It's funny to me how this blog can feel like an extension of myself and a neglecting of it like self neglect. I can be away for a week and it only feels like a break, like self care. Stay away for longer and I feel ignored by myself. Strange.
Or is it? Since any actual dialog I have with anyone about what I've written or posted here is delayed by hours or days, and comes in the form of a smattering of comments that I read in one sitting and only might respond to, it's really a conversation I'm having with myself. I do imagine, as I'm writing, that you are reading, but in most cases I don't know who you are. In the absence of that info, I suppose I insert myself, hence the conversation with myself. (I wonder how many other bloggers feel that they are really conversing with themselves.)
At any rate, I'm back, a little lighter and a little more balanced for the break.
I've not been photographing a whole lot lately. I've been more focused on applying what I've been learning over the past year (via blogs mostly) about design and my tastes in that arena. I have several ideas I'm mulling over, one of which is covering one wall, in what will be my son's room, with topographical maps. I got the idea from a page in a Potterybarn Kids catalog which showed a room with one wall papered in vintage looking blue and yellow maps haphazardly overlapped. It was similar to this one I found on Flickr
I loved the idea but was looking for a way to make it my own, and to be toned down a bit. Topo maps was the perfect fit. I've always loved the patterns that can be found on them and I'm hoping they can be an understated yet noticeable element.
I got a great deal on a lot of 24 slightly used Nevada black and white Advance Sheet maps 22 x 27 inches, 1:24,000 scale, on ebay, for roughly $1 a piece. I can't wait to get them up on the wall.
I'm also working on a simple quilt for my boy. I saw this great idea via Design Sponge and was very inspired.
I rounded up some great men's dress shirts (no vintage shirts to be found around here) at the local thrift store and have been chopping them up whenever I can clear off enough space on my studio table. Based on the fabrics I found the finished product will probably look more like this: