of chunks of a coconut palm trunk. This is all well and good,
but the stuff is green and I couldn't just leave it boxed up. My back
porch now resembles a jungle with plant material strewn around drying.
The cats are finding all this
very, very interesting. Hope they don't think it needs to be