I’ve been working on a list of 100 blogs to read.

From Chateau de Gudanes, this post, about treading lightly:

“We want to accept its patina and wear, like an old, favourite, worn and frayed, cashmere sweater that you can’t bear to part with.”


“The restoration and the future design is all to do with ‘treading lightly’.  It’s our philosophy for CdG.  This isn’t a fast-food setup, but rather a gentle process. The history of the chateau, and the beauty of the region, deserves respect and a certain stillness.”

Costume Detail, a long-time source of fascination, inspires with her ‘about’ column.

“I am a costume designer and every day I see things that are fascinating and inspiring. They are the benefits of my profession.

Things not destined to be seen in the films.
Tools of the trade, research, materials.
Things out of context.
Things I collect and hope to use someday.
Fabrics, prints and articles of clothing.
Trimmings, equipment, workplaces.”
Yes, the benefits of my profession. Yes, things not destined. Yes, things out of context. Exactly.

And finally the trials, the tribulations, the beautiful imagery of Saipua and her other projects; they hit so close to home, I hope I never meet her.


Marcel Duchamp’s Eclipse Totale at the Detroit Institute of the Arts

Links that captured my imagination lately:

R & D (Research & Degrowth)

The Soberscove Press ‘seeks to make available art-related materials that fill a gap in the literature or are difficult to access for a variety of reasons (i.e. out-of-print, not in translation, previously unpublished, forgotten, or limited in circulation.)’

NIGHTLAB is a three-week session to explore issues of ecology and urbanism from the perspective of light, or lack thereof, and the experience of it.  This lab is open to those eager to collectively speculate upon the relationship of ecology and urbanism with the design of light.”

Nice residencies: Write in the house of Hemingway’s birth, or do -whatever- on Ideas Island.



We spent a couple of days with Nelson Joseph’s work at the Alberni Valley Museum last month in preparation for the exhibit opening later this spring. This was the first time we had all of the work out together at the same time. More connections were made, understandings uncovered, a plan emerged…\

Rod & Nelson at the Alberni Valley Museum

Rod & Nelson at the Alberni Valley Museum

Nelson Joseph

The work of Nelson Joseph at the Alberni Valley Museum



// All systems have balances of success and failure, ebbs and flows, positive and negative feedback loops that create equilibrium within their respective ecologies. DETROIT represents a city in constant flux like no other on the American landscape. Assuming we are all navigating the curve of a success/fail cycle, then what might we observe to be true for Detroit? How can we represent these findings, and of what use are they to the ecology of the city itself? //

Wrapping up (beginning?) our Design Cities Detroit gathering, with several more project-based visits on the horizon. Ground truth proved surprising, and lots of creative connections were made, I am still processing what I witnessed into something real.

The best Golden Globes fashion commentary.

Internet surprise: Genuinely enjoyed Jerry Seinfeld + Jay Leno episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Prerequisites none. This continuing studies course at University of Toronto: what ConEd should be.

3007 Crisis, Concept, Object, and Shadow: Reading, Making, and Re-making Contemporary Poetry

Co-facilitated by Karen Solie and Ken Babstock, this course aims to enrich, complicate, and invigorate your writing by combining discussion and workshop with in-class and take-home reading and writing assignments. With an eye to disrupting assumptions about your own work and contemporary poetry in general, we hope to bring you to a point of critical engagement with your verse; a place of fertile uncertainty meant to lead outward into new possibilities. Four visiting poets of note will offer readings and short talks on process, craft, and poetics. Participating writers should be well into a work of substance and come prepared to respectfully engage with their peers and all printed work in a spirit of investigation and committed endeavour.



And then there’s this.

Student Rickrolls his teacher in this ingenious quantum physics essay

This lime: a representative of the kind of inspiration that doesn’t require you to do anything or make anything, beautiful things happening, of their own accord.


So long ago, when I was an intern at a museum, there was a volunteer who would only come to work on rainy days. It was  beautiful; everyone knew he would be coming in if it rained that morning.

Thinking back, this was one of the first times I ever noticed the all-encompassing pleasure in employing a quirky but workable alternative to an existing system. Thanks to that guy.

With the work we’re doing and the dialogues we’re building, a weather-oriented practice seems appropriate. So here is my announcement: if it’s sunny, I’m not available. If it’s rainy, you know where to find me. (Since we’re in Port, we should be working quite a lot.)




Rod’s latest carving, a snake, was on exhibit at the Alberni Art Rave juried exhibition this summer, and is heading down soon to Steffich Fine Art. RodSayers_Snake_2013

He has a new drawing, too. This motif, represented on the doors of the Hupacasath House of Gathering that he carved years ago, had never been made into a drawing. Two limited originals were raffled off at Hupacasath’s Fall Fair booth last weekend.