Monday, June 5, 2017

The Soul of An Octopus




I hope that someday
when I am gone,
someone,
somewhere,
picks my soul up
off of these pages 
and thinks,
"I would have loved her."

Nicole Lyons



Knit octopus brooches from kettle dyed merino wool. $45


I have found a myriad of ways to enjoy these diminutive five inch octopus brooches; from hair pins and sweater pins to hat pins and secretive guests.






Friday, April 7, 2017

Brave Little Rabbit Goes To The Beach

"Be brave, little rabbit.
Take a chance."
Cherise Sinclair




Have you ever heard the term, "madder than a March Hare"? Rabbits are known to go a little bonkers this time of year as Spring calls to them, stronger than it does to most animals. The normally shy and fearful rabbit becomes wild and excitable, reminding us to work through our fears with humility. I thought I might work through some shyness and fears of my own this past week, as I asked a dear friend to photograph me, wearing of course a rabbit printed dress I had recently sewn during the mad month of March.






















FYI

Photo credits: Jenna Davis.

Trusty sidekick: Echo, rat terrier extraordinaire.

Fabric designer: Kobayashi, Rabbits and Mushrooms
Dress sewing pattern: McCalls 6696, sewn in cotton/linen canvas
Bloomers sewing pattern: Plinka Pants by Tina Givens, sewn in 100% linen.
Sweater knitting pattern: Linney Cardigan by Amy Christoffers, knit in cotton/linen.







Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vulnerability

"She threw away all of her masks,
and put on her soul."
Francesca Silvanna



"Insight" Vulnerability III

About a year ago I began exploring the power and beauty of vulnerability through a series of paintings that involved the technique of excavating layers; from the skin down to the background. I wanted to show that encounters tinted with despair and powerlessness required the awesome courage of vulnerability to navigate with; that our experiences with being emotionally hurt will leave beautiful scars on our souls. Out of our vulnerabilities, will come our strength.

In "Tame" (Vulnerability I), we see an increased and tentative awareness to a state of anxiousness.


"Tame" Vulnerability I


By the time we view "Little Bird", we can see that anxiety is inhabiting the subject in an unsettling way, but that the subject is also experiencing a clarity of vision.


"Little Bird" Vulnerability II


The octopus is the ultimate symbol for adaptability, intelligence and insight. In "Insight" Vulnerability III, the subject is experiencing the very courageous act of self acceptance.


"Insight" Vulnerability III








Monday, February 6, 2017

"Perdu", a steampunk raven.


“Hey," said Shadow. "Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are." 


The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.

"Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.

"Fuck you," said the raven.” 

 Neil Gaiman, American Gods




"Perdu"
12" x 24" mixed media

$350