Monday, 15 September 2014

Bowie Is....still on my mind

Two events are still posted on my phone, can't erase either of them from the technology or my brain. The first event is from Nov 2013, near the end of the run of Bowie is. Hindsight??  Should have gone earlier so I could go twice, it was that good.  As it was, I went the second last week and could not fit it in again sadly.   I spent 3 hours and barely had enough time for the last room where I could have sat for a very long time. How did he know his fabulousness and realize from the start to keep everything! All items in the exhibition were from his own collection that he maintains himself!  The drawings of sets, costumes and even the haircuts for his first bands and the video of a mime performance stand out for me.  For more details, here's one link, kind of academic or this one for a killer blog about her experience by the forestcityfashionista aka Shelley. Will tell you about the other event I can't erase in another blog soon.  Notice I am not commenting on how long it has been since my last blog!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

never too late to share 2012 fun!

 Waaaaay back in July of 2012, I went to the Design Exchange with my friend Christina who was here from St. John's Nfld. for the Adella Campallo workshop.  We literally ran out between classes to fit this in and it was worth it, even the 10 min sprint in a heatwave to get back to class on time:)

The event, known as The Tutu Project was held in celebration  of the 60th anniversary of the National Ballet of Canada.    Sixty originals and 12 of the companies most famous tutus were on display including Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Gisele, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and, of course, Swan Lake.
stunning non tutu:)

originals were stunning and clever, even one from a Hudson's Bay blanket
some more originals created by artists, school children fashion & jewellery designers

stitching, beading and finishing details were exquisite

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Comfort Maple

You probably think this is going to be about ice cream but it's really about a tree.  As I have been purging and organizing my life this past month, I have come across blogworthy stuff from 2013.

I said goodbye to 2013 with a wiping of the brow and a great big exhale, phew!  As some of you know it was a year overshadowed by the loss of two long-time friends.  I thought I had thicker skin after dealing with the loss of my parents but I found out that indeed, I did not.  With a 3 week stay in London for Christmas and spending quality time with friends and a lot of time sleeping, I started to finally feel myself again.  Truthfully, I wasn't sure it would happen so yay 2014...feeling more myself every day:)

This tree makes me smile so I thought I would share.  It stands in a super tiny little "park" near Vineland, ON.  Tree huggers unite! The care and devotion for the Comfort maple is extraordinary.  Not sure how it made it through this years ice and snow but will check with some friends to find out.

January 2013

it would take four people joining hands to encircle the tree (four people with my size arms)

wires for support 

a love story about a tree

Thursday, 9 May 2013

I love Hot Docs!

I love at TIFF, docs at Bloor Cinema, and most recently, docs at Hot Docs.  The weather could not have been more brilliant for standing in line and chatting with fellow docophiles (hmm, did I just make up a word?)  My programme was well circled and high-lighted but, due to time constraints,  I had to curtail myself (a lot) while still managing to miraculously fit in three of my top choices.  Articles and trailers follow for Tiny, The Man Who Made Angels Fly, Everybody Street and Flo.

 For those of you that have heard me say I want to go off the grid and live in a trailer, this is what I'm talking about!!  BUT, I am more of a tiny-near-the-city as opposed to tiny-in-the-middle-of-nowhere kind o' gal.

Unbelievable art form.  His ability to recreate minute movement with stringed marionettes took your breath away.  Sadly could not stay for the q&a after, would have loved to have heard more.

I attached a long review but so many great clips and info about the photographers. Some of it's pretty raw.

FLO documentary trailer on Vimeo

This was my fav!  It was a short that played before Everybody Street.  Meet Flo, she's sheer inspiration:) I only looked briefly but if you can find the full length version (15 min??), it's so brilliant.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

it's been a long, long time...

I know!  Since January already!  I really shut down and the couch was the champion in the battle to pass the darkness of winter.  Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones (5 books + video), Arrow, Person of Interest, Smash, Republic of Doyle, Big Bang, a few others I surfed from time to time, and of course, the Y&R all consumed and consoled me. On occasion, I managed to attend a blog worthy event.

Felt tree with sap detail

These photos were part of a textile exhibition.  Taken with my ipod touch, so they aren't fantastic for detail and that is what was so incredible about these pieces.
like a colourful paper rag rug

Side detail of frame with eye hooks on inside and string in a diamond grid pattern.  Magazine paper was accordion pleated, folded like a fan and inserted into grid.  I had to walk right up to it to realize it was paper.  Sadly, the large photo does not do it justice as it was much more colourful than it appears.

recycling at its best

Now I can feel spring in the air AND my roommate is cancelling the cable (which I applauded with a resounding yes, please!) so perhaps I can get caught up on keeping in touch.  Here's to sunshine and sandals:)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

the pile on my desk....

What is that pile I keep making bigger but never seem to go through???  Notes on scraps of paper, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, concert programmes, business cards and that's just the top half.

So glad I kept the programme from my first experience attending the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.  Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 (for those of you in the know:))) was so beautiful.  The acoustics, uuufff! Centennial Hall it ain't.  The second half of the programme was La vida breve (an opera-in-concert) written in 1905.  So, imagine full orchestra on stage with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (120+members) in an upper balcony behind and then 9 singers and 1 dancer all in a row in front of the orchestra.  Talk about park and honk! Not exciting staging but how it was meant to be performed.

Synopsis, Granada, turn of the 20th century, a marriage promise is made to a beautiful gypsy girl, her intended arrives, a "rapturous duet" occurs and then he leaves.  She, her sister and grandmother discover another  promise has been made and a wedding to a wealthy socialite is to take place the next day, lots of anger and angst and scheming.

The jilted fiance appears at the wedding, misery. The groom sees her, nervous.  She offers to sing and dance for the guests, insert flamenco dancer here, jilted fiance denounces groom and falls dead at his feet.  The end.

Enjoyable even though I was in a very bad seat.  Will know better for next time.  The most memorable singer is in the clip below.  She is an extraordinary mezzosoprano who made all the other performers pale in comparison.  I couldn't find a clip of same opera but I liked this link the best because the set and costumes are kick-ass!!

Enjoy Christina Faus:)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

shaken not stirred

Good of me to tell you of something else that is fabulous and then tell you it closes on January 20!!

 the only shots I could take.....these were out in the lobby

Designing 007:  Fifty Years of Bond Style at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was all you could have hoped for as a Bond fan.  It featured costumes, props, models, gadgets, storyboards and short film clips with some of the designers.

I have never been disappointed by any of the special exhibitions held at the Lightbox so maybe make plans for the next one.

the white suit is the original suit that Ursula wore and the orange suit is the up-dated version for Halle

the white trunks were worn by Sean and the blue were worn by Daniel

close-up of Ursula's suit, wardrobe came up with the idea the night before the scene was to be shot.  The top was actually her bra that they covered with white fabric and crossed their fingers it would work