30 October 2011

25 October 2011


Last year.

The same house, this year.


24 October 2011

Featured Artist: Fiona Apple

The little voice inside has been singing this recently.

20 October 2011

Black Canvas

First commission of the Birkin inspired totes.

Another on the way.

19 October 2011

Defense against Melencholy

Sydney Smith to Lady Georgiana Morpeth. 1820.

"Dear Lady Georgiana,
Nobody has suffered more from low spirits than I have done
- so I feel for you. Here are my Perscriptions:
1st. Live as well as you dare.
2nd. Go into the showerbath with a small quantity of water
at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation
of cold, 75º or 80º.
3rd. Amusing books.
4th. Short views of human life - not further than dinner or tea.
5th. Be as busy as you can.
6th. See as much as you can of those friends who like and respect you.
7th. And of those acquaintances who amuse you.
8th. Make no secret of low spirits to your friends, but talk of
them freely - they are always worse for dignified concealment.
9th. Attend to the effects tea and coffee produce upon you.
10th. Don't expect too much from human life - a sorry business at the best.
11th. Compare your lot with that of other people.
12th. Avoid poetry, dramatic representations (except comedy, music,
serious novels, melancholy, sentimental people, everything likely
to excite feeling or emotion, not ending in active benevolence.
13th. DO GOOD, and endeavour to please everybody of every degree.
14th. Be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue.
15th. Make the room where you commonly sit gay and pleasant.
16th. Struggle little by little against idleness.
17th. Don't be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself,
but do yourself justice.
18th. Keep good blazing fires.
19th. Be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion.
20th. Believe me, dear Lady Georgiana.

Very truly yours,


from: Hesketh Pearson, The Smith of Smiths, Hogarth Press, London, 1984. p.164.

16 October 2011

Leaning into the fall

Summer has just about left the building.

It was great, however....

it's time for sweaters and sitting on benches in Central Park
with a hot tea and pastry. Watching leaves fall and the city's
citizens in their lovely warm clothes. It's great entertainment
for these cash strapped times. Make the 1% your zoo!

That and Halloween is around the corner. Which means I'll be older soon.

I'm missing the what the autumn sky can do over Albuquerque.

Latent Religion.

Gratuitous Hermes. Whishing it was Gratis Hermes.

I'll see you next year, Mr. Warmth.

And a sudden return to eating sweets, just as I've finally rejoined the gym.

15 October 2011


For Quite a while now I've had a thing for Mr. Clinton Kelly.

13 October 2011


I have no idea who made this happen, but I thank them very much.

04 October 2011


a new triptych in my former style.

Suitors (2011)

01 October 2011

...a quick succession of busy nothings.

As unemployment once again gathers around me
I find myself doing oddly awesome things.

Such as making Birkins out of canvas.

To etsy or no? Je ne sais pas.

I can all it the Firkin. Catchy no?

I need to find another job.