The pendants featured in my last post are being shown at the Muse Gallery in Longmont, opening tonight March 9, 6-9pm. EcoCreations 3 is an exhibit of art made from recycled and found materials, sponsored by Ecocycle. The show runs though April 21.
The shards are a part of Kauai's rich history of human immigration. The first signs of Japanese in Hawaii date back to shipwrecks in the 13th century. Sugar plantations were being established on Kauai near the end of the the 19th century. Grave sites near the Japanese Mana Camp on Kauai's west side still contain graves of men, women, children and whole families who died in the 1860's. Financial difficulties in Japan in these times encouraged emigration, Hawaii being an place for settlements.
The bits of pottery used for the pendants represent people who carried bowls of rice and cups of tea to the fields of an island being altered by human plantation agriculture.
This detritus works its way up through the soil of ranches and trails, telling of other activities long ago. While it is but a tiny shard of the story of the Garden Island, it offers memory of how humans have altered islands to suit their desires. The sugar plantations are mostly gone. Modern entrepreneur farmers grom coffee, chocolate, and kava. Some fields of cane and pineapples still produce. Much more aggressive growth is of hotels and condos for lucky visitors.
It is with respect that the pendants are made. If you happen to wear one, please honor the ancestors who used these vessels in daily life.
Watercolor lessons and experiments produce plenty of colorful practice sheets. This season I have been creating butterflies for greeting cards. I paint a background onnto the cardstock. The butterflies and catipillars are cut from the practice watercolor sheets. The figures are mounted on vellum that is mounted on the card stock. The muted background set off the insects.
If you find this message, please know I am trying to fix the glitch...okay so maybe I should try harder. Ignoring a couple of screwy websites for almost two months is, well, negligent. But the business Bwyneth Fiber Arts has been successful this winter retail season. I would show you our new logo and best selling products, but the website is not working and I cannot get pictures on it. Well, enjoy your winter and I will be back on the air soon, I hope.
New email address. If you contact me it will go right to my gmail account! This is good because having two emails and a tablet for sometimes email was getting crazy. Now if I can just get the calendars to actually sync...
BTW I start a new watercolor class tomorrow. Molly Davis Fine Art Studio here in Boulder. I made a full year commitment. Am I crazy? All the parental voices in my head think so!
Just here to say that I came to Kauai to visit with Maggie. Now that I am here, I have the gift of time and mental space. I am very grateful for the quiet. I finished some work on an water color I started in January. The image is wildly flawed, in part because I lost the eye and color I was using when I started' but fair enough done to head for Waimea for views ans walking.
This is a news interview with my lovely friends Teresa and Becky about Teresa's painting of the spirit of those who have died. Their story is so true and the presentation so beautiful. Please, don't be hesitant. Take a look. Link here. To connect with bereavement artists, who work in several styles to make memorials, link here.
"The indispensable summer accessory..." A scarf, shawl, pocketed thing from colorful up-cycled fabrics. The wearable accessory to have on hand (that means in the car, or back pack) to comfort you when the evening chills, the sun burns, the wind, rios, or the air conditioning at work is freezing.
Sold yet? See Dolly displaying the comforts of the Bwyneth Pocket Scarf.
That Dolly may be a dummy, but she sure knows how to accessorize. Wasn't it Jackie K (pre-O) who described eternal good taste in dress as, "basic black and Bwyneth Pocket Scarf."
Maker as Model with the muslim of India print, winter 2011.
Need one, for wind, or rain, or fire(as an all purpose accessory for your fire evac to go bag?). Ask me or the illusive Bwyneth at www.bwyneth.com
Hurray! Bwyneth Fiber Arts new product is Love Notes. these are palm sized hearts of felted wool sweaters, each with an embellished slot for love notes of little gifts. Thank you Beth for a lovable design! They made it on the website of Baby Doe's shop. Take a look!
This is so encouraging! "I'm Making A Living From My Hobbies" by Frank Hyman in the Sunday NYTimes. Frank lists arts, writing,gardening, and politics as the avocations that have sustained him for the last 18 years. And he says you have to try lots of different things to know what you like! Yes! And have an adequate budget for classes and books every year! Yes! And travel widely! Great! And have a wide tolerance for mistakes. I can do that.
So all I have to do is figure out the "making a living" bit! These days I am continuing with assorted fiber arts: knit, sew, layer fiber and paper; playing at encaustic wax multi-media pieces; learning to draw; starting a business with a friend using lots of recycled fibers to make wraps, mittens, oven mitts and pillows (Bwyneth Fiber Arts); and co-owning a co-operative shop and healing arts shop (Uniquely Natural in Lafayette, Colorado.) Wow!
So I am making a great life of avocations I love, even if it doesn't quite add up to a living!