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February: Charlotte’s Web Comes to Life

Hey all!

Well, this is almost a month late in posting – but I DID actually finish this project the last week of February.. it just took me a while to actually put it up outdoors and get some pictures taken of it. I finally had some free time this afternoon to tackle it.

As you may remember, February’s project was temporary sculpture with the theme friendship. I ended up doing two projects for this – one was the friendship sculpture posted earlier in which a few good friends and I created a nature sculpture from sticks, twigs, and leaves.

The second project was to bring Charlotte’s iconic “some pic” web to life!

The above image is certainly one of the most memorable of E.B. White’s classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web. This story so beautifully captures the idea of true, loyal friendship to me. Being one of my favorite books as a child, the idea of bringing this to life in the form of a temporary sculpture that I could share with the world really got me excited! Below is the finished project – created from dead vines and twigs.

I soaked the dead vines in warm water in order to work with them. Once soft, they are actually quite flexible and strong. I attempted a few methods of tying the twigs on – without any good results – so I eventually settled on hot-gluing them to the vine-web.

This project certainly turned out to be more time-consuming that I thought – probably around 10-15 hours. I actually got pretty attached to this guy after putting all that work into it. It was definitely a bit hard to say goodbye as I left it tied up aside a walking trail just north of my house. Although it helps to imagine someone coming across it – perhaps this book was a favorite of theirs as a child too – and for a moment they will be reconnected to that childlike wonder once more. =)

Tata!
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P.S. If you live in the DFW area and happen to get a kick to go discover this little jewel yourself, it can be found on the southern end of White Rock Park Trail (near the small creek that flows under the trail).

Reflections on February

Hi all!

The lovely people who helped to make my February project a reality were nice enough to share a bit of their experience and thoughts on our event (they are awesome like that!), so I thought I would share it with all of you. Who knows, maybe our little friendship art party will inspire others to try something similar with their friends! =)

A few thoughts from my ever supportive boyfriend, Andrew…
“It was nice getting out in the ‘wilderness’ away from the seething mass of humanity and getting back to basics with the sculpture. We walked out into the woods having no clue as to what we were doing or how we’d do it. It just emerged somewhere along the way, and made me really appreciate the primitive nature of just sitting around, gathering twigs and shaping them into something special.”

The wonderfully crafty and creative Becky added…
“I am so glad I decided to participate in this event. There’s something indescribably special about the simple activity of gathering bits of nature and arranging them. The four of us easily took on roles, worked together, and in just a couple of hours, made something cool. It was also a great excuse to get some needed exercise, and quality time with Mother Nature. The site was PERFECT. What wouldn’t look great on the white stones? And the water moving over the rocks next to us provided a natural soundtrack for our creation. Thanks for getting me off my butt to make something! I am left inspired and wanting more!”

And joyful and grace-filled Micaela chimed in to say…
“This was one of my favorite days. As always, I am constantly inspired by you. Thanks so much for being part of my life and infusing me with your vibrant love of life!” aw shucks =)

Indeed, we are definitely going to have to plan more friendship art parties to keep on spreading all this goodness! I encourage you to try one with your friends. You don’t even need a plan really, all it takes is a little courage. I think the scariest part was actually sending out the invite. As soon as I sent it, I was instantly overcome by that horrible childhood fear.. you know the one.. “what if no one comes to my party?!?!” But I guess if you really want to do something you just take a deep breath and have faith that it will work out. Before you know it – you’re making something really special with some pretty cool people.. and you leave knowing that you have left it there as a gift to all who will visit after you.

Farewell for Tonight!
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February: Friendship Sculpture Party!

Hey everyone!

Well its just an hour or so until the new month hits – and I’ve just finished up the last details of my final February project. Unfortunately, that one will have to wait until I can photograph it tomorrow..

In the meantime, I am delighted to share with you the other project I did for this month! Or should i say… WE did! In keeping with the cards I chose for the month, being “temporary sculpture” themed on “friendship”, I organized a friendship party this past weekend. A few fabulous friends and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon collecting sticks, branches, grasses and all things natural at a local hike/bike trail. We gathered everything together in a clearing off the beaten path, next to a softly babbling creek, and began to build!

We weren’t exactly sure what we were doing or quite how we were going to do it, but that was certainly part of the adventure!

