Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Goodsh*t: Prints & Paul

Paul. Watch out Steve.

African Wax Print


Before there was Steve, there was Paul. And before there were either of them people were doing some important shit, designing beautiful fabrics. (I got full-on exposure about age 10. My dad always had Paul Simon's Graceland blasting on countless trips to our cabin in Ruidoso, New Mexico. It has been forever in my top 10 albums of all time. Serious stuff.) And given the background and recent trip to South Africa and recent job change into the world of print and pattern design, needless to say it's becoming my theme music. Anyway...

Current trends in the P&P world are very very ethnic, so much so, I am thinking about taking weaving lessons and booking my next trip to Central Asia. (One director has got me carving potatoes to make stamps for a floral print for girls! NICE!) I just want to share a few of the prints I am recreating:

Ikat - is a style of weaving that uses a resist dying process similar to tie-dying on either the warp or weft before the threads are woven to create a pattern or design. This is probably one of my favorites to re-create, they hail from South America, South-East Asia. I might just need to get that loom. But seriously, no budget for that, so I have been painting with watercolors and dragging those paintings into photoshop and slapping a filter on!

Bandhani - Bandhani is a dye/tying process. Grains are tied to the cloth and then the cloth is dyed, usually in black, green red and yellow. The part where the grain is tied remains white. Bandhani originated from Gujarat, India and various colors and patterns represent imparts of new life. We have a serious budget and I can't actually tie all the fabric myself, so I have been using white-out pens to achieve a similar feel, now if only my darn printers can get it right!

Wax Print - Similar to batik, wax printing is resist dying with a wax pattern covering the fabric. Always multicolored with intricate designs, some versions also include African proverbs. I have not made any designs with wax, but I do a lot of things using Elmer's glue. It's a faster approach and you get similar result. But I dunno, I think i am going to try my own wax designs, I wonder if that will infringe on the fire codes here? I keep picturing lighting candlesticks and dripping the wax all over.

And so that was your lesson of the day.

I HIGHLY advise you click on the links. My descriptions are a little shotty! Busy day today!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Goodsh*t: Burnet Durn-it Cancha Learn-it?


I think this photo was from 1990. Look how AWESOME my hair is.
From L to R: Holly Ray, Me, Lauren Taylor (Burch)

If you were good you got merits. If you were really good you got lots of merits. If you were a spazz with your merits like me, you blew them all at the merit store. Yes, it was like real money. And you could rent little woodland creatures too. This merit is actually from the 60's or 70's I believe. Some how this made it to NYC with me. The more recent ones are plastic and clearly I have no more of those.

The Quail Cabin '89
From L t0 R: Lanie Mckinnon, Carter McMahon, Kelly Pugh, Kristin Queen, Caroline Whiteside, Jeanne Connor, Lauren Taylor (Burch), Me, Gibbs Colgin (Miller), Mary Connor

I went to school to pass the time so I could go to Camp Longhorn every summer for 10 years. So much fun and secrets you'd think I joined a cult.

OH! And some famous CLH alumni: Blake Mycoskie the founder of TOM's!

My hair got SOOO blond from the sun my first year, my parents didn't even recognize me when they came to pick me up!

The cult actually continues in old age, they have alumni camp, which I find extremely tempting, but too lazy to actually book the flight all the way to Texas!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Goodsh*t: Bicycle Regime

The Royal Me © 2009

I have been riding up to 20+ miles every week, even early in the mornings for about half an hour! SAY WAHT! I can't even believe it myself. So what I am sure you're all really wondering is, what gets me going (aside from my badass steed) especially at 6 am on a weekday? The ULTIMATE HARD ROCK BIKE SESH playlist:

1. Bang Your Head - Quiet Riot
2. Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
3. We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
4. Round & Round - Ratt
5. Seperate Ways - Journey (What? you thought STEVE wouldn't be apart of my workout?!)
6. Cum On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
7. Electric Avenue - Eddie Grant (What? yea, so what, it doesn't go, but it keeps me from yelling at pedestrians. Calms me right down. Seriously, ya'll need to wake up, I nearly clip your head everyday. Think of me as a car, ok? I will run you over.)
8. Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford
9. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leopard
10. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey (If you hear these lyrics at about 6:57 am around McCarren Park being shouted, it's me.)

(Or really, you could just buy The Wrestler soundtrack.)

Get Outta My Way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I should really list the mister's, as we are on opposite ends of the music spectrum. Did someone say The Poni-tails? We often ride together, the playlists keep us sane, as he rides like a cabbie and I ride like an angry grammy. It helps us focus and channel our true cyclist personas.