My mind feels a bit sieve-like these days. A huge amount of interesting stuff flows through it every day but I don't seem to be capturing much, let alone getting it down on blog. Everything is okay, but the adjustment to out-of-house gainful employment is taking most of the energy I have right now; I don't know what to let go of or where all of my other projects and ideas and plans are going now.
But links, I've got links!
- The cool people at Contemporary Cloth have launched a new shop and blog called Modern Marks. The new site sells original works on paper and fabric, including original textiles by Jane Dunnewold.
- I came across Elin Noble's beautiful work and Web site last week. It looks as if there will be threads and fabric for sale soon, and more gallery images.
- Garment sewers will appreciate The Luxurious Vagabond's blog.
- And you'll also like the online collection at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum.
- Do you live in a city or town that could use some revitalization and more space for artists? Artspace USA is a real estate developer for artists' spaces. They can do site assessments for communities interested in renovating or developing buildings as studios, and they have a downloadable report on the ways that art and culture can stimulate state economic development.
- Beautiful handprinted fabrics at Publisher Textiles:
The news from Iran has been intense. I have an old Dover book of Persian designs and motifs that I've just rediscovered; I don't know why I bought it, or where, but it's been on my shelf a long time. Persia/Iran is an ancient and beautiful culture, and the people there deserve freedom and safety, especially the women. I've heard wonderful reviews of Reading Lolita in Tehran, so I'm going to read it soon. Here's a little watercolor I painted this afternoon from a Persian floral pattern from the Safavid era, 1502-1736. I used the paints I had on hand, but I'm dying to buy a whole new set of acrylic inks . . . see? My mind is all over the place.
This week we've got a new moon, summer solstice, venus and mars in a beautiful tango in the skies . . . let's see what the week brings. Onward we go.