Monday, May 2, 2011

The Threads That Bind Us

Friday Update:
Also wanted to mention that last week I was lucky enough to have a cup of tea with Pamela of the blog "From the House of Edward", who was enjoying a brief interlude in Los Angeles. It's always lovely to meet fellow bloggers in person and discover that they are just as fabulous as you thought they were. She is stylish and charming and the owner of the absolutely most FLAWLESS skin I've ever laid eyes on. And talk about a love of Scotland that rivals mine -- she and her husband have a possible retirement plan there!

Thursday Update:
Just spoke to Santy at the Santa Monica Museum of Art who kindly sent me some better photos of the two pieces I entered. Check their website in June for "Incognito Revealed": an unmasking of all the artists who participated and their works.

(For those of you who asked about size, both pieces are 8" by 10".)

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Now that the INCOGNITO show is over and all the artists are finally able to acknowledge their work, I'm so happy to finally get a chance to show you what I've been up to lately, embroidery-wise.

Check it out below (or click HERE):

Note: Apologies for the semi-dark footage of my new embroidery pieces -- I shoot everything with my iPhone 4 because I love the moody edge it imparts, but getting sharp details has at times been difficult. Good things lie ahead, though: I am saving up for a Canon 5D Mark 2 digital camera with video capabilities that will take "The Domestic Explorer" webisodes to a whole new level of clarity -- so be patient a bit longer!



helen tilston said...

Hi Lisa
I love how you have woven such a beautiful story around your airline tickets. I, too, have saved my travel tickets and old passports. I treasure them.
Beautiful video and music and wishing you many more interesting and educational voyages.

Michelle said...

Your posts always strike a resonant chord (Forster is one of my favorite authors)and they get me to thinking. Solzhenitsyn said, "Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag." Loved this embroidery, plane tickets are like a travel bag of memories. Perhaps that should be your next project, a travel bag. :)

Kate said...

Thank you Lisa for sharing your travels and this ever so creative way of connecting with those artists before you! I am hunkering down with work for the summer but will look forward to all the "sightseeing" we shall do together!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

And don't forget Gerald Durrell went to Corfu.

Paul said...

What did you think of the royal wedding?

More importantly, if you had to spend a day locked in a room with the Princess Royal or the Duchess of Cornwall, who would you choose?

I'd choose Camilla, any day. I'm starting to love her.

Karena said...

Oh my goodness Lisa you never cease to amaze me!! Your work is so artfully creative. Love seeing your tickets!

Art by Karena

Sunday Taylor said...

What a great idea. I love the combination of the writers and their travel destinations and then turning that into an artwork. So creative. Graham Greene went to Capri. Lots of future projects for you.

pve design said...

Lisa, Lisa, Lisa,
I am jealous, because all of those artists traveled at a time when they had no sort of security gates or lines of masses. Now they take away one's palette knife or linseed oil. It is just not as glamourous, travel, but your threads sure are.

Emily said...

Love your creative soul Lisa!

Illuminated Perfume said...

Terrific little video Lisa, love your concept. I love the affect created by shooting with the I-phone. Gosh, I'm saving up for the Canon too, what an amazing tool!

Ann Marie said...

LOVE this! How big are these pieces? Are you preparing them for a show? Please keep us posted. I love that you are using traditional "craft" and doing something completely 21st century with it. Transforms the medium.

Bozena Wojtaszek said...

What a clever idea. What is the size of those pieces?
Exhibition at the airport? :)

Miss Whistle said...

You really are a marvel. This is just brilliant, as I have said before. Sending you much love & exuberant thumbs up (way up).

A Life Unhurried said...

Lisa, I love that idea! I too am interested in how large the pieces are - couldn't quite tell on the video. (You'll love the 5D2! The less expensive 7D also has good video capabilities.) You continue to inspire. -Grace

Deb Kaplan said...

I love the way the Easy Jet ticket turned out! This is such an inspiring idea, they're really so beautiful... Don't you feel lucky to have been to so many fabulous places...?

Dumbwit Tellher said...

How incredibly clever. I really admire how your mind works Lisa and your amazing creativity.

iPhone or not the video was GREAT!

Hillary's Brook said...

Nice one, Lisa!

Jewels said...

Love the video 8 vibe of the iphone, but ecstatic over the new pieces! How fun, and so totally you! You save for the camera, and I'll save for the art. xo

Anonymous said...

You are totally mad!!! And I love you for it.

Nicole said...

I love that bridge to the past through your art - totally awesome. I feel like I need to sit in a room and meditate until I come up with one idea that is as original and cool as yours.
Never Stop!

Nicole, a real fan

24 Corners said...

So fabulous Lisa, love seeing your creative spirit at play! You could sell these in the gift shop of your wonderful literary country inn you know. They could be tailored to your guests special fancies and favorites, and even if there wasn't any flying during their favorite author's lifetime, train tickets could do the trick...or steamship even!
Hope all is well with your speech...I'm very excited for you!
xo J~

Delia said...

You are amazing, plain and simple! I aspire to be like you some day!
Please share what app you use on your iphone to achieve that Super8 effect.
Thank you for offering a respite of tranquility in this mad world.

The Buzz Blog @ Diane James Home said...

These are all wonderful pieces and so creative too. I am hoping that you will continue with your travel blogs next time you take a trip - I love seeing a foreign land through your eyes!

Jayne said...

Hello! I came over from the lovely Pamela's blog At the House of Edward. Pleased to 'meet' you!

I love and adore your webisode. It made me feel all inspired to be creative - actual art and craft creative - something I haven't done for years. But I have a large cupboard of wonder just waiting for me to get some space to play with it! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

carina said...

Love this!

DM said...

I also had the privilege of meeting fellow blogger, Victoria Thorne, a few weeks back. And you are so right, as we sat in the 10 Corso Como cafe sipping champagne, I couldn't help but feel I've known her forever. A true kindred soul. You of course came up, and we both said you are the coolest, most intersting blogger out there. :)

This new idea of yours is brilliant, per ushe...keep it up!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I love these stitched travel delights and your iPhone video. too! What a great concept, and way to celebrate the thread to other artists. Just great. Namaste ; )

Unknown said...

Amazing! You embroider your life!
Happy Mother's Day my friendxoxo

Slim Paley said...

What a lovely idea!
I too save my airline tickets, but alas, I cannot sew a button- one thing we definitely do NOT have in common!
(I glued all my Home Ec. projects except for one sad & scanty apron :( )

Allison said...

Do you have the book At Home: Domestic Interiors in Art ?
Thames and Hudson

I think you would enjoy it.
Best, Allison

Anonymous said...

Darling, you know I love you and your work--although I do like the written word better than film. I have you bookmarked. I am disappointed when you haven't posted. I am a big fan.

That being said, I have to say that I would bet that you don't have to "save up" for anything except perhaps a house in the Hamptons. Don't play with us. You might question whether you want to spend money on this or that, but that has nothing to do with "saving up." I note the cost of your favorite hotel in London, for example.

Allison said...

Yikes, that wasn't very nice. I suppose it's easy to be critical when you're Anonymous. Perhaps you should be Sour Grapes?
Boston, MA

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Alison: Just checked the book out on Amazon -- it looks GREAT. Thank you. :)


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