Santa turned up!
Lussekatter (typical Swedish buns with saffron)
Preparations have been going on for weeks baking and making pictures to sell. Last weekend we had a xmas market in the gallery and this Saturday it’s time to do it all over again. I baked loads of cakes, biscotti and meringues. My husband made Daal and surprisingly it was a best seller! We had potato and leek for the less adventurous visitors but most people still chose the spicy Indian Daal. For this weekend I’ve baked mini meringues (chocolate, vanilla and liquorice) and some more cake. We will do the Daal and also a tomato soup with focaccia. I’ll be making wet plates of visitors that they can buy if they are happy with the result. This morning I took a break from all preparations and helped out for some charity. Sometimes when you have so much to do your head is spinning it’s nice to just take some time off and do something else, the world will seize to exist. So for two hours I sat counting how many sacks, boxes etc that the second hand shop in the harbour Hönö Klova Second Hand have collected for Rumania. They do this 2-3 times a year but before xmas it’s a bit special. They send off boxes of food that the generous islanders have given, this year 63 food boxes. On top of that sacks of clothes, furniture, beds etc. Everything is named with either the names of the families who will receive it or villages. It’s all very organised and I think it’s good to know that all the help will actually reach the goal. I did feel a bit sorry for everyone carrying everything(while I sat counting), my guess is the average age is above 60 for all of them(hope I don’t offend anyone!). In spite of bad backs, shoulders etc they had after two hours packed a huge trailer with 200 sacks, 120 boxes, 14 beds, a freezer, 3 hospital beds, a wheel chair and a lot more. Very impressive I think!
amazing what you can fit on a bike trolly
not easy to keep concentration when the barn turns into a zoo…
beginning of a box
getting there and getting late…
Did I do this?!?
Inside, folded down
inside folded up
finished box! Wohoo!!
So I decided earlier this year that this would be a wet plate year, no actually, THE wet plate year. I also have a another great big plan but it’s too early to spill the beans… Anywho, I started out building my wet plate box with stuff I had but soon realised that I wanted the box to be long lasting, sturdy and nice looking so I took a bike ride to the wood shop. Bought big boards of plywood and while figuring out how to fasten it to my bike-trolly one of the guys working there stopped and asked if I needed assistance(the perks of being female is sometimes very rewarding). He was nice enough to cut the wood into the measurements I had in my head. I cycled back and started building. Only problem was the plywood was a bit bent but I just worked on feeling and didn’t mind the measurements too much. The chicks came to watch and then suddenly I see movement and look up, there’s a huge seagull there! Almost inside the barn. I followed it around for a while taking pictures and making sure that it wasn’t injured, it could fly so that was not the case, but it was not a bit scared of me or the hens. It got me thinking of the story my 96 year old neighbour told me about the seagull who used to steal peoples underwear from the beach, fly far out and drop them in the sea! I’ve spent most of my time lately working on the box but also clearing another wall in the gallery. Somehow I got that huge kitchen cabinet down and turned upside down, on my own, without being squashed. I do need some storage space so I’m keeping it but it needs a lick of paint and some textile where the doors were. As always when I get into these creative swirls there’s a moment where I stop and look around, thinking -did I create this mess?? My husband having a Frank Zappa-week has helped me heaps, forcing me outdoors. Oh well, tomorrow is the big day, trying out my new box!
Linnéa doing a great job
the world as a tintype
I’ve been waiting all summer for an official go-ahead with the barn, because I am changing the use of it from storage to gallery. Now I’ve had a Yes! Wohoo! I’ve set the opening date to October the 9th so I have about a month to do the last preparations. Plenty of time to procrastinate, as my husband would say. So instead of finishing the last details with lights etc I did some wet plates. It’s great to be able to use the barn as a studio now when the weather is changing so rapidly. I wanted to do a shot that I’d been thinking about for a while. I have this big world map globe from my grandfather(which can also be used as a lamp) and thought it would look nice on a plate. Realised pretty quickly that I’d forgotten about the wet plate colour map! The collodion doesn’t treat colours the normal way so when I lit up the globe it became mainly orange and green which with the collodion turned black. Looks kinda cool though and turned out great when I made one on glass(Ambrotype). I had asked my cousins daughter to come around to model. She did an amazing job. How can anyone stand still, not blink and smile in a natural way for 25 seconds? When the first plate was perfect I couldn’t help thinking it would go bad somehow but the last plate ended up being my favourite.