The Artist is a Parent

What do we miss when we overlook parenthood in artists’ lives?

The Paris Picasso Museum 2023 exhibition,“The Collection in a New Light”, opens with Picasso’s famous portrait of his eldest son, Paulo. Yet, the way fatherhood shaped his work is rarely, if ever, examined. What do we miss when we overlook parenthood in artists’ lives?

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The Making of Heirlooms: Finding an Embroidered Clock

What makes an heirloom? How do ordinary people craft them? And a dive into kits and designs of embroidered clocks.

Street finds are one of the marvels of city life. Over the years, I’ve walked by small treasures and garden variety gifts to the passers-by, from a rare flora to appliances of all stripes. Street finds make inhabitants lives visible, pointing to who moves out, declutters, outgrows.

Then once in a while, there’s the family heirlooms. Walking up Page street towards Upper Haight, I found under a tree a clock boasting a hand-embroidered panel marking the 1988 wedding of the Joyces. I stopped because, while there’s a rich history of embroidered caskets and furniture, I couldn’t remember examples of clocks and well, I wondered how it ended up on the streets.

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