Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Peter Callesen paper art

Fall, 2006

I've been watching the blogosphere (re)discover paper cutting and have enjoyed seeing so many of the amazing things that pop up. Someone emailed me some very interesting paper cuttings and after a little research, discovered Peter Callesen's exhibit at the Helene Nyborg Contemporary in Denmark. The exhibit is called Alive, but Dead.

Beauty and decay are closely linked together in Callesen’s imaginary universes where pure sheets of paper stage open-ended stories. Here birds try to escape their drawings, the Tower of Babel is raised in just one piece and Heaven and Hell are bound together by climbing clematis with fat spiders crawling across their surface.

Take a peek!

17.9 cm tall Tower of Babel, 2006

Bird trying to escape its Drawing, 2006

Burnable Snowman, 2006

Holding onto Myself, 2006

The Impossible Meeting between Image and Reality, 2006

The Lost Sheep, 2006

Traces in the Snow, 2006

Water Always Finds its Way, 2006

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The new year

Ahh, Christmas has wound down, the New Year is here, and all is fresh and new, if a bit dreary here in the Northwest! I've always found it hard to consider January the beginning of the year, when so little is alive and happening. By the time my birthday rolls around in February, the first of the Spring crocus and daffodiles have started to bloom and then it really does feel like a new year. Another year older, another year gone by. And usually by then I will have thought of a good resolution for the year.

So for now, I'm still working on clean up from Christmas! I'm one of those folks who like to get the tree on the day after Thanksgiving and leave it up until the 12th day of Christmas! This year it will probably come down in the next day or two, but with all the winter darkness, I cherish the wee lights on the tree.

And in lieu of the more normal Christmas clean up, we spent the last days of our vacation doing massive tile work in our bathroom! We (by which I mean my husband) tiled the vanity countertop and the bathtub surround. It looks beautiful! I've always been inspired by blogs that show a "corner of the house" and once this remodel is finally wrapped up, I'll post some photos!

For now, here is a bag that I made while teaching the Favorite Things Everyday Bag class at Bolt. I forgot to get a photo of it after I put the square wooden button on it that the closure loops around. I gave it to my mom for Christmas, for a knitting bag. It's a great size bag for lightweight things like that. If I used that big of a bag for a purse (as the "Everyday" part of it implies), I'd load it too heavy to carry!
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