Attention Economics

Today I viewed a small art quilt show. Many of the quilts were quite beautiful. Still, it took my friend and I less than half an hour to view everything, on two floors. We spent no more than a few minutes contemplating each one, lingering longest on the ones we liked most, less on the ones we liked least. We weren’t in a hurry; a few minutes of attention was all we needed to spend to be satiated (I would have spent a bit more if touching the quilts was appropriate, but that seemed like a no-no).

These quilts took countless hours to make. I’d estimate about 20 hours

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“Water,” or Art Is Stupid

I finally finished and hung tapestry #2 in my “4 Elements” series: Water.

This one wasn’t nearly the joy to make that the first one, “Earth,” was. In fact it was so fraught with anxiety, errors, and frustrations, it inspired today’s Mimi & Eunice cartoon:

I’m glad it’s done now. Here’s some of the insanity that went into it (photos by Ian Akin, who has been a houseguest here through the whole thing):

I finally finished and hung tapestry #2 in my “4 Elements” series: Water. This one wasn’t nearly the joy to make that the first one, “Earth,” was. In fact

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Piecing Water, or Why I’m Going to Make a Proper Pattern Next Time

I finally started the second in my series of “4 Elements” quilted tapestries: Water. Here’s the design:

Now, I’ve been avoiding proper pattern-making. I just print the thing out on multiple sheets of 11×17 paper, which I tape together and trace onto more taped-together sheets of freezer paper. Then I cut those out with a rotary cutter…

I finally started the second in my series of “4 Elements” quilted tapestries: Water. Here’s the design: Now, I’ve been avoiding proper pattern-making. I just print the thing out

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Flying Fish, new sewing machine

Here’s a very small mini-quilt I made to inaugurate my new, larger, smooth-like-buttah sewing machine.

It’s only 9 x 12″. Unlike the digital vector art I’m used to doing, the smaller the quilt, the less time it takes. It only took one day from start to finish.

Here’s a very small mini-quilt I made to inaugurate my new, larger, smooth-like-buttah sewing machine. It’s only 9 x 12″. Unlike the digital vector art I’m used to doing,

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