Since just after the holidays our friend Emily was visiting from Ottawa, and on the twelfth day of Christmas she returned to the frozen tundra. She was a big collaborator on Burning Man with us last year, and is looking to play a big role again this year. One of my favorite maker friends it’s been great having her around for more than a weekend or week on the playa.
There was a lot of discussion of reengineering shade structures, We like the design we have but it requires a lot of upkeep of guy ropes throughout the week. Additionally I would prefer some that it has more architectural shape. We’ve been building the camp over a period of years and don’t want to scrap it and start over. The design challenge is to include as much of the existing emt into the new design. Details to come.
Emily was also a big collaborator on costumes last year, she made the complimentary red riding hood to go with the wolf vest I made to give to Henri and Suzanne as a set. When she’s in town there is the omnipresent pass through 38th street to pick-up costume and hat making bits, Garment supplies stores like these used to litter lower Broadway now they seem to be confined to a few blocks in the fashion district. None-the-less walking up and down the upper thirty’s between 7th and 8th Aves. is like fantasy shopping for the avid maker.
My favorite part of having Emily around though were the meals.
Wow, can that woman cook. From the lovely coco vin on New Year’s day, to the homemade ravioli with squash and garlic filling. There were a couple of fantastic soups I recall too, a French onion that was one of the best I’ve ever tasted, and lentil soup on Saturday night. I think it had so much bacon in it by the time I was done it might as well be called bacon soup.
She’s promised me a couple of maker posts for the blog. One thing I do want to note. Last time Emily was here she got us a pasta maker. When she went to use it to make the ravioli it was the second time it had been used. She had of course used it the first time when so bought it for oh so many months ago.