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Monday, February 8, 2010

a good haul.

at yesterday's love and rummage trunk show, i picked up a bit of love (handmade wares) and a bit of rummage. those balls of wool from shannon? one dollar! (and yes, i got a bit more than that). i got my first piece of of krystal speck ware (how can this be the first?), a beautiful painting by trunk show newbie, cecelia hayes, and a plaster ear from tara bursey.

cecelia's buildings

tara's ear

a) cecelia mentioned (in person and on her blog) that she experiences some sort of separation angst with her paintings. i understand the feeling and hope that i can prove mine to be a good home for it. in due time, i will show you all where it ends up.

b) people at city of craft events seems inordinately weirded-out by tara's work. i don't get this. what is so disturbing to you guys? can we all just get over it, please? her work amazes me and i want city of craft to be a place where it is welcome and admired. c'mon, citizens. stop being weird.

12 comments:

krystal said...

I agree re. Tara's work. Toronto is a bit too conservative. I know a lot of folks that would love to receive an ear a la Van Gogh rather than the usual commercial crap.

She's ahead of her time.

sweetie pie press said...

i think tara is beside her time, being better than it.

karyn said...

you're the one who bought that red painting! jealous!

tara's work is awesome and so engaging. not a thing offensive there at all.

Cecelia said...

Ah! Your photos look so great! You have greatly eased my anxiety. Thank you! It was such a pleasure to meet you and have a face to this blog I am following. I hope we meet again soon.

Also, I agree that the ears are genius.

sweetie pie press said...

a) this new photo set-up is totally taking up room in our bedroom. it has the best light. the rest of our place is a craft-addled heap.

b) this is working into a collection of building (mostly house) art i have been working on in said bedroom.

c) i have a couple of big pieces that would really freak me out if i ever sold them. but, it would be a good thing to confront. then i could be like georgia o'keefe, and spend my life's earnings buying back all my art.

leah b said...

you scored some pretty sweet stuff. this show was an extreme exercise in self-control for me. i had to weigh the heartbreak of not having something to the heartbreak of either leaving it boxed up in toronto indefinitely or having it broken in transit. instead i'll just look at your photo set over and over again...

sweetie pie press said...

leah, you forgot the other option of getting a fight with your sweetie over it. besides, germany is full of cool stuff.

Tara Bursey said...

Thanks for the love, ladies.

...I had no idea Georgia O'Keefe did that!

sweetie pie press said...

i think her collection accounts for a big chunk of the current permanent collection at the georgia o'keefe museum in santa fe. i am hoping to make it there this summer. we will see...

Lisa PN said...

lovely stuff! too bad i couldn't make it. i was at the georgia okeefe museum last year while on a writing retreat. It's amazing, and well worth it. Santa fe is a pretty interesting and odd town that i would return to for a more intense visit!

erin dollar said...

i cannot tell you how much i want that ear. only way that could be better: you sit for her for a while, and she hand whittles a replica of your ear from wood.

seriously, though. so cool.

sweetie pie press said...

a link to tara's etsy shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/tarabursey! there are ears within. and other wonders.

i should warn tara off making noses, though. in toronto that has been the domain of one miss day milman (who has been our volunteer coordinator for city of craft for the past two years). she runs a nose casting booth. i think they become magnets.