Fair Season

I love fairs. Fair week was what I waited for all year around. I remember running between barns,  completely filthy, taking care of my rabbits, cleaning up after my brother's cow, feeding my pig burgers. I still remember the awesome cheese burgers our little burger shack back near the barns. The rainy nights sleeping on top of my brother's cow. These weeks were the happiest of my teenage years. And then there are the ribbons.

I won two artistic excellence ribbons in the Pro category at the Knob Noster fair last week. I'm now an award willing artist. The next fair in my sights is the Missouri state fair. They have a huge show called the Missouri 50 that is being judged by a guy that curates for a really nice gallery in St. Louis. I'm pretty excited. Even if I don't get into the Missouri 50 at least I can still show my work in the open pro show. I just can't wait for the end of August.

After about 15 minutes of wracking my brain trying to figure out how the loom looks standing up I got it put back together. The only thing that helped was thinking there was no way the manufacturer would let their logo be upside down. After that things were cake.

Then I watched the warping your loom DVD and found out that I need a warping board to make all my warping treads even. Shoot. So now Ian is making me a warping board. I like handy husbands. Not much weaving has happened yet but it's only a matter of time. So now it sits on the studio floor.

I've challenged myself to finish a piece once a month. This is really necessary because I have been making little components of sculpture but not actually getting anything put completely together. I think it's just fear. Sometimes I think little elements or materials are just too precious so I never push them to become pieces. Now I'm working on my seed pod sculpture to try and finish it for June. It's close I can almost feel it.

Reading: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I read the first book in December and have been waiting patiently for the second one to come out. And it's here! I rarely like fantasy/sci fi or series (does every author have to sign a contract that makes them write three books?) But this is sooo goood. Much blood. Very Politic. Such Magic.

Listening to: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" I forgot how much I love this song.

Cooking: I found endive! It's endive au gratin time!