Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Spring Dress

A few weeks ago I realized it had been ages since I had actually made something, so I rummaged through my drawers and baskets to find some fabric or other inspiring material. The end result was this dress, made from organic cotton/Ecospun fabric. I cut it directly on the dress form so that I utilized as much yardage as possible, therefore equaling minimal waste. Only the center back seam is machine-sewn and everything else is hand-stitched with plant-dyed embroidery thread. The little caps on the sleeves are cut directly out of the armhole, and though they lack hanger-appeal they look like little petals when the dress is worn.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Illustrations and Illuminated Manuscripts of the Empire

"We are the night ocean filled
with glints of light. We are the space
between the fish and the moon,
while we sit here together."


On occasion.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sara Parrilli Tiramisu Original Recipe

Sara’s Tiramisu
As first made for Peter's Birthday January 2008

Much easier than most of the other versions I went through. I combined a recipe for zabaglione (custard) with cooked eggs and tiramisu with uncooked eggs. Now only the egg whites are raw. Chocolate wafers are a plus! One French pot of coffee is a little too much, but you can use leftovers for drinks!

2 cups+ espresso
1 1/3 cup Kahlua
5 eggs (used jumbo, 6 if smaller)
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup vin santo (traditionally marsala wine)
500g mascarpone (2 pkgs.)
40 lady fingers (approx. 1.5 packages)
1 tsp vanilla
½ package chocolate wafer cookies
Cocoa powder

Make coffee and mix with Kahlua. Chill until ready to use.

Heat water in double boiler, lower to simmer. Beat eggs until smooth and lighter in color. Slowly beat in sugar. Move eggs to double boiler and heat slowly, whisking constantly. Slowly add vin santo or wine until mixture thickens and doubles in volume for 10-15 min.

Remove egg mixture from heat. Beat in mascarpone and vanilla with electric beater until smooth (use medium whisk attachment). Mascarpone will help eggs to cool down. Set aside and beat egg whites separately (fine whisk attachment) until stiff peaks form. Fold into mascarpone mixture.

Soak ladyfingers in coffee-Kahlua mixture, about 10 sec until soaked through. Create first layer in bottom of bowl or dish. You can paint on more coffee-Kahlua so the cookies fully soaked, it will be better that way. Layer some of mascarpone mixture. Then alternate layers of chocolate wafers (brush on some Kahlua mixture), soaked ladyfingers, and mascarpone about 2-3 times depending on depth of the bowl or dish, ending with mascarpone.

Consumption of this dessert may result in the following:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Things I've Made, large - assorted (knitwear) II

More knitwear. This one was knit on Japanese Shima Seiki industrial knitting machines. I designed the fabric, but I am most proud of my neck trim (which the photo barely does any justice). I was designing and simultaneously learning how to use the knitwear computer program, so I had envisioned the girls' heads to be much smaller. Due to the limiting time constraints, I wasn't able to alter the pattern.

Knit with wool I dyed and then spun into yarn on a drop spindle.
Recycled elk antler buttons.

Some fun shaping.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Things I've Made, large - assorted (knitwear)

Knitwear is what I love.
Fully-fashioned, cut & sew.
Trees, water, land.

This t-shirt was made out of color-grown cotton striping and was designed so that it made greater use of 1 yard of fabric instead of using 1.5 yards.

Some yarn I've spun and dyed.

Things I've Made, small - assorted

I know it's not Christmas, but I am working my way backwards in time with my photographic posts. It's what I would have posted were I to have had a blog half a year earlier.

Mr. Bunny is my favorite I think. (I will not give up my carrot.)

February Animal B-Day

That's right, my friends are supremely awesome.
Not only did the arrive at my birthday this past February in the requested animal attire, but they allowed me to take their Polaroid animania head shots. I'm posting these pics small enough so that they hopefully won't care that I'm posting them at all.

Can you spot a:
King Salmon - Panther - Angler Fish - Skunk - Mountain Goat - Bookworm - Raccoon - White Wolf - Hoatzin - Vampire Squid - Tiger - Blue Heron

(I am a raccoon, not a mouse and yes, I am going through your kitchen garbage.)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Swiss & Italian Machinery

Old industrial Swiss knitting machines. I am not using them right now,
but I know how to use them.

Photos taken from a semester abroad at Nottingham Trent University.

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Some other machines I know how to play with.

Old artwork in someone else's hands.

In probably 1996-7 I painted this guitar for a friend. A couple of years ago my mom discovered via an internet search that it had changed owners. She emailed the guy and told him he had spelled my name incorrectly. Now it is here:



Sunday, May 4, 2008

Icing On The Cake

I love to bake, especially cakes:

Jessica's Birthday Cake

Maypole Birthday Cake

My mom's birthday cake. (She wanted what Jessica got.)

OK, actually this is fruit salad. Sorry, I cheated.