A little piece for the Empty Bowls fund raiser to help fight hunger in Longmont. It's not a little as it appears in this photo, which I really love. The arm and hand of my new mannequin friend in the studio. We'll also be gathering with neighbors and friends to paint some bowls for the event...always fun.
Chrysalis : a protecting covering : a sheltered state or stage of being or growth
apropos...in many ways. I have been sheltering this project
but...I feel I have finally made some sort of breakthrough...I have had this large project, in my head, but am having a hard time bringing it to life. My exhibit, The Mythology and Migration of the Monarchs, will be installed at the end of May, not all that far away.
I have been working in a new studio...my friends big space in our dying mall, I came here because of the size of the installation.
It was too large, this idea...not enough hours in the day.
I scaled back...more comfortable, more manageable...
I think I can DO this.
this is one piece of several and will consist a wall of corn plants and milkweed...crawling with larger than life Monarch caterpillars.
The Monarch migration this year was devestatingly small. Mexico is doing much in deterring the logging that was decimating the oyamel forests where the butterflies over winter. Now the blame falls squarely on our shoulders for the dwingling milkweed, the Monarch caterpillars only food source.
The big three causes of the decline in the Monarch migration;
I ventured out in it last night for an artist talk in Ft Collins and to see the traveling exhibit Innovators and Legends, Generations in Textiles and Fibers. Three of my former teachers are represented as well as alumni and pretty much a whose who in fiber art. Very inspirational and wonderful to reconnect with old friends.
I have a big exhibit coming up in the spring and this gave me the needed kick in the pants to start getting some of my ideas out of the sketchbook and into the world.