Sunday, April 22, 2012

Becoming the Fairy Goth Mother

With a gaggle of adult urban family I've always been dubbed "The Fairy Goth Mother" by an army of lost ducklings I have found and loved.

This time my friend Rachel made me a Fairy Goth Mother for real; bestowing the title of Godmother on me for her daughter Lorelei.

What a cutie she is!

Recently we held a secular Naming Day ceremony, with plenty of friends and family to wish her well in the world. 

For my part in the ceremony I did a reading of "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr Seuss, a fitting and sweet story of the ups and downs in life just perfect for a new life going into the world. 

Of course being our friends this also meant about 3 tonne of food including a lot of cupcakes. It was a lovely day to begin the journey of a lovely girl. 

Thanks to Rachel and James for allowing me to have this role in their family, I hope I live up to the task. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

More pieces of my art collection

As I've noted recently I've collected artwork over the years from places I've travelled and loved. An original piece of art attached to a beautiful memory has always appealed as a piece for the home.

Recently I found a fantastic local framer and have been having regular trips to the framers to preserve my collection and prepare gifts alike. Lets review some of the work so far!

Black and white photographs of the Chrysler Building and the city skyline bought on 5th Avenue in New York, USA

Handcoloured lithographs of the Maison Jacquet and the St Louis Gate from Quebec, Canada.

This print of the Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of mathematician Gaston Julia I received at the Googleplex in Mountain View, USA while interviewing for a new position. I had this framed to present to my father as a gift, he's a mathematician and instilled a great love of number sets in me. I can't think of a better gift to mark changes in my current life.

Custom archival prints of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and an Allosaurus from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.

Romance, gothic style... this is a print of the Charles Addams "Unhappy Darling?" cartoon from the Addams Foundation Collection that I bought as a gift for my partner Chops while I was away on business without him.

I simply cannot get a picture of this artwork that does it justice. This is a watercolour of the skyline in Firenze, Italy dominated by Il Duomo.