It seems like the weather is finally warming and things are all green. It is the perfect time to get collect inspiration for my art and design projects. Some leave stamps and screens for printing are in the works. I have several classes coming up around the Tidewater area, so check out that page for all the locations and dates.
This coming Saturday April 23rd I will be doing some embroidery and hand stitch work demonstrations at the Oak Level House in Isle of Wight as part of the Virginia Historic Garden Week. Make sure you visit my studio in the Arts Center @319 in downtown Smithfield.
It has been a crazy time with several projects not working out, and just a lot of downs and not many ups this year. SA has been doing most of the garden work and I really miss being out in the plants and soil, so am making an effort to get outside-even in the winter and work in the garden. It is so much a part of my creative inspiration. Only one more design event next weekend, here’s to hoping for a big, positive finish, with my art, before the Holidays.
SA and I had a relaxing weekend on the Eastern Shore in Onancock. We stayed at the lovely Charlotte Hotel and restaurant, and really enjoyed our visit to long time friends Nancy and Brenda and their wonderful new home and studios. Also, had time to stop by the new Shooting Star(who has some of my textile work available), in Cape Charles.
I used to work in coal mining, creating environmental designs for coal removal and reclaimation. With all the spills and containing pond failures in recent news, it has me thinking about all that has been done to the area where I used to live. I left long ago when all the rules changed and you could see that the environment was not going to be an important part of the region.
My life has been through many changes both location and my work, since those years working in Van Lear, KY. Whenever I go back, now it is sad to see how much damage has been done, and all the people have been hurt physically and economically. I don’t know how it all went so wrong, and when money became more important then human life and the natural resources. I think it has not been good for us, and hope we can change our way of thinking, so we can help everyone, including mother nature. We are all in this together after all
Even though it is winter I still love the soft, muted colors of the yard and garden. We have been talking and planning for some changes in the outdoor space for next year, slways on the look out for ways to make it more sustainable and add more food to the household. Looking forward to a the new year with many ideas. Hope you all have a fun New Years Eve! See you next year.