As a contemporary sculptural artist I've been exploring the traditional art of weaving with plant fibers since 1985. I gather materials respectfully, recycling bark off of trees that are being cut down, pruning selectively to encourage the growth and health of plants, and replanting at every opportunity. I enjoy sharing the lessons I've learned from my generous teachers.
Being a hands-on, low-tech type person, I will do my best to make weekly (or at least monthly) posts. I like writing about the making process, worthwhile community projects, and sharing practical ideas of what the seasons have to offer those who are longing to live creatively within the rhythms of the natural world.
As the solstice quietly approaches and the natural light diminishes, it seems quite natural to look inward. I search those creative alcoves and journals, the spaces and places where ideas have been lingering. Which of these embers will be born into the material world as the daylight returns? I wonder. Here are some favorite pieces I made in […]Read More
Here’s a sneak preview of some new work in wild cherry bark. I’ve got many more pieces yet to be photographed where I’ve used a variety of barks I’ve been collecting over the years. What fun it is to finally make the time to work with materials I’ve been collecting and preserving for so many years! I’ll be […]Read More
Last summer our fig trees needed pruning. So these workers pealed the trimmings last July, using metal butter knives and their nimble fingers. They created some very inventive pouches which smell like the sweetness of figs to this day. But one word of warning! After working with the fresh bark, please wash your hands very […]Read More
Imagine, four sunny days, eating scrumptious meals, hiking the campus trails, swimming in the lake, and weaving together in a creative atmosphere!Read More
Come to the page and rest, says Julia Cameron in her book “The Artist’s Way”. I have desired this as I do every May. In spring, as the anticipation of its promised glories slowly creep into winter-weathered bones, the business of the season, all that is required, overtakes us like a Tsunami. Planting seeds; […]Read More
We are fortunate that Persephone Farms is in Indianola, growing wonderful local food.Read More