This semester I am taking a collage and mixed media class. Crazily it is scheduled at the exact same time as my figure drawing and painting class. Unfortunately, I do not attend Hogwarts and there are no time turner devices to be had. Instead, all of my collage and mixed media work must be done outside of class.
However, this week Michigan has been a freezing pit of ice and snow so our model couldn’t make it to drawing class yesterday as she was snowed in. This gave me the opportunity to get some good ole’ collage work started at school (seen in the top photo above). These raw canvas pieces will become part of a larger collage. I’m not really sure what the finished piece will look like yet, but that’s usually how my collage work goes.
Due to subzero temperatures classes were cancelled today. I was able to work on another collage (second photo) and it is finished! This one is a 5x7 in. piece of bristol paper that I ran through my sewing machine using various colors of thread. The top section is just some torn black kraft paper that I stitched on. I think it looks like a sooty cloud with rain or maybe a cross-section of soil and some roots. Either way, I like it.
Life has been simultaneously slowing down and speeding up at Hillview Farm. My winter semester has begun and on the days I don’t have class, I’m at work. Three weeks into this new schedule and my brains already feel like mush.
In an effort to combat the insanity that is life outside of the home, I’ve been simplifying, minimizing, and just generally clearing out the house. I’m pretty inspired by all of the work going on over at The Minimalists, and while I’m not certain I’d consider myself a minimalist, those lifestyle tendencies are certainly resonating with me right now.
As an artist and a maker, I find myself struggling with this desire to be able to make all of the things and when my creations aren’t up to par with my imaginings, I’m disappointed. I’m certain part of this disappointment is rooted in a desire to diversify the products Fawn Relic has to offer, but more and more I’m realizing that I don’t have to do and offer it all. I’m slowly learning to let myself off the hook in this department and it’s a relief.
The past several weeks in Michigan (and many other areas of the northern hemisphere) have been greeted by the “Arctic Blast” (which reminds me of the name of an Icee drink) and most of humanity in the affected region has hunkered down. It’s a time for warm blankets, steaming cups of that most delicious of beverages (tea, of course), and definitely some knitting. While the snowy conditions have made travel difficult and the gusty wind is doing nothing good for the complexion, I have to admit that I rather enjoy this winter storm. It’s forcing me to stop and just be. And that’s something I can get behind.
For lack of something of my own creation to write about, I thought I’d mention another maker’s beautiful work.
I came across Block Shop Textiles several months ago and instantly fell in love with Lily Stockman’s amazing silk and cotton scarves. Today I finally convinced myself to purchase one. That indigo herringbone beauty pictured first will soon be mine! Or one like it anyway. You should definitely go and oggle their site.
I know I’ve been pretty absent from Tumblr and Etsy (as well as my other social media outlets) as of late, but it has all been for a good cause! I have been preparing to return to school to finish my bachelors degree and I’m so very excited. Tomorrow I begin the first of my four remaining semesters of my art history/painting degree. I will have my first-ever chemistry class, that I am much looking forward to. It will be so refreshing to learn something new.
After I complete my bachelors degree, the plan is to continue on to a masters program in art conservation. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of me and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Unfortunately, I expect school to cut into my Fawn Relic shop time. I intend to continue with my shop, but in more of a hobby capacity. I love making beautiful, functional goods and will continue the Fawn Relic line in small and limited batches.
In the spirit of the new year I’ve decided to make a few resolutions: 1. Learn to play an instrument (I was thinking something exotic, like the mandolin). 2. Develop the perfect oatmeal recipe. 3. Keep an art journal. 4. Learn to speak French.
I’ve already started in on two of these resolutions. I’ve downloaded the MindSnacks French iPhone app and have started my first few French lessons.
I’ve also started an art journal. I’m already behind on it, but as soon as I procure a new glue stick, I should be back in the game!
I just wanted to let everyone know that the shop will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 15 - Jan. 1. Place your orders now to receive them in time for your celebrations! Thank you all for a lovely year.
“A soul connection is a resonance between two people who respond to the essential beauty of each other’s individual natures, behind their facades, and who connect on this deeper level. This kind of mutual recognition provides the catalyst for a potent alchemy. It is a sacred alliance whose purpose is to help both partners discover and realize their deepest potentials. While a heart connection lets us appreciate those we love just as they are, a soul connection opens up a further dimension… seeing and loving them for who they could be, and for who we could become under their influence. This means recognizing that we both have an important part to play in helping each other become more fully who we are. A soul connection not only inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in the way of that expansion.”—John Welwood (via modernhepburn)
Recently, I have become the caretaker of an old farm house. It belonged to my mother’s parents and now, because my grandmother has moved to an assisted living center in Indiana near my uncle, it is vacant.
For the past few weeks I have been clearing out sixty years worth of accumulation. I have only thus far completely conquered the kitchen, downstairs bathroom and a storage room. I still have seven rooms to go, not to mention the basement and the garage.
One excellent thing about my transition into the farmhouse is the master bedroom. It has excellent natural light and lots of space. I intend to turn it into a shiny new studio space for Fawn Relic.
I will keep you all updated with before and after shots of the rooms.
Also, the Fawn Relic Summer’s End Sale is still up and running. Be sure to get your orders in soon as the sale ends the first of September. I will be discontinuing many items, so act soon!