Monday, February 22, 2016

Unwearable Knitwear

This is my first attempt at knitting with extra thick wool and I decided on to use 5 needles. I had a failed attempt years ago at trying to make socks. Now I wanted to make what else but socks again to face my demons. It proved to be a challenge. I was told that I am using the wrong size needle for the yarn. What I've produced is a tube shape which is what I wanted. It looks fine. I tried it on. It even bends but more like pipe insulation material than a piece of garment. I need to unravel the whole thing and start over. What a drag. The project will take twice as long to complete, but next time I'll know what needle size to pick for my left-over yarn. 

The only other option would be to leave my half-finished piece as is and use it for pipe insulation. 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Importance of Saying No

It took me quite some time to learn the importance of saying no. I've learned the hard way just how challenging it can be to give such a definite answer to a request. Depending on the situation, saying no could go against cultural expectations or occasionally, even one's best intentions. My experience is that being able to say no with confidence can be just as important as saying yes. It clears the path towards one's goals and it helps a great deal to define boundaries.

There are really unexpected situations that might seem puzzling at first, but can turn out to be fun and an important learning process. This art project is about when to say yes to have fun no matter how crazy it sounds at first. A group of 9 hairdressers in the video said yes to such a project. Sticking with their individual styling ideas that they wanted to realize, they teamed up to give a haircut to the same model. It just seems an impossible challenge to take considering that hairdressing is no teamwork and yet each hairdresser tried their best to give the model as good a haircut as possible. And that's exactly what a great hairdresser is supposed to do, even when there are 8 other equally great hairdressers around trying to do the same thing on the same model's hair. 


A haircut by 9 hairdressers at once (second attempt)

Director: Koki Tanaka

Location: Zindagi Salon, San Francisco
Production and Commission: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Monday, February 1, 2016


As I walked through an underpass yesterday, I heard a violin solo. It was a classical piece too good to be coming from an amateur street musician. I just knew I had to stop and listen to it. I changed my course to get closer to see the performer. With his eyes half-closed, he was fully absorbed in the music. I wanted to tip him, but had no money with me. I had to cross the underpass to get some and walk all the way back to the violin case that lay open a few feet away from him on the ground. I dropped a handful of change in the case. He nodded without looking up.

I wish I knew what he wore, but I was too captivated by his music to see his outfit. What I remember though is his winter coat. He wore a heavy black winter coat partially open. It was an especially cold night. I was shivering.