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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday in the City

Some days it is just fun to walk around in the beautiful sunshine and look at art.

Saturday started out with a trip to the farmer's market - those beautiful huge piles of asparagus, artichokes, garlic chives and all sorts of produce are art in themselves.
Then, a trip to one of my favorite SF spots
San Francisco Center for the Book
to see the fabulous Hedi Kyle show. It's up till July 17, 2016  and if you live anywhere near SF you have GOT to see it.

Here are some photos to tempt you into going -- or, as a consolation if you are too far away to attend.
And, you can call or email the SFCB and order a catalog of the show too -- tell Nina I sent you.



While I admire and love the beautiful books in the display cases, my personal favorites were the touchable books. You can just sit on the couch and look through a number of little books that it seems she just carried with her and filled up with day-to-day stuff. So cool....

The Touchable Books

Supermarket fruit stickers never looked so good...


My personal favorite was the tea bag tag book......Dori S, I thought of you, my tea-loving friend...

Take a look at Monica's Artful ReCrafter blog (on my sidebar) -- she went to the Hedi Kyle opening and posted photos on her blog too.


You can't have an art day without having lunch...

After the morning looking at Hedi Kyle's work, we spent the afternoon at the
Hunter's Point Shipyard Open Studio

I think I love looking at the artist tools as much as I enjoy looking at the art...


It is such fun to wander all around a big building filled with artists and art and fantastic views out the windows of the SF Bay...

Go, if you can, and have a look around.....

Hedi Kyle (detail)
The best part of a day like this is that feeling you are all filled up with art and want to rush home or to your own studio and make things!
I sure have that feeling. I am inspired and ready to go to work.
But I just found out the Vintage Paper fair is also this weekend -- how could I possibly have not known that?
Hummmmmmm........
Should I stay in and make things? Or go browse the VPF? (I really do have more than enough paper to work with).
Sometimes there are just too many fun things to do!
What are you doing with your day today?

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19 comments:

  1. Pamela,
    You love the same "touchable" books like me! We share a lot of the same likes that is for sure. The show and opening were a bit overwhelming to take all the books in so I hope to re-visit the show one more time. You had a very artful day indeed with the Open Studios and more!

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    1. Monica -- Oh yes, that show needs a second visit! You can sit on the couch and look through the books all you want. It is up till July so you have time. And yes we certainly do like all the same things -- that makes me extra fun to be friends! --P

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  2. Live on the other side of the U.S. so thanks for all the awesome pictures!

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    1. Amy -- happy to do it! I am glad you enjoyed the photo tour of the show! Thanks very much for commenting.

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  3. I live on the East Coast, too....I love, love, love looking at the pictures that you post. So inspiring!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Michele -- I really appreciate it. So gald you are enjoying the photos.

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    2. that would be GLAD.....I shouldn't type before having my coffee..

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  4. Your post reminded me of some paper "recycling" I wanted to try, thanks!
    P.S. I sent out my first mail art to someone I found via your exchange blog post. ^^

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    1. Good luck with the mail exchange, TomoyoHime -- and have fun with the recycling!

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  5. Wonderful book exhibit. Maine Fiber Arts had an amazing one last winter. Just can't look at them enough. Lunch looks quite good as well. YUM. Hope you made some wonderful things. xox

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    1. I'm working on it, Corrine......I got inspired and I've been busy....

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  6. Ha, asparagus and artichokes are exactly what Im planning to eat when I go back to France tomorrow. Great seasonal products. And wow those textures are amazing, as usual. And with the sunshine. What else could make one happier!

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    1. Back to France, Marie W? lucky you! Have fun and I will need a full report -- and photos.

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  7. You have tempted me with those incredible books. They all look simply wonderful, and the touchable ones are truly the best. I am a big fan of using labels (especially those found on fruit and veggies) in my art. That one truly spoke to me. And tea bag tags are ones I've never heard of, so that was special, too.

    I enjoyed seeing the artists work spaces. That always makes me happy to see what products others are using in their fine art. Mine is just mediocre, and will never be fine (grin).

    There are SO many things to do in SF. I would probably never stay home if I had all those wonderful choices. You are SO lucky.

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    1. Elizabeth -- so happy you enjoyed seeing those books. I am inspired by them myself and I started one to carry with me this week when I am out wandering around. I love how artists are inspired by crazy things like fruit stickers and tea bag tags. So cool. Yes, we are very lucky to have a lot going on here in SF and it is a nice balance of working alone in my studio to being out and about and getting inspired.

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  8. What a spectacular day, awesome books and so very inspiring ... TY!!

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    1. It was inspiring, Cat -- come and visit!

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  9. Fascinating visit. What are the blue and white pyramids made of?

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  10. FinnBadger -- the catalog says " Cootie Towers (name of piece) 2008 -- Japanese stencil on UV Ultra Paper -- 36 folds each. Cootie catcher in diminishing sizes. Edition of 2"......as far as I can tell all the books are made of paper....

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