Monday, December 26, 2016

November, December

Minnesota Center Of Book Arts

November was all about Thanksgiving and booking making. With two shows installed , one finished and one hung in Oct. and all that leads up to that I was ready for a month of hooky. I focused my creative energy on hosting Thanksgiving and miniature book making with Lua. 

our gratitude tree

December was about knitting and birthdays (we have a lot of December birthdays in our family:)
I knitted Max a bear balaclava....not a good pic here, Max won't sit still long enough to get the hat on all the way. He also wanted a rainbow scraf, which I made from all my yarn scraps. My honey got fingerless gloves for his daily train ride  and a bandana cowl , which was fun for a day or two, then he request just a regular cowl.


For me , I'm working on a delicate pink scarf

The cowls and scarf patterns I found on Purl Soho.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Healing Arts Exhibition

I am so proud to be a part of the Healing Arts Exhibition. From personal experience I know how art making and viewing is a source of healing and well being. It is nice to know that Hospitals and other business are picking up on this human need to have living, breathing art ( made by a human) in there environment. 

Working with all this color gives me great pleasure. For this series of work I was definitely exploring the pink. To me it is in between , neither simple like white (which is funny to say because white is not simple at all, but has the appearance of being simple) nor charged as red. It is in between free to be what ever it wishes that day, warm and inviting, shocking, brilliant,  soft and fussy. I like that freedom.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

October/Fleeting Impressions

I know it has been a while since my last my defense I have been busy:)

This baby sold at the opening reception. I am always happy for a sale, but some are harder to part with then others, this one is case in point. I am glad it's owner will cherish it.

This show include two textile pieces, which were such a joy to create. Working with fabric and thread is like coming home. Tactile love and therapeutic for me.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Finding Inspiration

Went for a bike ride yesterday, you can see it on my biking blog here. My goal wasn't just to be in nature (ie feed my soul)and get exercise, but also to look for inspiration....patterns in nature. I hope to use them in my art work for 2 up coming shows in October!

a repair to a bike bridge

My bike skid make in the algea covered bridge.

Monday, July 11, 2016

KW2, in Madison

This weekend we put up a show at KW2 lobby gallery in Madison WI. Joseph the curate was super nice and made the job easy. The show will be there till end of August.

They had a perfect spot for "It's a Long Story"

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tablets of the Divine

mono rust prints on paper ,beeswax, damar resin on cradled board 18"x18"x1,1/2"
It has been 100 years since the first of the "Tablets of the Divine Plan" was penned by 'Abdul-'Baha'. This piece was created in celebration.

a rusted gear used to make the center of the Sun, which shines through the book(tablet)

In this photo two layers of prints and encaustic medium have been painted on.

The third print and wax layer.

The fourth print... a written tablet with the sun prints shining through.

I am contemplating incising writing into the rusted lines of the tablet,but for now I'm leaving it as is. Also still deciding on which side is up, favoring the above photo at the moment. I would love to hear your thought on this!

"The Suffering" (see previous post)  and  Tablets of the Divine" were created for my art project for The Wilmette Institute course on "The Bahai Faith and the Arts".  To  learn more about Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith you can go to , or ask me:)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Suffering

"Though the fierce winds of the hatred of the wicked doers blew and beat on this Lamp, He was, at no time, in His love for Thy beauty, hindered from shedding the fragrance of His light. As the transgressions committed against Thee waxed greater and greater, my eagerness to reveal Thy Cause correspondingly increased, and as the tribulations deepened—and to this Thy glory beareth me witness—a fuller measure of Thy sovereignty and of Thy power was vouchsafed by me unto Thy creatures."  Baha'u'llah , 'Prayers And Mediatations'

oils, beeswax, resin, mono rust prints on paper, pastels on cradled board 18'x18'x1,1/2"

These found chains , used to create the prints,were most likely used on a tractor by a farmer, the weight of them not nearly as much as the "galling weight" of the Qara"-Guhar
'His feet were placed in stocks, and around His neck were fastened the Gara'-Guhar chains, infamous throughout Persia for their galling weight."  Nabil's Narrative, 'The Dawnbreakers'

I made several prints of the chains on paper and choose the circular pattern. The chain is a symbol of Baha'u'llah's suffering, the circular pattern is symbolic of the prophetic cycle of which Baha'u'llah fulfilled . 

"A Revelation, hailed as the promise and crowning glory of past ages and centuries, as the consummation of all the Dispensations within the Adamic Cycle, inaugurating an era of at least a thousand years’ duration, and a cycle destined to last no less than five thousand centuries, signalizing the end of the Prophetic Era and the beginning of the Era of Fulfillment, unsurpassed alike in the duration of its Author’s ministry and the fecundity and splendor of His mission—such a Revelation was, as already noted, born amidst the darkness of a subterranean dungeon in Ṭihrán—an abominable pit that had once served as a reservoir of water for one of the public baths of the city. "  Shoghi Effendi, 'God Passes By'

In the piece the entrance to the Síyáh-Chál ( named "the Black Pit") is painted with black beeswax and resin then rubbed with rust dust.

"The Siyah- Chal, into which Baha'u'llah was thrown, originally a reservoir of water for one of the public baths of Tihran, was a subterranean dungeon in which criminals of the worst type were wont to be confined. The darkness, the filth, and the character of the prisoners, combined to make of that pestilential dungeon the most abominable place to which human beings could be condemned."  Nabil , 'The Dawn Breakers'

The window in the upper right hand side of the piece is the window in the prison city of Akka, where the pilgrims after months of travel were allowed to see glimpses of Baha'u'llah's Face. It is a symbol of hope.

"The few pilgrims who, despite the ban that had been so rigidly imposed, managed to reach the gates of the Prison—some of whom had journeyed the entire distance from Persia on foot—had to content themselves with a fleeting glimpse of the face of the Prisoner, as they stood, beyond the second moat, facing the window of His Prison. " Shoghi Effendi, 'God Passes By'
Printing the words "chain" and "prisoner".

In "The Suffering" I have place the words "chains" and" Prisoner"mirroring each other, symbolic of the Twin Manifestation of God , The Bab and Baha'u'llah both of whom were imprisoned and placed in chains for Proclaiming their Faiths.

Creating this piece was heart wrenching for me, because of the subject. It was also challenging to use  symbolism in my art.  Many times I wanted to walk away from the piece, so heavy was my heart, but could not leave it unresolved. 
I started with the rust printing and then collaged  the prints with encaustic medium (bees wax and resin). There are many layers (at least 4) which give the piece a sense of depth, although, difficult to see in photos. Other encaustic painting technics such as incision rubbing  and scrapping are use to finish the piece.

"The Suffering"  and "The Tablet's of the Divine" (see next blog post) were created for my art project for The Wilmette Institute course on "The Bahai Faith and the Arts". To  learn more about Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith you can go to , or ask me:)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Vintage Find,Linoleum Cutters

Over the years I have found these goodies at garage sales.  The packet of linoleum squares the latest find, enticed me to give it a go.

I love the packaging.....I guess in this is from the 40's?

My first print on a rust print, I like!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Teaching the Next Generation

I am passing on the sewing skills  to my granddaughter, doing my part to carrying on the craft. I hope she gets as much joy out of sewing as I have (thanks Mom).

Her bag came out lovely. The jelly beans got us through the oops!

We had enough left over material for me to recover my kitchen chairs, bonus!