Wednesday, April 29, 2009

for an upcoming project

I'm making the raw materials for an upcoming project——here's some of the lines, shapes and patterns that I'm thinking of using.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mitchell, Trevor, Lauryl, Brian, Annie and Katie

A handful of Letraset 'info cards' made by my students on their first day to Introduction to Typography. The quick exercise gives students an opportunity to play with type in an illustrative way—the backsides of each card contain relevant tidbits; ie, name, courseload, major—which help me remember my new students. I've been doing this on the first day for seven years so I have an amazing accumulation of type portraits. [[I can't believe the cost of a custom sheet. whoah!]]

Mitchell Green + Trevor Burks
Lauryl Loberg + Brian Walbergh
Annie Wang + Katie Lombardo

This site is great fun.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

curious goods

More roadtrip photos from many years ago——I wonder if these signs and stores are still around?
The Curious Goods storefront is perfect especially when captured on polaroid film.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

cenotes of the yucatan + penguins of antartica

The Yucatan has no noticeable surface rivers, the limestone plateau is riddled with underground streams and caves. A cenote (from the Mayan word, dzonot) is created when a cave ceiling collapses and opens up to the surface. All of them are uniquely different. We went to two: Dos Ojos and Gran Cenote. Millions of bird and bats live in holes in the cave walls and their peeps and chirps echo throughout——this baby fell from from above and was saved from drowning.

Last night we watched Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World. This was one of my favorite scenes.

Friday, April 24, 2009

big boys and bridges

Found some of my old poloroids:
Woodsey man near Duluth, MN + Jolly Giant in Blue Earth, MN;
Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, MI and Windsor, Ontario + Grain Belt Bridge, Mpls, MN
Penobscot Bridge in Maine.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

atop the mantle

elephant pincushion and tapemeasure—you pull the measure from under his tail!
+ weather forecast chalet. it seems as if today's weather will be fair.


lovely beaded jar from India (front and back)+ photo of nana in background.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I found this great wool scouting coat a number of years back at a thrift store——it belonged to a person named TRUMBULL (I love the handmade bull patch). I could never let something like this go.

Plus a number of patches from my sewing box.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009


I'm in the mood to swim, preferably in the sea, but our local lakes will have to do for the majority of the summer. This photo of Lake Calhoun is from 1915 taken by CJ Hibbard.

The Jantzen yellow suit is amazing but an awkward swimmer—too much soggy wool for my taste. My new stripe suit is of brushed cotton and fits me to a tee. It was generous and grand birthday present from my sister's beau—— Jay. It was his grandmothers and hand-sewn. I'd really like to fashion this gem.

a sunny friday

spending this really sunny day with my kiddo!
this is some of what we've been up to:
peering into drainholes, wishing water out of fountains, walking around finding great 'scrappy logos and catnaps.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

embroidery patterns!

Dear Aimee, thanks for leading the way to this site. I love your most recent post is fabulous——is it for class?

++ Make sure to check out the antique pattern library if you're looking for a great distraction.