Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Especially appealing to me. Meghan and I acquired tons and tons of blank, white matchbooks from a summer job. We have used them, but not like this. Besides the matchbook works, Jason D'Aquino uses found paper objects.
Today I went to Curry's to buy some supplies for work, and I spent 20 dollars on a set of 3 microperm fine tip pens, a speedball pen and nib set, some new rubber cement and some india ink. I also perused the printmaking books - my co-worker is part of the Cambridge Printmakers (or something like that) and so we were talking about monotype printmaking and how easy it could be. I was thinking of inking some Mylar with watercolours, let it dry, and then lay a wet piece of paper on top to complete the transfer. I'll have to use a tennis ball or something to burnish the mylar and make sure it transfers well, but I'm excited to try it. As well as some new ink drawings.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Bouquet of Crows by Stuart Patience
I was just listening to this CBC radio program with my mom in the car. It is about how clever crows are. Crows collect things, they play in the snow and they delight in playing tricks on less intelligent birds. Have a listen.
The town I grew up in has two railway lines running through it. At school we would have yearly train safety lessons warning us of the dangers of walking on the railway tracks listening to a walkman. We would sit on the tracks, collect railway spikes on the tracks, and walk home from school on the tracks. I remember being able to tell the time by a train's whistle.
O. Winston Link photographed American steam engines at the end of their era. I watched a great documentary about him called The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I must have purchased 6 pairs of shorts this summer, and I don't wear a single pair. Skirts, yes; dresses, yes; pants cuffed, yes. Shorts?
Ok - I lie. I have one pair of black suede shorts that I think might have been part of an Oktoberfest costume - awesome, but too short to wear to a family outing or to work or to anywhere I don't want my thighs to totally show. Are tights the answer? I sort of refuse to wear tights in the summer...
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I'm feeling a bit down about things. Today Meghan and I completely moved out of our Oakville apartment - so our stuff is split in two; half at her house, and the other half at mine. It will be impossible to get all this stuff to Halifax, so we are going to be forced to part with a lot of it. It makes me doubly sad that I am so attached to material items, BUT - these are my things! The things that make me feel at home, and comfortable. I guess I am just feeling some sort of shock about what is to come - the furthest relocation I have made. I'm so happy to be going with Meghan.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I have been sending more mail than usual - packages for MILK AND BREAD and letters to Jamie. It is nice to write something special and seal it up, knowing that the recipient will be happy to receive the surprise. Letters feel personal, intimate and nostalgic. Griffin & Sabine is about two people whom have never met, but are linked telepathically. The book shows their correspondence through postcards and letters that the reader can pull from envelopes. Their stories are revealed slowly with each letter.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Here at milk and bread we are just crazy about the Sedaris family - David, Amy and we like the other ones too. Today my sister Emma and I made a belated father's day cake. Emma made it really, I just measured the flour. The recipe was from Amy Sedaris' cookbook I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, which is a good read even of you never plan to bake anything.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Today my sister Charli and I went for a bike ride and pretended we were in Now And Then. She said she wished her whole life was on the set of the movie, and I agreed. It's one of my mom's favourite movies and soundtracks, so both of us have grown up on it.
I thought I was going to miss out on garage sailing this week, but when I came home around noon, my mom told me she saw a pink vintage bike with a basket at a large garage sale. So we went to go see if it was still there, and it WAS. a miracle, if you ask me. anyway, I am now the proud owner of a vintage pink Renegade ladies bike, with wide handles and seat, and a lovely little basket. AND - backpedal to break. I love it. I also got these three beautiful books. One is Pinocchio, one is a Laugher is the Best Medicine collection from Reader's Digest, and the other is a textbook from a Kitchener public school about Canada.