Sunday, February 27, 2011

Charlie the Owl

Charlie you're a quiet one
Would you like to be with me?
I could read a page to you
while you sit atop your tree.

I could feed you raspberries
If you could fit them in your beak
I'd like to tell you lots of things
Would you like to be with me?

I'd like to know what owls think
Because they live so simply.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crazy Cab Drivers

Oh, I'm exhausted. I just returned from a trip to Laurel, Maryland where I attended my first "Polymer Clay Cabin Fest". Mainly I spent the whole week with some extremely crafty, clever, and creative women who were all so excited to escape from their hectic jobs and homes for a short while. They all had such interesting lives. One woman lobbied for mussels! Curiously I met a lot of women working in the public sector. I met plenty of dentists and doctors. I'm learning more and more that women who have jobs in extremely professional fields also do jewelry. I'm thinking they need some sort of creative outlet. I felt very lucky because I had no desire to "escape" from my "other job". In fact, I'm desperately trying to do the opposite and marry the two together.
      So much was crammed into my head in a week. I woke up every morning at 7 a.m. to be ready on time, which is actually 5 a.m. Utah time! It's a miracle I processed anything in the mental state of exhaustion I was in. I think the technique I learned that I am most excited to use is how to "antique" raw copper by using "liver of sulphur", a nasty smelling mineral that sort of looks like a shriveled up pea.
     I was the youngest by at least 20 years. It was odd to feel out of place by being so young. I'm used to being the oldest and feeling out-of-place in that sense. I got a whole lot of "If I could be your age again, I would take a few semesters of glass-blowing in Richmond, Virginia" or "You really ought to tour Europe for a couple months. Make sure you don't go alone, and do it now while you have the chance!"
    Lunch time was always a mild concern for me. I felt as though I wouldn't have much to contribute to the conversations of these women about their children and husbands and retirement. However, they always seemed to find me and join my lonely table, and I was always eager to accept their warmth and friendly conversation.

The best thing that came out of this whole trip was my newest piece, "Charlie the owl". This will be the first time I have incorporated new textures by adding baby feathers. I'm tickled by the outcome. He will be on my site within the next few days. (Just as soon as I can convince Nick to drag out his tri-pod and snap some sweet shots)

In the land of Meg and Dia we are coming together in the next few days to begin rehearsing for the Kinch tour. We really hope to see some of you on this tour. And please do try to make it out to South by Southwest in Austin. It really is worth experiencing at least once!

Honestly,
Meg

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Hello friends,

I just finished some new pieces! The Meg and Dia necklace will include a free signed Meg and Dia "It's Always Stormy in Tillamook" Poster if you are one of the first 20 to order.

Introducing Rachael the Robot. I know I told you guys she was going to be earrings, but she just seemed like more of a necklace kind of gal.

Lil' Miss Pig was inspired by an artist I look up to: Christi Freisen. This piece is also Dia's favorite. She is the one who encouraged me to create it.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Honestly,
Meg and Chandler

Saturday, February 12, 2011

White, Cold, and Quaint

Dia told us that Alaska was the only U.S. state we haven't been to. None of us recall having been to Montana, but she swears we've at least driven through.
     When we arrived at the airport, we were told that one of our equipment cases was ten pounds over the limit, costing us an additional $90.00! So, Dia stuck in-ear monitors in her suitcase. Nick tucked cables in between some t-shirts and underwear. I found a place for a few percussion instruments in my purse. We managed to remove enough items so that we met the mandatory weight limit. Everyone gave me funny looks as I walked to our designated gate, tambourines and shakers clanking with each step.


  
     Upon our arrival, after locating our bags, the first thing I did was clench my teeth and step through the automatic doors preparing for the chill.  It was cold, but there wasn't a raging blizzard outside, and there weren't angry polar bears roaming around the streets. In fact, once we started driving to our hotel, we all discovered that Alaska was pretty much the same as where we had just come from.
  
     The first night Carlo and Jonathan ventured out into the streets of downtown Anchorage. Dia and I usually stay in and sleep. I always regret my decision to stay in the hotel because the next morning Carlo and Jonathan always have some outlandish crazy story that happened at this bar or that restaurant.
     Sure enough, they made friends with all the bartenders and the coffee baristas, saw a moose, and were hounded by a crazy drug dealer walking down the streets. (Of course they didn't buy anything! We aren't The Rolling Stones!)



