"A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."
~George Moore

Monday, May 30, 2011

Jake Rajs

This photography astounds me. Click Here...


On my 18th birthday, April 25th, 2009, I was given a book by my sister-in-law with an inscription that read, "There will come a day when you need to find a connection. When that day comes, read this book." It was only months before I was to begin college in my hometown and many of my friends would leave. My focus was on having fun with these people before college began and they all scattered. This being the case, I simply tucked the book away and had not thought about it.
Many things have occurred between now and then, from major switches, friendship losses, lonely days, depression, anxieties, a roller coaster of emotions. Through all these tough times, this book never once occurred to me, until recently. I stumbled upon it one night in my room, opened it up and read the inscription. I immediately knew that mean it was time to read the book.
I carried the book in my bag for a week reading it during any free period until I finished it today. One day at work I randomly decided to strike up a conversation with a co-worker that I had not spoken to much. I pulled the book out and asked if she had read it before. To my surprise she said, "You are not going to believe this, but my friend gave me it to read just last week. I have not been able to get into it." With chills coming over my body, I explained the inscription to her and the significance.
She later told me that she picked the book back up and began to really enjoy it. She too felt it was her time to read the book, why else would I have decided to randomly strike up a conversation with her about the book. There must be some connection and something she would take away from that book.

Some inspirational quotes from the book:
  • He went about his dull routine as if all the days in the world were still to come.
  • Heaven can be found in the most unlikely corners.
  • This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for.
  • each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Interests/ New and Upcoming

Expect to see some, if not all, of the things listed below that I would like to dabble into:
  • Weaving
  • Wood Turning
  • Letterpress Printing
  • Calligraphy
  • Printmaking
  • and Drawing (I can't believe I said it lol) Shocking, yes, but I've been craving it...
As well as continuing interest in:
  • Spinning
  • Knitting
  • Paper Making
  • Dyeing
  • Basket Weaving
  • Felting
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Architecture
  • Industrial Design
The list could go on and on...

Foundations of Dyeing

Wool Dyeing workshop I attended at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber festival. Led my C.J. of Silver Wheel Yarn. They are a couple of talented Fiber Artists who love sharing their knowledge.

We were able to keep everything we dyed in the workshop, as well as take home a starter kit, to dye on our own time!!!!

Kettle Dyed Yarn

Hand Painted Roving

KY Sheep and Fiber Festival

Sweet Home Spun Booth with JoAnn's new quilt depicting the Low Dutch Meeting house at their farm and its surroundings. Her booth looked wonderful. The festival was great.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Industrial Design

Endless possibilities, design tracks: Eco Design, Furniture Design, Graphics and Packages, Home Accessories, Home Appliances, Lighting Design, Personals, Transport Design

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Easter Eggs.. A Little Late Yes

Hand Felted Eggs in a Hand Woven Basket... Could it get any better?

"The Egg Basket"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Eero Saarinen

St. Louis Arch
TWA Terminal: JFK Airport

He's not only a genius Architect but also a brilliant contemporary designer!

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Frank O Gehry

One of my top 3 favorite Architects.. beyond his high level of excellence as an Architect, Gehry is a skilled Artist as well. His ideas are brought to life in large scale and are fascinating in appearance.

"I think my best skill as an architect is the achievement of hand-to-eye coordination; I am able to transfer a sketch into a model into the building" Frank O Gehry

These finished buildings have special attention to line, shadows, scale, etc. All are visually appealing, interesting and especially unique. His buildings seem to defy laws of gravity and physics in a brilliant way.