Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pretty Things

A beautiful and bizarre short film...

And the "Making of..."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Important People....

     Dan Perrone is one of the most interesting people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. He sees beauty in the most unlikely of things, and it is impossible to remain immune to his enthusiasm once he articulates his point of view. And it is essential that he does, because I can't imagine that anyone sees the world like Dan. 
     Dan is a rare person in whom real creativity and amazing technical talent come together and surprise you. One of the things I appreciate most about him is his unfailing sincerity - his work isn't built on cynicism, as I find to be the case with a lot of contemporary art. Instead, it forces you to abandon irony and submit to believing that there are things in the world worth marveling at - technology, history, nature, culture, how we live. 
      And even aside from his work, Dan is kind, sincere and generous of spirit. That, in and of itself, is worth appreciating.
     Dan - himself and his work - makes me excited about the world, and for that I am so grateful.

This is a piece that Dan will be showing this weekend at Maker Faire - I can't wait to see it in person!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ultimate Outfit....pt.8

It's only turning into autumn, but I'm already excited about lady-like winter clothes....

This outfit consists of...

Louis Vuitton wool plaid skirt

Dolce and Gabbana cashmere and lace bodysuit

Bamford yak wool wrap

Jimmy Choo "Gilbert" leather pumps

Celine leather and shearling bag

Vionnet leather sash belt

Givenchy leather covered gem earrings

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dogs on Film....Part 6

Bailey knows he's a cutie!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Minnesota State Fair.....Pt. 5...

...All Bunny, All the Time.


Racing Stripe




Emo Bunny

A classic beauty




Supermodel Bunny



Look at that face!

That concludes my coverage of the Minnesota State Fair - can't wait to go back next year!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Minnesota State Fair.....Pt. 4...

...the Biggest and the Best.

A large part of the state fair has to do with finding the best in the Midwest. And there's a category for EVERYTHING imaginable.

Giant rabbit!

Me with a few contenders for the largest pumpkin.

Reggie, Minnesota's Largest Boar. Weighing in at 1,500 lbs, his head was about 3x the size of mine.

(See the original cartoon here.)
One of the most interesting categories of competition is "Crop Art." Submissions range from picturesque to political. I'm always surprised/impressed by how the contenders really use this peculiar medium to express themselves so passionately.

There are tons of beautiful vegetables...

Each day of the fair, a different local flower organization hosts it's own judging. We were there to see the African Violets - my favorite! The most amazing variations... 

I'd never seen a violet like this one!

Of course there are craft entries of every variety....

Beautiful hand made wooden nesting eggs

In the category of 'Barbie Wedding Gowns', Midge is a first prize bride, with Barbie ready to catch the bouquet. (I am definitely entering a gown next year!)

Baking is also a big category.

This is only a sample of the bread section!

Homemade syrups and infused vinegars

Honey from Minnesota bee keepers!

Creamed honey and honeycomb as well

There are also a variety of horsemanship events.

Phew! SO much to do at the State Fair!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Minnesota State Fair.....Pt. 3...

...Lots of Animals!

I love the head tilt!

A couple of chatty ladies

Goats are friendly neighbors!

4-H boys with their prize winning ducks!

A BIG horse

And some little horses

The Goats Who Stare at Men

I love that the duck is smiling too!