Traveling has been a big part of my world these days. When I have to sit and wait in the airport, or travel as a passenger in a car, I have a need to keep producing art. I really enjoy the process of needle felting, which is especially portable and well-suited to my waiting times. Lately I’ve spent most of my time creating needle felted vegetables. My current harvest will be incorporated into a piece called “My Roots”, which will be full of root vegetables. The piece is really an offshoot of my “Fall Stew” piece. I had so much fun making the vegetables for that piece I decided to develop a new composition that could feature only my felted roots.
I need to step back for a little context. The “My Roots” composition speaks to the intersection of three major parts of my life. First, I’m preparing for a November exhibit entitled: “From the Earth”. I’m developing a family of weavings ideas for the project, and “My Roots” fits in perfectly. Second, the piece speaks to my transplantation to Bloomington. I was born in the Czech Republic and raised in Canada, but now Bloomington feels like home—my roots are really here now. Third, much like the “Fall Stew” piece, it brings back such fond memories of my experiences at the local Farmer’s Market. Autumn brings the bountiful harvest of roots that have been hidden and developing all summer. Now the root vegetables are all laid out in rows on tables for anyone to buy. I like the veggies, but I love looking at all the colors and variations on display. Plus I get to slip them into our fall meals.
For the weaving background underneath my lovely colorful roots I need a green gradient background. That’s coming along, encouraged by the emerging greens of spring. Our first daffodils are complementing the crocuses and snowdrops in the yard, and poke up through the brown leaves as rich green foliage before the yellow flowers bloom. Greens aren’t on the trees yet, but the world is coming back to life around me, and I’m channeling the rich colors into my art again.
Of course my art life has many other demands that take me away from weaving. This time of year means business taxes need to be completed. I sit at the computer and sift through my year’s receipts, translating dollars into tallied categories in a big spreadsheet. It’s a huge project that I’m delighted to have behind me now. My costume work for Pippin is on hold for March while I get my life back on track, but April will find me back fitting the new Sounds of South members for their circus chorus costumes.
This week I also spent some time making looms for my next workshop on June 6-7 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the Artful Dimensions Gallery. Finding wood and brackets for the looms gave me the perfect excuse to visit the new Re-Storelocation in Bloomington. They moved to a bigger site that, helpfully, is closer to me! I found some paint covered 1x2s that are perfect for looms. Of course the patina got me thinking about their previous life, because I get a lot of satisfaction knowing the histories of all the materials in the pieces I create. Oh, and I even picked up a cheesy Hawaiian shirt that will be perfect for the Jimmy Buffet scene in Pippin! You never know when you’re going to find just the right wacky thing you need.
Finally, I managed to space out my cherry pie breakfasts all the way until yesterday morning. I’m prompted to write my blog because yes, again, I’m without pie for breakfast. Like a cat who knows there is fresh fish in the fridge, I KNOW there are bags of pie filling in the freezer. Soon it will be the summer Farmer’s Market, with fresh rhubarb and strawberries for pies. We can’t let local berries go to waste!
Until next week,