Saturday, June 9, 2012

Seeking Cover

A hike in the Adirondacks last August, a walk along the Santa Monica promenade last September. As the temperatures here rise, I begin to think about escape hatches. I think I know in which direction I am heading.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Family Portrait

This is a portrait of my great aunt Cloe painted by her sister, my grandmother, Catharine. This is the living room mantel of a family summer house in the Adirondacks, where they went during their childhood and where we all still go when we can. I adore this painting.

This little piggy

lives at El Tacorrido. A hole-in-the-wall drive thru taco joint that I love. And I love the piggy mascot. And I love pretty much any taco lately, it's all I want to eat. What is wrong with me?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dream State

This is the chandelier on the ceiling of my bedroom. In real life it looks much bigger and sparklier and frankly a lot more garish and over the top (part of what I like about it). Hipstamatic has taken it to a much dreamier place.


This is at the W in downtown Austin. I was waiting for a friend to finish her meeting and join me. Meanwhile, my car was parked under the tree where apparently every bird in Austin lives and getting crapped on. It was of Biblical proportions. No photo of that, I am still too traumatized. After a $55 car detail it is slowly becoming a distant memory.

Anyway, anyone who knows me knows that I have something of a one-track mind. And for the past 7 months I've been on the jewelry design track. I'm still wholeheartedly on that track ( but am slowly reintroducing other things. Yesterday it was the Hipstamatic app which has been around forever and I'm not sure why I never downloaded it before. Apparently apps, like parking, is a category I am irrationally cheap about.

So what I love so far about the Hipsta-app is how it encourages me to focus on simple formal considerations, abstracting things into shapes and colors. But I haven't yet mastered the unpredictable nature of framing the photos - its a crap shoot and a gift when things do come out as I intended. Not unlike the old days when you'd get your prints back and most of them were nothing like the shot you thought you were taking, but instead included 5 feet to the right and below that were not in the viewfinder.  

Sunday, June 5, 2011

back to blogging

For those of you who used to visit this blog for the actual blogging, you'll be happy to hear my blogging self is staging a return.

For those of you who come here for the jewelry updates, I've created a dedicated spot for that at, and Isabel Borland Jewelry on Facebook.

( come "like" me there!).

To all of you who stop by now and then for whatever reason, thank you!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Make a Wish

wishbone bracelet in sterling silver
A thinner, lighter, more delicate interpretation of the organic oval bracelet.