Tuesday, March 30, 2010

a better block

some folks i know are organizing this neat project...see the press release below. i'll have some things for sale in the super cute shop wigwam (homemade spice mix and terrariums...so please come by in support), and will be volunteering at the kid's art studio. d will be dj'ing saturday evening i think, outside on the sidewalk, so that's when you'll find us there. also happening is the oak cliff art crawl, and urban street bazaar. stay tuned for pics of the terrariums d and i made.

The Better Block Project
For two days only, neighborhood activists are exploring that concept by creating pop-up shops—a plant/gift shop, a coffee shop, kids art studio—in an experiment that’s part art installation, part political statement. This pre-war block with restrictive retail zoning and high car traffic is converting to a people-friendly environment by adding businesses most requested by locals and by reclaiming street space with outdoor seating, historic lighting, and more. Both new and existing businesses are celebrating this prospect with unique happenings at each location. The project is part of the greater Oak Cliff Art Crawl, which is being held on April 10th and 11th, 2010, and organized by Go Oak Cliff, a non-profit working to improve quality of life in North Oak Cliff.
400 Block of North Tyler Street
Dallas, Texas 75208
Pop-up Businesses and Times:
WIGWAM (Flower Store): April 10th, Sat. 12-8pm; April 11th, Sun. 12-6m
Rock, Paper, Scissors (Kid's Art Studio): April 10/11 Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
Philosophia Cafe: April 10th, Sat. 10am-8pm; April 11th Sun 10am-6pm
Visit www.oakcliffartcrawl.com for more details.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

camera test

our new camera is here at CAC. the canon G11. i could not possibly be more pleased with how awesome and easy it is. i've only played with it for a few minutes, not getting into any of the different settings yet. but the detail the macro gives us for documentation shots is amazing. i can actually see the texture of the paper. and the quality of printing ink. and the miniscule wrinkles in something worn through age and handling.

i took these test shots on auto, and these are straight off the camera with no editing. it might be kinda hard to actually get bad pictures with this baby. i mean, for a point and shoot this is totally at the top of my personal wish list. still small enough for great pictures while traveling too. we got this stylish case for it, and a backup battery (always a must). wonder if CAC can justify a second one, so they can become as attached to us as our laptops, you know, for work? if i have this on a survey, we need a camera at the shop too right? right.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

flip book workshop

i've always loved optical illusions and optical toys, and now i'm going to try my hand at producing one. i'm teaching a class on flip books this sunday from 1 pm to 3pm. the cost is only $35 (or $40 at the door). please let me know if you'd like to attend, and spread the word!

this website hosts a collection of nearly 6000 flip books. the one pictured below is from 1882.

Monday, March 22, 2010

a boost in comfort

we got new desk chairs today, something we've been needing for a while. took a look at century modern, and found these pollock chairs made by knoll. mine is chocolate brown and shannon's is camel. they are very comfy, good for my upcoming hours in front of the computer while working on a long survey report.

start to finish

paper nerds hosted a basket weaving workshop yesterday, and i made this:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

paper nerds classes

paper nerds upcoming 2010 workshops:

march 28. flip books. 1-3 pm
april 25. paper marbling. 1-4 pm
may 23. screen printing and stamping. 1-4 pm
june 13. paper chandeliers. 1-3 pm
july 18. papermaking. 1-4 pm

please visit our blog for more information. and contact me if you'd like to attend...i look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

before, during and after

we have had a few john hancock documents in the lab lately, just by chance and all from different clients. this is one of them. the tapes (glassine and brown paper) were numerous, so when they came off in the bath, the document was in pieces. i lined the entire thing in order to piece it back together, and to give it stability as a whole. the newspaper clippings were lined as well, and hinged back onto the document in order to give context to the ballpoint pen notation near the bottom left corner.

on a side note, we just ordered a new camera for conservation documentation today, so at least the treatment photos on this blog will improve soon... hopefully!

sea fare

scallops sounded good last night, so i made a few. a couple days ago i made some cilantro pesto, so i seared the scallops in that, then served them over quinoa with tomatoes and mushrooms. on a pretty little plate. we've started to have dinner on smaller plates, because i'm a fan of small plates, and because it's better for portion control. also, i just discovered this.

Monday, March 15, 2010

second breakfast

i made a new southern recipe this weekend: blueberry muffins with streusel topping. yum yum...lots of fat fresh blueberries popping out, and of course made even better with the addition of salted butter. good for a second breakfast or elevensies. or good for dinner...if you've ever been to the south you may have had blueberry muffins with dinner because we don't oversweeten them. that little dinner addition is one of the reasons i like this local place.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

definitely worth a visit

i love it when people point me in the direction of really fascinating websites, or when i just happen to stumble upon them. and i love it when they remind me of all the weird things in our world...objects, places to visit, stories, things i might be lucky enough to see sometime. here are two sites i've spent some recent time with...please visit, but know that you may get lost for hours!

the richard balzer collection: one man's cabinet of curiosities

atlas obscura: curious and wondrous travel destinations

also, i'd really love to have this. and would love to wallpaper my future powder room like this.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

homemade spice mix

d and i made these to sell in a temporary storefront during an upcoming art exhibit in oak cliff, called the perfect block. next we'll be making (or at least trying to make) some neat terrariums from recycled jars with decorated lids. more info to come.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

finished products

here are my finished books from our coptic binding workshop. excuse the blurriness...i never have gotten the hang of taking great and consistent photos with my little fuji camera i won in a raffle (hmmm...). one book was a practice run before the class so i could remember the sewing, and one was my demo during instruction. i love them both. they'll go in my stock of future presents.