On Saturday, December 16th, 2017, at Chatham’s annual Winterfest celebration, I will be opening a pop-up store for one day only. During 2017 I’ve been reorganizing my studio, and working mainly at altering books. If you stop by 9 Main Street, you’ll see some of that work, finished and in progress.
I’ve also been creating “little things,” as I’ve been recovering from another major surgery. Stop by on the 16th, 10 to 4, to see my one-of-a-kind items – made lovingly, lightly, and locally. Ornaments, woolen goods, and odds and ends from the re-organization of my work-space. One day only! I hope to see you there.
Another small project was created for my granddaughters: A Fairy House. I gathered pine cones, dried rhododendron leaves, bark from downed birch branches, stones, and more. The doors are part of a wood napkin holder. I hand colored windows with alcohol inks. The house is illuminated indoors with tiny lights.
The Sanctuary Art Gallery in the Canaan Congregational Church welcomes the public to its opening and reception for the 13 artists exhibiting their works in the invitational show Frames of Reference, on Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.
This Fairy House will be displayed on July 26th, but it may be there longer, depending on my granddaughters! Deirdre Malfatto’s professional photograph of the house will remain on display throughout the show. I do not yet know which photo Deidre has chosen for the show; I’m eager to see it! Please attend!
As some of you may know, I have not been able to work at my sewing machine for many months now. However, my hands have not been idle. Today I took some of my handwork to our local food co-op. These consist of small things I can work on (usually propped up with pillows!). In these short sessions, I’ve had great fun making “jewelry” items from unusual objects. And it’s good to use the “stuff” I’ve collected, giving it new form.
Below is a bracelet I sold today. First, using a knitting spool, I made a denim-colored cord from blue wool, then used beads and springs, (as in hardware from your toolbox), and finished it off with tassels.
Springs and Wool Bracelet
As I create these little things, I will share some of them here. Then perhaps someday they will have their own page.
Here’s a teaser. Next post: the tiny terrarium necklace.
Back in March, I promised to send photos of the altered book I started months ago.
Earth, Water, Fire and Air ~ what you see below are the Earth pages. The book is made from an altered child’s board book, with stamping, collage, painting, chalk, and more. The tabs on the right are part of the original board book; they’ve been perfect for labeling each page. The photo of St. Francis was taken in the garden of a place I stayed near Asheville, NC.
The Water, Fire and Air pages are almost complete, so eventually you’ll find those here as well. In the meantime, backed-up custom orders absorb my time.
If you have made altered books, please leave a comment with a link. I’d like to see your work!
A tree, leaves, spirals, fruit, human hands – this is a detail/close-up photo of a banner I’m working on for a church. After it’s been presented (November) I’ll be able to post a photo of the entire banner.
This has been in process since May. It makes my heart sing to work with colors I love and symbols that are important to me.
Today I was awarded the Crow Worthy Award by the blogger and needle-arts wizard at Whimseytopia. For a larger view click the crow image on the right sidebar (scroll down).
“The Crow Worthy Award: It’s not just about attracting attention, though it is distinct enough to be identified in a crowded sidebar. Rather it is more about complimenting you who have shared your stories, photos, knowledge and, most importantly, kindness with your heartfelt blogs. It’s a way to say thank you for the funny stories, the friendship, and all those words of wisdom sent as comments and emails. . . .That’s it; just a way to say thank you, I like you, and I hope you keep writing your wonderful posts.”
And many thanks to you, for thinking of me! Visit Whimseytopia to see the marvelous creations there.
Ever wonder about this thing called “creativity?” How people actually get ideas, do the work, and share it with others? Today I came across this blog post that has some spot-on daily-living advice for creative people. It’s by Austin Kleon, and it’s worth a visit.
While working on a tunic, the Temple of the Cosmos, and planning for a chasuble and preaching stole, I have been sneaking moments here and there to work on a book I’m creating.
Above is the beginning of the “Earth” page. It is made from a repurposed children’s board book, assembled with a collage of maps, a salvaged library pocket, paper napkins, ink-jet images, stamps (rubber and postage), and more. The page is not done yet, so watch for another post – I cannot guarantee when that day will come. It’s a busy time in the studio!