Friday, May 11, 2007

I've Been Tagged 8-]

my son and I doing a medieval spinning demo a couple decades ago

Vivien tagged me.

These are the rules:

• List seven random facts/habits about yourself
• Choose another seven bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog
• Leave your seven tagged bloggers comments to notify them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions.

Ok, let's see. Seven random facts about me:

1. I do medieval historical recreation with the Society for Creative Anachronisms on the weekends. I dress in funny clothes and do improbable things for entertainment. My particular persona is 10th C. Viking and I'm a spinner and weaver. My husband even built me a Viking warp-weighted loom.

2. I edit and write a medieval poetry collection in the above mentioned society.

3. I occasionally write fan-fic. If you don't know what that is, it's just too embarrassing to explain. ;- j But the names Buffy and X-Files and Highlander come to mind.

4. When I was in high school I taught bible school and lived on a Lakota Indian Reservation for a summer. I stayed in the dorm/bunk house of a working mission ranch with a handful of Native-American girls and we bailed hay and rode horses bareback. Try being the washichu in the room when an "Indians and Cowboys" movie comes on the tv!

5. Although we've gone East and West and South from the Middle, I still keep in touch with my high school friends of 40 years ago. We're into the 3rd generation now. We still call our little group Invenature, from invention and adventure. We were going to take over the world -- but now I'll just settle for my little corner of it.

6. This is getting harder. I have a brown thumb and only truly hardy specimens who really want to live can survive my inattentions. Consequently, the curb tree the builders planted has turned into a locust forrest in my front yard. They're intoxicating in the spring when they're full of white blossoms. The rest of the time they shade my So. Cal. semi-neglected lawn.

7. I married my college sweetheart. Tsk-tsk, we left school at age 20, in the face of grave misgivings of our families, and tied the knot almost 35 years ago. Back when I had a waist and he had hair. 8-]

And now for the bloggers:

Belinda Del Pesco: Watercolor and Printmaking. Incredible artist, super friendly and obsessively helpful. ;-> Beware! She'll have you working twice as hard in no time.

Danny Bates: Funny, silly, thoughtful and touching, his little portraits are always interesting. He's a great guy and a rabid trader, so make him an offer.

Marissa Lee: An obsessive woodblock printer, tho she's slowed down lately as she's expecting!

Annie Bissett: Prolific printer who really throws herself into her work. Her moku hanga is so detailed.

Diane Cutter: She bounces back and forth between Puerto Rico and the Southwest. I don't know how she finds the time to do watercolor, woodcut, lino and more. Certainly more than I do!

Lisa Rouch: Pyrography that is as fantastical as it is beautiful. Soft colors too.

Bea Gold: She just had a big retrospective show to celebrate her 80 years of artmaking. She filled an entire gallery with paintings and woodcuts.

And there are so many more! But I'll stop there and leave the rest to others. 8-]


vivien said...

Great - I'm glad you took part and I enjoyed your links :)

And yes ..... Dorothy Dunnett is absolutely brilliant, Lymond gorgeous - I remember reading The Game of Kings as he sneaked into the smugglers cellar in Edinburgh, wrought havoc, robbed his mother and friends, set fire to the castle ..... thinking this is the HERO????? Her research,language, storytelling, lack of explanation and making you use your brain ... all wonderful :)

I like Johnson Johnson and the Niccolo series as well.

She also painted but you probably know that.

Lin said...

You should do a woodcut of that early boy/girl picture!

I had forgotten all about your summer adventure with Ruki among the Indians. Makes you wonder what reservation she's living on now... (Meow!)

Ellen Shipley said...

Oooh, kitty, kitty. ;-> I've often wondered where she wound up. Probably the weary mom of a couple of snotty kids by wait, that would be grandkids by now!

As for the tree swing picture, I did a monotype last Valentine's day.

Sybelle said...

It's always fun to accidentally stumble on someone else who's in the SCA. It's also nice to see people who still do woodcuts. My poor printmaking teacher thinks it's a dead art.