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It’s Official

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

We survived 2012. The world was supposed to end on 3 separate occasions and yet here we are. Imagine that.

Wir haben 2012 überlebt. Die Welt sollte wenigstens 3-mal vernichtet worden und trotzdem sind wir noch hier. Wer hätte das gedacht.

2012 was insane for us. SOP got a sculpture commission for one of the TRAX (light rail) stations on the new line going out to the Salt Lake Airport. While the commission was awarded in 2011, one of the elements required the help of a machinist due to beefed-up specifications on the part of the engineer. For the machinist, this job was minor and he kept putting it behind other jobs that would come in. Basically, it was over 6 months after SOP had given them the materials and payment that the job was ready to be given back to SOP to be incorporated into the sculpture. And because the incorporation of these pieces was integral to the next steps, it gave SOP a rather tight schedule for 2012.

But oh well. We received word that the installed piece got its final stamp of approval and so now I can post images without worrying that I am jinxing anything.

The piece is a representation of the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake. The lake serves as a staging ground for many birds. The sculpture consists of two pieces each with a stainless steel base covered with copper spheres and hemispheres representing the river bottom.


Twentyfour inches up from the base is the surface of the water – a stainless steel plate with a section cut out from the center through which stainless steel reeds come up. The reed grasses were created with 4 lengths of stainless stell pipe and rod in progressively smaller dimensions, welded together to for the joints of the reeds and then ground back and polished. Additional blades were attached to many of the reeds to add dimension and stability.




The water surface includes 5 panels of braille which were cut out of the plate, machined to add holes for braille, then welded back in to the surface to create seamless integration. The panels contain lyrical descriptions of the 3 different birds represented in the sculpture, the Great Salt Lake, and then an artist statement. This train stop serves the Utah Library for the Blind and Disabled and SOP really wanted to bring that into the piece.



Nestled among the reeds are angular bird forms cast in bronze. The Great Salt Lake is vital to each of the three bird types represented.




And there we have it.



What we’ve been up to

Monday, October 15th, 2012


Did I mention that SOP received a public sculpture commission? Although he’s been working on it for over a year, the last 3 months have been full on every weekend and most evenings of welding, grinding, soldering, and – most recently – mold-making for bronze casting.

The image above shows two rejected forms in the foreground. The method used for those was to cut sheets of wax into facets and place them on the form shapes SOP had created. It took us 2 days to get the 2 birds done in this way, which led SOP to think that maybe he would not worry about casting some of them as solid bronze instead of as hollow forms. So, we sent the rest of the weekend dipping the original foam forms into wax to build up a thick shell for the bronze casting (SOP is still planning on scraping out some of the foam on the larger birds as possible).

Anyway, that is what we have been up to. Very little knitting has been done, not enough hiking and absolutely no printing -although I did attend a one-day workshop on moveable books with Shawn Sheehy that was very fun! I can’t wait to apply some of the concepts!

We did get out to the salt flats for the perseids meteor shower in August. I present you with a long exposure shot from that trip complete with lighted ball, frisbee and headlamp.


c’est finis!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Our Flying Object sculptures were installed this past Wednesday (i’ve been catching up on sleep since)


A few minutes before:


The day before:

inTruck  - Handle View

inTruck - Finial View

And two days before that:

Canopy On

Photos of sop’s much-cooler-than-mine sculpture and videos of both of ours moving to come.

perhaps a disappointment

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

it is not an underarm gusset exposé, but a totally different sweater that i started way later than sop’s, and yet finished way before his as well. (the 4.5mm needles may have something to do with that. who knew 1.5mm would make such a big difference?).

Leider keine Achselhöhledenkschrift, sondern ein Pullover der ich nach SOPs angenagen und auch gefertigt habe (es mag daran liegen, daß ich 4.5mm Nadeln statt 3.0mm benutzte. Wer hätte gedacht, daß 1.5mm so weinen großen Unterschied machen könnte!)

First, the beer
Old Rasputin Beer

Zuerst, das Bier

New to our state liquor store (as far as i know at least), I had tried a couple North Coast Brewing Company’s Beligian-style ales and quite enjoyed them. I thought the Old Rasputin’s Imperial Stout might be a nice contrast to the lighter color of the sweater, while the angora in the Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed could make the sweater very welcome on a cold Russian evening.

Neu bei uns (soweit ich weiss), ich hatte schon ein paar biere nach der belgischen Stil von North Coast Brewing Company probiert. Ich dachte aber, daß das Old Rasputin’s Imperial Stoutschön gegen die helle Farben des Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Garns kontrastieren wurde und die Angorawolle vielleicht ganz willkommen an einen kühlen russischen Abend heissen dürfen.

pentagon sweater

Here, however, it was spring over the weekend. The tulips were not killed by last week’s snow, but a cool breeze in the afternoon made the sweater still very wearable.

Hier, aber, wurde es am Wochenende Frühling. Der Schnee von der letzten Woche hat die Tulippen nicht getötet und der spätnachmittaglichen Wind ließ man den Pulli gut anziehen.

completed pentagon sweater

You may not know that flying guy is now in our backyard, after being set free from his downtown duties. Poor guy had now idea what he was getting into…

Ich schätze, daß Ihr nicht wißt, daß flying guy bei und jetzt wohnt. Er wurde seine Diensten in der Innenstadt frei gesetzt. Arme Seele, wenn er nur gewußt hatte was ihn zukam…

no, too much beer has NOT been had
Nein, es liegt nicht (nur) an das Bier!


Pentagon Aran Cardigan by Norah Gaughan
Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed
4.5mm / 3.75 mm
Used 3-needle bind-off for the shoulders. Arms knit in the round. Would have been easy to knit the body in the round as well, but at that point i was just going to follow the pattern…
Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, North Coast Brewing Co.
It was very easy to knit. I mostly just followed the instructions.
There was one error posted on the publisher’s site, and in my opinion there was an error in the cable chart as well – having to do with where the purl stitches should go during one section of cables in order for the seed stitch to work as charted in a later section. Other than that it was pretty mindless knitting. I tried to do something fancy with short-row shoulder shaping and then gave up on it.

one crazy of many

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

ein werk im gang…
"garlic" panorama
a work in progress

one of the many items that have made me harried and reclusive lately, has been getting sop’s site up. he was nominated for the Salt Lake CityWeekly’s Artys awards and i had to rapidly get something up. Not as dynamic as i want yet, but at least there are a couple images up…

eine der viel zu viele Sachen die mir zuletzt bedrängt und zurückgezohen gemacht haben, war sops site. Er wurde für die Salt Lake City Weekly Artys nominiert und ich musste etwas da haben. Noch nicht als dynamisch als ich haben mochte, aber wenigstens gibt’s ein paar Bilder.