It all started at a used book sale when I saw a pile of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books sitting in a pile. Some of them had a bit of mould. I asked the organizers if I could just make a wee donation and take the whole lot off their hands.
I have been inspired to do odd stuff with old books by @book_ronnie on Instagram. She leaves books in piles or assemblages in the woods and waits to see what will happen to them.
I am privileged to have a piece of land which has nature paths. I chose these two trees.
To see what happens to my library in the deep words, oops, woods, stay tuned.
UPDATE June 2018
Thanks to another great yard sale I’m able to add to this project.
Update Summer 2019
UPDATE – Sept 2020
One year ago my friend Lou Anne Sybenga and I started a project called #1yearofstitches or #onestitchaday. This challenge was begun by Hannah Claire Somerville. When I saw this project on Instagram it took my fancy. I had just finished a year long one-a-day project which required me to go outside everyday and make ephemeral art. So stitching was a nice change.
I decided to take Hannah’s idea and share it with my artistic muse and neighbour, Lou Anne. We decided to both start hoops and trade back and forth every couple of weeks. She chose a light pink ground and I choose black. To say she is not computer savvy is a bit of an understatement. And I am the opposite, so I documented everything on Instagram.
Hannah describes #1yearofstitches thusly:
“I am interested in the impact, or mark, that an individual makes on a daily basis. Big or small, our daily activities are often times unquantifiable and intangible. I am approaching this project as a personal map making; the fabric ground represents each day of the year, with the needle and thread representing my actions throughout the day. I will embroider— maybe one stitch, maybe more, (hopefully) every day and photograph the result. The embroidery I create will become a tangible, visual account of the decisions, movements, conversations and sometimes lack there of, that I make each day. I hope to use this project as a means of creating mindfulness and deeper reflection upon the choices we make as a society. ”
Our Rules and Stipulations (adapted from Hannah) were:
WHAT WE LEARNED:
Another offering in the woods. I found some nice green grapevine. Green vine is easy to weave, leaves and all. When I find a pile of grapevine I interpret it as a free art supply, just waiting for a challenge.
I featured an old clock, minus the mechanical parts, in this weaving. It has metal sails.
Lately there have been lots of hurricanes in the Caribbean. So the phrase ‘eye of the storm’ has been particularly poignant.
It started to rain half way through the process, which is actually fine. Because it’s easier to weave the vine when it is supple. But sucks on the hands.
I chose a place in our woods which has two paths converging, sort of at a fork in the road.
Grapevine walls are notoriously difficult to photograph. But here is an attempt from a distance as you approach it from my path.
Their biggest show of the year is undoubtedly The Square Foot Show, opening July 12th, where you will see over 500 pieces all measuring 12″ x 12.” That alone is reason to go see this unique show.
You will find all manner of artistic media, from painting to mixed media. And all at very reasonable prices.
Here are my entries for this year:
Pop into The Westland sometime between July 12 – August. You will not be disappointed. Make sure you meet owner Karen Stewart and tell her I sent you.