make natural hand moisturizer

Ground organic oatmeal and walnut oil works for me. Organic oats are the best, the quick kind grind nicely. I do bigger batches, they’re a good substitute for flour in baking and pancakes. Add some water to a few spoonfuls on low heat, stirring and mashing to make a paste. It only takes a minute.…… Continue reading make natural hand moisturizer

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I dug out and scanned a photo I took in April 2003, of Spadina Avenue in the midst of the SARS in Toronto. Of course this sidewalk is normally packed with people. There’s lots of media coverage of SARS now.  Looking back in 2013 had a different tone. SARS traced back to wild animal restaurants…… Continue reading andrà tutto bene-stock

andrà tutto bene

I embroidered this version of the Emblem of the Republic of Italy for Mattia Bigi, one of the first to get in touch when I started making westernwear. The “Hombre” jacket was taken off one Lee Rocker wore, and named for his side project at the time, paying homage to ZZ Top. And the real…… Continue reading andrà tutto bene

Guided Visits Through All the History of Art II

Last month, a picture was newly attributed to Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi – adding another to her masterful range of biblical gore – David and Goliath, previously credited to a man who was a student of her father’s. Rushing though the Baroque at the Detroit Art Institute last summer, I was stopped in my…… Continue reading Guided Visits Through All the History of Art II

Guided Visits Through All the History of Art

I get these 1947 stamp books ($1 at Frenchy’s in Nova Scotia) out from time to time, like the other night. They’re the six the original owner chose from 38 available via the Book-of-the-Month Club. With twenty-four images in each booklet – nine hundred and twelve in total – three are by women. (Two Mary…… Continue reading Guided Visits Through All the History of Art

difficult people make beautiful things

CBC overnight was on in the background. The words “difficult people make beautiful things” caught my ear. Monocle24 (prop Canadian Tyler Brule) was talking to Montreal native Willo Perron. His work is everywhere. Starting with fellow Montrealer Dov Charney’s American Apparel stores. He’s done many projects with Florence + the Machine. It’s not all flowers…… Continue reading difficult people make beautiful things

Goethe’s mystic colour theory

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published Theory of Colours in 1810.  He disagreed with Isaac Newton’s famous 1672 optical spectrum analysis, and was more interested in how colour is perceived. Enlightenment artists and scientists were very engaged with quantifying colour. In 1708, French painter Claude Boutet based the above wheels on Newton’s findings. In 1775, Austrian…… Continue reading Goethe’s mystic colour theory