October 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
Margaux Kent, half of the husband and wife duo behind the brilliance that is Peg and Awl, has launched her Kickstarter campaign and with the clock ticking, I’d like to offer my thoughts on this project. And yes, I was sure to pledge to pick up a ring of a howling wolf set amongst stars and a linen handkerchief featuring the chalkboard writing of her eldest son, Søren. With his wise words defining the title of the project, Take Your Time Loving Me, as Margaux puts it, “… is for Mothers. And Fathers. And humans of all kinds.”
Following the creation of Margaux’s first book The Illness Apprentice, Take Your Time Loving Me is to be a photographic exploration of the many masks worn throughout the life of an artist, a wife, a mother, and a human being. The peeling back of these layers reveals what is of the past and the present and the unknown. Seen below is an example of the first of many images for this series. Margaux’s delicate images are extracted from polaroid film, as glimpsed in the Kickstarter video for this campaign. “It tells you a place where weeds turn to rainbows when pressed into a book…” reads Margaux from her journal. The transformative nature of all things is the real story here. This is the evidence not of erosion, but of what beauty can be found when wandering. Some wandered and while priorities keep us bound to our obligations, there is still wandering for us to do. An exploration if not of external boundaries, at least of internal nature.
The inevitability of life’s ebbs and flows is realized in this story. I’ve heard stories from Margaux as to how she used to peddle to her shop in Ambler, many moons ago, in high heels and short skirts. Fast forward to the present Margaux of which I am aware and this is something I would never believe. There are layers to all of us. And to me as well – most of which I keep tucked away. It takes a braveness to put such effort, such heart into a campaign like this… Inspired by a book of Madame du Coudray, this project has evolved in this most dizzying web of life’s interwoven intricacies which, I believe, the timing is by no means coincidental… The importance of Margaux’s children as a life-altering force is central to this story as well. It is amazing how one can learn so much of themselves through others, and importantly here, through a life that one created. Even I am guilty of having learned something from her sons and have been infected by their laughter. Children are amazing creatures.
Someone once told me that they just wanted someone to howl with. Isn’t that beautiful? We each wear a lot of masks, carry a lot of unspoken histories, and gosh, we probably all look so much better in the dark or at least in the dark crevices of our own minds… And to each of these, we must raise our glass and howl. They encompass much of our existence and contribute greatly to those before you. Take Your Time in Loving Me is reflective of this, I believe. The slow and inevitable evolution of each of us. Realized through the photography of Margaux Kent, discovery awaits. Please don’t take your time in checking out her Kickstarter page and contributing to her campaign. Thank you.
October 15, 2013 § 4 Comments
October 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’m certainly no baker, though I am coming around to it. When my sweet suggested that we make a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin I was a bit overwhelmed by the idea. That said – homemade puts the canned pie to shame. Here my how to:
1 small – medium pumpkin
1/2 tsp of ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon (each!)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup honey
4 whisked eggs
pie crust (I recommend graham cracker crust!)
What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Carefully cut pumpkin in half with a serrated knife. This took longer than expected and I ended up cutting it almost all the way and then forcing it open with my hands.
Place a sheet of aluminum oil on a baking sheet. Place pumpkin cut side down. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, it could be awhile before the outer shell can be penetrated by a fork. I thought this would be a quick step. It took an hour.
Remove pumpkin from oven once soft. Scoop out insides into a boil and blend with spices. Turn oven up to 400 degrees.
Add milk, heavy whipping cream, whisked eggs and honey.
Fill pie shell and insert into 400 degree oven and let bake for about 50 minutes to an hour.