hey folks, don’t hide behind the camera.

Yesterday my friend Andrew and I were in his innovative home studio shooting some photographs for a series he’s working on.  I was wearing a mask for the shoot.  When we were done, it seemed like a waste to not take a few “unmasked” photos when the light and background were all set up.

I was reluctant to post this image today, not because of the quality of the image.  Nice work Andrew.  But why?  I think perhaps the “why” is; the veins/age spots on my hands, the wrinkles around my eyes and my grey roots awaiting a touch up (tomorrow).  However, while looking more closely I don’t only see those things.  I see that I’m wearing my favorite “uniform” of paint splattered khakis, a tank top and a cowboy shirt I’ve had and loved for twenty years.  Around my neck is a pendant my daughter, Willa made for me in her metals class.  I’m really relaxed.  Down the road I wholeheartedly believe I’ll be grateful to have this portrait.  Thanks Andrew.

 

Today I printed it at the #BCA studios on Pine Street in Burlington (thanks Renee).  I plan to write some details on the back so my grandkids or great grandkids will possess some information about me and who I was in March of 2018.

Don’t shy from the camera folks.  You’re going to want photographs of yourself.  Get your favorite ones printed.  Only having digital images is so different than actually holding a print in your hand—get multiples & share them broadly.

 

 

 

ancient memories

I shot these images at an ecodyeing workshop at Elizabeth Bunsen’s studio in Burlington, Vermont yesterday.  I have many more photos to share from the workshop however, I thought I would just post these 4 images today.  There is some magic alchemy in this process that has a unique ancient pull.

This process make me feel like a lot of other possibilities and options exist in many realms of my life not just in my creative work.

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Rust, memories and the wisdom of Willa Cather.

Willa Cather quote Lillibridge rust print lillibridge rust print

I did a three day workshop with Elizabeth Bunsen last week.  This is one of the prints I made with indigo and rust.  I wanted to take my print and add the prairie influences that are speaking to me right now.  I used my photographs and one of my leather pendants in one of the circular spaces on the print.  I’m not sure which image I like best.  They seem like very different art forms now.

part 1. PAPER—The work of Elizabeth Bunsen.

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“I love paper. I especially love making marks on paper while collaborating with natural processes… I use tea, rust, botanical pigments, indigo and other domestic solutions. Doodling on these papers – around a ring of rust for instance functions as a meditative technique. Over the years my stash of marked papers has grown and I often mix them up in little sample books. I also hang lengths of marked paper on hand-twined silk strings along with eucalyptus dyed fabric. My “to do” lists often end up dipped into the indigo vat or dyed and become little books of collected dailiness. These processes often succeed in helping me create the illusion of slowing the passage of time.”      —Elizabeth Bunsen

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   “Moon Over Nebraska” This license plate is from her Grandfather’s truck.

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I sent Elizabeth my photos and asked her to respond to the images…because I had to have a better description for you, the readers.

For me to write about Elizabeth’s work is equivalent to trying to describe the way I feel when I jump into the ocean or feel rain on my face.  It’s a sensation.  It’s ancient and internal and highly personal and not easy to put into words.  However, I’ll try.

My first pull to her work was threefold:

ONE: The palette (rust and blues make me swoon)

TWO: The license plate from a Nebraska truck.  I’m from South Dakota.

THREE: A very unique quality that is feminine, industrial, dreamlike and yet tangible and familiar at the same time…again, ancient really best describes her work for me.  Do you ever have those people, places or things in your life that keep surfacing even though you don’t have a known connection?  For me it’s 1930s Berlin Cabaret—another post— another time.

Elizabeth’s work feels like I’ve been waiting to see it and that our paths were suppose to cross at this point in my life.

I hope you enjoy her work and please share and check out her blogs and FACEBOOK page.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.bunsen.3

BLOG: http://elizabethbunsen.typepad.com/

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/moonoverwater/

what’s real, what’s not?

lillibridge print experiment

I am a big fan of the blurred lines between what’s real and what’s not.

A quick digital sketch to get my creative brain working this morning.

The process of LETTING GO…

Lillibridge 2014

These were the first two words in my head this morning at 4:50 (good golly). LETTING GO. There are a number of reasons I believe we all need to do an inventory of our lives and see what it’s time to let go of…stuff, relationships, old ideas, habits, outdated beliefs, narratives about ourselves and so on. At 47 years old and the mother of three teenagers (my first one going to college this fall) it’s a pretty awesome and terrifying time to do this assessment. However, entirely necessary for the survival of myself and those I love. I was reading this site this morning and thought there were a few gems that could be helpful. Great site—well worth some time.

PS I think I should get a skirt made from this print. I think my twin daughters would wholeheartedly agree that a reminder on my clothing to LET GO would be a really good idea.

Letting Go of Attachment to People (from ZenHabits)
http://zenhabits.net/zen-attachment/
Friend yourself. It will be harder to let people go when necessary if you depend on them for your sense of worth. Believe you’re worthy whether someone else tells you or not. This way, you relate to people—not just how they make you feel about yourself.

Go it alone sometimes. Take time to foster your own interests, ones that nothing and no one can take away. Don’t let them hinge on anyone or anything other than your values and passion.

Hold lightly. This one isn’t just about releasing attachments—it’s also about maintaining healthy relationships. Contrary to romantic notions, you are not someone’s other half. You’re separate and whole. You can still hold someone to close to your heart; just remember, if you squeeze too tightly, you’ll both be suffocated.

a few of my favorite things…

a few of my favorite things

I want to make prints of favorite things and then have fabric printed to create something. This is a quick stab at a print. My cowboy boots. Town Neck Beach. Travel (Italy). Coffee.

There are so many other images to play with. The road. Truck stop cherry pie. Flowers. Family. Pickup trucks. Rain. Books. Art. Tacos. Television. Friends…on and on. Send me a few of your favorite images and I might just make something from your photos. You just never know.

nesting

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Yesterday, on a rainy Vermont morning I walked out into my garden with my coffee to see what was blooming. I was surprised to find a nest in the middle of the yard. It was beautiful and tragic at the same time. The nesting material included plastic garbage bags. Although I am a big proponent of using recycled materials, I have felt a little sad every time I look at the nest. I thought the best way to honor the innovative upcycling was to turn the photo into yet another work of art. Here is the print I came up with when I played with the image.

nest print Lillibridge dakota 1966

Polka Dots Love Stripes

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Polka Dot Burlap Pattern

“Jostle: Orange” by Ellen Chuse

Gorgeous work by Ellen Chuse.

Featured work: “Jostle: Orange” by Ellen Chuse