One of many line drawings by my great-grandmother Alta Quick, probably used for embroidery.
I grew up in California but moved away in mid-2010 to the UK for a postgrad at Central Saint Martins. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco with my partner. It had been almost five years since I was last in the state.
I had a great time showing him some of my favorite things in San Francisco, discovering new favorites, seeing family and friends. California was as beautiful as I remember, perhaps more so. I didn’t realise just how much I had missed the environment, the fog and the wildlife. A couple of friends and I happened to visit Ocean Beach on an overcast day when thousands of bright indigo jellyfish-like creatures washed up on shore. I spent an afternoon walking the trails through Mt. Sutro with a good friend, passing California poppies, Pepper trees, serpentinite boulders, eucalyptus, mountain irises, hummingbirds, columbines, poison oak.
However, a few of the more disappointing aspects of Californian life have lingered in my mind since returning to the UK, things that I rarely noticed (or maybe more accurately, tried to ignore) when I was living in the Bay Area.
One moment from our trip sticks out in particular.
I wasn’t familiar with Roger Ackling’s sunlight-on-wood work until Sam showed me the Kickstarter page for the new Occasional Papers book “Roger Ackling: Between the Lines”. Hope to visit the upcoming exhibition of his final work at Annely Juda Fine Art.
Update 27/3/15 – See also Five Sunsets in One Hour from 1978.
Was shown the light this past New Years and have been enjoying whiskey sours ever since. Keep forgetting the recipe though.
Pour 2 parts bourbon, 1 part fresh lemon juice (or lime in a pinch), ½ part simple syrup, and ½ part egg white in to a shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds. The proteins in the egg generate significant foam and this will add pressure, so hold it tight. Next, add cubed ice and shake hard until very cold. Strain into a tumbler with fresh ice, and garnish with an orange peel twist if you’ve got it.
Note: Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) also works if you don’t want to use egg whites. The egg white from one US large egg is roughly 1 oz, so this is a great cocktail to make in batches of 2.