Saturday, July 31, 2010

in other news

i've also updated my website. it needs a bigger overhaul, but for now, there are some new design projects added to the graphic design section.
a fun one is the centaur-fold. you can read the story on that page, or you can skip the story and just watch the unfolding/see the centaur sail away (in flash).

here's the post about the centaur-fold evening, when my cousin karin and her peter (very, very soon to be married—speaking of news!) visited san francisco.

i love rosa's fabric

wish i was here

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Finally, the big news!

I'm happy to announce that
From Orchards, Fields, and Gardens: Art and rememberings celebrating sustainable agriculture and good food will be
back from the printer mid-August! Until then, you can pre-order the book and get $4 off of the regular price.

The book features writing from 11 authors, and photos and illustrations from 21 artists. The authors remember activities, people, and places that shape(d) their appreciation for small scale food production and processing.

Find out more about the book.

I've been working on this thing for ten months. I often feel that I lack faith that things will work out ok, and this lack of faith makes me not take risks. I worry. And I envy people who believe there's a greater, loving force out there. They must feel more secure. Making this book has tested my (non-religious) faith. But I think it has also generated faith, because each step in the process yielded positive responses. Two friends encouraged me from the start. People I asked to contribute to the book agreed to do so—amazing! When I suggested edits, people didn't seem to think I was a meanie! When I asked (via snail mail because he doesn't do computers) Wendell Berry if one of the contributors could include stanzas from one of Berry's poems, he promptly wrote back, and he agreed! When I asked a long ago ex for help with a final edit, she agreed! When I asked for printer recommendations (after not feeling confident about the one I'd planned on using), a friend sent me to a helpful, flexible, fair, green, family-run press. This project has forced me to ask for help and to let go/not put so much pressure on myself when I can't meet deadlines. I still feel quite nervous about the final product (wondering if I made good design choices, etc.), but I'm also very excited and grateful. Thank you book contributors and friends!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


my friend's neighbor has goats. they're the cutest of course. i love how they flick their tails and ears. the tips of the goats are constantly in motion. and their baaas, each with a unique timbre. ridiculously cute.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

warm colors

my friend brought this sweet zippered guy back from argentina. i love the colors and the pattern.

pinky leon

next week i should have some news to share here (if anyone is still reading my sporadically updated blog)....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

a leaf for a leaf

this is my first, beautiful mati mcdonough original painting! now, where to hang it....

mati and i traded—my leaf for her how to identify trees painting. this painting has been in the back of my mind ever since i first saw it in her little pink houses show, one year ago.

i'm still on a blogging break, more or less. today less.

flickr favorites of late
waiting (makes me long for sweden in the summer)
weekend kitchen
Lu (cat pretending to be a bird)