“Make a rainbow from everyday objects. They can be all the same item (like book spines) or a collection of random things.”

Now book spines was very tempting for this project as we have SO MANY books in this house, but I would have needed to take a week off work to arrange them all by color.

So back to an old favorite of Ant and Bee, Ant and Bee and the Rainbow! These industrious little insects make a rainbow out of an old tire as they search their neighborhood for rainbow colors. If they can be that creative, so can we!


vera sig

phytplankton 1

zooplankton 2

I am sure the impetus for these little pieces comes from volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where one of my favorite guide stations was working with the micron microscope. Imagine enlarging phytoplankton and zooplankton 300 times!!

So, my mum’s clumsy creation of bleach stains on her greeny blue top become little critters… far more interesting when put under the scope to better see their fluid parts and go with the flow of the current movements. Instead of living the sorry life of being a laundry accident, now these creatures are liberated to pursue their admittedly short-lived but vibrant lives. So go with the flow little guys!

vera patterns

“Work with bleach to make something by taking away color.”

I am not a big fan of having bleach lying around, HOWEVER! This prompt reminded me of a Vera top I have, vintage 1965, from my mom, who was definitely laundry challenged. I have a few of Vera’s pieces, and the eternal connector is her fluid signature, often combined with a tiny ladybug-esque insect.

The angel winged shape of the thyroid gland set the stage for this little inoffensive angel. Her thyroid wings are taking her and the evil useless gland up to thyroid heaven, wherever that is.

Good riddance.

“Use an internal organ as your inspiration today.”

Well this was an easy choice as my naughty thyroid now indicates carcinoma and must be removed in April.

Doesn’t this romanticized illustration look benign? Little would one suspect…

city close a

city close b

city axion

As we wander through this city center layout we can see a tip of the hat to great urban space planners: Andre Le Notre (Paris, Versailles, etc.) , Pierre L’Enfant (Washington DC) and Frederick Law Olmsted (Central Park in Manhattan, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Stanford University). A grid, in essence, with variation in block size, but connectivity between spaces, with a dedicated, extensive open spaces for public use. I like the various items creating the skyline, and shifts in blocks for more intimate neighborhoods. Also the little “Game of Life” cars! Ha ha!

If I could jump start a shift in careers at this stage I would go back to urban planning and public spaces.

Time for a walk in the park, Tuileries, The Mall, Central Park, Golden Gate Park, at least in my imagination.

city stuff

“Make a city out of objects you have on hand.”

I am crazy about cities, their layout, their patterns, their fabric. One of my favorite books on great public places and urban planning is Edmund N. Bacon’s Design of Cities. Imagine a book with illustrations you can turn around 360 degrees to understand the whys of roads, buildings, monuments, etc. Yummy! Here is an interesting profile of Bacon at work in Philadelphia. http://www.architectmagazine.com/books/edmund-bacon-biography-by-gregory-heller.aspx

Anyway, desk stuff makes for perfect city building, so time to play Urban God! Here we go!