Friday, 28 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
This is a picture taken by the NASA Spitzer telescope. It is 50 million light years away.
Thats 50,000,000 x 5,878,630,000,000 international miles. 289,381,500,000,000 miles.
Although I worked this out with info from Wikki and the calculator on my phone , so it`s accuracy is dubious.
In the centre the white dot is a monstrously huge Black Hole. It has a mass of about 10 million of our suns. The Black Hole at the centre of our galaxy has only a few million solar masses, puney by comparison. The fuzzy blue dot on the left is a companion galaxy nestled in the arms of its giant galactic mate.
Information like this makes my head spark up with positon charged butterflies. It`s beyond beautiful to me. Totally inspirational, and wonderous to see what our universe is made from.
If you want to see The Black Hole of Carmarthen`, a piece crocheted in 2006 go to http://www.birdlouise.co.uk/ there are photos and a link to a short documentary film about the piece. It`s also in the sister blog www.eventhorizon-theproject.bolgspot.com.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Gerard Manley Hopkins 23rd July 1874
Cosmic string is not String theory. Cosmic string, I read is, a one dimensional (!!!), topological
defect, that appears in various fields of space time. A line 1.6 km long is heavier than the earth. Weighty thread. Next, I need to find some scales to work out the relative weight (in planets) of a crochet hook needed to cope with this cosmic string. I suppose that the hook will have to be one dimensional as well. What IS one dimensional ? I find that even harder to get my head around than multi-dimensional. Maybe, that should read, What is ONE dimensional? Or maybe just WHAT?
Thursday, 6 August 2009
I rescued some pure silk chiffon I had printed by lazer, gave it a wash and ironed it. It`s very pretty, unfortunately in small pieces now. They may be worth filming in the breeze for a whimsical experiment. Diaphanous Alexander Calder. On a domestic level wouldn`t they make nice curtains?
For more pictures of the fabric.
Neil Dawsons Enormous ` Horizons`, is owned by Alan Gibbs, and is part of a collection of sculptures found on his farm in New Zeland. The other pieces are by contemporary big names including as Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt and Richard Serra. Fab.
All the sculptures are the largest pieces ever commission by each artist. There is an article in this months Art World magazine about the farm and its stupendous collection. Well worth a look.
Dawsons is my favorite, looking like a 2D outline of a Litchenstein print, with out the need of a speech bubble to say `Oh my gosh!`. Made from steel , with the levity of a celestial counterpane it occupies for an eon what should be only a moments shake. Fabricated to frame the heavens, but anchored to the earth. Incredible, and as with many great pieces of art a little humbleing. Never full of nothing.
Voici mon secret. Il est tres simple: on ne voit bien qu`avec la coer. L`essentail est invisible pour les yeux.
From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery.
And now here is my secret. A very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Quilt Bones (crochet, so far 66 cm squareish).
Traditional Welsh Quilt
Not just because I love quilts, and this is only part of her magnificent collection, but because Lampeter is a quiet town, despite the university, its a bit `out of the way`, and the quilt centre is the perfect craft and culture attraction. For a few more photos of quilts,