cherri house, quilter

February 4, 2011

yesterday i posted about a woman, fred shand, who created quilts with a very organic feel to them. non-traditional.

i thought it would be fun to post about the opposite. cherri house is a well known quilter who has written a variety of books, one of which is city quilts, where she takes her inspiration from the city. sometimes when you are walking in and around and through a city, you can forget to stop and admire just how amazing it can be.

cherri has managed to do that, and then put it in a quilt, go figure.


cherri house, city quilts.


indigo blues

February 2, 2011

the indigo dyeing process is long and relies on a fermentation process which differs from that of other colors. it’s no wonder the end result can be so intense and beautiful. it’s one of the oldest dyes used for textiles and is thought to have started in india, but through trade indigo has made it’s way around the world, and has played an intrinsic part in the history of many cultures.














images with thanks to unknown, hand eye magazine, madeline weinrib, unknown, yuimade, unknown.


September 7, 2010

from copenhagen we headed to berlin, a city that i’ve learned so much about, and yet had no pre-conceived notions about what it would be like.  since it’s only been twenty years since the berlin wall has come down, it felt very much like a relatively young city trying to figure out who it wanted to be, which lent itself to many great neighborhoods to explore.  i must admit that i didn’t expect to like germany as much as i did, but in both berlin and munich, we had such a great time.

here are a few pictures from the east side gallery, the part of the berlin wall that has since been painted by various artists from around the world:

there are memorials found all around the city, some not as obvious as others, as is the case with the used book sale which happens every day, rain or shine, in front of humboldt university… the site of the book burning during world war two.

and then, there’s the hotel where michael jackson held blanket out the window… which of course i had to get a picture of.

we then headed to nchen (munich) in the south, where we set our clocks by the glockenspiel, watched the deutschland world cup game at the chinese beer garden in the park, and ate sausage, saurkraut and pretzels to our hearts delight.


August 24, 2010

copenhagen really is where you would imagine hans christian anderson to have written his fairytale classics, by virtue of the fact that copenhagen looks like a muted fairytale.

everything from the color to the architecture of the buildings evokes whimsiness.

and did you know that danishes are danish?  they are pretty dane delicious too.

then there is the matter of tivoli, the oldest and most beautiful amusement park in denmark.  you might ask yourself why i would choose to go to an amusement park while in copenhagen…. and the answer is simply because it is awesome.  located right when you exit the train station,  it is really quite exquisite and well kept.  we had an amazing time not only on the rides, but also watching the dress rehearsal for a ballet, as well as numerous concerts scattered around the park.

amsterdam is crazy. when you arrive at the central train station you are dropped off into the midst of trams and trains and canals and bicycles.  oh, the bicycles!

it’s a beautiful town to wander around and get lost in, but it was nice at the end of the day to actually leave the craziness for the calm relaxation of the lake right outside of the city where we were staying.

the city and the surrounding area (and pretty much the whole country) is made up of an intricate system of canals, which we enjoyed on a three hour boat tour into and around the city.  here are a few pictures of our adventures in amsterdam.

we also met some of the most interesting and nicest people in amsterdam.  it really is a city that is aware of, and celebrates, their eccentricities… which was very refreshing.

photos from myself and my traveling companion, katie.

i always pick up matchboxes and matchbooks when i see them in restaurants.  i like noticing the design on the outside, the color of the matches on the inside… and you never know when you will need to start a fire.

none of the matchbooks i have collected look as great as these from a time in eastern europe when needing a light was a little more common.

see more here.

the french look

May 11, 2010

if i could describe the french look in a nutshell, i would use these photographs by romina shaw… as she has managed to capture it so well.  it isn’t anything specific, but rather a feeling that is conveyed with the image.

romina shaw.