09 October 2015

reading by candlelight: "The creative habit" by Twyla Tharp

Work? What I live for. 
Play? Work.
This is a little snippet from Tharp's creative autobiography, one of the exercises in the book. It gives you an idea of how she writes: I love her direct and accessible language, and even just in the words you can feel the rhythm and movement coming through - she dances in her texts!

I've been looking for a certain lecture she gave (in the 90's I think) where she was talking and started to make little movements with her hands and body as a companion to her words. It was fascinating! Words can only express so much, I love how she emphasised it with her movements. I can't find it right now but will keep looking and post it when I do. For now, if you're not familiar with her vast oeuvre, have a look at her homepage: www.twylatharp.org

Tharp, Twyla & Reiter, Marc. The creative habit: learn it and use it for life: a practical guide. Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003. Worldcat

07 October 2015

the kick wheel

potter's wheel

So I was in need of a potter's wheel for the ceramics studio, searched for it for a long time. Electrical throwing wheels are pretty expensive, and my "studio" (which is just the old garage) doesn't have any electricity yet, so I got this rather romantic idea of finding an old mechanical one; a kick wheel. I envisioned hauling it into the garden during the summer and working en plein air... (yeah, I guess I have some hippy tendencies! Hehe)

This machine is operated by kicking the big wheel underneath with your foot, which takes some getting used too coordinating hands and foot... it also turns a lot slower than an electrical wheel, although you wouldn't get that impression from my silly little time-lapsy video. Enjoy the demonstration and an unimpressed Assepoes!


first attempts on the kickwheel - timelapse

04 October 2015

Happy world animal day!

Clair-obscur housetiger
Assepoes in clair-obscur, in the very last sunrays of the evening