Poetry & other words

Tea Cozies off to Moscow

I sold two tea cozies this past weekend to a woman from Moscow! It makes me smile to think that one will warm her mother-in-law's teapot in Moscow, another her mother's teapot somewhere in France! She bought them from my "old" Etsy shop, which features screen-printed items for the home. The design began as a paper cutting. I call it my Haiku House finch Tea Cozy. The haiku reads: Curious house finch Tastes the ripe crabapple -- Daylight grows short.

Tea Cozies, immersion dyed and screen-printed on 100% cotton velveteen with fiber-reactive dyes © Kit Eastman

Tea Cozies, immersion dyed and screen-printed on 100% cotton velveteen with fiber-reactive dyes © Kit Eastman

I'm working on a new online shop that will feature my katazome work. If all goes smoothly, I plan to launch it sometime in November.

Awakening the furniture, carving a stencil

This week I painted a little table that belonged to my grandmother. It had been serving as a neglected yet useful platform for the dog food container in the basement, until it dawned on me that I should paint it. I would guess it's a 1940's era piece - drop leaved, long legged and compact. One small drawer put together with a dovetail joint. I painted it an earthy barn red, not wanting to strip and re-varnish it. This attention to furniture led me to dust the rest of the surfaces in the house - a task that I have always enjoyed. I'm still inching through the book, The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, I found this poetic (yet very dated) passage:

"Objects that are cherished in this way really are born of an intimate light, and they attain to a higher degree of reality than indifferent objects, or those that are defined by geometric reality ... The housewife awakens furniture that was asleep." And, "A house that shines from the care it receives appears to have been rebuilt from the inside; it is as though it were new inside. In the intimate harmony of walls and furniture, it may be said that we become conscious of a house that is built by women, since men only know how to build a house from the outside, and they know little or nothing of the "wax" of civilization."

I spent the afternoon completing a stencil that I'll be using in a wall piece (a variation on a previous piece) about my sister's house, which interprets a view from the woods above the house. I've designed this stencil a repeat on the horizontal dimension.

tree stencil (cut from  shibugami  ) horizontal repeat, © Kit Eastman

tree stencil (cut from shibugami ) horizontal repeat, © Kit Eastman