A variety of pieces from 2017 but thought I would share.I have also created a series of boro place mats which are still a work in process so there will be more in the future.I have just recieved my renewal for American Craft Council membership and look forward to reading the magazine and maybe funding my artistic voice this year.
For around 8 months I have been helping at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens with maintenance in the perennial border.We have a great time and once month have a weed and feed session potluck lunch).I love the team work and sense of accomplishment in a garden that is available to all.I was most surprised after joining the NW Perennial Alliance to find myself in this months newsletter.Yes I love that hat !
We are working to potentially make our garden open in a couple of years as an example of a wildlife friendly urban garden.I have just been editing images from last year our wildlife visitors include deer,rabbits,coyotes,bear (yearling while we where in Hawaii) and a stunning bobcat who it seems was responsible for the destruction of our old fencing.We discovered over the holidays that we had been accidentally feeding a family of raccoons when they visited our deck bird feeder while we were a dinner one evening.We have repositioned the feeder and consumption has reduced significantly.I am currently adding new areas to support birds and wildlife, removing non native species.We have 5 species of woodpeckers visiting and a gang of teenage juncos resident over the winter.My favorite daily visitor is a wren, such a personality, along with our two resident male hummingbirds who guard the feeders to the North and South of the house.
After a long absence I have also started to participate in Postcrossing again.I received a great set of Washington stamps to add to postcards and used them for the first set I sent but they seem to have disappear in the ephemera in the studio – I’m sure they will turn up soon.
The New Year brings the opportunity to develop skills.I will be going on retreat for the first time with a group to explore seed beading techniques.I have been experimenting with peyote stitch for around a year which will be included in a series of necklaces.I collected many beads and found objects during my travels and hope to continue to explore with these objects.I have joined the seed bead society so am looking forward to meeting and meeting new members.
In the run up to Christmas I attended my first Oddball Convention at Bellevue College.So many talented artists.I was looking for a personal handmade project for my parents to take back for my nieces and nephew and adapted an article about making boro brush holders when I “found” some oilcloth which had been in my stash.This seemed to be a more practical application as ever I now have extra “unfinished objects” in my studio space.
I’ve enjoyed my break from this blog for the next few months plan to take a step back and focus on my art.Thanks for stepping by and don’t hesitate to contact me f you have any question or would like to collaborate on future projects.
Well the summer is nearly over but I have one last adventure up my sleeve.Something I never ever thought I would do.
As a young child I was bullied but the TV never judged me.I hid in many TV programs.Blue Peter was a fav.Music was always important in my life. One of my favorite orchestra pieces was the theme to Hawaii 5-0.
Next Monday I will be flying into the Big Island with my Hubby to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
Well a deep sigh started this blog post.
I have not heard from the Salmon Days Festival so assume I have not been juried in this year.
Neither of my pieces were sold at Artful Evening but I learned much from the experience and had a few others learn a little about me.Way back in this blog there is a story of Joe Davids piece being displayed the wrong way up at a walkthrough.The same thing happened to me and I had the good fortune to have Stephano Catalani ,current curator of the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle at hand to help me deal with this delicate situation.
Among ali the strange political happenings across the globe this week an all party report was published by the British government on the roll of the Arts,Health and Well-being.I am looking forward reading to this in depth.An evidence-based piece of cross party research is a powerful tool.i hope to find some applications for my future studies.I think it will help as a reference funding applications and in forming my application to return to studying.
We have a new exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum .A touring exhibit called Cut Up Cut Out. It covers just about ever media that can be cut to convey an artist message.There are around 50 artists and 100 pieces of art to tour.
I find this work inspiring along with that of many others and an looking forward to touring this exhibit.
This morning I attended my volunteer orientation for Bellevue City so I can now officially volunteer in the perennial border along with volunteers.On Thursday mornings I’ll be weeding and socialising in this beautiful garden environment.I feel like I have more to learn about gardening here the longer I work my yard so this is a great learning opportunity
This morning the most famous Pacific North West Garden Cisco popped by to visit.Gardening royalty in the PNW !
I’ve been thinking about working with this green velvet for about 5 years.Finally there is no more left.I have to say I have collected some much epherma ( stuff ) over the past years that I now feel it is time to stop, use supplies around me and produce with materials that surround me.
I found myself turning down “inspirational” ballet shoes this week but did find myself with two new books on necklace making.I’ve never really made complex necklaces but may begin to explore this as another method of storytelling through jewelry.
My yard is full of Forget-me -nots.I have been looking for a pattern of knitted flowers to include in my art quilts for many years.Within a stash of knitting magazines which I rehomed for a friend and found the perfect instructions.