Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Touring Arcosanti

One of the places on my ‘bucket list’ was Arcosanti.  My brother and his wife came for a visit and we were able to tour Arcosanti.  In a previous post, I shared my visit to Cosanti in Phoenix.  The architect, Paoli Soleri developed an architectural concept for cities and both Arcosanti and Cosanti  were the beginning of his experiment. 
Concept - Arcology
When I was in college in the early 1970’s, I studied housing and interior design.  Soleri’s concept of a city without cars where people lived, worked and played near each other was the opposite of Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept where everyone had an acre of land and a car.  I was very excited and curious to see how the Soleri experiment was developing.
Entrance
Arcosanti is very slow growing city in an urban laboratory.  There are 60 to 100 people living together, working in a bronze foundry and a ceramic clay foundry.  The development is mostly financed through the sale of bronze and ceramic bells.  The process of making the bells is well worth the visit to either Cosanti or Arcosanti. 
Ceramic Bells Made Here
Bronze Bells -each unique
Arcosanti is a concept with several built structures- asps for the foundries, a community center, several apartments and living spaces, a café and a gift shop. 
Living Quarters
Community Center
 The future success depends on funding and people willing to bring businesses to this desert ‘city’.  It seems to me that the experiment is well worth the effort.  We can gain information on ecology, the environment, how people interact and how we can improve our overcrowded cities. 
I am so glad I could share this visit with my family and with you! 
 http://www.lindabrittdesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/pouring-soleri-bell.html









Friday, May 10, 2013

Sea Anemone Inspires

Sea Anemone
Underwater creatures just fascinate me.  Their colors and shapes and habitats capture my imagination.  No I don’t scuba dive or snorkel because …well to be honest I’ve always been scared of the water.  It took me two summers to pass the beginning Red Cross Swimming class.  I’ve learned to enjoy the sea life in glass bottom boats and aquariums.  I’ve also learned I can take really good pictures in those places.

My photo of a sea anemone inspired me to make a polymer clay necklace.  Actually, I’ve been thinking for months about how to construct the necklace.  When ‘My Clay Fantasy’ (a FB group) had their recent ‘Underwater Creatures’ competition, it was just the push I needed. 
I started with Skinner blends ranging white to fuchsia and yellow to green.  Then I stacked layers including translucent clay to make striped canes.  Graduating the colors from yellow to green to fuchsia gave a fun 3-D effect.  
 A circle of paper formed into a shallow cone became the base for the dome and I cured it first.  Then I formed the 3 petals (twice because the first group were way too large.) and placed 3 rhinestones inside the petals.  I’m sure there is another name for the anemone’s curls but I don’t know what to call them.  I added a slice from the dome cane for the back cover. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/invertebrates/seaanemone/Seaanemoneprintout.shtml
The petals were attached to the dome and cured. 
Back of piece
3 curls
While that was going on, I made extruded a long rope and cut it in 1” lengths, rolled the ends thin, and formed them in tentacle and cured those. 
Tentacles
Now that I had all the parts, I decided to see if I could drill a hole in the dome and insert a tentacle.  It worked!  Lots more holes were drilled and I inserted the tentacles with Sculpey Bake and Bond. 
It worked and it is a technique I will refine.  I happened to have a pink thick string and made the chain.  The project is finished and I’m pretty happy with it.  Yes, I did enter it in the competition!
 
Finished Piece



Monday, May 6, 2013

Celebrate the Fairy Dusters


Fairy Dusters make me want to tell stories of nymphs and fairies, butterflies and hummingbirds, birthdays and parties.  These evergreen shrubs love sun and heat and are so easy to care for.  They bloom late winter to mid spring and sometimes longer.  The flowers are puff balls of pink or red that entice hummingbirds. 
When the blooms fade and become seeds, many birds come to eat them and even open under ripe seeds. 
Since it is my birthday, I get to weave a story of finding bushes in the desert in full bloom and just knowing that they were waiting for the night when millions of stars appear and invite all the desert folk including fairies and nymphs to celebrate my special day!  Can’t you just see that?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

100+ American White Pelicans Visit Prescott


Getting ready to leave
Yesterday was a red letter birding day!  Peter and I went to Willow Lake, Prescott AZ to see if indeed over 100 American White Pelicans were visiting.  We could see a large white mass at the edge of the lake as we parked, took out our cameras, tripods, binoculars and the scope!  We were armed and ready!
It’s a short rocky walk to the water’s edge and we were not the only humans looking.  We walked as close as we dared without alarming them and set up the equipment.  As the sun warmed the pelicans, they started swimming toward the center of the lake and eventually took flight.  It was mesmerizing to see them ride the thermals as they flew to their next destination. 
1st section of panarama

