Does anyone care? I dunno... Imma do it anyway.
So as I mentioned in my last post, the ever hospitable, bad-ass ladies over at the Sou'Wester lodge in Seaview WA offered me an artist residency to work on some new designs when I was staying here in January celebrating the new year. I love this place and these rad women and am super excited to be here for an entire week!
Here are some of the highlights of my stay:
Monday: Got here around 4. I'm staying in room #2 in the Lodge which is freaking adorable and has photos on the wall of one of my favorite Portland performance artists: the inimitable Alicia McDaid. The 3 story lodge was originally built as a vacation home by Oregon U.S. Senator Harry Corbett in 1892. The second floor, where my room is, was formerly a ballroom that was split up into 4 units in the 50′s. Each suite has a kitchen and bathroon and retains much of the original charm from that era. (You can see more photos from a post I did while staying here last summer here)
Unpacked, set a work schedule for the week, ate some homemade chicken soup that Anna made, drank some wine and passed out!
Album of the day: A Brief History of Ambient
Message for the day: Focus on opening yourself up to choices and possibilities. Detachment from preconceived outcomes and the need to be in control.
Yeah, so I got a late start and ended up working from about 3-8. Finished a new soft leather and fabric clutch/purse prototype which I hope to have in production by the end of the month! Burger night at the Depot next door. Stayed up late drinking wine, shooting the shit and painting nails with Anna and Kathy. I definitely had a hangover the next day. whoops.
Album of the day: Funkadelic - Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow
Message of the day: Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow
Got back to the lodge around 11 to work. I'm using chintzy materials for prototyping since I end up wasting a lot of material redrafting patterns over and over (old vinyl instead of leather and light weight canvas) Not to mention I was not about to haul a 100 lb. industrial leather walking foot and industrial serger to the coast! I'm hesitant to post these not so great photos, but you get the idea - This will have a leather top, leather bottom and an adjustable leather strap with lined canvas or woven kilim body. Some sort of closure as well..
Measures about 11 x 12.5 x 3.75"
The intrepid Julia Barbee (sculptor, designer, jeweler, perfumer, scavenger, all-around-renaissance-woman) decided to come hang with me for the night at the lodge (yay!) so I called it a quits around 4:00.
We cooked a delicious dinner with Kathy and talked about old and new friends, relationships, the things we have and the things we leave behind...
It was lovely.
This is what we ate: Olive Oil Roasted Fennel, Cherry Tomatoes and Cannellini Beans (recipe below!) side: braised Kale / Salad / Baguette
and Cannellini Beans:
2 large fennel bulbs with fronds attached
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided
2 pints grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
4 large fresh oregano sprigs (or any fresh italian herbs will do)
3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 15-ounce cans cannellini (or white beans), drained
Preheat oven to 425°F. Chop enough fennel fronds to measure 1/2 cup. Trim fennel bulbs and cut in half vertically. Cut each bulb half ito 1/2-inch-wide wedges, leaving some core attached to each wedge.
Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Add fennel wedges in single layer; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon coarse salt. Cook until fennel begins to brown and soften, turning occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes. Add tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and crushed red pepper; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Fold together gently.
Transfer skillet to oven. Bake fennel and tomatoes until soft, stirring occasionally, about 15 or so minutes. Mix in beans and 6 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds. Bake 5 minutes longer to heat through. Transfer mixture to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with remaining chopped fronds. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Album of the day: Dr. John - Gris Gris
Message for the day: Nothing is permanent. Live in the NOW. Opportunities are fleeting and so is life.
Made it back around noon. Julia headed back to Portland and I worked on a simple zipper version of the shoulder bag above until late in the evening. I plan to make this out of woven kilim textiles and leather:
Message for the day: "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance"
Worked on a little collaborative project with Thandi to make some quilted wool slippers for the lodge out of wool blankets from a pattern she'd found. I'll try to post a little "DIY wool slippers tutorial" at some point. They actually turned out pretty awesome!
A band was playing that night in the Lodge, so we all whipped up a winter-summer style BBQ - I made the coleslaw, Anna made potato salad, one of the guests made frito pie, Kathy worked the grill and yo, did I mention Kathy's HOT BUNS?! It was a lot of fun. I ate toooo much.
Message of the day: Get out of your head and move your body. Take time for gratitude. Tell the people that you love what you love about them. Let go of resentments.
"You can't hold a man down with out staying down with him" -Booker T Washington