I saw my friend Carye Bye of Red Bat Press this week, and got to hear about her upcoming Bunny on a Bike ride, picnic, and party this Easter Sunday! Here’s a photo from last year’s ride (taken by participant dontbecreepy):
Carye says, “Join us for the 5th annual Bunny on a Bike Ride in Portland, Oregon. Bunnies on Bikes from North, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest, we are gathering for a Play-date in the Park on Easter Sunday. We’ll meet in 5 different parks and make our way to the “Great” gathering in the geographical center of Portland!”
Five Starting Destinations. Meet at 2 pm:
SE: Col. Summers Park (SE Belmont & 20th)
SW: Salmon Street Fountain at Waterfront Park (SW Salmon & Naito Pkwy)
NW: Jamison Square (NW Johnson & 10th Ave)
N: Peninsula Park (at the gazebo, N Ainsworth & N Albina Ave)
NE: Grant Park (by Ramona Statue, NE 33rd Ave & US Grant Place)
ps: Go Tarheels!
There are a lot of pretty cool things going on today! If you don’t mind the round-up format here are three things I am pretty excited about this morning.
First, in honor of Fred Rogers’s 80th birthday, be sure to wear a sweater today! If you haven’t already seen it, this video (starring Mr. McFeely the delivery man) inviting everyone to participate is so charming. I’m a big fan of both Mr. Rogers and cardigans, so I am happily putting one on for the afternoon. Happy birthday, Mr. Rogers!
I also just heard that Jennifer Perkins is teaching a new series of classes at Craft-O-Rama in Austin. If you want to make a super-poppy charm bracelet using a variety of wire techniques, or a fantastic set of fabric jewelry (a ring, ponytail holder and two different bracelets), zip on over and register. As a bonus, Jennifer says, “Not only will we be learning how to make jewelry, we can also chat about running a small business, marketing, correct ways to open a jump ring and more — for 2 whole hours I am yours to quiz on all your hot burning questions.”
To sign up for either or both classes, register through the store’s website, call 512-707-2405 or stop by (3100 S Congress Ave Austin, TX 78704). I love Jennifer’s work and I am so lucky that she is one of my guest designers for Bead Simple! I wish so much that I could take her classes myself, but they are both scheduled for the week of my due date, so not this time… but hopefully I can catch an encore series later in the year. At age 34 I still have not made it to Texas, I am sorry to say, and I definitely need to do something about that.
The Design-It-Yourself Revolution!
Here in town, Contemporary Crafts Museum is hosting a pair of excellent craft and design events this week with Ellen Lupton, author, designer, and curator at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum: one tonight and one on Saturday. Don’t miss them!
EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT LECTURE
The Design It Yourself Revolution
Thursday, March 20, 7 PM at PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson
$5 (Free for members and students)
Ellen Lupton wants to bring design to the masses. In the much-discussed books D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself and D.I.Y. Kids, Lupton shares design concepts with writers, teachers, crafters and children. Now she’ll deliver her message in person. Lupton’s Excellence in Craft Lecture investigates how increased access to desktop publishing tools, paired with the growth of “do-it-yourself” culture, has changed the way we think about design. Drawing from her books, she will share ways to use design principles in everyday life.
SPECIAL FAMILY EVENT
D.I.Y. Kids Day
Saturday, March 22, 1-4 PM, Free, The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft
Work alongside Ellen Lupton and crew to design a button, a book and magnet art. These fun creative activities will engage all kids — and adults will have a blast too — making unique items from an exciting array of materials.
I have been writing up a lot of love for Portland recently so I wanted to focus on a few other favorite places today and some cool stuff going on in each city. If you are in New York or Los Angeles, here’s what I would be doing this weekend if I were there, too!
In New York, I’m pleased to announce that the outstanding documentary Sputnik Mania is premiering tonight at the IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas, at Third Street). The film is based on my father-in-law Paul Dickson‘s book Sputnik: The Shock of the Century. I saw it at the Seattle world premiere last summer and just loved it. It’s showing for the next two weeks, so if you’re in or near the city, don’t miss it!
Congratulations, Paul! I was very excited to see the fantastic and well-deserved review in the New York Times today, too.
On the other side of the country., Sara Wookey is premiering a new performance, Walking L.A., at 7 and 9 pm tomorrow. When I lived in the city, I absolutely loved walking there, especially downtown (and in Griffith Park, and Los Feliz, and Silver Lake…) so I really wish I could be there to check it out! It’s free, you just need to make reservations and request tickets for the time you prefer.
Andrew and I first met Sara at an arts festival in Belgium and I’ve had the chance to see some of her subsequent performances in California, too. Here is what she has to say about this show:
This multi-disciplinary performance work evolved from Sara’s experiences of walking in Los Angeles. A meeting ground of movement, video, text and live sound, this performance highlights the subsurface layers of the city made available to the one who walks and offers up alternative ways of reading and re-imagining it.
ps: on another geographical note entirely, Go Heels!
