14 affordable ways to start your own art collection

Would you like to have an art collection, without breaking the bank? Jump in!  If we wait until we have a fortune to buy original masterworks at Christie’s, then we might never get around to it.  There’s an energy about beginning to engage, not just standing back. Here are 14 ways to begin.  There are 7 summary tips (fuller details here) from the staff who bring … Continue reading 14 affordable ways to start your own art collection

Couture Knitting (and tattoos), Scotland: Di Gilpin

Di Gilpin, a self-taught knitting designer in Scotland, speaks in this video about her collaboration with couture designers, including her shrug inspired by the White Witch in “the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – and the tattoes of a Russian warrior princess.  As she points out, with a lacey knit worn over bare skin, the effect is of tattoes on the skin.

Watch from 90 minutes in. (It’s a long vlogcast).

(The video is by the knitting vlog, Fruity Knitting)

As well as knitting a grey shrug to mimic tattoes, Di also designed a featured full-length, red knitted ballgown, with a tabard full of Scottish symbols “Including a lovely Continue reading “Couture Knitting (and tattoos), Scotland: Di Gilpin”

Stephen Be: life, creativity and knitting

This video interview with colourful knitting designer, Stephen Be, is just too much fun not to watch.  (As it says at the start, the wonderful interviewer, Kristy Glass, apologizes that the first half of the interview was in poor focus – but such good content she had to keep it – so she funkified it up with a variety of visual effects until the good focus kicked in at 13 minutes in.)

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Mary Oliver – morning poetry writing

Listen to this wonderfully calm and thoughtful interview with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver (NPR recording 2013).

In under 7 minutes, she conveys the fresh tang of her words, by reading her poem “I happen to be standing”, written during her usual early morning attentiveness to nature and poetry writing time of choice.  Then goes on to give some thoughts on the practice of writing poetry and her concern with the natural world:

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