Monday, March 3, 2008

inspiration: Asheville

Every Monday I try to post a list of things I've found inspiring throughout the weekend, something to make Mondays a little more pleasant.
This Monday needed no help, since I took the day off and went to Asheville in search of art (Jay had a school project that involved writing about an exhibit).
We started with the Blue Spiral gallery, where we were completely mesmerized by the work of Kyoko Masutani (click any pictures to see bigger):


That's at least a hundred tiny shoes made entirely of...used teabags!
artwork of Kyoko Masutani
Most of her work was ink on paper or wood, intensely dense line drawings of repeating, organic patterns, layered on each other. I kept commenting that I was drawn to them like fabric and some of the pieces, from afar, looked like a pile of patterned paper or fabrics, collaged on top of one another.
ink on wood

This sort of obsession with detail and tiny little lines is the stuff I'm made of. There's such a...fantasy and organic quality that reminds me of smurfs. I'm no art critic, but this stuff just overwhelms me with happiness.

Early Girl Eatery

The happiness kept coming with a lunch at Early Girl Eatery, grilled asparagus salad (newly in season!) with local goat cheese and creamy sweet potato soup. The perfect lunch for hiking all over Asheville. Next we hit Chocolate Fetish and I carried my truffle and chocolate-covered fig to Malaprops,
Malaprops
my very favorite bookstore in the entire world. I enjoyed the truffle with a coconut mocha while appreciating the coffee art.
Coffee Art
We dawdled there, talking books and green architecture and found some books that I'm hoping I get from the library, on sustainable farming and self-sufficiency.
Next up was Earth Guild, as I had some supplies to pick up for the Boutique and well, I can never pass by this behemoth of crafting. Hours passed as we browsed books, I dithered over dyes and we chatted with the very crafty, very hippy employees. I love that place.
Before going home, we grabbed a Thai dinner at ...oh, I can't remember the name of it OR find it on any maps...it was Dr. ____, a Thai restaurant on Biltmore Ave....and a cupcake at The Sistster's McMullin

All in all, a lovely day trip!

4 comments:

Jill B said...

WHAT!!!! You went to Chocolate Fetish but NOT French Broad Chocolates, a mere few steps from the cupcake place??

Helen said...

That looks like a good time. Those little tea bag shoes are intriguing.

Having fun with my yarn that I bought from you!

Alpaca Granny said...

Thank you so much for taking me with you for a visit to the city. I seldom get off the farm and this was great fun.
Maple

Little Lovables said...

Wow, those shoes are adorable! I have aton of new tea bags I don't know what to do with. This gives me ideas :)