I finally started this book by Leonard Koren. It’s been on my amazon wish list for ages. I started to learn about Wabi-Sabi while reading Junichiro Tanizaki‘s ‘In Praise of Shadows.’ ‘In Praise of Shadows’ is an essay on one man’s view and personal experience with Japanese aesthetics, nature centered architecture, and living.
Wabi sabi represents a Japanese aesthetic centered around imperfection and impermanence.
From the book:
Wabi sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
It is a beauty of things modest and humble.
It is a beauty of things unconventional.
I’m also listening to the music of Dustin O’Hallaran tonight as it rains outside. I can barely keep my eyes open this evening. I’m exhausted and endlessly happy now to be spending my week day mornings teaching art. However, I am ready for bed at 7pm these days.
Dustin O’Halloran composes and plays gorgeous soft, quiet music. The kind of music you put on on dark, rainy days and fall asleep to or listen to in the early morning hours with a cup of coffee in a handmade mug and a cat wrapped up on your lap.
Thankful for this cool, rainy evening.
Good night folks! Keep discovering good books and good music and anything else that will brighten even the rainiest of days.
What a gorgeous week of weather here in Pennsylvania. This past week I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time outside. I spent last weekend in a small town in central PA visiting some friends which was a nice slow down. This weekend I’m looking forward to planting in our plot at the community garden!
I’ve been revamping my photography website and adding some of my newer still life images. I’m proud of the way my site is coming along. Check it out! tessadowns.com
I’d like to share some images from the past few weeks. I’ve been busy creating new photography postcards, editing new still life images and attempting to get my photographic work out into the world! It’s mostly a lot of “behind the computer screen” work so I hope to get it done so I can spend next week making photographs next week!
What’s inspiring you all lately? Drop me a note! Say hello! 🙂
Patrick Dougherty: Stickworks
Reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
Home still life
Hello wordpress world! I’ve been a busy bee and have neglected my little bee hive blog of photography and craft . In an effort to return with a more consistent presence, I’ve decided to blog weekly every THURSDAY!
Look for me! I’m dedicated! I promise!
Happy Thursday. It’s Spring here in Pennsylvania and the weather is finnnnne. It’s been a relatively cool spring so these mid 60’s and 70 temps are more than welcome these days.
With Spring come rebirth and color and a lot of work. Teacher work. Photography work. Happy work. I have been subbing in at wonderful schools in the area and spend weekends teaching at an art center near by and in my spare time I’ve been sewing and photographing up a storm!
I’ll have to tell y’all about a book I recently discovered called “Wild Color” by Jenny Dean and Karen Casselman. “Wild Color” is about the processes of dying fabrics with natural dyes made from plants. This is so exciting to me to begin to dive in and really explore natural dyeing processes. It will be fun to adventure into natural dyeing techniques and I hope that you’ll share with me any knowledge or tips you may have.
Okay, the topic at hand!
I wanted to share with you all some still life photographs that I’ve been working on and experimenting with. I love styling my own table-scapes by adding mood, texture, color and the right light to showcase a certain curated idea or thought. Arranging and re-arranging objects that are sentimental along with natural materials collected from trips, adventures or right in my own garden is my newest obsession.
Enjoy these images I took this week in my ‘home’ studio. My studio ( simply a wooden table) tends to move with the light and I’ll lovingly follow that sunlight depending on which window it’s coming through. So mornings my studio could be my living room and come afternoon my studio could be my kitchen. It depends and changes with the time of day! Way to be flexible! 😉
I was able to create these images in my living room while listening to Townes Van Zandt and drinking tea. Ah.
Oh, if I could only do it more often.
Enjoy! If you haven’t yet said hello to me, please do! I’d love to chat and discuss anything on the blog or something you’re working on or creating at your own home studio.
’til next time!
My NEW brand “gatherings ” has an Instagram. Stop by sometime! I would love to hear your thoughts about my textiles and what you would like to see in the shop!
Gathering Textiles new instagram!
Working on new linens and towels for the shop! Updates in May. I’m excited to share with you all.
About ‘gatherings’ :
I have a minimalist yet classic style. Gatherings started with a simple idea. I moved into my own place and wanted to create and design textiles that would fit into my personal lifestyle: Down-to-earth and simple yet stylish, elegant and classic. Having friends and loved ones over for brunch, dinner or coffee made me realize the importance of table linens, napkins, aprons and towels. Instead of looking for textiles that would suit our simple and elegant gatherings in stores, I decided instead to design and create them.
Gatherings is a brand inspired by moments of coming together for conversation, good food and drink. The most precious moments are those we spend with people we enjoy and these textiles add an additional spark of classic and timeless elegance. We engage with textiles during a gathering the way we engage in conversation and I believe it’s important that the fabrics we use during our special gatherings should speak to comfort and elegance and should be made from natural, warm fibers.
Gatherings is about the most important moments in life. The times spent together sharing a drink, good food, conversation and time.
Natural, earthy and classic, the objects I make are designed with all different types of gatherings in mind. Time together with family and friends are moments that I treasure and love most. I want to bring my love of gatherings to you and your own moments of food, drink and conversation.
I hope you enjoy my shop and feel free to drop me a line!
Linens for special gatherings.
Gatherings is what I’m naming this new undertaking. It was born out of my desire to have fabric napkins I could use when I had guests over for gatherings. Paper towels and little cloths work just fine, but I’m a maker! I can make napkins.
Determined, I wanted to create a napkin that I could use for gathering and I wanted to use my favorite fabric; LINEN! Linen is a beautiful cloth often used and worn in the summertime because it keeps the body cool and fresh. Linen is clean and simple. It’s natural and earthy.
So my sewing machine has been kept busy sewing linens to create napkins and tea towels but I’ve also been creating half aprons, full length aprons and kitchen towels as well. I hand dye the fabric to match moods and personalities and decor. Cloth napkins add a nice touch to a sweet dinner or gathering for tea or coffee. It adds a pop of color and handmade feel.
My hope is to push this to the maxwith organic linens and natural dyes but for now I’m having a lot of fun experimenting, designing and creating.
So here’s to linen and gatherings both big and small.
Come see my etsy shop! gathertextiles.etsy.com
I am gearing up for my trip to Alaska next week with two of my brothers and my dad. Planning, packing and cleaning my apartment is top priority today. Last night I made maple scones and this morning I had one with some coffee while looking over trip itinerary. I had a dream last night that one of the cabins I booked near Denali National Park couldn’t confirm my reservation because I didn’t pay them on time. I woke up in a sweat! I double checked. They have us on record. phew!
It feels cooler today. Low 80’s here in eastern Pennsylvania. In Anchorage the highs will be in the low 60’s! Looking forward to a quick return to autumn temperatures and wearing a sweater at night…..annnnnd the serene beauty of theAlaskan wilderness, seeing the start line for the Iditarod, cabin living in the middle of nowhere, glaciers and Mount McKinley of course!
It should be one heck of an adventure.
Here’s to the coming weekend, my birthday (Saturday) and adventures in Alaska!
Summer is here. The weather is warm. The days are growing longer.
Enjoy this weekend. Soak it up. Have fun. Relax. Create. Cook. Craft. Read. Nap. Swim. Garden. Drive to the beach. Go to the mountains. Sit in an open field or simply by the window and relax.
Enjoy each day.