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.
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ok here is the second paper cut in the series ‘home economics’ that i just completed. i am currently working on getting a website up and running! that will be very exciting when that is finished, and it means that i can get into research for my next project. i have been moving a bit slow this week due to some stomach pain and sinus problems. but i am hoping i feel energetic and back to my usual self next week, this week i have just been tired. so i have accomplished a lot of knitting!
in other news we had a teaser of spring where i saw the ground. then we promptly got dumped with 8 inches of snow and more to come tonight. the day after it snowed i felt like a six year old, as i came really close to throwing a temper tantrum that i just did not want anymore snow.
well we can only hope that spring is indeed on its way! more creative spaces here.
it has finally stopped snowing, but the blizzard of the century seems to have fallen a little flat, although it is certainly cold enough. so in the art department of little house farms i have been working on a commission paper cut that i finished today, but will not post until after it has been sent in the mail! otherwise i have been trying to take it easy. on sunday i worked on quilting a quilt i made for patrick for his 30th birthday. he just turned 34, and we have been sleeping with it on our bed, with it being full of safety pin,s for the past four years. the only impetus for me to complete the project is that i wanted to make another quilt, but it was gently suggested that i finish the first one i made before starting another one. well after machine quilting for 4 hours my back had had enough. i think the quilting was just the tipping point. i think what really did it was the month of drawing and cutting paper in a hunched over position, while sitting in a crappy chair with a flat top table. so now i am in search of an adjustable height good quality used drafting table and most importantly, an ergonomic drafting chair. any suggestions would be welcome. so instead of starting lots of new projects i have been laying around with a hot water bottle on my back. in the meantime i finished a hat i was working on. it was a pattern picked out for patrick, and made using some bamboo/wool/angora yarn i had on hand. i gave it a few stripes because i did not have enough of any one yarn to finish it. when it was complete patrick liked it well enough to call it his own. i really like using the bamboo/wool yarn, it is really soft and warm and was great to work with. check out more creative spaces here and details about the hat here.
well i finished off all 8 of the paper cuts i have been working on for the past two and a half weeks. i am really pleased with how they look grouped together. it was fun having a big project to work on, and quite easy to find myself working in the studio daily.
the other thing i have accomplished is a finished first draft of my artist statement and a narrative for the grant i am applying for. those were both really painful to work on. it is hard to write about oneself and not make it sound like a fifth grade oratory report. but both are done, or at least there is something to work from now, and off to friends for some editing and then back to me for revisions. still i am quite happy with the progress.
i am going to start judging projects with the amount of audio books i have gone through to complete them. this was a six book project. to give you an idea of scale, each piece is 19″ x 19″ square.
in the evening i have also been obsessively knitting. i taught myself how to knit lacy patterns. they were much easier than i had thought they would be. that gets me one step closer to the only goal i have set for myself for 2011, and that is to make a sweater. here is the first lacy pattern i completed, the pattern is from ravelry.
i only had one skein of yarn, so it is a little on the short side, but i thought i might attach a couple buttons and figure out how to crochet some button loops. after i finished this pattern i made a beret for myself that i was quite pleased with. i thought the yarn was more purple than red but it changes in the light.
i have been wearing it all day inside because it has been quite cold, along with two sweaters and wool socks.
check out more creative spaces over here!!
i have to say that as far as animals go, i like the raccoon. i am sure i would sing a different tune if they decided to rifle through my trash cans. i know that we have raccoons in the old warehouse (with no roof that is filled with trash) behind our house. i went into the backyard a few weeks ago to brush the snow off the entrances of my bee hives and knock on their sides. i was the first human to traipse across the snow, but not the first creature by far. i saw the distinctive marks of the rabbits that like to eat my pea shoots, and one day i will reclaim those pea shoots by eating those rabbits. in detroit we have a large population of pheasants, and they are much easier to spot in the winter, as well as having lovely snow marks, you can see feet marks and a graceful nonlinear line from where their long tail feather has followed behind them. squirrel marks are very spastic, as they move a round a lot. a few were unidentified, but i suspect a possum. then there were these curious little marks that looked like a combination of a miniature human hand and a star, each print perfectly shaped. raccoons usually mean trouble to the homeowner, or dweller. they are clever and sneaky, two traits i admire greatly. their agile little paws can open things that in theory they shouldn’t be able to. so when i bought some felting needles and a bag of dyed wool i took the raccoon as my inspiration.
i made this mini raccoon while watching a documentary with patrick. i was on the fence about wanting to see it, so i decided that i would multitask. i ended up enjoying the movie and making a raccoon at the same time!
he turned out so cute that i couldn’t keep him to myself. so we gave him to patrick’s aunt janet for christmas. we figured she would enjoy him a lot.
i haven’t had much time to create any new creatures or artwork in the past two months. i am very much looking forward to april when i have more time to play and create things.
i am in full speed christmas make presents mode. this was a cut i had originally made for the lovely lady that gave birth to me almost 31 years ago, but decided that it didn’t stand alone quite well enough. it is from an old folk tale called the goblin and the grocer. i have been thinking as of late that i want to do a large series that retell old folktales. so this was a good study, but i think more panels are necessary for the full retelling. but this little image is about 9″x12″ and is up for sale if anyone falls in love with it, just email me about the price. in more exciting news my sister had a baby!!! i am now auntie stacey. ezra james lewis was born last thursday, weighing in at 6 lbs. 8 oz. i saw a picture, and he definitely looks like a newborn alright. all newborns sort of look like human piglets in a hat. but i can tell he will be a looker, after all he is half malasky. if i do not post again until after the holidays, have happy holidays!!!! oh by the way if you are looking for some last minute gifts my friend eve makes the dreamiest leather bags i have ever seen, check her out her etsy shop.