ring out the old, ring in the new

hello hello, dear readers.

well, another year come and gone. thanks to 2011, i have:

it's been quite a year.
i've been thinking about resolutions and i have a few, but mostly i just want to continue on as i did in 2011. i had such fun and learned much and felt everything—that's all a girl could ask for every year of her life, in my opinion.

here's to an equally if not more  b r i l l i a n t  2012.
a toast to us all, and to the earth, and to a whole new year.

see you on the other side, m'dears.



first off, let me say that i love the jealous curator for picking up on some of the coolest artwork around. never a dull moment over there. in faaact (cue segue!), i was just looking over some of her finds from the past week or so and was introduced to the beautifully threadful work of amanda mccavour.

worlds of gauze and color, where even a whisper of air will set everything dancing. here is what she says about her work:

in my work, i use a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. this fabric makes it possible for me to build up the thread by sewing repeatedly into my drawn images so that when the fabric is dissolved, the image can hold together without a base. these thread images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works' actual raveled strength.

that's a part of her artist's statement, which you can continue reading here. if you would like to know a bit more about mccavour's work, there's a nice interview here. i liked what she said about being attracted to thread via her love of drawing + lines. i think a lot of being an artist is surprising yourself with crazy ideas that you then somehow bring to life. and often, those projects are the most successful and rewarding.

happy tuesday!


i'm here!

i've moved out, moved in, and now i am slowly settling into my new life in a new state. still in the midwest though. why do i love the midwest so much? have i ever talked about my love of extremes when it comes to weather? i love blizzards and hot summers. that is why the midwest is my home.

...that's not to say that someday i wouldn't like to live in a place where the climate is less dramatic. but for now, i love it here. i'm still adjusting to the newness of everything—new job, new city, new maze of public transportation—but once i've gotten into a groove of sorts, i'll be able to rededicate myself to this little blog.

i wanted to add that although i no longer work at a bookstore, the bibliophile in me will never tire. never! things here are not going to change. ne'er you fear.

that is all for today.
until next time—


moving along

oh chicago. i'm trading you in for a new place. it's not you... it's me.

it's true—i'm traveling away from the windy city for a spell. i have until the end of november to say my goodbyes—and daydream about my new beginning. this is the fun part, where my future reality is still more or less unknown, and i can just pretend everything is going to be the way my rose-colored imagination dreams it will. whenever i move somewhere new, i do the same thing—daydream about my new apartment, and spy on other people's apartments, and picture the lives of those people.


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i guess i don't indulge my interior design junkie here very often, and honestly, i'm not sure you could really call me a "junkie" for furniture and things. still, i have a certain idea of what i want. and when one is preparing to uproot oneself, it can be a comfort to curl up into your daydreams. for me, that means spying on other people's apartments. you understand, of course!... maybe...

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so i think my thanksgiving will be spent daydreaming and being very thankful, with a dash of stress in there. luckily there will be lots of delicious things to focus on... and drown my sorrows in. yay thanksgiving!

hope you all enjoy yours.

(more updates forthcoming!)



i draw a lot. lately, when i draw, i find myself wanting to study the curves the human body makes when stretching or moving, because i think that those forms are so graceful and organic and really, quite perfect. so when i saw charles avery's work in artforum, an arrow flew into my heart and i fell madly in love:

the first image is the one i saw in artforum. the second-to-last image is one of my favorites. just a study of a woman standing, but it's exactly what i have been interested in studying on paper lately myself.

happy weekend, and a proper veteran's day greeting to all. i had grandfathers who were veterans and now that i am old enough to understand the day a little more, they are gone... but they are still on my mind today.

until next time—


fox + food

these two lovely books were just released. we got them in at the shop this week, and i got my lucky hands on them both! first, let's talk about food rules, the book by michael pollan. i haven't yet read ANY michael pollan (i can hardly believe it, seeing as how food books are usually my #1 priority), but on tuesday i was happy that i hadn't yet invested in a copy of food rulesb e c a u s e. . . .

... of this beautiful edition, illustrated by one of my art heroes, maira kalman. it is illustrated lushly, in kalman's wonderful, no-white-space aesthetic, and it is a hardcover, which makes it a pure gem. (while i have started to appreciate the paperback, my heart remains loyal to the hardcover.) i can't wait to read it!

next is a book that was a sweet surprise for me today:

mr. fox, by helen oyeyemi. this was recommended to me by a trusted fellow bookperson, both on account of its literary merit and its gor-geous cover art! aha. i love that cover illustration. it is by the illustrator, randolph caldecott (after whom the caldecott medal is named), and trust me, i will be doing a post on his work soon. for now, let me focus on the jacket co-designer, helen yentus:

she also deserves her own post. for now, i love her designs. i always linger over the camus when i'm shelving. you know, i suppose a lot of folks might think it silly to like a book simply because of how it looks, but in my opinion, good books deserve striking covers. otherwise, you might pass right over them.

two excellent volumes. today has been a good day. i am excited to read these.
of course, i still have to finish the books i'm reading at the moment. all in good time, my pretties. all in good time.

and now: good wednesday evening to all.


jenny morgan

the oil paintings that jenny morgan creates from brooklyn, ny, are some of the coolest works of art i've seen in the past while. she paints realistic portraits, and then adds a little something that makes her work more mysterious and unconventional: blurring a face, saturating a certain part of her subject with color. morgan injects her realism with just a touch of something more imaginary, combining modern with antiquated and tying the two together with her signature color additions.

see more of her work here! she's also done some amazing collaborations, so don't forget to look at those, too.

now, dear readers: i know it's been a long time since i've posted. i will eventually get back to more regular posting... it's just that first i have to finish feeling like i have stacks of things to get through. there has been a lot happening around here, and work has been completely energy-sapping, and the blog has taken a backseat. my sincere apologies. at some point in the near future, i will hopefully be able to do more here. in the meantime, i hope you will keep coming back to see what's next. thanks for being here!

hope you all enjoy your weekend—it's looking like museums and groceries and perhaps a visit to see the succulents in the desert room at the conservatory for me... teehee. (i love that desert room.)

happy f r i d a y !


nicole caputo

the other day in the shop i saw the book feathers: evolution of a natural miracle.

and so i knew that nicole caputo was another designer i needed to look into...

effortless designs.
i love the fluttering feather + horse mane, and the careful use of color.
hooray book covers!

it's a rainy tuesday here, and i am quite enjoying the sound of raindrops outside this morning... hopefully a sign that it's going to be a lovely day.



bachelot et caron

these painted artworks by bachelot / caron are realistic, color-streaked representations of both the momentary and the mundane, and also the vaguely creepy. some of the best art occurs when strange or scary or ugly things are rendered beautifully, and i think bachelot and caron know just what i mean.

i hope so.

off we go into wednesday. 
e n j o y !



ingrid calame is a kind of flaneur of car parks, roadsides and pavements; looking for interesting residues (tire tracks, cracks, stains), she hunders down and meticulously traces them, before overlaying these marks and retracing them - this is an intricate idiosyncratic process art, too - as the basis for colorful, lyric paintings: nonrepresentative, singing things that nevertheless retain an unlikely transformative connection to the urban real. —by joshua mack / art review magazine

ingrid calame. her paintings are like maps of color, topographies of textures. also, joshua mack is a masterful user of both vocabulary and punctuation: that entire review is one sentence.

entonces— feliz lunes a todos.