And so here it is: spring 2016 is happening.
Not too sure how long it will last, maybe it will be winter tomorrow, maybe summer all at once the next day… Nature is trying to stay sane, winter was dense and scattered in million directions, the apparent stillness fooling some cloudy days.
But now, celebrating!
There are new shoots on my lemon trees, the avocado seed has sprouted after the cold, I need to give it more solid ground.
Celebrating the sprouts of spring, outside and inside my crammed studio…
Still pulling out of the recent past 3(studio) moves, it is all taking so long to stop spinning, from a 1500 square foot open space to a tiny 400…. keep bumping into things.
Hurts to bump into metal, the wire coils, the copper pipes and all the scrap I just could not part with….you get bruises and scars for just trying to work.
But I l love my scars.
Zeige deine Wunde…thinking of ‘der’ Beuys and countless discussions around a kitchen table, so long ago.
(It’s in german, the way he spoke it….)
I put some of my scars in a story in a book last October, a way to pin a few things down after the storm. CraftsPEOPLE: In their Own Words features stories by circa 75 artists and crafts people, their work, the struggle, the pains and joys of following one’s own path…all the tests and difficult roads that lead to beautiful destinations.
It’ll be out in digital version first end of March, in print later in the spring, will keep you posted.
There are things stirring on the bench though, and despite the tight space, trays of work in progress are being shuffled around in search of their own order.
Something is even leaving the bench….
A few last footnotes:
2016 started out on a mellow note, endings and beginnings rolled in and out without much fuzz for once… had my first (for this year) and last (for last year) frozen mango margarita at Maria’s here in the city different and slid seamlessly into the new year.
Highlights of the first days of this year was going through the experience of sitting on the jury for a local show…. short and sweet, it was very interesting for me. Grateful for the opportunity and the insights it gave me into my own work and on ‘jurying’ in general.
I know, a long post for another time, maybe.
And then, there is drawing…. and that is the next post!