Saturday, October 28, 2017
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
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?
Copyright 2017 LM Grimes
Sunday, September 18, 2016
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.
Monday, August 1, 2016
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.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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
Copyright 2016 L M Grimes
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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.