Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tea Light Lanterns: A Tutorial

Another tutorial I created is up at Project Wedding! I like to think of these as instant lanterns - in their unembellished form, they come together so easily from a few simple materials. These in particular remind me of an organdy dress, with their soft, ladylike details and cool simplicity. Make a batch for your next twilit summer celebration - you can find the full instructions and supplies list over at Project Wedding.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Slide Projector: The Pre-Raphaelites

Hello again! Dear me, somewhere between ending another school year and starting an internship, two weeks have quickly slipped by without a post. But this means I have a backlog of projects to share with you in the coming weeks (the craft closet is approaching completion and the dollhouse is finally going to be unveiled!). Before I completely abandon academics for the summer I wanted to add to the "Slide Projector" series with a group of artists I studied during the year.It's at the end of the first floor corridor, behind the dove gray door on the right. Room 1542, where the daydreamiest of students drift off on a bit of time travel. Not to the oft frequented Parisian exhibitions of most 19th century art history courses, but to England. To the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle, a thoroughly fascinating band of romantics, brooding and avant-garde, with the requisite starry eyed poet among them. They were fascinated by the medieval, and displaced by the shock of industrialism's soot and steam. Onto the banks of Ophelia's watery grave, across fields after rain, a vibrancy of color and gloried nature spills from their brushes, tempered by a compelling quality of the mysterious and the unsaid.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Little Italy

A few weeks ago I took a day trip with my parents and their friends to Little Italy, San Diego - an unexplored place in a familiar city.
We rode by train. Down the coast to Union Station, where we met with colored tile, old radiators, window panes and light through a Spanish arcade.
It was sunny and blue enough for a new summer dress. Pink and white stripes and lots of fabric in the skirt - to my detriment with wind gusts off the nearby harbor.
We strolled through the late morning's street market and bought daisies for two dollars a bunch.
The afternoon we filled with lunch and a tour; painted ceilings and stained glass, chocolate gelato, neighborhood history and being tourists in our own backyard.
With the end of the day, mom and I explored two more blocks plus a coffee shop, rejoining the others on the 7 o'clock train for all points north.