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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

HOUSEKEEPING

I've got a backlog of material to post -- new mini-books (thanks Sarah and Ivy!) and new mini-chairs! I will post when Blogger fixes its technical problems -- its "Compose" mode (vs. "HTML" mode which is what I'm using) isn't working, and neither is its ability to post an image. When Blogger fixes its techie stuff, this blog shall continue! Until then, thanks for your patience ...


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MINI-CHAIR MINI-PAINTINGS by JEAN VENGUA!

Because I love the visual arts, I intersperse such throughout SitWithMoi.  Well, the poet and visual artist Jean Vengua made my day when she sent over these lovely 2" x 2" paintings!  Of chairs!!!! 




One is a cafe chair while the other is a rush chair.  Naturally, I have to shelve these lovelies somewhere -- so I did on  the "Tennessee Yellow Chair" which, whiile a mini-chair, is oversized for Jean's paintings!




Some of Jean's paintings, by the way, are available on Etsy.com.  And if you're interested in my personal engagement with her "haptic drawings," you can check out this article on OurOwnVoice.

Last but not least, I most definitely recommend Jean's poetry book, PRAU!

Maraming Salamat, Jean!  I will treasure these paintings always!




Tuesday, July 2, 2013

TENNESSEE YELLOW!

So the last of the three chairs I purchased in Oregon actually came from Tennessee -- this metal chair painted in pale yellow and with a "distressed" effect.  Made by Creative Co-Op of Memphis. I find it charming:




[Prov.:  Paddington Station, Ashland, Oregon. Size: 10" height, 3.75" width, 3.75" depth]




Wednesday, June 19, 2013

RECIPES: 3 POSTCARD POEMS by AMANDA LAUGHTLAND

Here's a book I put together from stuff lying around my writer's studio--in this case, the inspiration were three postcard poems I'd received over the years from Amanda Laughtland--a poet, blogger, beekeeper, visual artist and founder of Teeny Tiny Press (click on all images below to enlarge):




I decided to incorporate the postcards into a single "book" which was sized at 3" x 4.25" as such is half the postcard dimensions.  Because the text all had to do with food, I thought the cover should incorporate that theme.  I flipped through a magazine I received that day and noticed an advertisement for Eiko's, a Japanese restaurant. As you can see, I cut the horizontal band of images and made them the image for the front and back covers:







I then cut up an unused postcard and pasted it across the front cover.  I also cut a stamp from one of the pieces of mail that day:






When you open the "book", you can see the pages formed by simply folding the three postcards:



Here are the interior content as you turned the pages over:










If you click on above images to enlarge, you can read the recipe-poems.  The exception (due to moi poor skills as a photographer) is the third recipe poem so I'll just type-to-share it here:

from I Meant to Say


You work at the Taco Place

You have blonde hair and usually wear
blue eye shadow. You seem to be
in the back most times and don't work

the register much. I probably will never
tell you how sweet you are and how I wish
you were into girls. I sometimes try

to get your attention and talk a little.
If you guess who I am, please
don't say anything at all. Or say yes.

A lovely poem!  And this below is the back cover where you'd see the edge of a postcard laid over the food imagery.



Now, where shall we serve this yummy book?  Well, it seems to enjoy itself on the "Swingasan" chair, so there it shall swing!






Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SITTING WITH OWLS!

Here's a chair I really wished was carved from wood, instead of just looking like it is, uh, carved from wood:




It's a really nifty image, right?  That's why I got it even though it's only made from resin.  Besides, I was in Ashland in a very good mood from partaking of Oregon's Shakespeare Festival and that only made me too open to helping out the local economy, hah.  Here's a detail shot:




I am sure we will find a sagacious mini-book to sit with these owls!



[Prov.: Unicorn Gifts & Toys, Ashland, Oregon. Size: 10.5" height, 3.5" width, 2.25" depth]