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Lucky, lucky me!
OK, I have to admit that typing that title scares me, a bit. But I have to say, it is so true!

Just had another absolutely lovely day with Jovino. We got to sleep in (yay!) then went over to SF to catch the Hunter's Point Open Studios. If you haven't been to this, I really urge you to check it out. It's mostly a driving kind of deal, though we did see the 19 Polk bus go by as we were leaving.

Before we hit the open studios, we stopped by the Ramp. I don't think I've been there since I moved to the east bay - something like 3+ years ago. It was so good to sit at a little table next to the water, soaking up the sun and bay air. Their california benedict was yummy (and cooked to perfection) and the bloody I had was just as good as I remember.

We made our way over to the open studios, and were absolutely stunned by the quantity and variety of work on display. Not everything was to my taste, but all was well done, and some of it was amazing. My favorites were a fiber artist, whose card I seem to have lost... she made stuff out of felted wool, and also did great crochet stuff; a jewelry maker who showed her work in an adorable little airstream trailer which she had totally renovated; a deaf sculptor/painter named Guy Wonder, whose art had a lot of hands in it (and who had several pieces I'd have loved to take home - actually all three of these artists had more than one thing I'd have loved to buy if I had any spare cash... but, alas.)

I also especially enjoyed two artists whose work incorporated poetry - one took Chinese poetry and created weavings of the poems (in kanji - gorgeous) and the other wrote original poems and made paintings based on them, with a strong element of collage.

I also enjoyed the work of a woman who did a lot of metal pieces, which were welded and tough, yet using traditionally femme imagery such as flowers and handbags. The flowers were really fun, as the petals had a texture to them, but the centers were polished to a mirror finish, so when you leaned close you saw yourself in the reflective spheres.

There was an artist who had vacuum form stuff, early (very blocky/abstract) digital imagery, and a maquette of a room with reflective surfaces, both flat and curved, that was really cool. I especially like artists who work in more than one medium. And the last studio we visited, an artist called (I think) Lola, who had 2d and 2.5d stuff (ok, like a canvas with 3d stuff on it) which was really cool.

Why oh why did I not think to pick up cards from more of these artists?!

We hung out for a bit with friends we ran into there; came home, ate and collapsed for a nap, then got up and hit the sewing studio. It felt really good to be back at work together! Now we are enjoying a late supper and winding down for the night. In between, we have had some great conversations (in particular, as we cooked our simple supper, Jovino told me something that just made me feel so happy and close to him.) It has been a lovely day, and we've really enjoyed spending it together. Life is good and I feel so fortunate to be where I am right now!

I'm feeling: loved loved

3 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
davor From: davor Date: May 7th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good to hear you had such a lovely day. It makes me smile knowing how happy you are now.

The open studios sound great.
porsupah From: porsupah Date: May 7th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that the studio scheme wherein the artists have access to all manner of recyclables as part of their residency, or am I thinking of another project entirely? I'm fairly sure I saw applications for that one in the Bay Guardian last Nov/Dec or so.
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djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: May 26th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey there.. I've been meaning to respond to this - hope I am not too late!

Here is how you do the horse head from a paper bag:

First, turn the bag upside down and cut off about a foot, so it is about half as high. You only want the base of the bag. Roll up a cuff along the bottom (what was the top) of the trimmed bag - this helps maintain the shape and keeps the bag from folding up.

The nostrils are made from the folds in one end of the bag - slip your fingers into the opening and shape the end of the bag into a horsey nose.

Next, cut out the ears from the other end of the bag - the cuts should form the shape of E - with the back of the E cutting across the width of the bag, 3/4 of the way back. Does that make sense? Basically, the ears are attatched to the end of the bag. Shape the bag into a horsey shape and you are done.

The only way I can think of to reinforce the horse head would be to maybe glue or tape the cardstock to it after the shape has been cut out. And of course you can decorate/color with paints or markers.

If this doesn't make sense, please feel free to call me: four one five, six nine nine 4DJM (4356)

I hope I am not too late! I have been super distracted with stuff lately, though it all seems to be working itself out, if not soon enough for me.

3 smooches or Gimme Some Love!