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more john chapman

in the course of one week we have gone from almost 100 degree temperatures to rain and lows in the 50’s.  it is truly starting to feel like fall.  i love fall, it is actually my favorite season.  but i don’t love that winter follows it so closely.  fall in michigan always seems so short in comparison to fall in maryland.  winter comes much more quickly here.  in preparation for my show that is currently up i spent a lot of time reading about the life of john chapman ( aka johnny appleseed) and pioneer times.  winter during those times was a life or death situation, but with the rising costs of food, gas, oil and the shrinking job possibilities it seems that winter is becoming more of a life or death situation to more people.  john chapman was tough rugged man.  he lived largely outdoors and alone, surviving the elements and living off the earth.  he was an animal lover and committed vegetarian.  he fervently believed in the new church of swedenborg and spent most of his life planting apple orchards spreading the good word.  as a man he is very different from the myth that was created around him.  the myth softened the edges and gentled the wild man, and made a more palatable version of this man.  ultimately, as these things often go, the man is much more interesting than the myth.  below is a paper cut from my series about his life.  more creative spaces here.

hiding in the reeds


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my creative space

today is a good day.  mainly, for the reason that i have electricity and can work in my studio again.  we had some crazy thunderstorms saturday evening that knocked out our power.  unfortunately the electric company didn’t turn it on until 4am yesterday.  so i spent several hours yesterday cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer.  we had purchased some durian popsicles a few weeks ago to try, and had only eaten one (correction patrick ate one-i took one bite and decided i didn’t need anymore), as a result there was melted durian popsicle on everything in the freezer.  so now our house smells like a combination on durian and kim-chi (there were a couple jars of this in the fridge that i composted because they had already been in there for quite some time).  so now with the weather a pleasant 72 degrees outside i am airing out the house.  so not much has been going on in the studio over the past few days.  instead i spent time at book stores, picking cherries, reading and knitting by headlamp.  but it is back to the grind today.  my space is quite messy as i am planning my projects, which is a new thing for me, i usually jump right in.  so i have been sketching, creating a to-scale diorama of the gallery space (so i can figure out how many pieces to create and how many frames to buy and of what size), gardening, spending time with cute babies and their lovely mamas, and that is about it.  so here goes for some photos of all.  more creative spaces here.


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june, really?

ok i am going to make this brief as i am baby watching at the moment.  the baby is sleeping in her chair beside me on the kitchen counter.  she seems to really like the kitchen.  so here is a quick catch-up and new challenge for me.  first off the baby is not mine, but resides with some dear friends whom just introduced her to the world a little over 2 weeks ago.  i have been super busy with gardens, bees and artwork.  we have a lot of beautiful lettuce in the garden, almost ready for harvest, planted all our tomatoes (which are now being destroyed by rabbits!!) irises are in full bloom, and almost finished.  we harvested all the spinach that we planted in august (about a bushel) and finally ripped the plants out.  i requeened our hive at our house, my first time ever doing that, and am hoping that they accept her.  i have quite a few art projects in the works to post about in the upcoming months.  i have been very bad about updating on here, so i am challenging myself to post a picture a day for the next week to get myself back into the swing of things.   check out more creative spaces here.

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and finally. . . .

after years of talking about it, i have a website!  that is why the look of this blog has changed, if you were wondering.  i made the website through other people’s pixels.  it was really easy to use, and i am quite pleased with the results.  the website is:

in other exciting news i finished my first sweater!  it is a baby sweater for friends who are expecting at the end of april.  i of course could not wait until the baby shower to give it to them, so it is already in their possession.  more information about the sweater and pattern here.  and more creative spaces here.


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this week

this past week i was in between knitting projects.  i finished one and was waiting for the gauge tests to dry for the next.  i have been knitting so much lately that it felt weird to not have a project going on.  so i decided to make something small with some yarn i had laying around. almost three years ago i made my first stuffed animal.  i gave her to patrick, as he gets the brunt of things i make on a whim.  well this creature still lives at out house, and i decided to make her a scarf.  it is very small, ridiculous, and cute.

i think she looks warmer.  in other news after the thaw of a two weeks ago, and before the other dump of snow last week i investigated our quick hoops in the garden.  we actually had some lettuce, spinach, beet greens, minutina, and turnips alive.  so i harvested some greens and turnips and we ate salad, and quick pickled turnips with dinner.  de-li-ci-ous!  anything coming out of the garden in february will taste good, just for the pure amazement of it.

even though true spring is still a ways off, i can feel it in the air. my thoughts have drifted towards damp earth, sprouting seedling and the rush of pollen and nectar.  i checked the bees today at earthworks and had surprisingly fewer deaths than i had anticipated.  they are anxious for spring, as am i.  soon the maples will be blooming, and it is all downhill from there.  the maples are the first real pollen source for the ladies, and a welcome source of protein.  gwen (my beekeeping cohort) picked up a mass of shop lights from the hardware store for various growers in the area today (to start seedlings under) and dropped ours off to me after we checked the bees.  so now i am thinking of making my crop schedule and plan, of mixing soil, making bee tea as a spring tonic for the ladies, the smell of fish emulsion and just looking for an excuse to be outside.  i am thinking of the urgency of spring, but also reminded to slow down, inhale, and realize what a beautiful life i truly have.

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post valentine

well happy post valentines day, i hope yours was lovely no matter how you spent it.  we usually do not celebrate with gifts and such,  but getting a valentine is still quite nice.  i, in fact spent valentine with my own sweetie and two other sweeties that we are friends with.  it was very nice even though i spent most of the day feeling quite ill after accidentally eating a dish with peanut butter in it on sunday.  i realized that after abstaining from anything with peanuts in it for the better part of 4 years i am still extremely intolerant.  but in other valentine news i was commissioned to make a valentine gift for a someone else’s sweetie.  i wasn’t going to post it until after she had received it in the post and given it.  but here goes, it was the ninth paper cut i finished in a two week span.  sarah, feel free to repost the photo!

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out of the studio

this week i haven’t made any new art, but i have been organizing, having work photographed, toning photos, and writing and re-writing narratives and artist statements.  on a more domestic front i have been baking bread, making soup, making yogurt and knitting.  i also ordered a fancy new drafting chair so i don’t cripple myself.

luckily for me, my friend charlie is a fantastic photographer, has access to nice lights, and offered to take photos for me.  so i spent a pleasant afternoon at his studio in ann arbor taking pictures of work.  there was a lot of painters tape involved, as it is my favorite on the spot hanging stuff up tool.  the photos came out really nice and we even played around a bit with the lighting by shimming the cuts off the wall by about an inch.  they almost make your eyes sore, but look really cool.  here is a photo of ‘knitting’ flat:



and this is the same image with directed lighting:

knitting shadows

i haven’t taken a photo of the current hat i am knitting yet, as it still looks like a wooly blog.  but i think we may have an overload of hats now.  this week i am off to buy wool for my sweater!!  i am very excited about that.  check out more creative spaces over here.




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