Thanks to a hilarious comment by one Mr. Jeff Gough during a quickly nose-diving talk at CCCamp2011 (“They should conduct this talk in semaphore,”) I’ve had semaphore flags on the brain. Projects like this have been done previously, but never with the complete alphabet/vocabulary. Thus, having ordered the parts and started the sketching process, fin & I will be building a semaphore bot that will, hopefully, read out in semaphore the various correspondences my grandfather had during WWII. Woohoo!
I was recently asked by Hanan Levin to do a portrait of his daughter, Adora, as part of a series wherein he hires two-hundred artists to draw her portrait. What an honor! I threw together a portrait of Adora as queen of the minifauna (is that a word? alas) and it was put up on the site today. Cheers!
Since coming to Vienna, my tools have been somewhat limited (mostly by access – still haven’t managed to find an embroidery hoop/Stickrahmen) and I’ve been working on getting back into drawing (especially because the majority of my fine arts stuff recently has been digital and that gets super boring). Please enjoy the ensuing sketches, which will hopefully continue!
With the help of one mister Stefan Kernjak, I built my first properly successful business cards today. Originally they were going to come flat, to be built by the recipient, but they’re delicate, so people will receive them pre-made. I’ve taken the rhinoceros beetle as my unofficial symbol for some time now, ever since I had one tattooed on my left thigh. So here they are in semi-3D, built in illustrator and on the Metalab laser cutter, and using Stefan’s custom made font for the text.
This is by far the quickest and most minimalist embroidery work I’ve ever done (text pieces aside). It took less than an hour to sketch out, prep, and complete, but I’m still pretty happy with how it came out. A friend of mine has two maple leaves on his ankle like Hermes’ wings, which I think is quite clever. I threw this together for him and will send it out tomorrow along with other mail.
A recipe from the illustrious Betsy Skipp, this recipe has been a family favorite for years. It uses
no added sugar, a quality that sets it apart from most chutney recipes. Use it on fish,
chicken, and lamb, or anything else that suits your fancy.
- mangos (green or ripe, as you please) (you can really use any kind of fruit)
- vinegar (rice vinegar is preferable)
- grated ginger
- lemon or lime zest
- cinnamon (sticks are best, powder okay)
- dried red chili
- whole cloves
- cumin seeds
- coriander seeds
- vegetable oil
- purple onions (optional, but if you use them SWEAT THEM FIRST)
You’ll notice that no quantities have been listed — there is no set amount for ANY of
these ingredients (although your mangos should probably take up the most space).
Add or remove ingredients as you please and taste as you go.
To cook the chutney you will need a large pot and ball jars (mason jars). If you
cannot find mason jars, you can really use anything but your storage time might be
compromised as will the quality of your chutney.
1. Put dry ingredients into the bottom of a large pot with some vegetable oil to toast
them up and bring out the flavors. If you’ve decided to use purple onions, use the
leftover vegetable oil you used to sweat the onions.
2. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT THE MANGOS into the pot.
3. Peel and slice the mangos, then add them to the pot too on top of the other stuff.
4. Cook on medium heat to desired thickness. If your mangos are already ripe,
cooking time will be less (Betsy recommends ten to fifteen minutes) as heating
them will just make them squishier. If your mangos are greener, cooking time will
be longer (most cooks recommend approximately thirty five minutes) unless you
desire a crunchier chutney.
1. While food is cooking, boil EVERY PART of your mason jar or other storage
receptacle. Your jars should be as hot as you can stand to hold when you fill them
to avoid too bacteria.
2. Turn them upside down on a dishtowel to drain (use tongs and pot holders!).
3. Once cool enough, ladle in your completed chutney. SEAL YOUR JARS AS
TIGHTLY AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.
4. Turn them upside down once sealed and leave them for a bit — this will complete
the sealing process.
In case of poor storage containers:
No mason jars or other pasteurize-able glass containers? Stuck using jars with poor seals
or plastic tupperware? Then you’ve got two options:
a) Make a small quantity of chutney and eat it VERY QUICKLY. Very quickly. Slather
everything in it, because you’ve not got much time.
b) Freeze it. This is not recommended — your chutney will never taste as good as it
It Was a Monster Big River Down There by Eli Skipp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at eliskipp.com.
Oh how the light in my kitchen makes the chutney shine like gold! It’s that time again in Miami where there are so many mangos people can’t give them away. My mother & I respond to this season by making mango chutney. It’s an odd mix of spices and vinegar, onions, garlic, mango, and picante. Should I post the recipe?
There are some screwinesses still with the basic outlines (see: the leg in the middle piece), but with some color set in, the outlines settled on minus a few adjustments, and all the necessary materials purchased (workable fixatif, gesso, canvas, india ink, &c.) this particular triptych ought to be completed by tomorrow or the next day. Likely Sunday. Saturday I’m making mango chutney, you see.
(protip: click the picture for a massive high-rez version and look at all the seedy details!)
I came back to Miami after seven months of being away and found a half-completed zebra finch on my desk. I had made the frame, stretched muslin on it, and started up the whole project — I think as a Christmas gift to my mother — and completely forgotten about it. I spent today finishing the embroidery so that I can move on to new projects guilt-free. Cheers!
A quick ‘n dirty FLCL embroidery for a friend, the one project I was capable of working on while all of my things and supplies and tools are packed tightly into boxes and stuffed into the back of my car. Moving is annoying!
A tiny painting recalled during the process of moving. Please enjoy it before it is thrown out/put in a box/forgotten forever.
I completed this poster! Yay! What’s it about? I’m doing a poetry reading! Yay! Of course you want to come see me and my college buddies read absurd poetry and short stories, right? Right. All the info’s on the poster and the event is free, so come get sloshed and heckle some poets.
The text layout on the bottom half isn’t up to snuff with my general standards, but I needed to finish this and send it to my friend Jenn super quick, so take it as you will. I’m mostly satisfied with the text in the top half. And I still love the piggies. Don’t diss the piggies.
Behold! A progress update! Currently the hoodie is just working off of a switch. Tomorrow my sound sensor will come in and I’ll adjust the trigger circuit accordingly. For now, the servos work properly, the hood goes up. As far as I’m concerned the purpose of it has been and always will be an automated hoodie-goes-up function.
I drew some piggies! Poster layout for an upcoming poetry reading on May 17th at Innertown Pub. We haven’t come up with an acceptable name for this reading yet (got any ideas? Because “BFAW Reading” is pretty boring), but once we do I’ll sit down and finish the text layout &c. I’m pretty happy with how my piggies came out, and the color scheme, although it’s pretty pastel. I like pastel. Hush.
materials used: wacom tablet, photoshop CS5.