Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm back! Had a busy weekend at Broad Ripple (which included a little rain, a little wind, and a chilly morning on Sunday), the largest show I've participated in thus far. I didn't even get to walk around and see everything! Only the artists in the area I was in, on the Green. Some beautiful things there-- I was right next to a welder who made fantastic (and affordable) garden sculptures, and somehow ended up coming home with one myself. Sitting there all weekend looking at cool art sometimes has that result.

Anyway, I'm back at it now, getting some new things underway for my June shows. I've been dyeing paper-- I'll post some pictures soon!

Monday, May 11, 2009

I had a wonderful weekend at the Spring Blossom Art Festival. Friday it was rainy, Saturday it was a bit windy and chilly (if you forgot your jacket, like I did), but Sunday was sunny and mild and perfect and lots of folks came out to take in the art fair and music.

I was honored to receive 1st place in the Jewelry medium again this year! A perfect start to the show season.

Now I'm busy, busy, busy getting ready for the Broad Ripple art show next weekend. I have earrings to make and necklaces to assemble into wearable form. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

This weekend is my first show for the season, The Spring Blossom Arts Festival in Nashville, Indiana. Last year we got rained on in a big way-- let's hope for good weather this time around. If you're in Indiana, stop on by! If you're in Bloomington, come to Nashville to avoid IU's commencement traffic!

The booths are scattered throughout the downtown, I'm not sure yet where I'll be (hopefully not down a sidestreet and up a hill like last year, *cough cough*).

Friday 5-8pm
Saturday 10-7
Sunday 10-3

Friday, May 1, 2009

On the Pleasure of Taking up One's Pen

"Among the sadder and smaller pleasures of this world I count this pleasure: the pleasure of taking up one's pen." --Hilaire Belloc

The latest issue of the Letter Arts Review arrived while I was in Scotland last week (the philosopher and I were visiting St. Andrews), and I tucked into it with delight immediately upon my return. I believe it's launched me on another calligraphy kick-- not that I had stopped calligraphing, but the text-free torn wabi-sabi pieces have, as you know, been taking up a lot of my attention lately.

The current issue is the annual juried issue, where calligraphers the world over send in their best and, with luck, it's selected by a very picky editorial staff for publication. It's the best of the best, and always inspiring. My favorite issue of the year.

The pieces featured range from simple, traditional black-on-white lettering, to digital lettering and typface design, more painterly pieces, bound artists' books, stonecarving, calligraphed tea caddies, installation pieces, performance pieces (really!), and (my personal favorite) a calligraphed refridgerator. Suddenly, the possibilities seem endless.

I am moved, once again, to take up my pen. I'll let Hilaire Belloc have the last word as well:

"God bless you, pen of work, pen of drudgery, pen of letters, pen of posings, pen rabid, pen ridiculous, pen glorified. Pray, little pen, be worthy of the love I bear you, and consider how noble I shall make you some day, when you shall live in a glass case with a crowd of tourists round you every day from 10 to 4; pen of justice, pen of the saeva indignatio, pen of majesty and of light. I will write with you some day a considerable poem; it is a compact between you and me. If I cannot make one of my own, then I will write outsome other man's; but you, pen, come what may, shall write out a good poem before you die, if it is only the Allegro."