Friday, April 25, 2008


I studied sculpture (along with printmaking, drawing and painting) in college, and I still love working in 3-D. In Indiana where I went to school, limestone was free for intrepid sculptors willing to haul away surprisingly heavy stones from the fringes of reservoirs. I sculpted a lot of stone with chisels, hammers and files.

I carved plaster, hand-built terra cotta,

I even welded steel! I glued slabs of basswood together to make a block from which I carved a Venus-of-Willendorf-type figure (which someone thought was a naked baby as I carried it cradled in the crook of my elbow walking back to my apartment at the end of the semester.)

I know a lot of artists are creating figures in wool with the needle felting technique, but I have always been drawn more to abstracted images. I have preferred to craft the symbol of a flower rather than a realistic flower with accurate petals and stamen. Around Christmas someone requested a mouse so I made a few stylized mice:

And then recently, I wanted to make a gift for someone and I knew they liked dogs so I tried my hand at this:

I worked entirely from my imagination and enjoyed it. I'm very pleased with the results and am excited to try more (Chet, you're next!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

UPDATE to previous post

I think I knew this at one time, or suspected this many years ago but then forgot it, then yesterday had it confirmed by my best friend...

We went to high school with Louis CK!

The kicker? I think I had a crush on him! There's something about funny husband is cute AND hilarious so that must be it :)

In the interest of full disclosure, here is my high school photo:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lowell, MA is the New Hollywood

Ricky Gervais is shooting his movie, This Side of the Truth, in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts! Read his blog about it here Apparently Lowellians are quiet and polite, who knew?

Ricky Gervais:
For the past two days the film crew has been set up on our street and filming in The Dubliner pub (The Dub). I had a chance to hang out across the street and stargaze a bit, catching Ricky and ribald comedian Louis CK with my digital camera. I love seeing famous people! I think it's fun.

Louis CK:
Here's a link to my fairly dull video of the take they were filming while I was watching. unfortunately they were indoors, but toward the end, Ricky and Louis come out the door of the pub.

Fun Lowell Movie Fact: Danas Luncheonette was filmed for a soda fountain scene in the 1992 film, School Ties

Friday, April 11, 2008

A Fine Day

Yesterday came through with perfect weather, blue skies and balmy breezes, it was fantastic. We shed our winter coats and wandered about out-of-doors. Candace came to Lowell and we drove over to the renovated Lawrence Mfg Mills on the Merrimack which are now residential and called Renaissance on the River.

Lots of good photography shots to be had there. Candace brought her macro lens and I brought my Brownie Reflex for some Through The Viewfinder (TTV) pictures. I did not come up with the concept of TTV (search it on Flickr and see, ignore the fakers!). But I absolutely love the effect I get when I literally take a picture with my digital camera of the viewfinder on the Brownie camera.

The Brownie viewfinder has a fisheye effect, an old mirror and dirt for distortion and atmosphere. Because of the mirror, the pictures come out flipped backwards. Sometimes I flip them right so you can read any writing, sometimes I leave them be.

I am so excited about making these into prints and cards!

Monday, April 7, 2008


Every once in a while I forget what I know in my heart to be the truth: that I have more than enough in this world, that my life is overflowing with love and support and good will as well as material goods. It's so easy to forget when the paycheck runs out a little too soon some months, when I can't move forward in growing my business as fast as I want to, when a huge opportunity is presented but doesn't actually pan out. It's easy to forget what I do have. I have everything I need and more so.

Abundance. It's always present, surrounding me like air. I just need to remember, open my eyes, see it, reach out and acknowledge it. Last week the switch was flipped in my brain and I remembered. And I was instantly presented with corroborating proof!

A lovely internet friend in Wales started the manifestation of proof of abundance when she sent me a bag of wool from her very own sheep! Vicki washed it for me and sent it as a gift, to see if it would work for me so I can buy more in the future if it felts nicely. Does it ever felt nicely! I can't stop felting this gorgeous oatmeal colored wool. I can't wait to see the other natural colors she might have available.

Around the same time, Amanda, who has given me amazing yarn in the past that I made into nest pins...

...told me she had some more colors of wool thick-and-thin yarn for me and presented me with three stunning, giant skeins! I am overwhelmed and I look forward to seeing the nests that come from these gorgeous colors.

A day later I was presented with an amazing collection of wool from another artist in my studio building, she would like to trade for selections from my decorative paper stash, you bet!

I may not have won the lottery, but wool, three bags full, feels like precious treasure to me. I can make beautiful things with these gifts, enjoying the process, thinking of my kind friends the whole while. I will sell these items, infused as they are with good will, to other people who will then carry around that joy or pass it along as a gift to someone else.

I don't mind having to constantly re-remember these basic truths, because each time is like a revelation and it renews me. Thank you to all my generous friends!