What fun to just disconnect from planning a thing out perfectly or having specific expectations for the end result. It felt so free to be out in nature making it all up as we went along – best of all, doing it together.

As a creative person, I am very often wrapped up in doing things in a more solitary way. I’m so used to knowing what I want to make and how I want it to turn out, that it seems I’ve really missed out on the gifts that come from collaborating. Ok, really I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to creative things!

This month’s project helped me realize that, by letting go of control and trusting others, I not only have an amazing shared experience – but whatever we create becomes something completely new & different than anything I could have created alone. And to make things even better – whatever we create together is infinitely more special… and even if it’s something as temporary as our stick sculpture, the memories we have of creating it together will last a lifetime.

Feeling pretty darn grateful for this 12 Month Project right now – so far it’s given me some really wonderful experiences that I otherwise would have never had. Here’s to temporary sculptures and everlasting friendships! =)

goodnight all my crafty & creative friends!
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P.S. A special thank you to Andrew Ridge, Becky Winslow and Micaela Wilson for joining in the fun!

Friendship Breakfast!

Last Saturday morning, one of my especially most cherished friends called me up and offered to go pick up some goodies for us to make breakfast at my place. These days, most of the time I spend with friends is planned ahead of time to make sure we have room in our schedules.. so this spontaneous little visit was a lovely and refreshing treat!

We chatted about the projects going on in our lives right now… and I mentioned my monthly project being temporary sculptures with the theme of friendship. She grinned a glowing smile and pointed out that our breakfast was perfectly fitting for my project. I looked down and we both laughed in delight.. indeed our breakfast was a temporary sculpture (VERY temporary!) and we made it together as friends. How fitting! Here’s to creating things together! =)

Toodles!
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Weaving Up Ideas for February!

Hi all!

Well, I have to say I’ve had a bit of a hard time wrapping my brain around this month’s project. I think I spent the first 2 weeks of this month just plain avoiding it. After finishing the January project, I realized I was utterly in love with the craft of needle felting and wanted nothing more than to keep going with it… which I have! Unfortunately the ever-present temporary sculpture still looms… and it must be completed before the month is out!

I’ve researched and brainstormed ideas… continued to be stuck… researched more and probed others for ideas… more stuckness. Nothing was feeling right. Then, about a week ago, a friend of mine brought up an idea that not only says true friendship to me… but also has captured my imagination.

All I can say for now is that it has something to do with the book Charlotte’s Web. In about a week I will post the final project! The suspense! ;)

Bon Journo!
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The Art of Andy Goldsworthy

Hi everyone!

I found another great artist for February’s topic of “Temporary Art” today. Andy Goldsworthy is a land artist who creates some of the most stunning arrangements out of natural objects. The contrast of the raw, random natural world and the design and order that he creates within it just sing to me. While not all of his pieces are as temporary as Jim Denevan’s from my previous post – there is certainly that feeling of fragility. There’s a sense that, as you are looking at these pictures, the works themselves likely no longer even exist – as if you are viewing an extinct species.

While I could not find an official website for Andy’s work, you can view more of his land art in this Ecosalon Article.
That is all for tonight – I hope this leaves you inspired!

 

Goodnight!
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The Art of Jim Denevan

Hi everyone!

Been doing a bit of research on various kinds of temporary art and thought I’d share some great stuff I have found so far! The first I’d like to share is the art of Jim Denevan.

Jim makes temporary drawings on sand, earth and ice that are eventually erased by waves and weather. The first time I saw Jim’s art, I instantly fell in love with it. It’s simple and complex at the same time. It inspires me to think in new ways. It reminds me to think both infinitely small and outrageously big in all that I do.. to stretch things to their limits.

Some of his pieces have such a large scope that they use vehicles to create the shapes.

This overlay shows the size comparison for the piece above.

Well, that is all for today. I hope his work inspires you to think in new ways about even the most ordinary of things!

To see more of Jim’s work, and to read about his other project Outstanding in the Field, visit his website: http://www.jimdenevan.com/

later alligators!
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Announcing February’s Project!

Hi everyone!

Well, after a month of all things needle felting, it’s time to switch gears to February’s project! Here’s the cards – not entirely sure if I’m excited about this combo yet… but as the rules go, I am going to make it work! Sooo a temporary sculpture based on friendship – here I come!

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