Wednesday, May 15, 2013

artist highlight: paperdashery

"the artist
is a receptacle for emotions
that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth,
from a scrap of paper..."
-pablo picasso

paperdashery: (n) the artful design, creation and selection of fine paper and paper arts.  the woman behind paperdashery is my own mother, julieann madl!  a very talented artist, my mom manifests the most amazing mixed media pieces ranging from dolls to hand bound art books and display pieces.

this santos cage doll is a work in progress but is already a beautiful expression of mom's creative vision.

this gypsy caravan has so many details i couldn't even begin to show them with my simple camera!

each side (front, back and both sides) have a myriad of marvelous little curiosities to explore from a winged pig, ghostly american gothic painting, lamps that actually work, and even a full sized art album concealed in the base of the wagon!

a host of hand bound books exhibiting a wide range of binding skills lean here and there throughout her studio...

books whose binding techniques challenge even the most creative bookbinder... with pages that have tags and note sheets tucked everywhere, upon which to record your most secret desires or creative ideas...

books of various themes and styles are everywhere!

even flip books filled with imaginative pages for photos and memories of every kind...

 not to mention all the mind-boggling display "boxes" (for lack of a better term) harboring still more books and albums!

mom doesn't have a blog (though i've been trying to drag her kicking and screaming into the 21st century!) but i did just buy her a brand new digital camera, so maybe we'll start to see more from her soon enough!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

on the road again...

"what's this? blueberries!!
oh, oh my god!
oh, that's better than sex!"
-stewie griffin

there is nothing quite like fresh blueberries in the morning! these little babies found their way into a lovely smoothie, along with a banana, some homemade peanut butter and protein powder. yum!

still fighting what seems to have become an endless parade of colds (or one mega-monster of one) so haven't felt up to needle chanting...or much of anything lately besides sleeping in between shifts. 

i'm headed over to mom and dad's for a week and a half. got the saint, some scraps and some more of these blueberries to munch on along the way. perhaps this will be just what the doctor ordered to eradicate this nasty cold!