The Slow Def Blog Jam continues, even in the searing heat of summer. Tonight we feat Carina Granlund, my Finnish friend who has sent me this wonderful Robot made with “an easy etching technique using gum arabicum.” Carina, I want to know more about this technique.

The robot is of the mid-century modern variety, anxiety-ridden and and prepared (he carries a flashlight in one hand and batteries in the other). His chest is an old radio that gets only old programs that young people just don’t get. Naturally, he spends a lot of time wrapped up in the cloying blanket of nostalgia. (He also has a little problem with 3in1 Oil but who am I to judge?). But he’s great when you need a companion while hunting for mushrooms at night.

She also sent me a “real world” illustration of where she is in the real world. Petsmo, to be exact, which is 10 kilometers (6 or so miles) from Kvevlax. And here is where my puerile American cannot resist commenting that Kvevlax sounds like, yes, I’m going to say it, a product for older Americans who are feeling sluggish. And who knows, maybe that’s where the sluggish Americans go when they visit Finland. Being a good American I know absolutely nothing about Finland which is not the same as saying I am not averse to learning about it. The village in the photo is verdant and well-organized, two things Americans have not yet realized are compatible.  Thank you, Carina

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Comment by David Stafford on June 28, 2012 at 3:05pm

Thanks, Angie...It reminds me of that song, "North to Petsmo, all covered in wet snow, We stopped off at Kvevlax to visit our friend Max, then North to Petsmo where Carina makes robopo from gum arabicum." I think that's how it goes.

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