Some earrings are finally up in the Ladilola shop on Etsy. I’ve been trying out various backgrounds and styles of photography, experimenting with what works as a process for me and also how the photos then look in the shop and within Etsy search results.Continue reading »
Ladilola is the name of my jewelry work. This is a new logo for Ladilola casual printing needs, to match the silver foil stickers I had made while still in France in 2008. I first made some earrings five years ago out of scrap leather and beads because I didn’t like anything in the shops,Continue reading »
About a month ago I started using the Panasoni GF-1 camera, with the “pancake” lens (f1.7, 40mm lens equivalent). Very happy with the camera, and this is also my first time shooting RAW format files. VERY happy about that.Continue reading »
I just love these knit bolster pillow covers by Hong Kong based Chic sin Design. Originally I found the items in their Etsy shop. The pillows are in the shape and size of tree logs “chewed by beavers”, and the tree bark and other texture graphics are knitted into the textile in several colours, ratherContinue reading »
Here is a preview of five images from a new collection of Marc’s drawings that we are just about done putting together for publication. The collection is called Monsters and Heroes and the drawings were chosen from Marc’s plethora of sketchbooks and notebooks from the last several years. I’ll know we’ll have done it rightContinue reading »
Cloudy days have lovely diffused light and big pieces of styrofoam make really good light reflectors. That sums up the most recent advancements in my skills as a still life photographer.Continue reading »
Marc had this patch made in Arambol, Goa, India, back in January 2009. It’s about 6 inches wide, and it is machine embroidered. I sewed it onto one of our bags while we were travelling, to repair where it was torn. The workmanship on this patch is really rough and completely omits some of theContinue reading »
The latest addition to the shop is Happy Sleepy Suavey, made from orange cotton velvet with brown suede “sunglasses” applique. When turned upside down, the sunglasses look like a mustache.Continue reading »
There’s been a flurry of real in the world making activity all fall around here. I delight in having the laptop set up right beside the sewing machine set up right beside the cutting table, opposite the shelves of materials and tools. I glee up every time I pull a suitcase from under a tableContinue reading »
Drumroll, please… The new Happy Sleepy shop on Etsy is open! Currently the shop features art toys in the signature Happy Sleepy shape of the reversible abstract animal that looks like he is either beaming happy or fast asleep, depending which way you hold him up. There is no top or down with the HappyContinue reading »
This drawing illustrates a passage from Peru: Hell and Back an article by Kira Salak on the National Geographic website. The author describes her experiences during several ayahuasca rituals conducted under shamanic guidance in the Peruvian Amazon. All of the text in the image is taken from the article. I originally came across the articleContinue reading »
Zak Meadow is a comic strip that ran in Room Magazine (an alternative arts monthly based in Windsor, Ontario) from 1997 to 2001. These photocopied zines were originally published between 1998 and 2000.Continue reading »
This drawing from July 2006 is based on a photograph from an issue of National Geographic magazine. It is sepia and metallic ink on paper.Continue reading »
This is the web edition of a large format painted art zine. It is 30 pages long. It’s dimensions are 12.5 inches by 19 inches. The paper is Rising art print. The materials include india ink, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, and Sakura gelly roll ballpoint pens. It was created between June and September 2009.Continue reading »
The secret life of plants. I’ve been sprouting various beans all summer, and these guys are always littering the dining table, trying to escape en route from the sprouting jar to the plate.Continue reading »
Threespine stickleback pretending to be barracuda. These guys were commisioned by fellow Flickerite Frenquency to commemorate the end of his PhD studies of this fish species. He studied the evolutionary loss of pelvic spines and was able to switch the relevant genes back on, producing fish with one or both perlvic spines. The thesis titleContinue reading »
Up the porch and through the length of the house and out the kitchen door to this small garden retreat. I spend a lot of time here these days. The benches are a favourite sleeping place of the cats, and great for breakfast because this outdoor room faces east.Continue reading »
View India in a full scale Google maps window.Continue reading »
From the Sixth Book of Mohammed Michael Egypt, First son of Africa. And so it came to pass that my Michael was asked to speak at Oxford, a seat of great learning in the United Kingdom. Many leading intellectuals and scholars had gathered for his address, including the rabbi Shmuley. Michael began*, Tonight, I comeContinue reading »
From the Fourth Book of Johnny Michael New Zealand, First son of Australasia Every night of every week of every year Michael would share his bed with children. He would share his bed with children regardless of race, creed or economic background. He would open his bed to children of all ages. His love knewContinue reading »
From the Eighth Book of Elizabeth Michael America, Second daughter of North America It was in his 21st year that Michael began his first racial transmigration. By this time he was one of the most famous people in the world. Everyone knew his face. The public eye was inscrutable, unwavering and unforgiving. Michael was bornContinue reading »
There was boy in California, in the city of Los Angeles, who lay dying of cancer. The doctors predicted that he would die in the coming week.
Weakened by radiation and the grim news, the boy said to his father, “Before I die I would like to meet Michael Jackson.”
His father knew in his heart that being a man of limited means he would never be able to fulfill such a request. When he left the room he collapsed in tears.
In blind desperation the father telephoned Neverland and left this message: “My son is dying of terminal cancer and has only a week to live. His greatest wish is to be able to talk to Michael Jackson.”
The message was delivered, and the next day Michael telephoned the boy.
Upon hearing the Michael’s voice the boy’s mood was immediately lifted. Michael said to the boy “I know you are suffering but I want you to get better. I will call you next week to see how you are doing.”
The boy and his family were astounded at Michael’s concern.
The boy was determined to talk to Michael again and his energy and enthusiasm began to return.Continue reading »
Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra, aka Happy Sleepy.Continue reading »
On Mother’s Day in Nepal, married daughters wear read (or other bright colour close to red) and buy fruit and sweets in the market as well as other presents and go to visit their mothers.Continue reading »
All the lower branches on all the trees in these photos have been cut down for firewood and to feed cows and goats. Retaining the top part of the foliage preserves the tree which helps to prevent mud slides. Clearly not an ideal situation but better than clear cutting altogether. These photos are from justContinue reading »
There are a lot of goats in Calcutta. You see them picking their way in around traffic, eating garbage and paper, and even being herded through the narrow back streets. Imagine coming up on a herd of 50 goats in the streets of YOUR city! In the surrounding restaurants, the goat meat is listed asContinue reading »