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Odds and Ends from Home

April 13th, 2011 by Athena & Bill Steen

Here’s a few items that I thought I’d share with you, mostly this post was driven by people requesting the recipe for the “coctel de nopalitos” or in English, prickly pear pad salad with a lot of juice.  So I thought instead of emailing it out repeatedly why not do it [...]

Drywall Plaster Notes from Denver

February 5th, 2011 by Athena & Bill Steen

For those who are interested here are some notes about the plaster we applied to the drywall panels behind the sculpture. The museum mounted the panels for us leaving ¼ inch depth from the surrounding frame. I wanted to do this because we frequently get questions about plastering over drywall or similar surfaces. All [...]

Mud Woman Continues - Part 2

February 4th, 2011 by Athena & Bill Steen

So much for trying to post photos on a daily basis while working in Denver. I knew it wasn’t likely, but I thought I would try. As it turned out, after my initial post reality took over. On days 2, 3 and 4 we worked til closing, rushed [...]

Mud Woman Continues

January 31st, 2011 by Athena & Bill Steen

(January 27, 2011): We returned to Denver yesterday to begin working with Athena’s sister Roxanne on her sculpture piece “Mud Woman Rolls On.” Our presence coincides with the opening of the Native American exhibit in the old wing of the Denver Art Museum. Gala dinner tomorrow with a public [...]

Mud Woman Begins to Roll

December 20th, 2010 by Athena & Bill Steen

Funny where the world takes you at times. A desire to upload this blog before going to Mexico tomorrow and trouble with the internet at home took me to none other than McDonalds in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Clearly it is not someplace I frequent, but the WiFi is free and the [...]

Sieben Linden Ecovillage of Germany

October 6th, 2010 by Athena & Bill Steen

Last Summer (09), while traveling from Denmark to our next workshop in Slovakia, we were given a tornado-like tour of the well-known German ecovillage, Sieben Linden that is located in the Altmark region of former East Germany. We were escorted/driven there by German architect Dirk Scharmer, who has designed [...]

Revisiting Slovakia: The Straw Bale Dome Project

September 29th, 2010 by Athena & Bill Steen

One of the highlights of our European tour last summer was getting to know the country of Slovakia - the landscape, the people, it’s food and traditional buildings.
We were reminded recently of Slovakia when our friend and host from last summer, architect Zuzana Kierulfova (sounds Slovakian doesn’t it?) sent us [...]

Mud Woman Rolls On

September 21st, 2010 by Athena & Bill Steen

Driving from the airport to the downtown metro area of Denver, the first thing that got my attention last week was how dry the landscape appeared compared to green, lush, overgrown southeastern Arizona. Some of our grasses are shoulder-high. Most who think of Arizona, especially during the summer months, would imagine very [...]