I have a line of scarves and here’s the link to purchase if you are interested.
Here’s a video about VIDA and their mission on the website.
Today I closed the door for the last time on my much-loved studio of 15+ years. It’s empty. My work is now in storage. This is the end of one era and the start of another.
I keep thinking about something my husband, Jeff told me a few years ago.
I would think it’s a co-op of about five different artists and I wouldn’t even know what to pay attention to. No wonder when I get there I’m not always sure what I’m going to work on—I want to do it all and sometimes, unfortunately, that’s immobilizing.
I think at this stage of my life I am seeking a more direction.
I don’t want to get static or rigid, but good grief, I think there’s a space in between.
I’ve decided to take a few minutes, get quiet and see what I want to work on BEFORE I take off for my studio. I’m hoping that simple act will get me more focused and deliberate. I’ll let you know if it works…but I might forget and you may need to e-mail and ask me about how it turned out. It seems like this just might be a natural state of our world…but I want to fight it. There are so many things to pay attention to that it’s overwhelming. OK, off to the studio, but first, I want to check out that song, book, technique, read my e-mail, the news, oh there’s a video I bookmarked…aaaarrgggghhhh.
1. A side street in Florence, Italy
2. Dog Days Celebration, Burke, South Dakota 2014
“unhinged” 2015, wood scrap, paint & found hardware ($500)
Definition of UNHINGED adjective un·hinged \-ˈhinjd\
This Friday and Saturday I’m part of a TRUNK SHOW at VINTAGE INSPIRED in Burlington, Vermont with 6 very talented women. We call ourselves, “LEVITY seven”. We meet every few weeks over coffee in one of our studios or homes and talk about the issues of running small businesses. Sometimes we stay on topic and often we talk about what’s happening in our creative lives.
“Without some occasional levity,
the working environment is not better than a sweatshop.”
What an amazing group of women to spend time with and learn from their collective experience. Having LEVITY in our group name reflects that we don’t want to pile more pressure on each other to do more than we already are, but rather reflects our level of encouragement and collaboration…with a healthy dose of humor.
Our group includes mostly Germans…two women are jewelers, one a fused glass artist and a garden designer. There are also a few very talented American women—a contemporary painter and the owner of CB Sacks—a Burlington company that makes beautiful bags out of coffee sacks from around the world.
Here’s what I’m preparing for the TRUNK SHOW…bracelets, pendants, a few paintings, hand-painted shoes and a few paintings. I’m not a terribly skilled salesperson. It just doesn’t come very naturally to me—so if you come to our TRUNK SHOW I’ll be the one showing the merits and creativity of my friend’s work.
Please stop by if you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area.
Vintage Inspired • Friday May 1st, 5-8pm, Saturday noon-5pm • 180 Flynn Ave
Here are links to see their work:
http://www.eenadee.com/ (Ina Deane/jewelry designer)
http://www.janefrank.net/ (Jane Frank/master goldsmith)
http://cbsacks.com/ (Kara Greenblott/bag designer/upcycled coffee sacks)
http://www.lynnereed.com/ (Lynne Reed/contemporary painter)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/glassart-by-gabrielle/927215810628357 (Gabrielle Baumann/fused glass artist)
http://www.oldworldgardendesign.net/ (Silvia Jope/garden designer)
Our local alternative weekly Seven Days gave my show a “shout out” this week.
I ordered postcards today for my FREAK SHOW at Revolution Kitchen in Burlington, Vermont. I love doing the work and the hustle required to finish the paintings. I get sort of stuck with the final details. This is when the fantasy of having a very detail oriented intern fills my daydreams…maybe someday my intern will come. 🙂
Here’s to your muses…whatever they may be.
Today in the studio I needed a board of a certain size and I didn’t want to run out to the hunt for one. I started digging around and realized that I could easily part with this piece from 2008 that I never really liked anyway. The new piece isn’t finished yet, but I worked with the shape and carving that already existed in the board. Oh, I do love a makeover. Hopefully I can show you the finished piece tomorrow.