Hats of the Day for 11-5 and 11-6

6 Nov

No, I didn’t miss any days, I just didn’t blog about ’em. Here they are, chippies!

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So many places to go!

6 Nov

I spent an incredible Friday with my friend and erstwhile mentor Margo Ashmore. She took the new Director of Arts and Culture at City of Minneapolis, Gulgun Kayim, and I on a 3-hour tour of the arts in North Minneapolis.  Wherever we walked, people would stop Margo to say hello, to tell her they wanted to meet up with her to share some news, and she took it all in stride, making notes in her little pocket-sized notebook. She seems to know everyone in all the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood. 

Margo’s an editor and co-owner of two neighborhood papers in Minneapolis, The North News and The Northeaster. So even though it’s a job requirement to know the movers and shakers, she is a natural conversationalist, supporter, and documenter. She takes obvious pride in her neighborhood and that pride is contagious.

After our three-hour tour with Gulgun (a lovely, English-accented, performance-artist who’s just “come out” in her official city role), Margo and headed over to Northeast Minneapolis for the Casket Building open studio event. Our first stop was Sight Line Tile , the studio of Amy Baur & Brian Boldon. The two of them were so welcoming and loved to share their process (a hacked copy-machine deposits pigmented glass frit onto the surface of a pane of glass and is then kiln-fired to secure a picture-perfect image onto the tile forever. Brian also has a gallery-full of amazing kinetic sculptures (praxinoscopes and mobiles)  and stunning glass spheres that take his photographic images and make them appear as though they’re being projected onto the walls of the bubble from within. They stop me in my tracks everytime I see them. I love that feeling. (He doesn’t have any images of the spheres online, but you can see them if you visit his studio in person at the Casket Arts Bldg. 681 17th ave NE, studio 121, minneapolis, mn   55413 )     

Just before my feet gave out, they traipsed me across the quad to the recently-opened Franconia in the City@Casket where I met the founders of the Franconia Sculpture Park . Most memorably, I chatted with two Mary’s who are artists in iron and whose energy and laughter and encouragement were the cherry on the top of the day. Mary Johnson was so kind to hear out my frustration over working in a soft medium that can’t weather the elements like bronze or iron and she showed me that there are only a couple steps missing in  making a transition to outdoor sculpture. 

 I left knowing that I will be applying for the Franconia Iron Pour and give my dreams of a public art career some legs. (Check out the other Mary’s work here, http://touching-the-river.blogspot.com/)

Thanks, Margo, for getting me out into the world and talking to the many people whose hearts are in the arts. They’re some of the best people and certainly the finest neighbors.

HOTD 11-4-11 Owl in Bunny Slippers

4 Nov

I wanted to call this hat “It’s Easier to Wear Slippers Than to Carpet the Whole World” my favorite Stewart Smalley quote.  Look inward and change what you can rather than trying to make the world bend to your needs. Profound thought in a funny package.  That’s at the heart of all the scribblenest brand products.

This poor little owl just needs to take a day off and relax.

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Not on etsy yetsy, but check back tomorrow…

Hat of the Day 11-3-11 The Hills Have Eyes

3 Nov

My face hurts from smiling at this silly hat for kids. 

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Your kid could be wearing this hat by next week! scribblenest on etsy

Hat of the Day 11-2-11

2 Nov

Here it is!

A lovely little number, hot off the felting needles!

HOTD 11-2-11 Nest

HOTD 11-2-11 Nest

This is a finely knit acrylic toque in a vivid light blue with a coiled up nest of soft-mocha colored yarn which comfortably nestles three hand-felted robin’s eggs. You can own this one-of-a-kind cozy hat by going to my shop on etsy. All-riiight.

New Feature: HAT OF THE DAY

1 Nov

Why, Hello November!
I believe I promised you that I would post a hat every day until Christmas– and who knows, maybe it’ll even be something I can keep up with indefinitely?

As long as people keep sending hats to thrift stores, I vow to make them into something better!

So here’s the first hat to earn the moniker HAT OF THE DAY.

Chipping Sparrow by scribblenest on etsy

Hat of the Day for Nov 1 – Chipping Sparrow

Here’s a cute little sparrow on a lovely neutral striped wool-blend hat. While sparrows in my backyard are rather annoying due to their unmelodious song, tendency to drive off the more desirable birds like cardinals and chickadees, and ability to drum up enough numbers to finish off an entire block of suet in a day, they’re cute when they’re felt.

Guess what! You can own this piece of history by going to my etsy shopsy: http://etsy.me/sI6Evv

Hello world!

22 May

I‘m new here, but boy do I have a lot to show you! I’ll have to get on the other computer to post images, so this is just a sample post as I play with themes.  This is going to be really fun as I upload photos of my sculptures and

 write a little about them.  I could even link to my etsy site since I can’t accept payment through a blog.