The sordid mess of the oil spill, the G20 fiasco, the senseless brutality at a local animal park - enough! As if it's not hard enough trying to just live a simple, clean life. Try avoiding plasitc, or eliminating foods containing soy, for instance. Each of these is a post in itself, but they are not what this post is about. This post is about the hope that keeps us going, and allows us to do things that redeem us again and again.
Random acts of kindness, a new baby, a smile from a stranger
- thank God for these things.
Art is the result of creativity, and creativity is a connection with the universe and it's Creator. No matter how small or sporadic, it is still a vital connection. I know everytime I make something I am recharged and refreshed, even if I have dry spells when nothing materializes.
We are in between homes - our cute little condo now belongs to someone else, and we have not yet found our next dwelling - so most of my time is being spent house-hunting! Meanwhile I still have two books to illustrate. Which means I haven't painted, and haven't made any fabric art, or jewelry. But about a month ago I made these (and more stuff that I've yet to take pictures of), and yesterday I took some quick (and not so good) pics. Ah - just looking at them charged me up again! Yay for handmade!
These are all defintely Nature-inspired!
Pink and orange and green - tropical yumminess for a forest princess.
A fuzzy moss-inspired cuff in woodsy colors...
This one has it all - fabric, fused, recycled plastic, metal, ribbon, sequins,
and lots and lots of beads...
Fusing the colored part of the scrap plastic was an experiment, but it was worth the idea
- I got a swirly, textured look I could not have contrived!
I fused some red plastic (from a clothing store bag) and hand-shaped it
to make this huge flower ring.
It has a weathered, leathery look that came out great.
Layers of fused plastic, beads and a shred of gold melted in for shabby/industrial chic.
So there you are - makes you forget about horrible things, doesn't it?
Until next time, Peace!