CLAY AND FIBERS

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I love materials. I feel most familar and confident with clay. Years of experience with Contract fabrics has made me confident to explore hand weaving with natural materials. I was thinking how I could meld the two together? So I hand wove this placemat on  a rigid Cricket loom. I threw the cup and bowl on an electric wheel and hand built the plate from a slab. I think it came out quite lovely. Maybe a hand dyed napkin with hand crocheted lace would complete this table setting? This is a Judy Chicago subliminal influence I would say.

Native New Yorker

Many people come to NYC to get their names up in lights. I was born and raised here and  got the next best thing. My name up in a NYC park. Matthews-Palmer Park on West 46th street between 9th and 10th avenue, in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Yes it is a real place and the neighborhood isnt what it used to be. This park is the site of the stories of The Umbrella Man during the 1950’s. Now its a hot spot on Friday and Saturday nights like Greenwich Village used to be.

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COOPER HEWITT REOPENS

One of my top three museums reopened recently after a couple of years of renovations.

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The coolest exhibit was the IMMERSION ROOM

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Digital versions of historic wallpapers from the Cooper Hewitt collection are projected onto the walls. You can change scale just as you would on an iPad or iPhone.

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Also you can design repeat designs with the tip of your finger.

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GARDENING “UPTOWN”

I have many interests and skill sets that I use when the need arises. This week I helped out a garden friend who needed to finish up the season of gardening in NYC. A little known fact, many wealthy people have elaborate gardens above the hustle and bustle of NYC. Here are some samples.

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A view from the divine Miss M’s garden of the reservoir in Central Park.

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Winter boughs. This is my favorite season for plant materials. If only I was permitted to build a fairy house!!!

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PARK AVENUE baby.

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

Here are some images that I took last weekend at the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. Its a wonderful treat. Everything to do with sheep and wool and fibers.

The raw materials

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Critters being shorn. Not sure that is a real word/term?

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The raw materials from various animals that can be woven into fiber/yarn

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Fibers dyed and/or spun

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I scored this great book for my library

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Weaving demos

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She is weaving a rag rug

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She told me where to get one for myself.

At Primitive hand weavers.

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The dogs that herd sheep and my favorite breed of dog…The Border Collie!

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Who could resist this sweetie pie?

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And finally what every good Sheep and Wool festival needs… a sister with a goat.

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