Summer week 7.

Firstly, eek! Where has summer gone? It seems like suddenly it is time to write lesson schedules and plan for a new term. It also means it is almost time to install a new work for a faculty show at one of the colleges where I teach. So that’s mostly what I have been tinkering with this week. Having thought about this work all summer and procrastinated, I am now nervous and uncertain about whether it’s going to work. Stay tuned I guess!

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black and white & read all over!

Today I’d like to start out with a plug, the amazing Seth Apter over at The Altered Page is publishing a book. (I have mentioned this before as I am included in the book in a small way.) Seth will be holding a book signing event in NYC. You can read all about it here. Seth is a great guy who has created a really inclusive mixed media community through brilliant blogging. I have worked on some of his projects and I hope I will be able to work with him again in the future. Congratulations to Seth and all the other artists involved in the book.

And now for another plug – before the holidays my photographer friend Jennifer and I applied for a grant to fund a project idea we had. I am proud to announce that we received that funding and are embarking on a crazy big art event! It all began last year on SWAN Day, our little, hastily planned event was such a success I wanted to think of ways to keep the momentum going. I live in a great community filled with creative people, but as in so many other small places we are often invisible and can feel isolated from the art world at large. A casual conversation turned into an opportunity to stage a large exhibit of women’s art work, and from there the whole thing sort of snowballed into a two month long extravaganza. There will be workshops, lectures, art salons where artists can talk about their work, an art market and a day long series of events on SWAN Day that will culminate with the unveiling of a new installation created by Jenn and myself in partnership with the community. I am excited, scared and amazed at how this has all come together – you can find all the details of what is going on over on (where else) the project blog!

OK that’s the news, over to the weather (in the studio) which is hot, hot, hot!! Not literally of course because it is winter, but because ideas seem to be flooding into me faster than I can get them down. This new series of bindings is exciting and challenging and has broken the creative log dam. I am working and sketching furiously, and new things keep on bubbling up. This is a welcome relief after all the worrying at the end of my last project. Isn’t it amazing how one tiny idea can become the germ of a whole body of work? Lots of work to do, so I leave you with a picture of another new binding. And one tiny complaint – again the universe sends me a tedious repetitive series of ideas, just punching the holes for this binding took over an hour – but I am not really complaining – happy to be productively back at work!! Still trying to figure out the best way to execute these with good tension…hmmm on to the next one!!

room for utopia

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism


All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.

TONI MORRISON, Online NewsHour interview, Mar. 9, 1998

But this is our utopia, enter all who dare!

Sorry the work is beyond my skills as a photographer, hopefully I can convince some friends to get much better pictures!

art in the wild

Where has Deb been? All this week in addition to being in the studio I am teaching an Andy Goldsworthy style installation class at Jamestown Audubon. I took pictures, but my friend Jen also took pictures and hers are MUCH better so here’s a link. Those of you who are regular visitors know this is my absolute favorite thing to teach, playing in the woods is so much fun, every grown up should do it once a week. I think you can tell from the pictures that everyone is just having a fabulous time, including me. The picture above was our first attempt at a Goldsworthy style egg/seed form. It is a bit wonky and not too symmetrical, but we learned so much making it we are going to give it another shot tonight! Things are chugging along in the studio, still not much I can share, nothing in progress is at a very interesting stage, so I leave you with another secret Belgium binding that I made. I LOVE this paper! If you want to try making one, the directions are online here. Well back to work, I hope you are having a wonderful day, it is breezy and cooler and marvelous here!