Sunday, June 23, 2013

Don't forget to have a good time

This morning as I think about the summer that just started, the big move underway, and all of the many things we're looking forward to...  Ani Difranco lyrics keep running through my head.

Lately I've been glaring into mirrors picking myself apart
You'd think at my age I'd thought of something better to do
Than making insecurity into a full time job
Making insecurity into an art

And I fear my life will be over
And I will have never lived in unfettered
Always glaring into mirrors
Mad, I don't look better

But now here is this tiny baby
And they say she looks just like me
And she is smiling at me with that present infant glee
Yes, and I would defend to the ends of the earth
Her perfect right to be, be, be, be

So I'm beginning to see some problems
With the ongoing work of my mind
And I've got myself a new mantra
It says don't forget to have a good time
Don't let the sellers of stuff power enough to rob you of your grace

Love is all over the place
There's nothing wrong with your face
Love is all over the place
There's nothing wrong with your face

 "Don't forget to have a good time."  Easy advice, hard to do. Just look around and take it all in. It's all perfect, just as it is. Happy Summer, everyone! Here's what ours looks like so far.
DIY waterslide
Exploring the neighborhood creek
Sock bubbles

Tiny Campers
Packing up my favorite cookbooks

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Casting paper

In the midst of packing, I came down with a bad case of the "gotta makes."  I think most artists get this. Basically, at the most inconvenient time, one MUST make something creative. 

I've been itching to cast paper again. I did it both in undergrad and grad school, with very cool results.  Here's a look at what I did this week. 

Mini baking tins; silicone lubricant; and white paper pulp:
Pressing pulp into the mold; letting the full molds dry completely:
The finished result: cast paper!
After i trim up the edges, I'll probably add some color or other surface treatment. I'll be sure to share!