As the daughter of a teacher and Mum I always consider September to be the start of a new year and often for me the start of new chapters.
Our vacation on Mull was amazing.Day tripping to Iona and our single sighting of otters on our wedding anniversary made it especially wonderful.If you ever have the time and are a brave driver I would highly recommend staying at Calgary Hayloft.An amazing Air B&B complex with it’s own art walk, gallery and cafe.Hosts were wonderful.
While we were away my very talented hubby received news that his images are now a part of the Getty Image collection.
We extended our vacation with a last day drive up to Steven’s Canyon Road in Mount Rainier Park.This road is our favorite day out. A quieter side of the park where we have seen bears, love the bends and the views.The road closes in the winter and last weekend the snow-poles were in position reminding us this those days would be shortly returning.
Who wouldn’t be inspired by the view
The summer class has been amazing.I’ve reconnected with old work form and found a whole new support group.Larry Calkin’s has been our amazing instructor at Kirkland Arts Center.
I’ve joined Instagram and am finding this much easier than Twitter as it’s visually orientated.Gradually posting old and newer works.
I’ve had some interesting invitations over the summer but will hold them back until the final details are confirmed.
For our last formal collage class we created Robot collages ahead of Larry’s children workshops this weekend at SummerFest.Fred now peaks out onto my street from there where my metal working bench originally was positioned.I volunteered a few hours on Sunday afternoon and had a wonderful time creating robots.
This week we quietly celebrated 10 years since arriving in the US.Time has gone by so fast and in a couple of weeks will be returning to our honeymoon Island,Mull and will celebrate 26 years of marriage while attending a family wedding.I am very much looking forward to spending time with extended family catching up and just walking on Calgary beach.
Collage containing 10 elements.Inspired but my family supporting a member living with dementia.
Tip in detail.Origami paper gifted in from a friend.
After a wee technical hitch with the blog I’m back ! After a quick update of my CERT certificate it’s been a busy few weeks.I have finally reconnected with my alumni university in the UK, more of that in the future but I’m pretty excited about this first step in my return to Oxford colleagues and studies.
I have signed up with a previous mentor Larry Calkins to explore collage at Kirkland Arts Center.Collage is an interesting medium.Very honest for the artist but not always understood by the observer.As an English woman in an American classroom I see the world from a slightly different perspective.I’m not sure about sharing the pieces here but will probably edit this selection.The summer will be full of house decorating,visitors and cutting and pasting.
The brief for this journal is to track weightloss for a Seahawks fan.Blue and teal paper cloth cover with simple fold text block .Graph tip in, motivational quotes and an envelope for recipes completed the project.
I have recently joined a Buy Nothing Local Group on Facebook.I love the idea of reducing landfill and recycling within my local community.
Last Friday group posted Fat Chance Friday.I offered to make journals for people from my over stuffed studio supplies and was amazed to get 7 requests for very different handmade books.I also requested hummingbird/butterfly friendly plants.
Anne requested a journal to document her vegetable garden project.I created this Scrappy Journal from Terry Taylor’s Eco Book which has been in my library for many years.It has been some time since I explored bindings and have already learn a few new text block techniques from Making Handmade books by Alisa Golden a new addition to my collection.
Cover detail from Anne’s Scrappy Garden Journal
Anne gifted me a big pot of bee balm which is already planted in my garden.
Fun evening at my local children’s museum.Took along my new little echidna creation for company.I didn’t manage to save any pictures of the children’s art work so it would be great to hear from anyone who took photo’s.
What a fantastic trip a successful conference talk,family gold medal at the Commonwealth games and many memories made along the way.Here are some highlights.
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists- 21st Biennale of Sydney.MCA
Yarrenyty alter Artist.21st Sydney Biennale.MCA
Master weaver Ngarrindjeri.21st Sydney Biennale MCA.
Woven sedge grass.
My birthday present early in March was to tour Amazon’s newly installed bio-domes in down town Seattle.The building provides an alternate environment for work and collaboration within the company.
As an Amazon wife I’m really interested in the occupational health of this specific profession.So much has changed with technology over our life time and it’s interesting to observe at first hand the interaction of technology, humanity and the natural world.
I built my first sedum green-roof on our shed in Wantage in the 1990’s which was a great success and currently enjoy my weekly volunteer gardening in our local botanical gardens.I continue to interested in the connection of gardening and mental health.
I have a copy of Gardening Vertically by Noemie Vialard in my library and can highly recommend it as great reference.
Stocked with mangrove habitat.
I love the texture of these primitive trees
One of the things I like to do is recycle.I’ve also been inspired by Japanese Boro technique for many years.We have that glass table and I’ve been working on a series of placemats from our families old jeans.
These are really basic starts and I’m looking forward to long light evenings adding more stitches.
I’m off to Sydney Australia this month, am booking an embroidery class and will be connecting with a long term internet crafting friend.
I’ve been invited to join the Women & Creativity ATC Play along again this year.
ATC’s or Artist Trading Cards are 3 1/2 by 2 1/1 inch pieces of art created by artists for many different reasons.Maybe to try a new techniques, as a learning opportunity or to make a statement.
My Great Grand Father was a lithographer in London.I made an acrylic 3 layered background on green card.I then made a simple print block and hand-tinted flowers.I then used a glitter fabric pen to highlight the edges.