Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Three Plays by Gertrude Stein

In 1988 I designed costumes for "Three Plays" by Gertrude Stein. I never saw the finished video. How fun to discover a few images on the site of Jaap Drupsteen.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Trader Joe's

I ask the stocker at T.J's Burien store, "Can you tell me where I can find the boxed fig bars?"
"We don't carry those," she says, shelving powerbars in their display boxes.
"Yes, you do."
"If you mean Fig Newtons, no……"
"No, let me see, how can I help you with this," I answer, and recite T.J.'s own line, "A fig walks into a bar…"
"Oh," she says, "those, let me show you," she points a the bottom shelf across the aisle.
"Ah, not at eye site," I say, "that's why I missed them."

I'm working on anger management.
Turning irritation into something to smile at, has been my aim for the past six months.
As long as I can feel my temper rise, the joke's still on me.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


From age seven to ten I lived with my parents in a farmhouse, in the middle of the meadows, a quarter mile from "Volks Hogeschool Allardsoog". The white building with the red tiled roof housed the center for continued education, as well as a library. I visited the center twice a week. The library was my home away from home. I made friends with the librarian, and one time she invited my mother and me over for tea at her father's farmhouse. I always went home with a pile of books. After finishing all items in the children's collection, I moved on, supposedly borrowing books for my father. One time I slipped, and reported on a novel to the librarian. She called my mother, told her that I was too young to read adult books, and forbade me to move beyond the children's section.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Washington State Quarter

In April of 2004 I got involved as a volunteer with the Seattle Public Library. My aim was to become a docent/ tour guide, and to present architectural tours of the new Central library, designed by the brother of my old friend Thomas, Rem Koolhaas. During the first year of operation, I donated 114 hours. In June 2005, two fellow docents (they gave 122 and 112 hours of their time) and I were awarded a notebook with a photo of the Norcliff Foundation Living Room on the cover, as a "thank you" for our dedication. Simply said: We love the building and we know it inside and out.

When Governor Gregoire invited the citizens to submit a design for the new State Quarter in 100 words, I did my part.

The government counts in a different way than the People. The first time I entered my 100 words, I got the message: under 100 words please. I tried three times, editing, editing, editing. Finally bingo. 69 words according to my computer. Does make you think about other cuts, doesn't it?

This is what I entered (quoted words are for text on quarter):

"Washington 1889"
Outline state. Border Canada = mountain range horizon, Mount St. Helens
Smith Tower, landmark past, evergreen trees.
Airplane. Flying salmon.
SCPL (Seattle Central Public Library), landmark present and future in foreground.
"Washington Evergreen State".

Justification: Diamond shaped steel and glass grid lends itself well for graphic design. Building's inside/ outside effect honors surrounding city scape, and views of Evergreen State. Library harbors tools of wisdom and IS teaching took in itself.
Computer chips.