Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The elements that resulted from the dance with Nature during the period between February 28th and May 1st
have been bound into a book that's 9x12 inches in size.
The weathered pages of torn parchment show markings from photos, paintings, ink, rust, and pressure.
Other pieces from the Bundles are attached to those.
I stitched the pages together, and then to the front and back covers. The front cover is like the northern lights in rust. Inside the cover are pieces in an opened envelope, rusted nail, and a deep impression of a metal part.
The back cover is what remains of a large mixed media scene of taos mountain and studio in the sky on heavy arches paper.
Along the front cover edge over the stitching is a strip of canvas in rusty accord. The tag reads: "Memory lives in the heart"
scroll down for 5 more posts of pages and pieces!!
NOW, PLEASE WATCH THE YOUTUBE CLIP in the sidebar...reading my book of changes...
Saturday, July 25, 2009
One more week with Sas Colby and the 15 or so participants was profound. the theme this year was LESS IS MORE, and the artspirit playful.
2009's group all in black on the steps leading to Mabel's room before dinner. Below that, a photo of Mabel Dodge Luhan, Freda Lawrence, and Dorothy Brett. . .and my "less is more" painting of the 3.
we were asked to alter a postcard to ourselves over the week's time, and the last is what i did with mine. . .original had 2 women sitting on either end of the bench (attached to my first acrylic painting of the mountain from last fall/a globby mess now recycled into an elevating experience). i was ELEVATED with art in my head all week long, and the spirit still prevails here at home again while i work on my disintegration collaboration project.
i'll have more on the work done in sas's workshop, and the sites seen: the international folk art festival in santa fe; 2 very different houses: one north and one south of taos; and just some happy/beautiful snaps!!
Day 2, after overnight rest before drive up to taos, an early morning stroll through 144 countries.....1300 volunteers, over 20,000 expected visitors, and average income per booth for the weekend is $16,000, 90% going to the artists.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It's almost time to start packing for the return to TAOS, and to another week of workshops at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House with Sas Colby from the bay area who is a mixed media artist/bookmaker and the best teacher/facilitator that I know. Here are some of the pictures from last year. . .In the studio, artists going into all sorts of directions by the end of the week. The mountain air, Mabel's spirit, and Sas's incredible talents are drawing us into our own processes.
There will be 14 participants, 8 that are returning. The group dynamics, the cool nights in the old adobes, the fabulous 3 meals a day, and open studio 24 hours a day...are frosting on the cake that Sas creates with her vibrancy and the activities through which she leads us. I'm posting one of my paintings from last year of seed pods, the magic of materials yielding surprises to me. Beginning on my slow journey into art investigations at the age of 60 has provided me with just the way to occupy my mind and challenge my hesitancy during PART 3 of my life!!
I'll be up in those mountains an additional week to poke around with my camera, my newest best friend it seems.
I'm excited to be in my favorite place, see some of my favorite people, and find out what Sas evokes in me, and us, again.