Meanwhile, here's a bit of what I've been up to in the studio. I have several pieces still in the works, but here are two that are finished. I apologize again for the bad photos, but tomorrow I'll take the official shots of the work so I can post these pieces in my shop....in the meantime, you can get a feel for them I think...I hope!
I've been continuing the practice of making found text poems on a weekly basis for my other blog MissouriBendPaperWorks and this piece started out its life there on the post for March 2nd. I've also been posting them for sale in my shop, but thought I'd change things up a bit and so I dipped this one in beeswax and because the poem itself was only on the lower half, the upper half was asking for attention....although wasn't sure quite how it needed to be resolved. Eventually this dragonfly stamped onto a teabag that had been floating around the studio was dipped in beeswax and sewn to the page. And then another little fragment...a little circle cut from a printed copy of an old photograph from the albums my mother kept since long before I was born. Two little stitches hold it to the page....you probably can't read the poem in this photo...the text reads:
what little we know
driven to act the clown
with one side
the other strong
This appears to be Botanical Specimen no.5....those colorful shapes look like something under the microscope...they are teeming in their centers with activity in the form of tiny stitches. I still think these pieces I'm calling botanical specimens appear to be more biological in nature...but then I also like to think that they come from a time before life differentiated into plant and animal....before this was this and that was that. Anything could have happened and we're surrounded by what did happen...and is still happening!