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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Non Stick baking from Mama Lew

Boo! Happy Halloween

When I was a chef there was very little to choose from in this category of non-stick food preparation. Later, I put my natural food chef-ing to work when I tried to start a distributed organic cracker. It was exciting. My backers loved the concept and wanted to supply me with every convenience to facilitate my success.

I was able to purchase non-stick provisions. I bought two different packages of 500 specially treated oven sheets. Since they were full size, I typically cut them in half. Bought in 2003 for $100 a package I eventually gave a package to a friend. The other one I use probably still has a couple hundred sheets. They save clean up on so many things. Since they don't leak, you can fold them over your food and put them right into the fridge. They probably can be washed and reused.

At the same time I also purchased two silicone sheets. They are still fully functional and will probably outlive me.

My point is, these supplies may seem expensive at the point of purchase, but they are amortized many times over the years of their usefulness.

Before writing this post, I spot checked Amazon to see what these products cost today. This link is a search of non-stick baking at Amazon. I'm sure this is going on all over the web so check with your favorite vendor. Amazon prices are about 20% of what I was paying ten years ago.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A late bloomer describes me. I was in my 50s before I discovered my passion for making art. My family kept birds in aviaries. I participated in avian societies, rescues, and had surprising success for a novice. Breeding birds was pretty easy but husbanding them was not. Peafowl with their legendary tails were gentle, easy to keep, amiable. They had intelligence, but we’ll get to that later. Chickens, pheasants, and other game birds, molted feathers seasonally. This bounty drops over a few weeks around late spring and early summer.

Until I got to art classes in college, my molted feather collection had no reason. Challenged to use them as the subjects of art, I discovered this process was favorable to birds. I found that industry was mutilating and slaughtering birds to steal their feathers. By disrupting that practice with a revolution that respects birds this art brings life, not destruction.

The first challenge was the feather. It was wrinkled, soiled yet you could see all of its former beauty. The feather, once photographed, is imported into Photoshop where my graphic design and painting training are put to work. People ask. Do I manipulate the colors? Come on. Let’s say you’re in a space ship at the controls. Are you not going to try the acceleration? Photoshop may be the greatest friend the avian world has ever known. I love every feather and treat them each with the loving attention I would pay to every work of art.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day from Feather5

Wow, the 4th of July.

What a spectacular experiment America has been. There have been some proud moments and some not so proud. Bottom line, you have to wonder how long we can expect this show to run.

On behalf of  my fellows , I want to apologize for our regressive approach. It is exciting to live in the knowledge age and to watch science expand our horizons. Yet the US is a country filled with fools. We once were leaders in education of our children. Now the people want someone else to pay their own way.

The sense of community and fellowship we used to enjoy has passed with the passing of god and religion. Were they somehow connected?

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

How Many Gardens?

We are very lucky to be alive. Whether your beliefs embrace a God or science, there can be little disagreement. Life is wondrous. I am devoted to protecting birds. That is why I recycle feathers. There are other concerns. Take flowers. A pot filled with lantana will attract butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and these will propagate, filling the food chain with promise.

The firecracker plant is starting to bloom. I'll share it here when it's in full display. We only started gardening this summer. School, starting a business, were taking over life and we decided having a garden was just a necessary spiritual undertaking. Building a garden is actually a lot like building a new business. First there is chaos.

When we're asked why we live in the desert, we consider the beauty that is here. In the photo above you can see the moon on the left in the distance. Cuttings from succulents progress on the terrace wall and the last of the daybirds graze.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Feather Rishi is Coming Closer

Ross Padilla has a good eye. He captures a pattern with precision. It's not easy getting nature to perform its little tricks giving us eye candy to enjoy and explore. That's what I first thought of feathers when I looked at them. I couldn't believe the variety of expression within a single species. Their feathers look almost alike, but then like snowflakes you begin to see they are each special, unique and different from all the others.

Reticulation in snake scales is quite a bit like the layering effect you get with feathers. I've written before that the ancient Egyptians gave me a focus on feathers. In their funerary art, they would represent layers of feathers overlapping like the scales in the image above.
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A molted feather you see above is a unique artifact. The Nikon captured image, more than a megabyte of information, was shed on the floor one fine afternoon. The Lacy Wyandotte donor was oblivious in the transaction which is the goal. Why should the chicken need to know? The feather rishi artist will take the plume and carefully clean it, inspecting it for flaws or imperfections that cannot be solved by the artist's bag of wizardry. Check the feather to the best of your ability to see if it's a protected species. It's sometimes hard to tell. Eagle can look very like turkey, for instance. 

I've been away much of this year. You may know I am a full-time college student pursuing a masters in Art History. I take classes online and in institutions around San Diego, California. Building a new business while enrolled in college there is much to master. I wanted you to see one of my recent scarf creations: This is not an attempt to show a model shot, just an information picture with my friend Angie.

I've chosen birds as my cause to cherish. There are so many causes, so much to cherish.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Life's Work

My Upside Down Life

Not everyone has as much to be grateful for as me. That knowledge deeply moves me. I got to enjoy a childhood in Alaska, for instance. Back then oil was suspected but not yet discovered. I learned to drive before I was a teenager and ran circles in the ice with heavy equipment. I would plow into snow-banks that were taller than me. I credit my parents for having the vision to take my late brother and me to the wide open spaces under the northern lights.

Mom was a serial spouse collector. I won't judge her. You can see why she was successful:
I followed her to Las Vegas as a teen, but chose at fifteen to live alone. It wasn't much of a stretch. Although I was in high school, the hotels in Vegas provided a handy income to a service assistant in luxurious restaurants that catered to gamblers in the casinos. Alright, full disclosure. I was a busboy at several establishments. However my greatest achievement in food service was that I was made the Coffee Boy at the Tropicana's Patio Room. That tray I carried with silver pots was very heavy. I lied to all my customers. Why not? They usually had a stack of chips in front of them and I ain't talking potato here. I told them I was supporting Mom while working my way through college. It was quite unusual if I couldn't receive a $5 chip for my inventions. It was easy money.

But I didn't really go to college back then. Instead, I'm in college now! That is why the law permits me to use the photos of others in my student projects. This blog is a student project too. At ASU I major in entrepreneurship and Graphic Information Technology, my two favorites. I have a long road to travel to reach my masters degree; today I tell the truth about who I am and what I am doing. My life's mission has become a dedication to avian life. Explore this on other blogs in this thread or elsewhere in my links.

to be continued
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy New Year

Feather Rishi has come a long way!

I want to thank everyone who has helped me introduce an ecological method of gathering feathers for art. We are protecting birds while sharing their beauty on every surface you can imagine. When I first started noodling with molted feathers it was for art projects and I never dreamed it would open doors for me. My professors said, "Hey, that's interesting!" And I wondered if they were just indulging.

Today I am meeting with owners of apparel stores, production managers, mentors, investors and the process is just barely beginning to be recognized as a viable way to express art. My ambitions aside, I am happy for the birds and hope that some day people everywhere will value them as the sensitive, intelligent and loving creatures they are.

At last avian rescue organizations are taking me seriously and offering me their molted feathers. Some day, zoos, conservatories and perhaps even Native Americans will lend me use of their rare protected specimens for photographic preservation.

Please come to Feather Rishi. Please share it with your friends. Some day soon I hope to have a book and teach classes in the technique. Everyone can learn to do this.