Oct 20, 2014
Some of you may remember that this summer I headed to Vermont for a live art installation at Wanderlust Festival. During the four days of the yoga festival, I worked on a 14 ft. mandala piece using only seeds, dried fruit, beans, grains, and other natural food ingredients.
The mandala depicted the different stages and elements of a seed's life: roots, sprouts, rain, sun, and flowers. In the photo above, I was forming organic vanilla bean into raindrops. The mandala was smelling so good!
The installment was part of the Kashi booth at Wanderlust, and the work was captured on film by a New York crew. For the last couple of hours I thought it'd be fun to get the community involved. So a number of folks jumped in to help finish the mandala piece, including a few children who had been watching the process from the start.
After snapping pictures of the finished work, the mandala was dismantled. The ingredients were then given to a local farmer to use as feed for his animals.
Here's a short video that Kashi put together of the art installment:
Jul 26, 2014
God speaks to me through the roar of an ocean and the wind's whisper in a forest. It's a message that rings true in my heart and mind. Know that I am God.
As I stand at the edge of the land and sea, I find comfort in His never changing ways. With every crashing wave, He declares His authority- and it's good and merciful.
This is the message that I've known all my life. I cling to its power and truth when I feel the world's darkness and grief surround me.
As a pastor's wife, I am constantly encountering stories of heartbreak and suffering. Abusive relationships, neglected children, addictions, cronic illnesses, and more. It's a side of my life that's never shared on the blog, yet it's such a significant part of my life.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Life is messy, and through my faith and art, I try to find clarity, order, and hope. Often times it's the simple things in life, like watching a sunset, that reminds us of our Maker and His faithfulness to us.
Jun 14, 2014
|Eagle Creek Trail, Oregon|
Now that the kids are out of school, I look forward to day trips to the coast and mountains. A couple of months ago, we hiked the Eagle Creek Trail in the gorge. The water was a little too chilly for wading, but, come July, I'll be ready for some creek walking!
My summer schedule is quickly filling up with family and work-related activities. Next week, I'm headed to Vermont for an art installation using food! During the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton Mountain, I'll be creating a 15 ft. mandala for Kashi using only natural food ingredients, like seeds, grains, beans, and nuts.
I love to cook, but this is the first time I've used food to create large scale art. It's been fun playing around with the different ingredients on our dining room table, and the vanilla bean, coconut, and cinnamon sticks make the room smell so good!
If you want to follow the the progress of my mandala art at Wanderlust Festival, I'll be posting pictures on Instagram.
Lately, I've also been busy creating new work for my online shops. Phenomenon is my newest art print, and it's available in two sizes.
Azure Mountain is currently available in my big cartel shop, as well as the weavings below. This weekend, I'm running a free shipping promotion. Use code HELLOSUMMER, and receive free shipping on your order.
|Weavings: Laguna, Summer Dream, Sea Breeze, Native Land|
May 5, 2014
|Home studio of ceramic artist Shelley Martin, Vitrified Studio.|
Shelley's work space is a converted garage. One section houses the kiln, and the other, her pottery wheels. For the studio event, the garage was stocked with her current collection and sample pieces. As you can see from the photo below, I snatched some beautiful wares.
|where I paint|
So, for the past few months, I have been casually looking for a new studio space. I do love the character of converted warehouse spaces (especially with a view of downtown Portland!). But, the monthly lease is often times equal to a mortgage payment!
After touring a few spaces around town, I'm now leaning towards building a studio in our backyard. As we meet with a team of folks over the next few weeks to discuss this possibility, I'm getting very excited about the idea of designing my own studio space. But, I'm trying not to get ahead of myself.
Until then, I've been rearranging my current space to better serve my needs. I've added a bit more storage, which you can never have enough of as an artist. For me, my physical surroundings has a pretty big impact on my creative rhythm and production. So having an organized studio space creates a more positive work environment.
The past few weeks, I have also been quite busy adding new items to my Etsy shop, including more mini mountain paintings on cedar and larger eco-friendly prints.
Through tomorrow, I'm running a special promotion on the new prints. For details, visit my Etsy shop here.
