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I have recently come across a host of wonderful green images of spring -- a rarity in this desert to be treasured. It reminds of more northern places, where rhubarb leaves unfurl through spring snow, lambs gambol in wet green... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In the Labyrinth
I have no real idea of how they managed these complex sculptural forms in food -- I have been doing a little research to figure it out -- but of the few I have found, they are usually really elaborate structures underneath and then careful coverings -- maybe they sculpted the form of the nymph in chunks of cooked meat, and then laid over that thinly rolled pasta??? The mind sort of boggles really.
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Quite a few reviews of The Innamorati mentioned with some glee and the occasional admiration the insults hurled back and forth between characters in the novel. Many of them are historical, taken from a variety of Renaissance story-telling traditions, some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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One of the things weaving and writing share is unweaving and discarding false starts. I didn't love the twill enough to keep it. Too many things I should have done differently in the set up. Unwove it and started over,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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One of the things weaving and writing share is unweaving and discarding false starts. I didn't love the twill enough to keep it. Too many things I should have done differently in the set up. Unwove it and started over, adding in the left over self-stripping sock yarns. I'm liking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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Sometimes its really fun just to knit something small and easy and have it turn out lovely. I knitted this for my 2yr old grand daughter --a little summer sweater "In Threes" from Kelly Herdrich done up in beautiful Spud & Chloe wool/organic cotton yarn, in luscious melon. After knitting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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So looking forward to reading this new anthology, edited by Jack Zipes, a collection of world tales on the scorcerer's apprentice. Should have a review up early next week. These stories go so well with strong coffee, itself a magical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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I have been washing and gently bleaching all the beautiful, but soiled bits of lace and scraps salvaged from farm after it was vandalized. It is amazing to see how beautiful and white it becomes once cleaned and hung to dry in the desert sun. I marvel too at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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I am always astonished to see the new directions modern embroidery has taken -- such as Michelle Kingdom's small embroidered scenes of life, Jillian Tamaki's gorgeous book covers, and Stacy Page's photographs wonderfully embellished with stitches. So, oh how I love this work of Philadelphia artist Matthew Cox -- transforming... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
Yes, I am really grateful to you for telling me about Bearden --I would have loved to share his work with my students, back when I was teaching. Might have been fun even to team-teach with the AP art teacher and have the students to study both the text and the art together. You might find the the work of Javier Pinon also interesting -- probably a bit too adult for most high schools, but his use of collage from a Latino perspective is fabulous. I posted on him a while back. http://tinyurl.com/kcxwqab
We've been doing longer walks lately, which makes me happy. Sometimes twice a day to get the annoying buzz of fitbit telling me I am over 10,000 steps. Whatever it takes. Weight comes down by itself -- though after weeks of watching of The Great English Bake competition I am... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Muscle Up
I love Gillian Welch's album "The Harrow and the Harvest" -- but it is this song that gives me the chills. Not sure what it is I love best -- perhaps it's the way the young woman transforms a haunted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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When I was in Italy, I happen to read a murder mystery set in the 16th century -- the same time period I was using to set The Innamorati. I read the first 100 pages which took place over a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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Researching food is always fun, partially to make to make sure that I won't make any grievous errors putting in a dish that wasn't around until a century later -- or and even more important -- miss the chance to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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I was delighted by a recommendation to have a look at the beautiful collage work of African American artist, Romare Beardon, whose "A Black Odyssey" is an extraordinary presentation of Homer's The Odyssey. The images are stunning, and the interpretation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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As The Innamorati is set in the mid-1500's of Renaissance Italy, I knew that there would be historical changes in the images and meanings of the Siren from antiquity to the Renaissance. I was counting on it, actually, knowing that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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In this "climatic" scene, Lorenzo begins by fiercely resisting to recall the poet in himself while Erminia fights to liberate Lorenzo from his denial and at the same time, satisfy Orpheus' demand that she must first make Lorenzo a poet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
Hi Jeff, Thank you so much for this wonderful reference! I went immediately to look for it and it is splendid. I love the Greek-blue that infuses everything, and the way Bearden has tied Odysseus so high on the mast, where he hangs between the sea and the sky, like an offering, or a man willing to temporarily surrender the security of the ground to hear their ethereal songs. It's really fabulous.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2017 on The Sirens of Homer's Odyssey I at In the Labyrinth
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This is was fun scene to write as it provided me a chance to get back at that wretched Orpheus after reading all the mythological shenanigans he did to harm the Sirens and get away with it. Well, only to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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One of the more interesting developements in the legacy of the Sirens comes after Homer has installed them in his epic poem as "malleable" figures. Having appeared as characters with an ambiguous history, others soon arrived to fill in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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I am trying to remember that moment in writing The Innamorati -- constructed mainly around the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte-- when I decided I needed the Siren Herminia to join the cast. I cannot now conceive of the novel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
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This excerpt is taken from Chapter Eight in The Innamorati when Erminia finds herself in the piazza, watching a performance of the Commedia troupe, the Libertini. She is stunned by the magic of Anna Forseti's masks. And their power incite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at In the Labyrinth
Aiii...I've been doing a regular two mile walk in the morning which has been pretty awesome. But husband and I ressurected our fitbits and so we have added a second after dinner walk of about a mile or so to reach the prescribe 10,000 steps or five miles. Forgot how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Muscle Up
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How beautiful is this 1833 Irish book of needlework instruction, created with great skill and thought. I do wonder about the needlewoman who took the time to create it, providing gorgeous miniature examples as a reference -- perhaps to remind herself of how she constructed something, or perhaps to pass... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Handwork and The Craft
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How beautiful is this 1833 Irish book of needlework instruction, created with great skill and thought. I do wonder about the needlewoman who took the time to create it, providing gorgeous miniature examples as a reference -- perhaps to remind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at In the Labyrinth