     The next day we ate breakfast at a delicious cafe called Snow City. The food and excellent green tea they serve there were well worth the icy treck twelve blocks or so from our hotel. Dia and I got all bundled up. She even wore a Meg and Dia sweater around her head, because she forgot a scarf! Once again, I need to figure out how our camera phone works so I can share these memories with all of you.


  
     We didn't know what to expect from our show we were about to play at the University of Anchorage. The room was a music hall on the smaller side, usually used for the students' symphony concerts.
     Dia opened up with "Jar of Hearts". Whenever she sings and plays alone, I like to creep into the audience to experience what they are experiencing. She launched into the most beautiful performance. So much power and confidence resonated from every note.  The audience clapped just about every three phrases.
    We were all a bit stiff starting the set out, and we knew it, but for some reason, once we banged out those few measures at the beginning of our set, we settled into each other's sensibilities and really paid attention to each other. We would do a lot of things on the fly. If Dia came in a little later, we all came in a little later. If someone changed around an instrumental part, we all accommodated.
      After the show Meg and Dia received our first standing ovation to date. Back in the green room Dia was tearing up.
     Today, Dia and I will probably spend our last morning here eating a final Alaska breakfast at Snow City. She'll probably order the crab cakes, and I'll probably order my "bird food" as usual and eat some berries and granola. Nick will probably sleep in until noon because he was out chasing moose with his new Nikon camera. He came back to the hotel a few times in between "moose chasing" last night. At one point, he blew into the hotel room, his nose pink with the cold. His eyes were wild with excitement, as he practically shouted, "Look at this shot I just got!" I stared into the camera viewing window, and there it was, a giant mother moose gazing straight at nick's camera with such an intense and questioning  human expression. It seemed to be thinking, "What the hell are a bunch of Utah kids doing in my city? Excuse me while I continue eating the berries off of this tree."



Honestly,
Meg

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chandler has a flickr!

Hi all,

Chandler has his own flickr group account now. I was running out of space on my blog, so please upload all your cute pics of Chandler pieces on his new flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/chandlertherobot/


honestly, Meg

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The All of It

Dear friends,

The first show of the year in Portland went fantastic! Great Thai food at Thai Ginger near campus, such kind people. Dia was dressed up in a giant coat that went down to her ankles all weekend. She looked like a giant purple marshmallow. She was walking around campus saying, "Please accept me to your planet earthlings" in a nasal robot voice, all the while bending her arms stiffly at the elbows and thrusting them about in sharp movements. Gotta love that chica!

But this blog isn't about that. I wanted to let you guys know about an incredible book I read on the plane. I heard some random woman, who was supposed to be this great artist, being interviewed on NPR, and she was raving about this book.

It's 145 pages. It's a bit old-fashioned in style, and the beginning throws you off a little. But once I got into it, I read the whole thing in one sitting, smiling, laughing, crying, and generally feeling lifted up.
     There is this one part of the book in which the main character Enda is recalling the past tragedies that had happened in her life. She said something like: she doesn't like to "dwell on any one sad instance". She needs to connect the past, present, and future, bind them all together so that she knows where she's been, what she's doing, and where she is going, so that she can look at the big picture. It stirred a deep emotion within me that I haven't felt in a long time. It was just so touching. If any of you are looking for a "worth-while" read, read "The All of It" by Jeannette Haien.      
     While we were in Portland, we drove past this little thrift shop called "Yesterday and Tomorrow". It reminded me about that part in the book. I think it would make an excellent album title. What do you think?

Honestly,
Meg

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tangled

Dear friends,

What a flurry of activity I have been in lately. How I do love it.



And of course, in between all the time spent with my shop glasses on my nose, I find time to strum out some simple melodies.

What have I been up to?

Well, aside from making some custom Valentine's Day hearts for many of you, I have been working on some new pieces!

The first is a custom order I made for Cianna from Cypress Texas. Her brother asked if I could make her a piece inspired by "The Great Gatsby" Duh! I love that book. F. Scott Fitzgerald is my hero. Seriously! I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by his request. I even pulled out the book to give me ideas. I decided to make a sort of cameo of a woman who would have danced with Gatsby at one of those outlandish parties he threw...

Also, it's about time I introduced the next robot piece: Joey the Robot! I have been working and re-working on creating a robot out of clay. Finally, I figured out a way. I loved making a robot in this medium because of the freedom the malleability of the clay gave me. Also, I wanted to make a piece that is more "male friendly". Of course you ladies can wear him too. (I do:)

Honestly,
Meg