A sneak peek at holiday ornaments...

I'm working up a few items for Christmas gifts. Above are some alcohol ink decorated ceramic balls. I decided  to hand dye silk ribbons to match. I love the difference that little detail makes.

I love these tear drop glass terrarium ornaments. I sprinkled sparkly gold metallic glass in the bottom, jazzed it up with a chain tassel, and added a tillandsia. What could be better than a plant that lives on and hangs in mid-air?






911 and the tree of life...

I am feeling shaky today. Like everyone who is old enough to remember the events of 911, I am reflecting. I was teaching art that day, and it wasn't until a friend brought her classroom of students to my door at 11:05 that I heard of the devastating news of the two planes, the twin towers, and the Pentagon. A friend of Jan's, someone as close as a brother, should have been in the are a of the Pentagon that morning, but somehow he was spared, but we didn't know that then. We prayed.

The photo above is part of a 2011 installation called "The Tree of Life Reclaimed." In scripture, the tree of life is said to span the river of life and its leaves are for the healing of the nations. Some say the metaphor of the leaves is related to medicinal teas. I wonder if they represent a place to gather for shelter. 

The news anchor at the Pentagon this morning noting how  much the crepe myrtle trees have grown since they were installed as part of the memorial to the souls who lost their lives fourteen years ago. "It was a bright blue beautiful day, just like today," she recollects, and then remarks on the trees as a measure of fleetting time.

I am out of touch with the friend who broke the news of the 911 attacks to me, but I still have her email so I jotted her a note, :

"Then we prayed for your friend Cindy's husband because he worked in the area of the Pentagon that was hit. The next day, you came to school in mismatched shoes. Our earth shook. They mention that the crepe myrtles at the Pentagon have grown so much since they were planted as part of the memorial, and it gave me new insight to the leaves of the tree of life being for the healing of the nations. Growing shade, like healing , takes time."


Cyanotype, toe tattoos and blue crime scenes... 










I experimented with cyanotype, applying photo chemicals to silk scarves, laying a variety of objects on the fabric, then exposing it to the sun.







Cut glass above, botanicals to the right and below, then plastic animals and barware.






                                                                                                                                                            Collateral damage. I wore gloves, but I didn't anticipate the dripping onto my toes. Cyanotype is not dye, it is a photograph, so have I just given myself a toes tattoo?                                                                                                                                                                   

When I taught young art students, we would sometimes use permanent marker. Invariably someone would get it on their hands and panic,"Mrs. Wayne, it's permanent!" "Don't worry," I would say, "when you are walking down the aisle on your wedding day, you will not have Sharpie on your fingers."

The ratty shirt I work in I think was improved by the spatter. I can't say the same for the floor in my studio. Have I been watching too much Dateline, or does this look like a Prussian blue crime scene?


How I relieve stress:

Emergency glitter key chains. Stocking up on stocking stuffers.Herding dinosaurs and wild animals. Actually, making a gaggle of planters.

Paint pretty places.


We recycled the recycled! 

I'm so excited that Joy's Horizon:Building Bridges can now be seen in Orlando, where many of the volunteers who collected, cut, and painted the more than 10,000 bottles live. It first appeared in October at Grand Rapid's annual ArtPrize event. You can read about the project here. Here is a photo of some of the volunteers that helped put up the 120 feet of wonder! We had so many helpers it only took about an hour to install. We had at least 17 people working on it, making quite a parade down Rosalind Ave. carrying the 25 foot sections. Then we got zippy and attached it to an existing fence around the Orange County Administration Building, in celebration of the upcoming Sculpture on the Lawn event. My installation will be on display for about one month so don't miss it, though if you drive down Rosalind you can't!

I am always so moved and humbled by the hundreds of people who help me sing this song of color.