I got a sneak peek at Diane Gilleland‘s crafty map of Portland when it was in progress but now that she’s unveiled the official version, I’m even more impressed! She’s included dozens of places to shop for craft supplies, take classes, sell your handmade work, or see craft shows… an impressive complement to her one-stop Portland resource DIY Alert. Way to go, Diane!
Now Leslie Yang has created a crafty map of San Francisco with plenty of local DIY resources to check out. I’m planning another visit to the Bay Area soon and I bookmarked her map as soon as I saw it — so handy!
I’m finally in Brooklyn after an afternoon surprise yesterday: all the flights into LaGuardia and most of the other New York area airports were delayed or cancelled due to approaching thunderstorms, and I ended up spending the night at a hotel in Chicago instead of crafting a Yoda doll with Julian. Bummer. Oh well, I am very happy to be in New York now — and it only took 27 hours door-to-door, from my apartment to Kayte‘s! I temporarily distracted Ms. Love Forever from her pre-Renegade crafting so we could have lunch and walk around a little bit, and I got a sneak peek at her new stuff — it is beyond cute, you’ll love it. I already snapped up two things that I’m so excited about!
So on my walk over to the next thing, I saw this cool museum-window display-oddity and luckily I had my camera with me. The City Reliquary is a collection of New York ephemera from all five boroughs, including “architectural remnants of city buildings, Statue of Liberty memorabilia, a geological display of New York’s underground composition, and a 1939 World’s Fair exhibit.” The organization has moved its main collection over to a new, bigger space at 370 Metropolitan, but the window at the old space (at the corner of Havemeyer and Grand) remains. I wish I could have snapped the display, but the glare wasn’t having it. So here’s the sign at least!
About the Reliquary, Vice President of Operations George Ferrandi says:
The City Reliquary has the distinction of being a window museum. People in the community pass it daily on their way to and from the subway, the grocery, or the coffee shop, or they stumble across it when they’re walking home from work via a different route. It is either an integrated part of their daily landscape, or a personal discovery. In either case, passersby are offered a kind of ownership that major institutions strive for in their public relations campaigns, but rarely achieve. We aim to be a humble but effective hub, of many sorts – historical, cultural, and social. We offer historical displays of modest ephemera – bits of bridges, old postcards, etc. We organize events – Collector’s Night, Bike Fetish Day, September 11 Memorials, Bike Rides, Writing Contests. We’ve also started a community mini-garden movement in old bathtubs in front of our windows, and we broadcast a monthly radio show through a local internet station. We post neighborhood-related political information, and in general act as “the water cooler” of the neighborhood.
And as a bonus, they’ve painted a neat list of directions and landmarks on the building for anyone passing by.
I’m looking forward to checking out the newer space too, maybe Saturday after Renegade? I love old everyday things, and this looks like such a stellar community mini-museum. On Friday (speaking of museums I’m excited about) I’m going to the Subversive Lace and Radical Knitting show with Cathy and Cathy, and we’ll be doing some fabric, bead and button shopping too… love that Threads guide to shopping for New York sewers. (You can download a free copy at http://taunton.com/threads/pdf/NYCSewersGuide.pdf — I didn’t want to link it directly in case you don’t want a surprise PDF from a casual click!)
Update: that link doesn’t work directly, sorry about that! Try this google results list and click the first listing (“A SEWER’S GUIDE TO”) and it will automatically download the PDF, at that address.
If you go:
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
I’m very pleased to announce that a new documentary, The Fever of ’57 (based on my father-in-law Paul‘s excellent book, Sputnik: The Shock of the Century) is premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend. Andrew and I are going up for the Friday premiere and staying for the encore on Sunday, too. If you’re around, please join us at one of the shows:
Friday, June 1 at the SIFF Cinema, 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 3 at the Neptune Theatre, 11:00 am
Paul will also be at both screenings, along with the director, David Hoffman, and there will be a Q&A afterwards. I also spotted this interview with David Hoffman, which Zee Grega posted on Metroblogging Seattle this morning.
On the crafty side of things, I’m also excited to check out the art show at McLeod and see my friends Maggie, Daphne and Karen. I love Seattle, and I haven’t been up there in forever! If there’s anything else I better check out, let me know…
So I just heard that applications went up for the November Stitch Austin show! Jennifer says, “Last year Stitch had over 3,000 people attend and we sold out the Austin Music Hall. This November 10th will be Stitch’s 5-year anniversary and we are going to be there again — they have expanded so things are going to be even bigger and better. More make and take booths, awesome DJ’s, a podcast hosted by Vickie Howell, an afterparty that is going to rock your face off, the Indie Business start up grant is back with even more perks, and of course the 500 goodie bags.”
