“Chow-Chow Woozy”

"Collective Individualism"

My approach to interior living is to treat each area as studio space.  Over a period of thirty years I have seen, heard, read, invented, collected, curated and saved hundreds of Design Ideas.

I regularly toss around these flights of fancy.  They add zing and expressive meaning to my LifeSTyle and environment.  Time spent patterning new designs refreshes my surroundings and charges my inner life.

I’m creating “Chow-Chow Woozy” to post a sampling, from my museum of ideas, and offer my Readers ‘a new way of seeing’.

Decoration:

  • Setting everyday objects under glass (a bell jar) can render them with a curious importance.  ie.  A stack of Men’s Shirt Collars, or A Pile of Tiny Colorful Books.
  • Empty Wooden Spools, from thread, become revitalized by winding lovely Ribbons around them and newly displaying them.
  • A Teak Coffee Table can be painted white; advancing it from Mid-Century Modern to Minimalism.
  • A Polished Concrete Floor, with Glass Tile Inserts, emulates a “Mondrian” Painting.
  • Glossy Design Magazines can be stacked and tied with thick black Straps, or Heavy Rope, to make Occasional Tables.  NY Times Newspapers will work well too.
  • When a Kitchen does not have a window above the sink, glass shelves can stretch across the wall above it, to give an atmosphere of light and reflection.
  • White floors & Black Doors.

A Heavy Old Dresser, purchased from a Thrift Store, can be raised up on legs to make it suitable as a Kitchen Island.  Often I love to see a big Wooden Work Table, instead of an Island, placed in the centre of a busy Kitchen.  A table becomes an offering of space ready for: baking, doing homework, potting plants, arranging flowers, preparing a meal, making a watercolor, wrapping gifts… all possible.

Decor:

  • Newspaper giftwrap wound up with red & gold plaid ribbon.
  • Gold Foil crumpled around plant pots.
  • Silver Star Confetti.

Scatter Rose Petals between two layers of Tulle and tie with a Floral patterned Ribbon.  Use this as an alternative to disposable paper giftwrap.

  • Two to three foot Topiary Trees, decorated with twinkling lights and delicate thin ribbon, look festive in all settings.
  • Old Sheets of Music (from a library) add a vintage touch when framed in Gilt.
  • Broken pieces of China can be displayed under glass in Frames.

Fragment from my Journal:

A transparent and light-filled glass room as a background… to the heaviest, most Baroque door frames, anchoring a delicate pink marble floor… sigh…

I love the feeling of being open to experimenting with LifeSTyle, by mixing simple (DIY) Do-It-Yourself projects, with more amplified Interior Designs.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

 

Pass Me a *Pipe

Mens-Navy-Blue-Double-Breasted-BlazerA man’s blazer is a mark of the ‘establishment’ and differs from a sports jacket chiefly in the material. A blazer is made of a solid dark color, usually navy, sometimes black, and on occasion bottle green, or red.

Sports jackets have plastic or leather buttons whereas blazers are usually embellished with nautical-style brass or gold-tone buttons. The buttons should not be shiny or garish. If they are, detach them, and look into having them dipped in bleach to remove the lacquer finish and speed up tarnishing. A navy or black soft wool and cashmere blazer can be modernized by replacing the brass buttons with black horn.

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Weddings

Dinner Dates

Films

Graduations

Brunches

Blazer Don’ts

Funerals

Job Interviews

Evenings at the Opera

IPOs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_public_offering

Brisses http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brisses

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Five Ways to Wear a Blazer

  • Relaxed, with an ivory white turtleneck sweater and jeans.
  • Classic, with mid-tone grey flannels, white dress shirt, and solid blue-red silk tie.
  • Funky, with a white vintage T-shirt, tooled leather belt, and jeans.
  • Collegiate, with a grey cashmere hoodie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodie, woven belt, and putty colored casual cotton pants.
  • Celebrity Style, with layers of denim; beginning with a bleached denim ‘cowboy’ shirt and a Levi’s medium blue denim jacket, studded leather belt, and off-white jeans.

*Pipe:  Optional

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Erasure

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“… you can go back into it and find something else…”, someone said.

“Ripping out a page steals the silence.” N.Rigets

Found Poems go back to the time of T.S. Elliott

 

“Launch each Moment”Sita

 

 

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Dream VII

Fully developed

fantasy vision life.

Can’t sleep

dream.

Demoralizing inward

strength to go,

have your tongue and swallow anger,

Embark painful self

I envy.

Thrilling people

turn the page.

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Many chapters had been roughly torn from a paperback… I received three pages.  I searched to find a poem by connecting an assemblage of words between, above, and below the printed text in front of me.  This is how ‘Dream VII’ was written.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Play-pen App

Blogging 101 has me living across new worlds… even eating sweet, baked ‘black’ bananas… well… I am 1/2 Fruitarian.

Elle Kae published a list of iPhone apps to enhance blogging posts.  ‘ABM; A Beautiful Mess’ sounded invaluable and I spent $1.19 to buy it.

In well-connected Collage Circles I am known as; “The Particle Princess”.  This is my beautifull mess:  in photo essay form, because last week’s assignment (post in a style you don’t usually do) hasn’t been done.

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These first two were made using Collage layouts and my Photographs.

 

 

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This one is created using my ‘In-Camera Collage’ and ‘ABM’ Borders; chevrons, shocking pink dots, and ribbon-like script.

 

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Three iPhone Photos captured on Denman Street, in Vancouver’s West End, were set into the Collage Layout.  I then added an ‘ABM’ doodle and chose ‘Lorinda’ text to type the word:  What!

