Monthly Archives: July 2012

boardwalk

In my favorite woods there are a few boardwalks. When I was a kid I thought boardwalks were something special, because of the property in the game Monopoly. Now I realize it’s called a boardwalk because it’s just a walkway made of boards. Some of them can actually be quite humble, like this one which […]

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strawberries

I’ve written about strawberries before. Today I’ll just say that they’ve become one of the only fruits I eat, since I’ve cut out sweet and/ tropical fruit. I eat the strawberries plain, without any sugar, and they’ve become an incredible treat. I never would have guessed how much I could love unsweetened strawberries, but when […]

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wildflowers

When I go walking in woods and meadows, I love looking at wildflowers. To me they represent the indomitableness of nature – always reaching, always reproducing, always beautiful. Do you have a favorite wildflower? If you were going to create a brand new planet, what kinds of plant life would you make sure to include? […]

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maps

I’ve always been fascinated by maps. I would spread them out on the table and pore over them for hours. Now I use vintage maps in my collages. Are you a good trip navigator? If you were an explorer drawing a map of the territory you had discovered, which features of the landscape would you […]

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purple hand

When I draw with crayons, I like to make bodies unusual colours. Mostly because I’m so conscious of wanting to represent diversity in my creative work. I want people to be able to see themselves in the things I create – to recognize bits that correspond to their own experience. I don’t want to draw […]

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singing bowl

This isn’t a traditional singing bowl – rather, it’s the chime for this alarm clock. I love that it makes a beautiful tone, though. Did you know that every sound has a pitch? What if you could create a song with random noises? What story would it tell? “The bell _________”

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green cleaning supplies

I used to have my own eco-friendly cleaning company. I loved working for myself, and using supplies that didn’t make me or the planet sick.. Do you like cleaning? Why or why not? If you could create a world that cleaned itself, would you be tempted to never clean anything again? “The bucket _________”

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stacking chairs

I bought these vintage plywood stacking chairs at a rummage sale. I love chairs. I love things that stack. I love plywood.. To save space, what would you make stack-able, if you could? Given that rummage sales, tag sales and flea markets can be sources of really inexpensive yet unique items, what’s the most outrageous […]

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groceries

I love the feeling of having a fridge full of vegetables, after I’ve gone grocery shopping. It’s the gatherer in me, who wants to make sure I have enough food.. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever kept in a fridge? If you didn’t have a fridge, how would you keep food cool, or change your […]

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prayer beads

I have a string of prayer beads that I made myself from round beads of semi-precious stone: white quartz, sodalite, and lapis lazuli. I like to use the beads to keep track of Sanskrit mantras, like Ohm eim hrim klim chamundayei vichei namaha. When have you ever prayed? What would it feel like to wear […]

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