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Art you can use!

Posted by Mick on June 18, 2010 – 12:09 am

I’ve been feeling blocked for… about a week now.  There have been a few bright spots, short bits of time when I can manage to squeeze something out of my brain and onto the screen, but they have been few and far between, and with one exception, never about the things I desperately WANT to write about.

I’ve been banging my head against the desk for a good 30 minutes, just trying to get this piece started.  I may have isolated the problem, though.  I don’t know if I can say with any surety that I know what the problem has been, but I’m relatively confident I know what it was this evening… I was trying to be clever.

I should know better.

All I wanted to do was talk about art.  My life is full of art lately.  I’m surrounded by it.

Of course, when I say I’m surrounded by it, the first thing that comes to mind is Tara’s knitting.  She knits like a fiend, and she always has several projects going at once, and this means that she collects yarn.

LET’S EXPLORE:  When I say “she collects yarn”, I don’t mean she “collects” yarn, like a coin collector collects coins.  I mean she “collects yarn”, like a dead body collects flies.

Here’s what I don’t understand.  She uses the yarn she buys.  She does.  I see it.  She knits every day.  She sells items every week.  She gives stuff away.  We have no surplus of items she’s made, those go out the door.  And yet, the yarn supply never diminishes…  It… It grows.  It’s almost has if the yarn has gained some sort of limited sentience and has started to… breed.

I’m afraid to go in the yarn room for fear of being consumed.  Some nights, I think I hear it calling to me… If I turn off my music, I can hear it right now… “Feed me!”

She does make some wonderful stuff.  She has a few sets of Star Trek themed dish clothes that are moving quite well.  They are currently available in Kirk or Picard, and she’s adding a Spock set soon.  I hear tell there’s another series in the works as well.  I can’t tell you what it is, but it rhymes with “Bar Boars”.

You can get art on t-shirts.  You can get art on stickers.  I’ve got art on my drinking glasses.

Melita Curphy, better known on the webs as missmonster, purveyor of all things tentacled, makes these acid etched pint glasses by hand, so each and every one is a unique piece of art.  No two glasses are exactly the same.  That’s badass.  What would you rather drink from?  On one hand, you can buy a glass at WalMart, a glass that came off a factory assembly line, just like every other glass that was made that day, with no love, no passion… just another glass to be used by the soulless masses.  Or you could have a missmonster glass, artisan crafted just for you.  I’ve got 6.  Come by the house, I’ll serve you a beverage one of these:

And then, there’s art you can eat.  Are you familiar with Kayla Kromer?  Kayla makes cookies.  Delicious cookies, topped with icing.  But she doesn’t stop there, that would be too easy.  Kayla makes her cookies to order.  You give her a movie, a TV show, some sort of pop culture reference, and Kayla designs and hand paints your cookie, turning it into a one-of-a-kind piece of art… that you eat.  You may think you’ve seen an awesome cookie before.  You’re wrong.  These are epic.

I decided to get two cookies for my lovely wife, for… well, for no reason, other than the fact that I’m madly in love with her.  I asked for a cookie featuring Bubo from Clash of the Titans, and “something” from Labyrinth.  If you don’t know why I picked those, you don’t know my wife very well.  Check out this duet of awesomeness.

Seriously, click on the pictures for a closer view.  Check out the detail.  The only bad thing?  They’re so amazing that Tara doesn’t want to eat them.

And that’s when you have to realize… this is art you consume.  That’s why it was made.  That’s what makes it special.  It would be a crime not to eat it.

Would you like a cookie?  They’re only $10, and if you’re not in Austin, Kayla will ship it to you.  She’s taking orders through the month of June, so don’t wait.  Visit her Facebook page, leave her a message telling her you’re interested (you have to “Like” the page before you can leave a message), she’ll take it from there.

If you pass up this chance, you will regret it.  Every bite of every cookie you ever eat will be a disappointment, a sad reminder of the glory that could have been yours had you simply placed your order for that Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome cookie.  You know you were thinking about it.

No wait, that was me.  You make your own cookie up.  I’m going to go place an order now.

Be good to each other.


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