Star Wars lives on…

I am a fan of Star Wars. Our sons played the first 3 movies (that are actually the last 3 movies) so much in their youth that I know the dialog by heart. Now grandson Jack, at 4 1/2, is a fan of Star Wars AND the Clone Wars animated series (which is actually pretty good).

Jack's favorite toys are Legos, especially Star Wars Legos. He's growing his hair out to look more like the guys he sees in Star Wars. (Really!? The mens' hair was bad in the movies and it's still bad – but kids don't see it that way. Sigh. My grandson sports Star Wars hair and I love him so I suppose I can learn to love the hair.)

Today I ran across these travel posters by Steve Thomas that feature famous Star Wars locales. What a great idea to combine the Art Deco style with these imagined places… like Alderon:


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Gotta love the Death Star moon.

I am so tempted to buy one of these (not this one, it's sold out – but there are others). I'm not sure who should get it. Jack? Chris? Jeff? Maybe Steve needs one in the Dean's office… If I could afford it I'd get one for each of them. (Birthday and Christmas season is coming – you guys should let me know if you want one.)

OK – enough of this. Now I must get back to work. I'm quilting baby quilts. I'll have more to show on that very soon!




Star Wars lives on…

I am a fan of Star Wars. Our sons played the first 3 movies (that are actually the last 3 movies) so much in their youth that I know the dialog by heart. Now grandson Jack, at 4 1/2, is a fan of Star Wars AND the Clone Wars animated series (which is actually pretty good).

Jack's favorite toys are Legos, especially Star Wars Legos. He's growing his hair out to look more like the guys he sees in Star Wars. (Really!? The mens' hair was bad in the movies and it's still bad – but kids don't see it that way. Sigh. My grandson sports Star Wars hair and I love him so I suppose I can learn to love the hair.)

Today I ran across these travel posters by Steve Thomas that feature famous Star Wars locales. What a great idea to combine the Art Deco style with these imagined places… like Alderon:


Alderaan_by_Moonlightweb

Gotta love the Death Star moon.

I am so tempted to buy one of these, but then I'm not sure who should get it. Jack? Chris? Jeff? Maybe Steve needs one in the Dean's office… If I could afford it I'd get one for each of them. (Birthday and Christmas season is coming – you guys should let me know if you want one.)

OK – enough of this. Now I must get back to work. I'm quilting baby quilts. I'll have more to show on that very soon!




The Modern…

I visited the Trinity Valley Quilt Guild and the Denton Quilt Guild this week. Such nice people! I taught and lectured and didn't have time to snap a photo of any of it. You know, I ought to give my camera to someone in the room and ask them to be the photographer! If I end up visiting your guild and you want to volunteer, just ask!

LucienFreudAfter the lecture on Friday, I had time to visit The Modern Art Musem in Ft. Worth. I had been wanting to see the exhibit of portraits by Lucien Freud and it was worth seeing. He spent his life painting people and he did it well. That said, I'm not sure he was a happy man.

Many, if not most, of the figures in this exhibit were painted with downcast eyes. It made me realize how much I like a portrait that looks me in the eye.

I had time to eat lunch in the cafe. Great food, lovely setting.

I visited some of the works from the permanent collection. I don't know why but I have always loved this painting (Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 1960, by Robert Motherwell)…

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I have no idea how it relates to the Spanish Republic and I don't care. I like it. And I like this:

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I didn't make note of the artist's name but the placement of this piece is perfect. It is in a passageway, opposite a huge window and outside of that is the very large reflecting pool. Nice. It made me spend some moments thinking about reflections, and reflecting.

I like modern art in general but I don't love it all. (Refer back to the post on what is or isn't art). For instance, the works in this room…

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Really, if you saw any of these in a yard sale, would you take them home? 

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I sort of like the box/cube but I know I wouldn't pay for it what the museum paid for it. And the words in boxes on the wall… I wonder if the artist was grinning all the way to the bank after installing that one.

I feel completely certain that there is deeply thought out idea and lengthy artist's statement to go with each of these works. I didn't stop to read them this time. Even when text helps to place a piece in context, I like the work to stand on its own without explanation. I suppose I'm a philistine (one uninformed in a special area of knowledge). I can live with that.

One more thing about The Modern – the building and grounds are lovely. Worth visiting. And if you go, touch the walls. The feel of the concrete is amazing – smooth, velvety. Lovely to look at.



 

Door #3 is coming along…

I'm not sure exactly what I did over the weekend but I was really busy doing it and I have a variety of things to show for my efforts. None finished, but there are some interesting balls in the air. I did get Door #3 designed and up on the wall…

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The door is layered and won't be this wide. Since I know what it is supposed to look like I can tell from this that it will work. 

I'm still stitching on Door #2 (in the middle). There's a plant that isn't on the block yet. I did take this photo before I took them all off the wall. I think they are going to be really fun together!

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Where did the week go?

I've looked up and it's Friday – again! How does that happen? I know I was out of town teaching but I did fly home on Wednesday. I know I've been busy but it's a blur. I should be able to look at many things marked off the list but I didn't make a list.  I really need to write things down…

I know I've made progress on Door #2. I have more leaves for the tree and a whole other plant that will go on the ledge above and to the left above the door. I've got the pattern for Door #3 ready to begin working on. 

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I've about decided to make each of my doors a separate quilt. I think it will be fun to be able to move them around. 

I did run across this photo of radiators that I took in the first classroom I taught in in Moline. The building, and others used often by the guild, are owned by John Deere. Many of the buildings used to be residences of various members of the Deere family. These are amazing properties and it was fun to get to teach in one of them.

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I love the repetition of the design on each 'wing' of the radiator. I should have taken more photos.

Have a good weekend – may you, and I, get some sewing done!


Some things seen in Moline…

When I teach I am mostly too busy working to take photos. But on my morning walk I have my phone with me and can snap an interesting image. Moline is a pretty city and I enjoyed my time there. There are some lovely buildings but right now I am noticing doors. I've masked off the many stickers on the glass door below….

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As I looked at this door and so many others I realized that in the US, we may preserve the interesting parts of a building around a door, but we most often replace the door itself. Think about it. How often do you open a really interesting door? Do you make note of it when you do?

I know why we replace doors. We want more energy efficiency and that is a laudable reason. Businesses want glass so that people can see in. But after looking at so many wonderful old European doors, I wish we had more of them in our lives here in the US. Maybe those of you who live in the first 13 colonies have those doors. Here in Texas, not so much.

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What caught my eye here were the areas of red and brown and the contrast between the solid colors and the texture of the bricks. Yes, these are doorways, but I was stopped by the way the colors and shapes worked together on this wall, not by the fact that these are doors.

These metal fish made me stop. What are they for? 

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There were many of them, folded over this concrete edge near a restaurant and barand a couple of other businesses. The Mississippi river was a half-block away. Fishing is big here so I know that's why fish are an image that is used. But these guys are just lying there, on the edge of the concrete. The same fish, repeated many times, next to each of the supports for the handrail. Here's a close-up:

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They are decorative metal fish with no purpose that I can see. If they were on a climbing wall they'd be a good hand-hold. It is stuff like this that stops me in my tracks and makes me wonder. Why? Honestly, I like things like this to make sense and/or to be wonderful to look at. I guess it's good when something makes me stop to wonder – but then I want an answer and I don't have one with these stupid fish! What are they for?

In other news, Steve is now a blogger! You can see his first two blog posts here. I'll add a link to his blog in my Links area very soon. It's fun to see what he posts – so different from what I post. Isn't it great that we are all so different?!