These past few weeks I've been slowly cleaning out my studio. It's been a job given that my studio is filled with 14 years of accumulation. I like to create from chaos. When I bead, I don't keep my colors separate, I pour a little of each into several trays allowing for serendipity to happen. So yes, I'm that person who saves buttons, keys, old stamps and other ephemera.
When we first moved into my home, I planted a sour cherry tree. I nurtured it and soon enough it was fully mature and producing thousands of cherries. The annual harvest begins around the 4th of July and lasts a few weeks.
This year we had a bumper crop, so neighbors came to help. We’ve been making jams, ice creams and pies, sharing recipes back and forth. This is my recipe for cherry rhubarb jam. It’s low in sugar and full of flavor. I love it with corn bread, but I bet it would go well with vanilla ice cream or even a slice of cheddar.
Color is the fruit of life. -- Guillaume Apollinaire
I'm a magpie. I love shiny objects and rich saturated color. When a sample packet of Rowlux® Illusion Film arrived in the mail,
I instantly fell in love with the product. These 12" x 12" sheets are perfect for a multitude of projects. Inspired by the roses in
my front garden, I made this bracelet. The colors shift with the light, hot pink, light pink, magenta, deep red, fire engine red. The
illusion of depth and motion is the result of thousands of tiny parabolic lenses that are molded into the surface of both sides of
of the material. These lenses create a pattern of light reflection and refraction resulting in stunningly brilliant optical effects.
Invisible threads are the strongest ties. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
For me, time in the studio ebbs and flows between research and practice. I'm currently in the research phase. New
work is waiting to bubble out and yet I don't know in what form, so I look, I read and I reflect. I am fascinated by
materials and the manner in which something simple may become complex...like a single spool of thread.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. -- Chinese Proverb
Lately, I've been tidying and organizing my studio. I don't believe I have previously shared this pillow
I made. Inspired by traditional American crewel work of the 18th century, I blended embroidery stitches
on a scrap of wool fabric with some needle felting. Crewel work is a form of free embroidery as
opposed to counted embroidery such as cross stitch. Linen and cotton fabrics are typically used, but
I thought this tartan was especially festive.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to
ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. -- Chief Seattle
Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi's art is a delicate balance of knotted silk thread and air. Her installations are a finely
tuned balance of weight and tension. These vortices reminiscent of whirlpools, hurricanes, and galaxies illustrate
that life is strong, yet fragile.
This post is a reprint from an essay I recently wrote for the Chicago Craft Mafia website. I repeat it here as I think the concept of networking with your peers is relevant for everyone, whether you are in the crafts or fine arts. Our businesses can only grow from sharing what we know with each other.
Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing. -- Donna Hedges
This month's blog hop theme is family celebrations and it has me thinking of Mom. She would have turned 70 this month.
While she loved Christmas (as in seriously over the top with a tree in every room), Mom celebrated family year round. Upon
her death my brother and I found boxes full of photos, report cards, and childhood drawings. She had every card and letter
I sent her while in college. These small moments are the ones she truly treasured most as each box was covered in a pretty
paper or fabric. It's a lovely tradition and one I want to pass along to my own daughter by making this box to fill.