Last week I sat down for a morning meditation and looking out the window noticed a group of birds on the electrical wires outside. As they moved about amongst themselves, some coming and some going, they began to resemble the notes on a page of music. I filmed them to later translate their movement into a composition and while sitting down to view the footage at the piano was struck by how fleeting a moment in time and particular combination of elements (be they family, friends, feelings) are. The void that was left as one bird flew off, left a space for something new to emerge and the various connections and disconnections as they jumped from one wire to the next released the monotony that would have ensued if they had sat still and isolated in their own little world. Now each time I look up at birds on the wires and wonder – what music are you creating up there?
When the weather turns and the nights get longer
my defense against the dark is to go into it – rather
than resist. Armed with my knitting needles,
a cup of chai, soup ladle, my favourite winter
jumpers and a few new additions to the LP collection
… its time to welcome the frost and keep away the
colds. Happy Wintering – may it be a nurturing one.
For your Chai You will need:
Chop up all your dry spices – if you have a coffee grinder this can cut down your preparation time. If chopping by hand place chopped dry ingredients into a mortar and pestle along with the Black Tea and give it an extra crunch up.
Peel and grate the fresh ginger and add it along with a good spoonful of honey.
Use your intuition and experiment to get a good balance of flavors. The finished wet chai preparation should look like a crumbly compost, wet but not overly sticky.
Time for Chai:
This preparation will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge, or better still the freezer in an air tight container.
When you are ready to drink your chai tea, here is a great method to get the best flavor out of your spices:
Boil the kettle
Place 2-3 teaspoon of wet chai tea preparation to a small saucepan
cover with boiling water – just enough to cover the ingredients
Allow time to steep
Turn the stove on low and add soy milk
Bring to a gentle simmer
sift into your favourite mug and enjoy!
The Nutrition Pod in Sale is the latest stockist to support locally made, bespoke products from the Lilliane Wilde range. This general store in the main street of Sale offers the old-school service of whole foods, bought in bulk and sold for individual consumption in the tradition of the co-op! What a relief to see these stores popping up and offering an alternative to the super-markets! Thanks Nutrition Pod!
The first cold night in the new studio! This design was sketched in the deserts of the Kimberly last year. Unlike painting, silk screening pushes me to condense an object/image into its most concentrated form. Stripped of tones, and shadows in the conventional sense, how do you convey these things to the eye while forcing the paint through the lens of a template? I experimented last night with marbling the paint to create movement in these otherwise flat objects and the design uses negative space to offer relief, and the suggestion of reflected light, from the outlined shape. In the cold of the art cave it was good to reconnect with the warmth of the Kimberly!