Archive for October, 2012

October 25, 2012

Crocheted Nest (and eggs) by chef Karen Barnaby

Who knew that the noted chef and writer Karen Barnaby was a gifted textile artist as well? After hearing Karen on CBC and seeing her all over facebook about cooking for $26/week I noted a little comment about textile art, and I asked her about it.

Well, goodness, I’m so impressed.

And as I’ve been somewhat artistically obsessed about nests in recent months, I particularly loved this piece: Crocheted dog hair yarn, twigs, leaves, felt eggs.



October 24, 2012

Alchemy and Jung – rediscovering my interest in psychological alchemy

The last workshop with Jerry Rhul at Jung Society has stirred up many interests that have fallen into the background.

Some years ago I read a book on Alchemical psychology out of which came my 7 days of the week mixed-media series – although ultimately I did not find a way to bring in the metals associated with the 7 planets, gods, etc.

Now just googling around and found this about the first Alchemical Martyr from

In 1926 Jung had a remarkable dream. He felt himself transported back into the seventeenth century, and saw himself as an alchemist, engaged in the opus, or great work of alchemy. Prior to this time, Jung, along with other psychoanalysts, was intrigued and taken aback by the tragic fate of Herbert Silberer, a disciple of Freud, who in 1914 published a work dealing largely with the psychoanalytic implications of alchemy. Silberer, who upon proudly presenting his book to his master Freud, was coldly rebuked by him, became despondent and ended his life by suicide, thus becoming what might be called the first martyr to the cause of a psychological view of alchemy.


My enthusiasm for compost is a nice metaphor for nigredo stage of alchemy.


Psychologically, nigredo is a process of directing oneself to find self-knowledge. A problem is given full attention and reduced to its core. This is not done so much in an intellectual way, but especially by feeling the emotions. By really going into to it, one causes putrefaction, the decomposition of that in which one had been stuck.


After the black, the white and the red.  Art using just black and white and red all over – and corvus caput – would that make nice Christmas cards this year?

October 22, 2012

Write to discover what you believe

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Gustave Flaubert

October 22, 2012

Odin’s Ravens and my Asus Transformer

I bought an Asus Transformer last January and we haven’t had a good relationship. I’ve lost 2 (really!) power chargers and recently was sure it wasn’t recharging – and didn’t use it for months till a technically-oriented friend got it going again. He politely said maybe it had to be charged directly through the tablet (which he did not knowing I usually charged through the keyboard).

More than anything I’ve just had a hard time adjusting to the Android operating system which I know many people love and also the tiny keyboard (I can type really, really fast on a “normal” keyboard).

Now it’s working again, I decided we might work together better if I named it. In case you don’t know, the transformer looks like a little netbook until you pull it apart and it becomes a tablet (read: “iPad”.)  The cool thing is that each part charges up and the keyboard operates a bit like an extra battery.  And although I may complain about the small keyboard, it *is* a keyboard at least!

I have decided to name it after the Ravens in Norse mythology:

In Norse mythologyHuginn (from Old Norse “thought”[1]) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory”[2] or “mind”[3]) are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring the god Odin information. (Click here for more from wikipedia including images.)

Messing with Norse mythology might be risky, but since I’ve been incorporating (in-crow-porating) corvids into my artwork for quite some time and I have sunglasses from Corvus Fittings (gift from son), I’m hoping it’ll be a creative and respectful relationship. Stay tuned.

October 22, 2012

Dewey Decimal question

Why is poetry categorized as non-fiction but short stories as fiction?

Best answer found on wikianswers:

Books on poetry are found in the 800s in the “1”s — with the tens number representing the language in which the poetry is written. For example, 811 is American poetry, 821 is British poetry, 831 is German, 841 is French, 851 Italian, 861 Spanish, 871 Latin, 881 Greek and the rest of the languages are lumped into the 890s (the Dewey Decimal system was invented in Europe and is extremely Eurocentric in its categorizations).

New question: What are those “other” languages and when were they categorized?

And… where is Canadian poetry put – somewhere between American and British?

October 14, 2012

Bird flew to 6th and Trafalgar – happy there in award-winning garden

On October 14, 2012, the Eco-Birdy has flown up to take residence in my Traffic Circle garden at 6th & Trafalgar.

The next day my garden won an award as the most bee and butterfly friendly garden at the annual Green Streets celebration.

Coincidence? I think not!

Update: i installed solar decorative lights in December, 2013.

This year International Bird Art Day is September 29. Come to the Vancouver Maritime Museum and make birds with me!

October 7, 2012

Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland – Yoko Ono has a million wishes

Imagine Peace Tower in IcelandYoko Ono has a million wishes collected over the years from her Wish Tree installations around the world.

This beam of light was unveiled October 9,2007 (John Lennon’s birthday) and is lit for two hours on a regular schedule, starting on October 9 every year.

Here’s a link to the post about the unveiling.

October 7, 2012

Bird in Hydrangea Bush – Happy Worldwide Bird Art Installation Day

It’s the first annual Worldwide Bird Art Installation Day.

Thank you to Jacquie for contributing the structure (originally meant to be a pear lantern!) and my freecycle friend who donated bamboo blinds and to all who contributed at the Village Vancouver potluck dinner.

We finished it off last night and now fall is here it was pretty dark as we installed it in the hydrangea bush.


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