Find a project tote that's as beautiful as the fiber craft you are working on. I create original designs handcrafted from vintage Japanese kimono and yukata that are versatile and sumptuous. Each bag is a unique work of art. You can find these bags at the Creative Hand Show & Sale November 17th and 18th in Old Shawnee Town. Come feel all that fiber magic! Take some home for you, your family and friends.
Applications. There are so many of them due right now. I'm going to be swimming in paperwork and editing photos for the next month. If only I could write some amazing blanket paragraph that would satisfy all of them, but alas they all want something different. I'm also embarrassingly bad about writing about myself and my work. It feels like pulling teeth. You would think that being a visual artist means you don't have express yourself in words.
Ok, enough complaining about work and time for some pretty pictures. We've recently been out to Powell Gardens to see their new life size dino sculptures. I've collected some nice inspiration photos that show case the master gardener's use of colors and textures in their plant beds. I've also added some photos of the fair rides from this weekend. I love the colors and the similarities between plants and machinery.
The Knob Noster fair was really fun but super hot this year. A couple of our geocaching boxes and stamps got stolen but what can you do. With a little more advertising and a little better signage we could probably have something pretty cool. Maybe we'll be able to incorporate geocaching with the theme next year.
I won a first place ribbon for my ikebana arrangement and one for my hoya. This means so much to me because I brought my grandmother's hoya stand home from New York and I bought a pot of plant cuttings that included a hoya at the plant show last year. Shortly after I started taking care of it all these grey spots started appearing on the leaves. My grandmother's hoya had solid leaves so I thought mine was diseased and almost didn't take it to the fair. But I gained confidence when I saw varieties of grey spotted hoyas of Pinterest. The plant is growing like a weed so it can't be too sick can it?
We had an active duty painting day today. We got so much work done! It's lovely when people are volun-told to come out and help us. It's all coming together. I've really had my doubts about there being too much going on and the colors but we are making it happen. Ian and I have agreed to limit our mural designing to maybe a 5' by 5' space.
Cool Stuff Happening:
Saturday, June 18th is World Wide Knit in Public Day! I decided to take the bull by the horns and create an event on the court house lawn right next to the Warrensburg Farmer's Market. It'll be from 9-12pm. Bring your projects, water, food, sunscreen and chairs/blankets. Come and go as you please. We'll be sitting in the shade and sweating for the sake of yarn. If you want to start knitting or just need some help come by and talk to me.
Farm Report: Baby cucumbers! Baby tomatoes! Baby peppers! It's been so hot here in Missouri that I can barely keep my tomatoes watered. I think I'm going to switch them to the front porch so they aren't getting so much afternoon sun. Cacti are going outside!
Reading: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape our Future by Kevin Kelly. I would like to learn how not to be scared of our future with technology. Maybe get better at using technology. Maybe use it in my art. Who knows.
Listening to: The horns they put on the motorcycle ride...you know the one...and the children that repeatedly press the buttons.
Cooking: My husband and I were going to compete against each other in the pie contest at the fair but didn't get our pies to the stage for judging on time. Now I have pie for breakfast and desert! He made a buttermilk pie and I made a rhubarb meringue. It's hard to tell which one I like best.
This is the week of finishing things! Yeah! I always feel so accomplished when I actually finish something, especially when the project has taken forever.
This week I finished my koginzashi table runner that I've been working on for, oh maybe, two years. It's done! Just in time for my presentation on koginzashi for the Kansas City Fiber Guild. A better more professional picture to come. I promise. Time to dream up another koginzashi project....
I also finished my Oma's socks! She only wanted them for Christmas but instead she'll get them for her birthday.
In other fun news, we started painting on the MUNS mural last night. The whole family is in on the action. That's me standing, bare foot on an ammo can, to paint the seal, finicky part. My right shoulder is really going to be buff by the time this is done. After half an hour of painting I finally realized just how big this mural is. Slow and steady wins the race.
Upcoming Cool Stuff:
The Sogetsu school of Japanese flower arranging in Kansas City is having their annual spring show at the Loose Park Garden Center April 23rd and 24th. They have asked me to come make an arrangement! My arrangement will be down stairs with the tea ceremony display provided by the Japan America Society. Come out and see all the great floral art!
I'm going to be in the Mid Missouri Artists Spring Show on Saturday April 30 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and May 1st, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM at the ABC Building at Grover Park in Warrensburg. This is the first time I've attended the show so I'm excited to see all the local art.
I'm giving a presentation on Kogenzashi, a traditional Japanese counted embroidery, to the Greater Kansas City Fiber Guild on May 11th at 7pm. Check out their website for more details.
My next ikebana class at Powell Gardens will be on Saturday, May 14th from 10-12pm. Check out their website to register!
Farm Report: Things are sprouting, I found some more pots so I might get all the seedlings that I started planted. There are white marks on the leaves of my sugar snap peas. What does that mean? They seem to be growing just fine.