Apr 1, 2014
|my friend, Korinne, with my newly finished crocheted blanket|
It's so satisfying to finish a project, especially one that has taken nearly two years! I started crocheting this zigzag blanket to use up my nice yarn remnants. I must be horrible at estimating yardage because I ran out of yarn early on in the process. So, some of you may remember that I swapped art for yarn on my blog awhile back. I wanted to primarily use remnants or reclaimed yarn for this blanket, but I eventually had to purchase new yarn ($$!).
Although this project took much longer than expected, I am thrilled with how it turned out. It's actually quite dense, and the family has already put it to good use on some of the chilly nights we've had in Portland.
|wood and shells from the Oregon coast|
|we stopped at the Wilson River on our way home|
|My sweet husband helped me set up the loom within hours of getting back from Africa.|
I liked how they turned out, so I tied them to driftwood and added them to my online shop. I recently updated my shop with new weavings, including this piece handwoven on the lap loom:
Mar 6, 2014
In the summer of 2013, I was excited to receive an email from Urban Outfitters expressing their interest in my art. I had never licensed my art before, so, naturally, I had lots of questions about the whole process. From the get-go, the company was very receptive to my questions and requests, including those involving the manufacturing of my art.
After working closely with Urban Outfitters for several months, I am thrilled to announce that my art is now available in their stores! There are three pieces in the collection, and all the items are made domestically. Exclusive to Urban Outfitters are the two works on wood slab- Journey and Cascade. Mountain, which is a 13" x 13" print, is printed on archival paper with archival inks.
Also at Urban Outfitters are the lovely works of Portland artists Betsy Walton and Yellena James. When I had a brick and mortar shop in town, I used to carry art made by both of these talented ladies. Feast your eyes on these stunning wall murals by Betsy and Yellena:
Portland artist Ashley Goldberg has been working with Urban Outfitters since 2008. Along with her beautiful wall art, she has her own bedding collection!
A fun little fact: my vintage mini loom belonged to Ashley G.
Feb 21, 2014
President's Day was this week, and two things came to mind. I need to prune my roses and it's free admission day at the Portland Japanese Garden. Seeing that it was a damp and drizzly day, I chose the latter.
I first wrote about this enchanting place last year in this blog post. I have been meaning to visit in the springtime when the plants and trees are in bloom. Rhododendrens and azaleas especially thrive in this wet environment, and I love the vibrancy of their flowers.
Strolling through the garden is such a peaceful experience. And I am reminded how beauty is often in the simplest of things.
This week, I worked on a small linocut of Mt Hood. It was nice to leisurely work on a project without the worries of deadlines or expectations. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with the prints yet. I could leave them as they are or add details to the sky. What do you think?
Feb 14, 2014
|my weaving corner|
|a vintage mini loom and a Leclerc rigid heddle loom|
My intrigue with fiber arts goes back 30 years. When I was ten, I learned how to knit from my aunt- thereby making the longest scarf known to mankind. At this time, I also enrolled in a weaving class and a family friend introduced me to hand quilting.
As an adult, I've had to relearn some of these skills. And it wasn't until I purchased a vintage loom in 2012 that I picked up weaving again. Like quilting or knitting, weaving is very meditative. It's a great balance to my painting process because it's repetitive and much more tactile. I love working with texture and color, and weaving has become for me another outlet for creative experimentation and discovery.
When I started making handwoven wall hangings, I wasn't expecting weaving to become such a fad. The boho chic movement has definitely helped the weaving craze. And fiber artists are getting wide exposure as retailers, like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, are carrying handwoven wall hangings and weaving kits.
The attention has been well deserved for many weavers. I have been following a few of them for awhile now and have loved seeing their unique styles evolve. Here are some of my favorites.
|All Roads // Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty|
|Native Line // Justine Ashbee|
|Brook&Lyn // Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz|
|New Friends // Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski|
As for my own collection, I am currently selling some weavings on the newly launched Hunters Alley, a sister site to One Kings Lane. My handwoven wall hangings are also available in my Big Cartel shop, and, this week, I'm running a 20% off sale thru Feb. 15th. Just enter promo code MADEWITHLOVE at checkout.