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this was a series i installed at my wedding at holocene, 1001 se morrison, on march 22nd, with a statement for attendees to read as they came in. i felt it was a good representation of me, and i liked the use of sculptures instead of more arbitrary floral arrangements. here is the statement i included, followed by some quick photos taken with my iphone during installation:
this series began during our collaboration for high desert test sites, thinking about the concept of souvenir, traversing a landscape, and how objects tell stories. it has opened my eyes to the autobiographical nature of my work
during the six weeks we did our premarital counseling, i commenced a six week period of walking the blocks between my apartment at SE 16th and hawthorne, to SE 12th and ankeny where we were meeting. this photo was on the wall where we met
i crystallized the specimen that i collected during that time in borax, reflecting the salt crystal of sweat, and pheromones. one piece for hdts i made was crystallized in a similar manner. in addition, thinking about matt, i cast the objects in an architectural shape using plaster, mimicking his use of the same material for another piece we made for hdts. the string tying it all together was dyed using the skins of two years worth of onions i have saved while living in my little apartment
also the portland flea is this sunday, and there will be samples and full bottles available there as well. 525 se pine at union/pine
in addition, i have just put some silk tapestry pieces online in my etsy shop for sale using the instagram #instasmell hexagonal digital collages i've been producing. they're big enough to be worn as a headscarf, or to simply be hung on the wall as shown
i'm in room 224, come say hello, and experience my new fragrance flor del desierto desert blossom
this is all there is for now until i reformulate with a new floral at get it bottled, but that's in the works
there are new tapestry pieces in the pop-up at the cleaners, and custom limited edition temporary tattoos
working today on some souvenirs to be collected at the palms in joshua tree on october 12th and 13th! these are silk sewn pouches with dried chaparral leaves inside, the scent is really subtle and heavenly
i love how the silk is sheer, and gives the feeling of waxed paper pressed flower "stained glass" i used to make with my mom after our nature walks
i also just updated my website with a totally new design including online shopping made much easier!
awww...change is good...
inspired by the hdts project i've been making new necklaces thinking of souvenirs hanging from the rearview mirror, cords tangling, and myriad objects co-mingling into something luscious. some of these are available online, some of them at my antique mall spaces, and some at demimonde studio on ne broadway!
matt and i have been on a drive through the desert from joshua tree to albuqerque the last few days, making our way through the map we put together for the high desert test sites (hdts) 2013 program
this is just a teaser, the more elaborate post is at our blog for the project: souvenir_collab
we'll be posting on instagram using the hashtag #hdts2013 and #souvenircollab and you can follow me at julia_barbee on instagram as well!
i was obsessed with the chocolate dollar cookie recipe from the cookie lovers cookie cookbook that i had as a child, and tried altering the recipe to make it gluten free, well, at least wheat free...success!
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use more)
3/4 cup brown rice flower
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/3 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
sprinkling of sea salt
mix all ingredients.
the recipe calls for refrigerating the dough, i skip that because i'm too impatient. i just make balls, and press them down, top with some sugar, and this time i tried a little sea salt since the recipe doesn't include salt, and i think it's always nice with dark chocolate. it made a big, delicious difference.
bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes. they're pretty squishy out of the oven, i often just eat the first one with a spoon!
i searched for years for this cookie cookbook that i used to use as a child, i got it from scholastic news. many thanks to prudence younger for inspiring this recipe!