Sunday, January 31, 2010

February: A month of small projects

I want to see if I can post a finished project 
every day for the month of February. 
The lacemaker by Vermeer
Unlike this lacemaker I will be 
making quick projects.
 I know my limitations...

Also I'm hoping to avoid buying
any supplies but if I do I'll track them.
I have a little more than 
a dozen projects bookmarked 
(a mix of sewing, crochet and embroidery)
so if anyone wants to toss some simple
ideas my way, that would be great.
Wish me luck!

The above image is a painting done
by the great painter Vermeer
called The Lacemaker.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Daphne's moment of transformation

Isn't this tree beautiful.
It is especially gorgeous in
spring when the leaves are out.
I pass it on my walks through
my neighbourhood and I always 
stop and marvel at it's beauty.

To me this is Daphne, 
the beautiful river nymph in 
Greek mythology who was chased by the powerful 
and often ruthless god Apollo.
She realized that she could not escape from
him so she pleaded with her father to protect her.
He changed her into a laurel tree
 and wept knowing that 
he had lost his daughter forever.

There are many beautiful interpretations
of this moment in art. 

Apollo and Daphne by Bernini
I hesitate even posting a
picture of this statue since 
it doesn't do it justice.
If you could see it in person
you could appreciate how each
 delicate leaf that sprouts from
her fingers has been carved in marble.
 Daphne's face reflects her
sorrow as she realizes her fate.
Beauty and sorrow together.
Apollo and Daphne by
John William Waterhouse
I've not always been a fan 
of Waterhouse but he has started 
to grow on me lately.
 His subjects are often scenes from mythology 
so it is always interesting to see how he
interprets classic stories
through his romantic style.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yarn tagging around the city

Can you tell where I
placed this yarn graffiti on?

Do you know how hard it is to
find a telephone booth anymore!


I would've rather put it in
an enclosed booth but I 
couldn't find one nearby.

That meant I had to attach this one
right near a busy train station
and parking lot.
That also meant I got an 
awful lot of strange looks 
as I tried to sew it on
without drawing too much attention.
I ended up putting the phone
to my ear to make me look
a little less conspicuous.
I'd make a terrible spy.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A small crocheted dog

I'm still alive even though I haven't posted
anything for ages.
I've been busy with other things
and I really miss my creative time.
 I don't have much to show for my time
away, just this simple dog.
A small crocheted puppy

 It's funny how unfinished it feels to me.
Probably because I didn't alter
the pattern as I made it.
That's unusual for me.

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