This is what happens when I come back from the West Coast and am still on California time. I am up till all hours (it's almost 1:30 a.m but my body thinks it's 10:30) then I sleep till 9:30 am and am eating 2 breakfasts and multiple other meals because I'm starving at the wrong hour and then at the right hour. ARGH.
The sum of my day: sorting through the mail, doing laundry, unpacking supplies, and
finding looking for hanging sticks in correct sizes for all my quilts. I can see that I shall have to get out the saw for the sticks and repair/redo sleeves that have had holes cut in them for the Walker hanging system. And yes, I need to make a few labels. Needing to do all that hand sewing makes me wish I were a tv watcher (but not enough to actually BE one).
I unpacked, heat set and washed some fabrics I printed at the end of class. They are the final layer on my ugly demo fabrics for the Portland workshop. We worked with glue screens and after I improved a student's fabric with this particular screen, I went to work on my own. I'm really happy with them (which doesn't take much because they were dreadful). Now I have to figure out how I am going to use them, eventually.
I was trying to use up as much paint as possible so I wouldn't have to cart it home. I am seriously thinking that in the future, I will teach surface design only within driving distance of my home so I can pack all those supplies in the car and not have to schlep a 50 lb. suitcase around the country. I am too old and decrepit to do this any more. So THERE!
Puttered around the house today but tomorrow morning I will attempt to beat the hordes to the supermarket and stock up on food for Rosh Hashanah dinner Wednesday night. Not only is my refrigerator pathetically empty, I have to cook over the next 4 days and set the table. This is why I am clearing my quilts off the dining table.
Ok, it's almost 2:am eastern time and I had better scoot to bed or I will not be up early enough to beat the supermarket crowds.
This afternoon, my friend Rachel and I took a walk around the Mission district -- a gritty neighborhood I loved when I was here last year.
We stopped in the Cut Loose clothing factory outlet and (either sadly or fortunately) nothing looked good on either of us. But it was great stuff. After that, we had pupusas at the indoor food market -- totally enjoyable. Pupusas are a Salvadoran food made of cornmeal,stuffed with cheese and your choice of whatever else: pumpkin, greens, pork, etc. and served with spicy cabbage slaw and hot sauce. Yummy. I think I need to find a recipe and make these when I get home.
As we walked, we passed a restaurant with what looked like thousands or people standing on line (or in line if you are not from New York) and the line stretched around the corner. I stopped and asked some guy what they were giving away and he said "nothing. This place has the best burritos in the world."
A few doors down, we passed a sign congratulating La taqueria for being selected by Nate Silver as the world's best burrito. We were not about to go back and join the line. I stopped to take a picture of this sign because it tickled me. And Rachel and I continued on our way.
We saw a lot of teenagers eating what looked like frozen gazpacho and in another block we discovered what it was. A guy with a stand on the next corner was pouring stuff into a cup, adding a biig scoop of snow cone ice, adding more stuff, and people were standing in line for that, too.
We recognized it as the frozen gazpacho -- good guess, but not quite. It was mangoneidas y diablitos -- a concoction of mango, ice, mango syrup, tomato-y hot sauce, cayenne pepper, more mango, more hot sauce.
People were also skipping the hot sauce and having the mango and ice with other stuff, like coconut syrup, frozen strawberries, and who knows what else. Too sweet to contemplate. We opted to try
y diabliitos because the combination of sweet and spicy appealed to us. Not knowing whether we would like it, we decided to buy one and share it. It was fabulous! Here is Rachel with it.
And yrs truly, checking it out before I dug into it with my fork. Yes - you eat it with a fork, not a spoon. Can't figure out why, unless he had run out of spoons before we got there. And that thing that looks like a straw is a plastic thing covered with what Rachel said tasted like guava paste and cayenne.
You have to know I am going to try this one at home. Seems to me it would make a great drink with some gin added:-). I'll let you know.
At Portland airport in the United Club, brunching (early lunching) on cheese & crackers, yogurt, coffee, and ice. On my way to San Francisco to stay with a friend in the city and then give a lecture. Heading home on Wednesday.
In the meantime, I finally have time to revisit more of the wonderful fabrics printed in class on day two.
As I look at the pix I took, I'll share them with you. The big fun was printing with glue on a screen. We prepared the screens at the end of day one and they dried overnight. Such cool designs!
Here are examples of how fabrics can be saved: just print over them with a glue screen:-) and work in layers!
This was a deconstructed piece (green layer) that Joyce wasnt happy with. She printed with a grid and was in the process off adding those 3-D looking circles when I snapped this.
After yesterday's class ended, Gerrie and I packed up, rested our feet, and then went out with Mr. C to a wonderfull Catalan restaurant. I tell you, the food in Portland is universally interesting and terrific.
on to the next city...
Or maybe it's my wonderful keyboard. Trip to the Apple store is on my radar screen. Every time I hit the delete key on this keyboard, it turns off the computer. Argh.
Anyway, today was day one of Can this Fabric be Saved? and I would say that in most cases, the answer was "yes." As usual, there was lots of variety in printing fabrics and I was happy to see the fun.
Here are a few results of layers added to masking tape resists.
And here is Gerrie, concentrating as she prints one of her pieces.
We had a very busy day and finished by preparing our screens with glue resists for tomorrow. Can't wait to see what happens!