Had to share with you the work of the incredible rose-lynn fisher, photographer extraordinaire of bees…taken through and electron scanning microscope, she has written an ode to the bee, in all its glory using the microscope to reveal a secret world, invisible to the naked eye, yet so complex and full of mystery.She says bees are like an “alchemist transmuting nectar into honey, architect, spatial genius and winged apothecary, the honeybee has been revered and utilized by civilizations throughout time”.
Thank you Rose-Lynn, for granting me permission to share your corner of the world!
On the subject of muses, well, she came to visit me this morning! I am choosing not to ignore her presence, so I am offering this small giveaway to promote the advancement of YOUR creative output, wherever, whenever! Yours for the taking are two lovely, petite blank page moleskinejournals.(The kindDanielle La Portewas talking about). Perfect to keep in your purse or back pack,(they are 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) they will arrive at your doorstep accompanied by my new absolute favorite sketch pen, a super super fine one, made bysharpie of all folks! A little known fact about me is that I am a “pen freak”. I love to collect all kinds, all colors…the finer the point and the faster the rolling, the better! All you need to do, is to leave a comment, letting me know you were here. Lolita will pick a winner on Halloween. I swear by these little books…I think just knowing one is there in my bag anytime I need it, allows the ideas to flow!
All you have to do to be included in the giveaway, is leave a comment to let me know you were here….
and all I ask is that if you are the lucky winner, you promise to fill it with your uniqueness…..!
The work of Robert Lee Morris jewelry artist and sculptor has been one of my lifelong inspirations…Cindy Edelstein, of the Jewelers Resource Bureau recently posted the news he was given the first lifetime achievement award by Silver Marketing International. A winner of many awards already, many credit this man as being the designer that for the most part began the art jewelry movement. Robert, in his memoir, The Power of Jewelry, credits a lot of his perspectives on his art to his peripatetic upbringing ( he lived in 23 places by the age of 18, including Japan and Brazil),his love of nature, and studies in anthropology. His work whispers of artifacts of ancient and aboriginal cultures, and yet is so powerful and somehow very graceful at the same time. I love the fluid simplicity of his forms…they become a part of the body when worn, and yet, you most definitely would never miss them…they are the kinds of pieces that some women would never take off….signature statement pieces…no matter what else they had on. A true child of the ’60’s not formally trained in metalsmithing, Robert’s first tool was a secondhand hammer. Not one to run towards precious metals as soon as he could afford them, Robert is credited with creating a “new attitude towards the value of design over the value of the materials”. Having arrived at a place in his life and career where he can do ‘what he wants, when he wants’, Robert is currently involved in the study of shamanism. No surprise there, as he is the ultimate iconoclast…carving his own path, in his own way, born with an innate vision of the talismanic properties of adornment. I highly recommend his book, to anyone of you who might have an interest of delving deeper…and you will find a really informative article from JCK magazine here.I hope and dream that some day my work ‘speaks’ like his does…
This talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the very popular memoir Eat, Pray, Love has suddenly become the buzz of the creative types I know. It was first sent to me by my beautiful friend Michaela; photographer, writer, creatrix, organic farmer, sustainable bulding designer, loving Mom and Partner, just to name a few! After she sent me this jewel, it began popping up in a lot of places.To be honest, I watched it four times in a row ( its 20 minutes long!) and was left with tears in my eyes, and pride in my heart. I am not a lover of all the online ‘junk’ that folks ‘group forward’ around, like chain letters, surveys, and photo jokes, so I was a little hesitant to post this, if just to avoid some grand redundancy of some sort….please forgive me, dear reader if everyone and their puppy knows about this one! ( at least 5 people I talked to at Open Studio had already gotten it from a friend or acquaintance!)
Elizabeth is about to release the follow up to her wildly successful book, and with that, ponders the very nature of creative output and inspiration, where it comes from, where it goes, and discusses the burden of expectation to be ‘genius’ every single time out of the gate. I will not say much more, but this little 20 minute speech is an ode to the muses like no other. Heat the kettle or pour yourself a cup ‘o joe, and settle in… whatever your form of creative expression is……ole’, ole’, ole’ to you all!
I follow a blog belonging to artist Jenny sue Kostecki-Shaw, a most lovely friend of Kelly Buntin Johnson, another artist friend from the cyber world. In the spirit of keeping my hands moving in order to get the creative spirit to flow, I baked up my own version of these delicous and savory chai dipping biscuits Jenny Sue posted on one of her blogs called chai pilgrimage. (you can click on the hyper link and get your own version of her lovely recipe card to print out!)
I substituted 6 grain flour for one of the cups called for, and 1/4 cup walnut oil for the 1/2 cup of ghee, baking mine an extra 10 minutes so they would be really hard for a good tea dip!…..absolutely yummy and aromatic and perfect with a fresh brewed steaming cup of lemon ginger yerba mate! I got so excited by making these, I plan to whip up a chocolate chai version later today….see, the creative juices are starting to flow!