Tuesday, January 31, 2012

it's never enough........

Every time i visit Flora Grubb i cant help but get more inspired for everything live and green!
(not that im far from living with live plants, but still, i have an ongoing craving for re-presenting
nature made greens in new ways - or so to speak re-presenting in unusuall artistic ways)

so this time again im falling in love with these glass containers with little air plants arrangements.
i have seen them around for a while now in the bay area, and i have a couple of my own, but still
they create such a joy in my heart when i look at them every time! its like going to a museum
and seeing rare things from behind the glass cases...............a mysterious happening! you wonder
how they can be a living green with no soil!

do i ever get bored, tired or say enough is enough and move on!?
i dont think so!

[fotos via Flora Grubb]

Monday, January 30, 2012

have a style.............

" Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn."     - Gore Vidal

 [foto by Flora Grubb]

Friday, January 27, 2012

having an experience than making a picture.......

article and photo via NY Times:
[ "In the only written statement Cy Twombly ever made about his work,
a short essay in an Italian art journal in 1957, he tried to make clear that
his intentions were not subversive but elementally human. Each line he made,
he said, was “the actual experience” of making the line, adding: “It does not
illustrate. It is the sensation of its own realization.” Years later, he described
this more plainly. “It’s more like I’m having an experience than making a picture,”
he said. The process stood in stark contrast to the detached, effete image that
often clung to Mr. Twombly. After completing a work, in a kind of ecstatic state,
it was as if the painting existed but he himself barely did anymore: “I usually have
to go to bed for a couple of days,” he said.

Cy Twombly, who once practiced drawing in the dark to make his lines less
purposeful, steadfastly followed his own program and looked to his own
muses — often literary ones, like Catullus, Rumi, Pound and Rilke.

He seemed to welcome the privacy that came with unpopularity.
“I had my freedom and that was nice.”
he said in a rare interview, with Nicholas Serota.]

i just finished this great read from NY Times.
love his childlike scribble work and how he
related to his work at the time!

absence of action.......

i heard once that succulents/cacti are actually bad feng shui; they represent stagnant
relationships and prevent growth! so having them indoor is kinda not too good since it
bring such solid lazy-kind energy!

however, yesterday when i shared that with a friend she quoted:
" A man who sees action in inaction and inaction in action has understanding
among men and discipline in all action he performs."     Bhagavad Gita

i loved what i heard! yes! there is an action in inaction in such desert plants!
we are just not aware of it! and as far as im concerned with my kind of walking-in-the-air personality
without any string attached to earthy solid concepts, these plants are grounding, solid and full of life!
and i can't get enough of them! (have had many of them, indoor)

[i took these photos today in the morning in my kitchen when the light was just shining
through two little adorable plants that i brought in from my porch about two weeks ago]

winter blue.......


today i feel "yellow" blue not the "blue" blue!
the story started yesterday when a beautiful friend brought me these
two blue pots from my all time favorite Anthropology store! the combo
of blue + earthy texture of the pots was kind of a fresh new breeze
into the recent overwhelming red+yellow+orange theme that has been
going on around my house for the last two weeks!
then......this morning.... i saw these beautiful photos by the amazing
photographer/blogger Amy Merrick who i wrote about in the past!  
her photos take my breath away every time i come across with. 
they resonate with the core of my being in a very strong way! 
and her styling is just................! (you may feel the blank yourself!)
anyhow....... making the short story shorter........... 
Muscari is the name of the little blue wonder flowers........
(i always love them even more so than Hyacinthus)
now.......that i got exposed to these photos i cant wait to have my
blue arrangements somehow sometimes somewhere around my life!
 thinking: i should run out to find the bulbs somewhere close by!
 so......after all..... the "winter blue" that i have been feeling is turning 
to be a happy yellow blue feeling! and if so..... then........ i totally 
can live in blue for as long as it lasts!

quote of the day.......

"How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, 
with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees 
all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; 
he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is 
quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. 
The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions 
where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers."
-Isaac Asimov

honestly..........so very true what is told here!

the image has nothing to do with my quote of the day!
im just loving how the textile designer,  Karen Barbe, created such patches!
love love it. and even might try to make some of my own!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

if i only lived in Australia.......

you heard me in my previous post talking about my love affair with woven baskets
and for that my desire to go as far as africa to learn the craft from masters!
however, in my search for workshops around here, i ended up finding a weaving
day course by Harriet Goodall in Australia!
oh no! australia is just as far to go for a workshop!

considering that every culture has weaving techniques for
creating baskets or such from natural material, i might just
watch some birds for a while to see how they make their nest!
hee hee hee
loose or tight.....all organic shapes....all natural......rounded....
.....soft but tough.......  earthy fibers......oh my goodness....
i barely can wait to try my hands at making such things!
[photos of Harriet’s work by Chris Chen]

african baskets.......

Handwoven Iringa Basket eclectic baskets
VivaTerra - African Market Basket eclectic baskets
Senegalese Storage Baskets - Aqua/Orange, Set of Three traditional baskets

i can't explain how much im drawn to
these authentic african baskets!
its beyond my control!
i can live in them, with them or around them!
a house full of them sounds ideal!
kidding aside....i have a thing for naturally made baskets!
it might sound silly but learning how to make such things
or in fact learning to weave any kind of baskets out of
natural fiber is one of the reasons i want to go africa!
really really! im wondering if there is any weaving
workshop around here i can attend!

[images via here]

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

pani Jurek's chandelier............

how cool is this......creating lamps from chemistry test tubes!
apparently Pani Jurek was inspired by the Polish scientist
Maria Skłodowska-Curie (who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry).
in her design two rounded plywood bands hold rows of test tubes
in place that can easily be detached, allowing for a wide range
of different fillers.
I love it that you can change it based on the mood and feeling
you want to create in your space!
little vases as chandelier! fantastic!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

finding art from above............

When I’m flying and see things from above, I don’t care anymore about the small things. 
It gives me peace. the photographer/pilot, Klaus Leidorf says.

absolutely a.m.a.z.i.n.g! just cant get enough of his photography!

secret crush on h.e.n.s.e............

I've had a huge crush on this Atlanta visual artist and graffiti writer, HENSE, for a while now!
love his art (use of shapes, colors.... )......and...... his look!
apparently his works are all over that town on walls for the last two decades! 
i think i should pay a visit to Atlanta, Georgia to meet him!
unless he decides to come to san francisco to visit us and paint some of our city walls!
in that case i can voluntary help him out!....or perhaps for the sake of my research process
towards my artistic self, i can just set a meeting with him for an "interview"! hee hee hee