I am just about to head into the studio; the pickle pot is warm, those berries are now history, the puppies are sleepy and the day has turned shockingly cold and misty for July. But first I thought I would share a list with you, a list I sat down and took the time to write out over a cup of chai.
(and on that note, tell me if you're interested in the BEST recipe for a completely herbal, vegan "chai" - I'll gladly share)
I've been sparse on the web lately, sparse on words in general, but pouring every ounce of energy into the studio. It's a building period, a time of stretching and growing, even if there is not too much to show. I'm striving for deeper, richer, maybe a little raw around the edges, freer, lighter, and ever, ever truer. Thinking on all this, I put pencil to paper and wrote out a short list of my current inspirations, those things I am thinking on, meditating on, working on when I sit down at the bench or tie my apron around my neck.
I'd love to share them with you.
~ The Current List of Inspiration ~
~ The lilting, curving, swooping flight patterns of swallows
~ Wild fennel blooms
~ Topographies, radiating landmasses, concentric circles
~ The rich, undulating minty green of variscite
~ The alizarin stain of raspberries on skin
~ Medicine wheels, cyclical imagery
~ Night creatures
~ The venation patterns of dragonfly wings and arugula blossoms
~ Wild grass seed heads in both their tightly woven geometry and nonsensical sprawl
~ Key holes, tiny windows, mysterious pockets that hold whole worlds within our world
~ Barn owls, always barn owls.
And sometimes, they all come together.