 

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Made completely with ‘ABM’ Collage Features. Later I loaded this image into Instagram, vignetted it a bit, and added a Caption: “PLaYgrOunD”

 

Here is a link to Elle Kae and the article:  http://ellekae.com/2015/01/22/top-iphone-app-roundup/

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Sensory Imagery

"Untitled"
“Untitled” ©2015 Mark Teasdale Photography

Mark Teasdale photographed this event Live… and is now producing a series of Altered Images based on his originals. See more of his work at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcbusinesshub/

Teasdale & I have collaborated on Artworks in the past.  This Photograph evokes feelings spoken through a Haiku ©N.R. Rigets.

“Play the role around, around,

Spot leopard divine

Rings and nails and circus eves.”

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

Space of Settlement

I paint directly onto the canvas:  I don’t sketch first. I like to build structure with color.

"Untitled"
“Untitled”  Acrylic on Canvas  22″x28″

I relinquish notions of absolute truth while intentionally working to disrupt the established.  It is through this process, that an adjustment takes place, culminating in an agreement composing differences.

My painting then becomes the act, or process, of settling an inner argument, or disagreement, with my notion of reality as it has been routinely accepted by me. A flux occurs, creating a progressive version of ‘reality’, and a region is newly settled within the confines of the canvas.

A new form of communication and environment crystallizes within an original form of perception and pleasure.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

This Ink is Bugging Me

Journal Entry October 22nd, 2014:  I’m not expressing myself well today.  This ink is bugging me – it’s too strong and all wrong for my mood.  I remember I purchased it to write up a condolence card.

This insightful poem is from a series I wrote called:  “Eat the Whole Bag”.  It was written well before K.A.’s end came, in the sad form of Divorce, and a Forced Sale.

“The Katherine Ann House”

Her house was as jumbled as a junkyard,

"The sun's leaving the day with a hard, cold kiss."
‘K.A.’                                                                             The sun’s leaving the day with a hard, cold kiss.

as warm as a tea cozy,

as old as her Grandmother’s thimble,

as worn as a Sterling locket,

as winning as a war,

as engaging as a lock…

and as fatal as an affair.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Swallow Up & Over Show

Doors inside out.  The occupants never thought of them; instead they thought of boxes.  The ones piled up too high behind the locker door made of corrugated metal, and heavy, and blue grey, with a cold past squeezing out from around it. This was really a solid gate, not a door.

Real doors were warm and wooden and painted red like the ones on the front of heritage homes.  That’s the best color for a door because it shows off a Christmas wreath just right.  It draws attention to its structure and co-ordinates well with a black wrought iron mailbox.  The lawn is happy with a complimentary splash of color.

False Front
False Front

Birds find it cheerful, and the loud rumblings heard coming from behind it; the angry voices, the shouting seem even more violent when passing through the scarlet wound of the house.  If the door were made of glass, one wonders if the occupants would be quieter and reflective.  Who made a decision to inflame the door; and when was it so.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

The Dog Hid my Homework

 Puppy Coco killed a mouse when she was out for a walk with my Grandson, Carsen.   Coco was then quickly recruited by the B.I.A. (Barbet Intelligence Agency) and given the Undercover Name:  "Miller" (Mouse Killer)

Puppy Coco killed a mouse when she was out for a walk with my Grandson, Carsen. Coco was then quickly recruited by the B.I.A. (Barbet Intelligence Agency) and given the Undercover Name: “Miller” (Mouse Killer)

I have a female Barbet.  Coco is 2 years old.  This breed is known for its speed, agility, intelligence, and beautiful temperament.

Carsen & Coco on the deck @ Bean Around the World, Ambleside, West Vancouver BC
Carsen & Coco on the deck @ Bean Around the World, Ambleside, West Vancouver BC

Barbets have an immense sense of humour… they love to make up little games and tricks to make you laugh… Coco quickly slips in and out between the chair legs under the 10′ dining table.  Just when I’m exasperated, and dizzy from circling trying to catch her, she will slowly come out with a wide smile and stand to get her leash on so we can… finally… go for  a walk.  This is a ritual and not always that funny when I’m late doing my Blogging 101 homework.

I’m late with yesterday’s assignment and still haven’t started today’s.  I think of an excuse for the WordPress ‘Teacher”.  “The dog lost hid my homework!”















 

 

I spent a LOT of time looking for Blogs I felt connected to so I could write a comment with some meaning to it. There are a glut of blogs that specialize in commercially selling products. Lots re-post most of the content on their pages from online sites, books, and magazine images. Many are well designed, graphic, busy… yet the content is rather vacant.

My patience for squinting is limited! These are the formatting features that take me too long to read: White print on a black background. Background and print are both colored creating a simultaneous contrast. … teeny gray print…

I was looking for ‘from the heart’, spirited, inspiring Blogs. Critiques, Examples, DIY Demonstrations, Art, Interiors, Books, Cooking/Baking, Crafts… and uplifting text: as in, “Yes You Can”, do ‘new thinks’, think B-I-G, tryout new patterns, go for a poem walk… access your inner world!


I did leave many ‘Likes”, while scrolling through on my search, and here is where I felt at home:  Bloggers cultivating their own individuality and sharing their enthusiasm for living with their readers:

Here are the four Blogs I left a comment on:

https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/11933660/898/

Trying out homemade charcoals and inks.

https://threehappyfolk.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/you-can-dress-me-up/comment-page-1/#comment-5

http://thymeandhoney.co.uk/2013/05/19/a-birthday-cake-and-recipe/

In closing… i crave connection with others who have unplugged… closed the door on Marketing & Commercialism.  

It’s all about Blogging… not Flogging!

©2015 Nicole Rigets