June 25th, 2015
I haven’t been working on my pattern paper cut project much over the last three weeks because I’ve been focused on other things. But yesterday I finally made time to work on transforming the flat pieces into 3D, and how to connect them together. This is the part of the project I’ve been procrastinating madly, all the while working on it in my head.
I scored the paper and folded the three pieces into half boxes, and used painters tape because I didn’t have archival glue on hand. I’m still not sure if I will glue each box or assemble them with tabs. If they are glued it makes them more difficult to store and ship, while with tabs I can take them apart to make them flat.
I won’t go into details about how these are attached to one another, but they aren’t glued or taped. I love playing with materials and problem solving. The goal is to make this a modular installation of small pieces that fit together to make a larger whole. With this prototype I can see the idea is going to work.
June 22nd, 2015
My friend Christina Norberg co-hosted a Vancouver Draw Down event with me on Saturday at The Leeway. We had the terrific support of Lauren and Jacqueline, two of the technicians from Emily Carr Continuing Studies. They set up all the lovely grey drawing paper across the tables, and provided us with drawing tools of all sorts.
The largest collaborative drawing was about 14.5 feet long, with a few of the other tables set up for people to work on as well. There were about forty people who dropped in throughout the day, and many of them stayed with us for half an hour or more.
The idea was to work with mark making with a focus on simple shapes and lines. Christina and I made sure to work on the drawing all day long to make it into a cohesive piece. We also greeted and guided people into the space when they seemed hesitant.
I was drawing almost the entire four hours we ran the activity, which is probably the longest time I’ve spent drawing in one sitting. The finished collaborative work is pretty wonderful, and I’m hoping we can come up with a place to show and share it with more people.
June 17th, 2015
My friend Chris and his wife Erin had us over for dinner a few months ago and made us a delicious meal of Æbleskiver. These are Danish (and also Dutch) pancake balls that can be filled with a variety of things from sweet to savory.
I liked them so much that I’ve been on the hunt for an Æbleskiver pan, which isn’t sold locally because it’s specialized, but I was determined to find secondhand. And I did, at the Salvation Army in Kitsilano. I think I stared at it open-mouthed for thirty seconds because I couldn’t believe I’d found one so quickly.
We tested it out for the first time over the weekend. Boris and I did the batter preparation and cooking as a team, because both are a multi-step process. We used this recipe and the results were excellent because of the whipped egg whites.
We did the entire batch with Cherry jam as the filling. Next time we’ll try other things like herbs, cheese, or fruit. Æbleskiver are traditionally served at Christmas, but I’m pretty sure these will make a regular appearance in our household from now on.