Monday, October 31, 2011

Andrea Aranow

In case you are ever confused at what exactly a fibers major could do with their life, check out this video of Andrea Aranow.  She is a textiles collector and clothing designer who designed for Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and the house of Alexander McQueen.  Everything is so beautiful.  

Andrea Aranow Textile Archive from Aaron Rayburn on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Corn Maze

A week ago, I was researching some fun holiday adventures to embark upon and stumbled upon a corn maze!  I have always heard of these but figured it didn't exist, but IT DOES! IT REALLY DOES! Yesterday, a few close friends and I ventured a little outside Savannah to go to "10 acres of fun."  You may ask what does 10 acres consist of?  I'll tell you. Hog races, goats, hot dogs, and corn- LOTS OF CORN!  Here are a few pictures I took from the day.  When you get lost, what are you supposed to do except take pictures, right?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kate Pugsley

Kate Pugsley switches off between animal and human portraits.  They all are so lovely with just a hint of sadness.  Ahhhh. They are beautiful.

dat fever


For some odd reason I have felt very stressed lately.  Maybe it is all the work constantly sitting before me or maybe it is something else... who knows.  The only thing I could think to do is bite the bullet.  I put an end to my haircut fever and chopped it.
When I walked out of the salon, I felt exactly like Little Bo Peep but now it just
feels nice.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Little Help

(to remind myself)

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon 
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill- more of each
than you have- inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity.  Any readers
who like your work, 
doubt their judgment.

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly.  Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it. 
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came. 

- Wendell Berry

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sheila, You've Done It Again.

This past weekend my roommates and I had the greatest privilege of keeping Claire company as she went back home to Charlotte, NC.  This was my second time in Charlotte and the journey felt complete with stuffing my self with sushi (including a sea urchin roll) , North Carolinan BBQ, purchasing a few pieces of clothing I couldn't part, and THE BEST PART- seeing SHEILA HICKS: 50 YEARS at the Mint Museum.  We went to the Mint Museum with the idea of seeing a "cool fiber artist." As we walked up to the entrance, Spencer and I saw the big Sheila Hicks banner outside of the building.  Alright. Wait. This can't be happening.  I didn't know whether to scream, cry, or do a tap dance I was so excited.  I settled with clapping my hands, jumping, and embracing Spencer over and over again.  I. was. so. excited.  I have studied her.  I have poured hours and hours over a miniature loom myself.  I have looked at her books.  I HAVE HAD HER WORKS ON MY INSPIRATION PAGES. Anyways...

Between the pattern, color, and texture, I was in heaven.  The exhibit was truly phenomenal and I urge you all to look Sheila up or better yet WAIT FOR THE EXHIBIT TO TRAVEL TO AN AREA NEAR YOU.  I will leave you with some pictures... she is brilliant.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I am a person who exhausts songs.  I have always felt bad for those who live with me because I am sure that I run every song into the ground... slowly, but surely.  When I was little, it was Norah Jones. (sorry Natalie)  When I was in middle school and highschool, it was every single Radiohead song. (sorry friends and family) The past few weeks have been a bit different.  FUN and EXCITING! (sorry roommates)

Pictures by Benjamin Francis Leftwich

I'm So Depressed by Abner Jay

Werewolf by Dead Man's Bones

Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother! by Sufjan Stevens

And I proclaim today's song to be...
June on the West Coast by Bright Eyes

Monday, October 10, 2011


If you haven't already heard, this is my prized first leaf of is currently hanging over my desk...all 17 inches of it.  It. is. true. 17. inches.

Since I have been here in Savannah, I have been very aware of the idea of time.  The change in weather and seasons seem to serve as an opening and close to certain feelings, events, and phases in my life.  I have only been here for four weeks, but it already seems much longer.  I already feel a sense of attachment to my home and to the places and people who are around me.  I wouldn't consider myself  dramatic or overly sensitive, but I would consider myself an emotional person.  I may be more quiet about my emotions, but I delight in feeling, in feeling fully. One of my biggest prayers is to feel deeply and I have felt the rise and fall of many emotions since I have been here.  I delight in these feelings because I know that it will only give way to the next feeling. 

For now, I will continue to sit in the corner of  my new favorite coffee shop, Foxy Loxy, with my boots and autumn jacket donned.  

Aldo Lanzini

Aldo Lanzini has become increasingly famous for his eccentric knitted and crocheted body suits and masks.  Everything from color choice to the degree of experimentation make each one of these pieces one of a kind and captivating to look at.  

"Definitions are always quite liquid. I use my needle as if I were a sculptor. I move instinctively and I don’t think about the design of my work: I create straight away."