Monthly Archives: April 2013

Day 120 : accessories

Hair clips, barrettes and decorated bobbie pins most always slide onto the hair from front to back if used on the right side of the head. If you put them on the left side the design would be upside down.

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Why do women wear belts opposite of how they are worn by men? For women the end is held in the left hand and put through the buckle which is on the right side. The buckle on men’s belts are worn on the left side so they use their right hand to put the end into the buckle.

Sandy: I had high hopes for drawing my husband’s silver and brass belt buckle. It’s my favorite. I sneak it out of his drawer and wear it sometimes. I didn’t draw it well but I really like the intricacy. 

Kelly:  I know the end of women’s belts generally go to the left but I like having the end of the belt go to the right (men’s way). The belt I drew has a slight curve in the belt so you can only wear it the “women’s way”.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 119 : jewelry

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Jewelry is something that is made for the purpose of adorning the body. Objects like shells and animal teeth then rocks and gemstones, as jewelry evolved, were used. Using metal for chains and settings in contemporary jewelry is typical. Beading, clay, glass, wood, threads and fabric have been revisited for a more natural look.

Sandy: My friend Gretchen has been making exquisite jewelry from uncommon objects like fossilized coral tongues, Nepali amber resin, serpentine locks, Chinese coins. Every piece is a work of art. She has an amazing gift for color and balance. The necklace I rendered is a silk dupioni neckband, with a raw silk pocket hanging by garnet beads. The silk pocket holds a Chinese magnifying glass so I’m prepared to read the “small print”. http://www.gretchen-schields.com/collections.aspx

Kelly: I am inspired by interesting jewelry, colored stones and metal. I love making beading creations for friends and family. These glass beads are from Murano Italy and each bead is a work of art. I’ve noticed since we’ve started this blog that there is a definitely right-handed bias in jewelry – from how clasps are put on (making it so when you put on a necklace the clasp is in your right hand) to having to wind your watch on the right side (which is hard to do when it’s on your right arm), to wearing your wedding ring on your left hand (causing me to snag, smack, clank my wedding ring daily) Maybe I’ll put my wedding ring on my right index finger… they do that in India.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 118 : absorb

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Sandy: We’ve been learning quite a bit since we have to do research for every subject we post. I must admit that I am not fond of doing research. I loved encyclopedias when I was young because they held all the answers but now answers come so much quicker from the internet where updates are instantaneous. I have a thirst for knowledge but I just want the information to be inserted, downloaded like one would do when plugging a flash drive into a computer. Better still, like downloading software – goes straight to the brains of the matter on the computer. Or if I could absorb information like Leeloo, the Fifth Element, I’d be ecstatic.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 117 : step by step

117feetSandy: What writing this blog has forced me to do is focus on one thing for a sustained period of time and that is posting on a blog everyday. Seems simple, right? No, not so simple. Posting something everyday means planning, especially when two people are involved. It’s imperative to have a  discussion or brainstorming session about twice a month which takes a couple hours out of one’s regular schedule.  I was clueless about the time commitment when I proposed the project to Kelly. Over the last four months, staying on task, especially when established day-to-day life must come first, has unveiled Kelly’s true character and her integrity when it comes to commitment and work. I am grateful for every day she stays on this adventure with me.

As we go forward, one foot in front of the other, almost a third of the way through the year, we continue to be challenged with subject matter, images and things to say but the discoveries have been eye opening. Regardless of whether we are using more of our brains by using our less dominant hands, we certainly are stimulating our brains.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 116 : glassblowing

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The technique of glassblowing, inflating molten glass using a blowpipe, was created in the 50 BCE. There are two methods for blowing glass – free-blowing and mold-blowing. The later is used to produce mass quantities where with the former technique, unique, custom pieces – drinking glasses, window glass, vases, art – are made.

Dale Chihuly’s free-blowing glass are lively, colorful, playful, and beautiful. A documentary about him showed the difficulty of producing his large pieces and the experience it takes to get them precisely how he’s envisioned them. It seems like it takes a keen sense of timing and a lot of muscle to keep the hot glass from breaking. But one can do it just as well left or right handed.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 115 : calligraphy

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Calligraphy, a type of art, comes from the Greek words “beauty” and “writing”. In the early days of writing, any tool could be used though typically it was a reed or quill fashioned with a nib, or a brush. A variation in the tip size changes the heaviness of the letter stroke. Writing became an art form thus handwriting styles were the beginning of the creation of “fonts”.

Sandy: Two of my college friends along with our college lettering and design teacher designed the invitation for our wedding 32 years ago, today (Happy Anniversary, John!). They hand-lettered our names, Sandy and John, on each of one hundred invitations in as many variations so each guest received a different invitation. All so special, all so personal, all so magnificent. One of these friends died a month ago. She was an immensely talented, accomplished and internationally known calligrapher. As one of her friends eloquently said in remembrance, “…was it not she that sent the alphabetic line soaring?”. In my sadness, I pulled out a printed piece that had samples of the invitation and came upon a note from them and smiled – they had signed it with their left hands. I submit this post in honor of Georgia.

Kelly: I remember trying to learn calligraphy in art class and could never get the slants right. There must be a “left-handed” way to do it? I went to public school so didn’t learn it :). 

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 114 : furoshiki

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Japanese use cloth to transport gifts, clothes, food and many other things. The wrapping cloth is called furoshiki. By folding, tucking, twisting and tying, just about anything can be carried. When giving a gift, Japanese feel the wrapping reflects the intention and is just as important and meaningful as the gift that is being wrapped. Just like wrapping paper, furoshiki wrapping cloth is available in colorful patterns and different sizes.

Sandy: Over the last decade, because I’ve been more conscientious about recycling, reusing and my carbon footprint, I have a dilemma about giving wrapped gifts. After I discovered furoshiki, I’ve tried to use excess fabric from sewing projects or buy inexpensive remnants. I also cut up clothes that are being excised from my wardrobe which makes me feel good that I am upcycling. 

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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