You have until August 15 to apply for a spot in the craft bazaar or the runway… or take a look at some pictures from the last four years for inspiration!
postcard by Carye Bye
Carye says, “This tour will visit book arts shows at the Central Library & the New American Art Union. Also we’ll have a DIY workshop at the Independent Publishing Resource Center learning simple book-binding and a chance to pull a print on the letterpress.”
Book Arts & Fine Press Bike Ride in the SW Park Blocks – meet at the North End at Salmon & Park, Portland, Oregon
12:45 pm (3.5 – 4 hour bike tour), Saturday, May 26
I went to the Cool Cottons sale today and scored some nice prints from the sale room… don’t miss it! I got enough fabric to make two dresses, one in a Mendhi pattern from FunQuilts (this one, actually), and one yellow-and-gray flower print from King’s Road, both on sale, and a half-yard of Katie Jump Rope just because. I can’t wait to sew with them!
But another of my favorite Portland shops is having a sale this weekend, too… have you been to Office on Alberta?
Like Cool Cottons, they’re making room for some new stuff: their finds at the New York Stationary Show last weekend. Exciting!
When I have a bunch of deadlines (like this week!) sometimes it’s hard to get everything done in my house… especially when there are unpacked boxes lying around distracting me from reaching my word count. It’s funny, when I’m actually on deadline of course all I can think about is unpacking; when I’m not, I seem to have no problem at all ignoring them.
So I went out to a new cafe in my neighborhood with wireless, Caffe Pallino on SE Division, and spent four hours writing and e-mailing away, over coffee, then panini for lunch, then more coffee. It’s such a gorgeous place, all sleek and streamlined, and sitting right next to one of the big windows is pretty much bliss. They’re open from early morning until 9 every night so you have plenty of time to do your work-work and then maybe knit a few rows or read the paper over dessert.
They serve pastries, grilled sandwiches, fresh pasta, and gelato… really good gelato. This is a fancy row: chocolate chili, fresh strawberry, and lime jalapeno (which is hot as hell, a taste was quite enough for me — I’m glad I tried it but I’m not tough enough for a whole cup of it!).
And I am collecting the little stripe-y cups for a craft project. Maybe a pot for a tiny plant, maybe a cupcake-pincushion to add to my collection.
Anyway, every neighborhood in Portland is blessed with at least one great cafe… but this one is especially lovely, and whether I’m working or crafting or just want an espresso, I’ll for sure be back soon.
If you go:
In honor of the LA Marathon today — an event which seems to royally screw up any planned activities by car via street and freeway shut-downs — I thought I’d write about not-driving by choice today. I really don’t like driving much, personally, and I love walking in LA, especially to the movies or the post office in Los Feliz Village (exactly 0.95 miles from my apartment).
Contrary to the sterotype, lots of people do actually walk here, and not just because their cars are in the shop. And we do have a subway — a very nice, clean and cheap ($1.25/ride) one at that, even if it’s probably best known for a couple of chase scenes on 24.
The subway doesn’t serve that many neighborhoods (can’t wait for that Wilshire extension!), but it does go all over downtown, my favorite place to walk in the city. I love visiting Clifton’s, the fabric and jewelry districts, the library, Union Station, Chinatown, and Olvera St on foot. And now, thanks to a tip from the ever-wonderful Apartment Therapy LA, I have excitedly bookmarked the Downtown LA Walks podcasts!
Downtown LA Walks has posted four free pdf walking maps and corresponding audio tours for exploring downtown, from historical sites to shopping. Just download them, take the subway or drive to one of the jumping-off points, and wander around the city. If you’re not an iPod person, or just want more general ideas, they’ve included cultural, historical, nightlife, and shopping suggestions, with more on the way.
Plus they offer a metro-friendly page that’s handy if you’re new to the LA subway.
Some of my other favorite getting-around-LA resources:
•Walking LA is a cool travel-sized book of 36 walking tours, from Santa Monica to Mt. Washington. In fact, I saw a group of people clutching it as they headed up Silver Lake Blvd. (part of tour #28) yesterday morning! I got a signed copy for Andrew for Christmas over at Skylight Books. Really like this one.
•MTA.net is the official trip planner/info center for the LA County transit. I don’t love using this site but it gets the job done.
•LA Transit is a livejournal community deciphering all things bus, subway, Amtrak, Metrolink, and DASH-related, especially helpful since the various transit agencies don’t really cooperate with each other. So if you want to get from Los Feliz to the Burbank Airport without setting foot in a car or cab, this is your go-to advice column.
Since this is the last week I’ll spend with Pink Craftie, I want to post about a few more of the things we did in Los Angeles. Of course, we went to Clifton’s and Michael Levine downtown, and got to see the Institute For Figuring‘s crocheted coral reefs.
But she also came to Griffith Park and hiked up to the Observatory with me on an uncharacteristically cloudy day…
I also brought her along to ReForm School in Silver Lake, where she got to bond with her fellow robots and check out all the cool Remarkable recycled stuff, and Cathy of California‘s gorgeous mushroom pincushions.