Reading: The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeen Sahota. I'm learning so much about Indian culture and clothing that I practically have to read with google at my finger tips to look up the meaning of worlds.
Listening to: Birds! I had maintenance come remove the starlings that were living in out dryer duct and we put out a little feeder in the ugly bush. Now I've got birds all the time. This makes me happy. I saw a downy woodpecker!
Cooking: My husband turned thirty this week. He doesn't really do cake but loves oreos so I got the great idea to create a "cake" out of a stack of oreos. Then I forgot to go to the grocery store for some number candles because we were playing an epic game of Firefly with both the Blue Sun and Kalidasa expansions. We ended up using a gardenia candle and stacking the oreos around it. Smelled great. Happy Birthday Adventure Buddy!
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.
We are half way through our sojourn to Wyoming and I've made an excursion to my friendly local thread store, Ewe Count, in Cheyenne. I love love love Penny and her collections of all things stitching and knitting. I concentrated on bright saturated colors and even decided to try out what Penny calls Barbie panty hose. Quite tropical actually. I also got to snoop around the newest yarn store in Cheyenne, Meadowlark Yarns. Where I got a much needed drop spindle. I'm really digging their yarn collection (roving!) and clean chic atmosphere.
Finished my Sashiko project for Kei. A little polish and it'll be in the mail soon!
Moving forward on my koginzashi table runner. I'm giving a program at the Greater Kansas Fiber Guild in May so I should have one finished piece right?
Reading: Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Bud. A Chrismas present from my SIL, another knitting enthusiast.
Listening to: The grinding of a small motor in my daughters Loopin Chewie game. Her new favorite past time.
Eating: Lumpia from the Philipino restaurant on F. E. Warren. So delicious!
Happy New Years!
Nothing is better than getting up before everyone, loyal hund at your side, sitting next to the Christmas tree with the morning cup of coffee and stitching. Wyoming has welcomed us back with howling winds and more snow then we'll see all winter in Missouri. A state that makes you fear for your life so that you know you are truly living.
I'm finishing up my origami inspired sashiko embroidery. It's an exchange for a box of lovely bento supplies and treats from our friends in Japan. I'm so sorry it's late! I had to rip out almost half of it but my fingers are flying!
Reading: Desperately squinting at street signs in the dark and snow.
Listening to: Star Wars theme song! Love, love, love, sitting in a dark theater with my hubby twitching from all the explosions and guns. No spoilers I promise!
Cooking: The old holiday classics, apple salad, pork and sauerkraut with a fabulous apple cider bourbon cocktail.
May your holidays be warm and restful!
Art has been suspended a little bit in order to get ready for my month long residency at the Art Farm. Coupled with some drama involving day care for my daughter I'm completely over whelmed. The anxiety is mounting. Stay tuned to my blog for residency photos and updates!
As you can see the studio is completely torn apart as I'm packing up materials. You've got to have a lot of materials to choose from and be inspired by right? Hopefully the car is big enough.
Managed to get the first sock of a new pair done. Knitting and watching Downton Abby has been helping me stay relaxed. There's just so much prep that will have to wait for the day before I leave and there are only so many lists one can make.
In newsy news, I'm going to be at the Old Drum Coffee House and Bakery Saturday from 10-1pm during Burg Fest. I'mspinning unfortunately because I haven't had the time to figure out my wheel. I'm probably going to be couching gold wire on some leaves that I'm making. So come down, see some of my art and have a good time.
On Sunday I'm going to be teaching ikebana to my first two students! I'm so excited! I can't wait to see what flowers they are going to be working with. I'm a little bit at the mercy of the florist. But there are usually roses or Gerber daisies.
Back to the packing
Reading: The latest issue of the Surface Design magazine. It's the fashion issue!
Listening to: New stuff by Modest Mouse. The guys at my husband's work have been a tiny bit obsessed with Modest Mouse right now. We've been watching their music videos on Youtube.
Cooking: Manicotti. This is like the perfect dish to have toddlers help prepare. Too bad mine wont eat it. She'll help cook but just wont eat. Bea calls herself Cooker Girl.
My sister in law challenged me to a knit a long in my birthday package so I'm challenging you guys. We are knitting Skew from Ravelry. This is not my usual knit because I'm used to all the fancy pattern reading and it's toe up. There's a little bit of nail biting on this one because I'm knitting them for someone that's not here and not my shoe size. It's knitting along fast but I have a feeling I haven't gotten to the crazy part yet. So cast on now and show me how it's done.
Which means that this sock is on the back burner. Everything seems to be in order but I still don't like the puckeing when it's not being worn.
Interesting things progressing with the Jewel project.
Registration for my Ikebana class at Powell Gardens on September 19th from 10-12pm is closing on Tuesday the 9th at midnight. I'm also teaching ikebana on September 27th from 2-4pm. Sign up today!
Reading: Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont - I'm a sucker for books about artists
Listening to: Lots of 99% Invisible podcasts
Eating: Chocolate chip cookies. Don't underestimate the awesome that is the recipe on the back of the Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chip bag.