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Bright Fragments, Pebbles, Bits of String

20 January
Compendium of arcane knowledge with an enigmatic undertone. Bricoleur, synthesist, and purveyor of outrageous whimsy. Corvid; nest-building gleaner and hoarder of arcane words, shells, seeds, rocks, ideas, leaves, bones, string, fabric, feathers, paper, colored dirt. Pattern maker, seeker of symmetries, reverence librarian, venture culturalist. Aspiring synaesthesiologist, enigmatist, and shaman. Fond of fabulous furious forms of fusion.

Eclectic multi-media artist, writer, amateur scholar, teacher, Oregon native, cat-mommy, jungle dweller. Living in an Unorthodox Manor for, well, as long as I can remember. It's an ill wind that blows no minds.

Desperately seeking literary agent to sell my novels so the cook and the gardener can quit their day jobs. Aspire to become wealthy enough to be eccentric as opposed to merely odd.

Current art forms of interest: writing and wordplay; water media painting, drawing, pen and ink, colored pencil, calligraphy, illumination, gilding, bookbinding, paper making, collage; felting, embroidery, applique, sewing, theatrical and historical costuming, fabric painting and dyeing, natural dyes, spinning, weaving, knitting, needle-lace, fingerweaving; mask-making; some sculpture; face painting/ body art; herbalism and edible plants.

SCA member since the upper Pleistocene (rocks were at the soft crack stage). Member of the Household of Caer Lutris, Laurel, first Summits Principality scribe.

Current research specialties: general textile and costume history; central asian and asian textiles, esp. Scythian, Tarim basin, Pazyryk/ Altai, and early Chinese; medieval painting, pigment history, medieval book arts, medieval calligraphy and illumination, gilding; yurts; SCA period and camp cooking.

My 15 minutes of fame: I wrote the parody poem "Norse of Course," the story of Egil Skallagrimsson in the style of Dr. Suess. It travelled the world all on its own.

Some favorite writers: Ursula K. Le Guin, C. J. Cherryh, Theodore Sturgeon, William Stafford, Loren Eiseley, Patricia McKillip, Mary Renault, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Elizabeth Peters, J. Michael Straczynski, Barbara Hambly, Neil Gaiman, Terry Moore, Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein, Joss Whedon.

Some favorite artists: Ando Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, Georgia O'Keefe, Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, Andrew Wyeth, N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Whelan, Michael Parkes, Michelangelo Buonaroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Giuseppe Castiglione, Pieter Brueghel, Hieronymus Bosch, Jan Vermeer, Salvador Dali, Peter Carl Faberge, Alphonse Mucha, Ivan Bilibin, Gennady Pavlishkin, Eadweard Muybridge, Lois Greenfield, M. C. Escher, Nick Bantock, Jerry Uelssmann, Hoa-lan Tran, Stephen White (lantern guy), Dan Chen, Bernie Wrightson, Stan Sakai, Hergé, Barry Windsor-Smith, Terry Moore, Bill Watterson, Anonymous.

Some heroes: Mike Fay, Elaine Hodges, Jane Goodall, T. E. Lawrence, Senkyu, Gerhardt Kendall, Cirque du Soleil, Tom Brown Jr., Maya Angelou, Galileo Galilei, William Morris, Hildegard von Bingen, Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking, Rob Brezsny, Leonardo Da Vinci.

Some favorite music: 80s music, solid rock, world/ethnic fusion - especially Arabic and Indian, swing, surf, baroque, romantics, early jazz; Peter Gabriel, The Rainmakers, Dire Straits/ Marc Knopfler, Rush, Johnny Clegg, Buddy Holly, Tom Petty, Don Henley, John Hiatt, Red Elvises, Eurhythmics, the Fixx, INXS, Richard Thompson, Big Country, Oingo Boingo, Paul Simon, Talking Heads/ David Byrne, Men without Hats, Sting/ the Police, Idan Raichel Project, Joan Baez, Vienna Teng, Psapp, Indigo Girls, KT Tunstall, Melissa Etheridge, Feist, Chris Chandler, Cirque du Soleil, Mediaeval Baebes, Dead Can Dance, Andreas Vollenweider, Jean Michel Jarre, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Berlioz, Beethoven, Rimski-Korsakov, Respighi, Vaughn Williams, Alan Hovhaness, Saint-Saens, Rodrigo
acrylic paints, adiantum, alliteration, altai, an tir, ancient world, animals, anthropology, archaeology, art, art conservation, art history, asia, babylon 5, birds, book arts, book binding, bookcrossing, books, bronze age, c. j. cherryh, caer lutris, calligraphy, camping, cats, central asia, cheese, chiaroscuro, china, chocolate, collage, colored pencils, comics, cooking, corvids, costuming, country living, craft, creativity, crows, cultural fusion, drawing, dyeing, editing, egg tempera, embroidery, equality for all, ethnology, eugene, experimental archaeology, experimental hedonism, fabric, fantasy, farscape, feathers, felting, fibers, fiddly string crafts, firefly, fox hollow valley, freecycle, gardening, gilding, herbalism, illuminated manuscripts, illustration, india, lacquer, land trusts, laurel, learning, lord of the rings, macintosh, making things, masks, medieval painting, medieval reenactment, middle ages, middle east, mongolia, museums, music, natural dyes, nature, nomads, ogee, old growth, onomatopoeia, oregon, oregon country fair, origami, outdoors, pacific northwest, painting, palindromes, paper, pazyryk, peerage, postsecret, principality of the summits, puns, raptors, ravens, reading, research, rogue whimsy, russia, sarmatians, sca, science fiction, scribal, scythian, scythians, sentences, sewing, shamanism, siberia, silk, silk road, spinning, stagehand, steampunk, steppes, summits, surrealism, tarim, tdwe, tea, teaching, textile conservation, textile history, textiles, theater tech, theodore sturgeon, tibet, tigers, trees, ursula k. le guin, watercolor, weaving, weird words, wild edible plants, wilderness, wildlife, willamette valley, wool, wordplay, writing, yarn, yurts