Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Simpler Life

Lately, I feel that I'm running very fast and barely keeping pace with everything that needs to be taken care of. I long for a simpler life. A little cottage with a studio within walking distance, the possibility of travel at least once a year, a little garden, long spring and autumn seasons, time to read, a wood-stove to make my morning coffee and a languid stream nearby..... maybe a couple of chickens.
I beleive this little dream is particularly vivid just now because like just about everyone I know, I'm overwhelmed with things that have to be taken care of. I just need a little breathing room to re-assess my priorities, to daydream, to be creative without any agenda beyond the process itself. It's so difficult to find time to do this, and I would so love to learn to take this need seriously enough to put it at the top of my list. Even if all my responsibilities beat furiously at my door. To bolt the door and turn off the phone, to curl up in my chair and write at the top of my list for the day, 1. Daydream.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

On sunday I taught the fiber arts crown class at Castle in the air. we tried out lots of tricks and techniques including wet felting. I had nine wonderful students including Amelia who was turning eleven the next day and came to make a birthday crown. I count myself very lucky to spend the day in such fine company.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stephanie Metz

This weekend I took a class with Stephanie Metz, an amazing sculptor working in wool felt. she has the ability to make the felt seem solid and bonelike and I love the idea of taking the softest part of the animal and sculpting the bones with it. The sculls are my favourite but the work takes lots of suprising twists. I would really recommend seeing her work in person. information at;

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Paint your food

Today I finally ate a really good juicy peach, after suffering several of those beautiful giant peaches that turn out to be dry and sandy and tasteless (why is that?) you just can't tell from the outside. Peaches are always lovely to paint though.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

little Piglet

I just finished making my sample for the needlefelted piglet class, which is coming up soon at Castle in the Air. This little piggy is about 3.5 inches tall and fully jointed.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cosy mushroom cottage

cosy mushroom cottage

Here are a few photographs from my cosy mushroom cottage class at CASTLE IN THE AIR on tuesday, we had too much fun! and made an entire village of darling little cottages each one reflecting the unique personality of it's architect.