|my version - photo is taken after cake has been in the fridge so the color is a bit off.|
it was the hubby's birthday yesterday. he's not a dessert man [gasp!], but he does like rhubarb so i was asking him what rhubarb dessert he'd like for his party. the little could not get over the fact that he didn't want a cake !
little: dada ! you should have cake ! why don't you like cake ?! i like cake!!
me: well, there is a rhubarb updside down cake. i could make that
little: yes ! i'll eat cake upside down ! and then i'll turn it over and eat it right side up too !!
could not stop laughing.
|martha stewart's picture [taken from their website]|
so i made the upside down cake - AND rhubarb strawberry slab pie. both Martha Stewart recipes and both good i must say. it was really my first time making a pie crust from scratch [SO MUCH BUTTER]. the cake has a crumble on the top that ends up on the bottom which really makes it tasty [and easy to eat in either direction then]. i also added raspberries to the cake which worked well [the little's request].
more knot thread stitch peeps:
|image courtesy of andrew paytner|
when i got asked to do the book the editor asked if i had a photographer in mind i could hire to shoot the images for the book. andrew paytner floated into my head. i met him when he was working for juice design and they curated me into an art show [they had shows in their spaces now and again]. every once and awhile andrew sends out an email with an image of something he's shot and i always always was captivated by his work.
i was thrilled that he was willing and able to shoot for my book ! he "got" my vision and projects immediately AND encouraged me to make fun and daring styling choices. there was no budget for a photo stylist/models - so everything you see was styled by me with help from andrew, every person is me [mostly w/ my face hidden], my studio, my house, my props -- you get the idea. we also set the world record for photo shoots i think. we ended up doing 5 - and they all were 5 hours or less ?!?! quick quick we were !
|image courtesy of andrew paytner and one of my all time favorites of his !|
andrew's answers to my questions
:: quick - without thinking - what is your favorite color RIGHT NOW
BLUE. IT"S ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE. WATER + SKY
:: what is your favorite comfort food?what is your favorite comfort food?
It's a tie. Grits ( for my Southern roots ) and Pho ( influence from my wife and her family )
:: why did you agree to be in knot thread stitch ? ;) can you give us any insight or behind the scenes info on the project you contributed?
I agreed to shoot photographs primarily because I'm a friend of LIsa and I admire her and her work. It was a multi part project, which made it fun and a good excuse to connect once a month or so. We spent several hours at a time in her light filled studio ( everything was shot with natural light ) and her home snapping away and creating compositions. It was a nice challenge, as the scale of her work is very macro. It's all about details.
:: what book/tv show/song/blog/insert whatever it is here/ is just making you SO happy RIGHT NOW?
The Invisible Spectator ( Paul Bowles biography ), Arrested Development ( reruns ), 'Caroline Goodbye by Colin Blunstone, http://evanhecox.tumblr.com/ ( blog ), My wife + daughter.
:: do you have a craft/art/studio routine that makes everything go smoother? Would you share it with us?
I don't have any routine, aside from waking up and having breakfast and a walk with my daughter most days. I still shoot film and go to the dark room and make prints in an analog manner. I keep a studio in the Mission of San Francisco where I mainly sit, listen to NPR and make calls / emails. I tend to go weekly to SF Moma for inspiration and make time to go skateboarding.
|image courtesy of andrew paytner and part of why i wanted to hire him. he makes artists look good|
check out andrew's website, particularly the working artists section [image above is from that], and his blog. thanks andrew for taking such great pictures !!