2nd section of panarama

3rd section of panarama

Swimming to the center of the lake

Riding the thermals

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Touring Arcosanti

One of the places on my ‘bucket list’ was Arcosanti.  My brother and his wife came for a visit and we were able to tour Arcosanti.  In a previous post, I shared my visit to Cosanti in Phoenix.  The architect, Paoli Soleri developed an architectural concept for cities and both Arcosanti and Cosanti  were the beginning of his experiment. 
Concept - Arcology
When I was in college in the early 1970’s, I studied housing and interior design.  Soleri’s concept of a city without cars where people lived, worked and played near each other was the opposite of Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept where everyone had an acre of land and a car.  I was very excited and curious to see how the Soleri experiment was developing.
Entrance
Arcosanti is very slow growing city in an urban laboratory.  There are 60 to 100 people living together, working in a bronze foundry and a ceramic clay foundry.  The development is mostly financed through the sale of bronze and ceramic bells.  The process of making the bells is well worth the visit to either Cosanti or Arcosanti. 
Ceramic Bells Made Here
Bronze Bells -each unique
Arcosanti is a concept with several built structures- asps for the foundries, a community center, several apartments and living spaces, a café and a gift shop. 
Living Quarters
Community Center
 The future success depends on funding and people willing to bring businesses to this desert ‘city’.  It seems to me that the experiment is well worth the effort.  We can gain information on ecology, the environment, how people interact and how we can improve our overcrowded cities. 
I am so glad I could share this visit with my family and with you! 
 http://www.lindabrittdesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/pouring-soleri-bell.html









Friday, May 10, 2013

Sea Anemone Inspires

Sea Anemone
Underwater creatures just fascinate me.  Their colors and shapes and habitats capture my imagination.  No I don’t scuba dive or snorkel because …well to be honest I’ve always been scared of the water.  It took me two summers to pass the beginning Red Cross Swimming class.  I’ve learned to enjoy the sea life in glass bottom boats and aquariums.  I’ve also learned I can take really good pictures in those places.

My photo of a sea anemone inspired me to make a polymer clay necklace.  Actually, I’ve been thinking for months about how to construct the necklace.  When ‘My Clay Fantasy’ (a FB group) had their recent ‘Underwater Creatures’ competition, it was just the push I needed. 
I started with Skinner blends ranging white to fuchsia and yellow to green.  Then I stacked layers including translucent clay to make striped canes.  Graduating the colors from yellow to green to fuchsia gave a fun 3-D effect.  
 A circle of paper formed into a shallow cone became the base for the dome and I cured it first.  Then I formed the 3 petals (twice because the first group were way too large.) and placed 3 rhinestones inside the petals.  I’m sure there is another name for the anemone’s curls but I don’t know what to call them.  I added a slice from the dome cane for the back cover. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/invertebrates/seaanemone/Seaanemoneprintout.shtml
The petals were attached to the dome and cured. 
Back of piece
3 curls
While that was going on, I made extruded a long rope and cut it in 1” lengths, rolled the ends thin, and formed them in tentacle and cured those. 
Tentacles
Now that I had all the parts, I decided to see if I could drill a hole in the dome and insert a tentacle.  It worked!  Lots more holes were drilled and I inserted the tentacles with Sculpey Bake and Bond. 
It worked and it is a technique I will refine.  I happened to have a pink thick string and made the chain.  The project is finished and I’m pretty happy with it.  Yes, I did enter it in the competition!
 
Finished Piece



Monday, May 6, 2013

Celebrate the Fairy Dusters


Fairy Dusters make me want to tell stories of nymphs and fairies, butterflies and hummingbirds, birthdays and parties.  These evergreen shrubs love sun and heat and are so easy to care for.  They bloom late winter to mid spring and sometimes longer.  The flowers are puff balls of pink or red that entice hummingbirds. 
When the blooms fade and become seeds, many birds come to eat them and even open under ripe seeds. 
Since it is my birthday, I get to weave a story of finding bushes in the desert in full bloom and just knowing that they were waiting for the night when millions of stars appear and invite all the desert folk including fairies and nymphs to celebrate my special day!  Can’t you just see that?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

100+ American White Pelicans Visit Prescott


Getting ready to leave
Yesterday was a red letter birding day!  Peter and I went to Willow Lake, Prescott AZ to see if indeed over 100 American White Pelicans were visiting.  We could see a large white mass at the edge of the lake as we parked, took out our cameras, tripods, binoculars and the scope!  We were armed and ready!
It’s a short rocky walk to the water’s edge and we were not the only humans looking.  We walked as close as we dared without alarming them and set up the equipment.  As the sun warmed the pelicans, they started swimming toward the center of the lake and eventually took flight.  It was mesmerizing to see them ride the thermals as they flew to their next destination. 
1st section of panarama

2nd section of panarama

3rd section of panarama

Swimming to the center of the lake

Riding the thermals