On Saturday I had an ikebana class at Powell Gardens. I was so excited because my flowers this month were so odd and they showcased the perfect mix between spring and winter. The lovely way the grey mixes with that strong green. All the different textures. I discovered a new plant to work with, silver brunia balls. It's that alien looking scaly flower at the base of the iris. It's becoming quite popular in wedding bouquets and makes an excellent dried flower.
Unfortunately, my student didn't show up. Maybe it was the weather. It did snow a tiny bit. So I got to work on my own arrangement and talk Carol the trusty volunteer over coffee. Not a complete waste of time but I really love to teach people about ikebana.
To start the year off I've been on a mission this week to clean and declutter my house. We don't have that much stuff but I'm always finding things to donate. I've been through our kitchen and linen closets. Who needs all those stained towels? Still can't bring myself to declutter the studio. It's one of my failings. I tend to hold on to "art supplies" till the bitter end. Just because you never know when that string you found at Goodwill five years ago is gonna come in handy. Does anyone have some advise for a mix media artist on how to step back and objectively look at their materials and de-stash? I'm seriously out growing the master bedroom that we've turned into an office/studio. Stuff is spilling over into the attic and hall closet.
Another massive effort I've made these first couple weeks in January to to finish up some projects of mine that are just taking way to long. This sashiko embroidery for example:
This piece is has been a nightmare when it comes to finishing because I went about the embroidery in such a weird day. Fraying edges anyone? But now I've got it mostly attached to a backing and my friend can deal with the framing. I just don't want to look at it anymore. Learned lots, time to move on to the next one.
Another pair of socks got finished. All packaged up and sent off to another friend in LA. This is my first time making a sock that is smaller than my standard size 8 foot. Crossing my fingers it fits.
Reading: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. You know I was surprisingly into this book. She talks about the Greek idea of eudaimonia, a external divine creative spirit guide. Boiled down a gifted person wasn't a genius a gifted person had a genius. Which is so funny thinking of creativity and inspiration being an external thing that comes and goes. It takes a whole lot of pressure off me as the originator of the creation as apposed to the facilitator of creation. It's just a very mystical way at looking at the creative life that I really haven't encountered.
Listening to: The wails of children. Tuesday was the freaky day in which a lot of the kids, including Bea just started crying at preschool and needed to be taken home. This never happens. Bea loves school so much. I blame aliens or maybe the weather.
Eating: Not much of anything. I'm in a contest with my hubby to see who loses ten pounds first. The holidays were rough on us. But I did experiment and make an Ethiopian dish doro wat and was mostly successful. Next I'll try injura.