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Chatelaine Fiber Chain

Posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2008





My artist friend Brece Honeycutt kindly came out last Saturday to support and participate in my Lower East Side drifting with spun flotsam. She also clued me into the fact that my get up for the day looked somewhat reminiscent of a chatelaine or 19th century "housekeeper's belt".

A chatelaine or 'chain' is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of smaller chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc. In the domestic sphere these implements obviously helped one to navigate the home and always feel 'equipped'. My urban mapping and exploration involved perhaps more impromptu tools - conversation being the principal means of interfacing and connecting. Nonetheless, I am now thinking hard about what my ideal chatelaine might consist of, particularly in this era of environmental sensitivity and heightened awareness.



Street Spinning/Mapping

Posted on: Monday, September 15, 2008




Remarkable synchronicities and somewhat magical moments occurred during Urban Fiber Flotsam. Jung often (loosely) described 'synchronicity' as being an 'acausal connecting principle'. Archetypes floated into view whether on random street corners, peering into pavement cracks, or as layers to be decoded on plastered alley walls. Drifting can indeed by a very centering experience. It is perhaps the most natural way to truly feel at one with your urban surroundings.





Street Spun Fiber (Day One)

Posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2008







ingredients: deflated party balloon, packing tape, chinese food wrapper, dried grasses, found leaves & buds, garment threads, cotton gima, clothing scrap, mohair, angora, and clothing pin - in no specific order

Urban Fiber Inspiration

Posted on: Tuesday, September 02, 2008

17th century linen tassel


The Beauty of Complexity (Hilal Sami Hilal)


Sewing a possible cloud (Jim Hodges)


Vegetation near Laguardia Place

Cinder Garden at Craters of the Moon

Posted on: Monday, January 28, 2008

I had a dream about Craters of the Moon last night. The entire landscape was carpeted in a silvery violet snow. I was on assignment to knot and crochet an intricate net of sorts that would mesh with the soot-like volcanic soil. Everything crackled under foot. There were no animals or bird sounds - just primordial bits of vegetation poking through the crusty top layer. I was lost in a cinder garden, trying to preserve the sensation of spring on the moon.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is located near Arco, Idaho. I last visited in June 2005 when there was an unusual display of wildflowers due to recent rains.

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