Another walk through Fern Dell. Today I saw a few families, several older couples, one daughter helping her mother walk, a photography student with a huge backpack, and a father and daughter with their rabbit. And these giant leaves. I took a photo of myself in front of them so I could show the size of the leaves.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Seems like it's been months since I have gone for a stroll through the dell. Today I started listening to Shantaran, which I have not read, and took a hot and dry jaunt through the ferns.
It's the first day of November, and feels like it inside of my house. Outside, though, the sun is broght and the dust is dancing, and everybody seems like they are moving sort of slow. At 3:30 in the afternoon, the light was sideways through the trees and vines and making things glow and other parts shadowed.
There are always so many little goldfish there. I think people must bring them from home. Once I saw a little plastic aquarium with a missing top, but I am surprised by the consistency and quantity of fish.
Monday, September 30, 2013
I will make a point this week to get out into the park and take some photos for this blog. I have new projects (among them, a pieced quilt made of 2.5 inch pieces) and lots of excitement for everything I'm doing. Just not a lot of time has been spent documenting them.
In the meantime, if you are in the area - please come to the 3rd Annual Backyard Bazaar on October 20th. It's in Long Beach, CA - and should be a really fun and low-key event (bbq, handmade jewelry and jam and other awesome things for sale...)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In my work as an MFT Intern, I get to really delve into one of my passions - using art in therapy.
A few weeks ago I went into a classroom of adults with intellectual disabilities to do an art workshop. We created masks. I was pleased with the outcome for several reasons -
1. It was an adult form of expression. Too frequently, these students are given really child-like craft tasks to do - pages from coloring books, stringing pony beads, things like that. Now - I love me some coloring books, but I take issue when they are given as the only option, and because of a perceived lack of ability or skill. They met my level of expectation, which was high.
2. It was an open-ended art form. Creating a mask from mixed-media is a very different thing than "follow this pattern and color inside these shapes." Doing something this open-ended requires imagination, perseverance, creativity, problem-solving, and a certain amount of courage.
3. They filled the time and the space. We had a certain amount of time to fill and 30 students in the class. A lot of times in that situation, a handful of people will finish really fast, and then be bored, while the rest take longer. Going beyond the time it takes - a lot of people will glue two things on a piece of paper and then decide they are done. I really wanted to push the students to do more - to use layers, depth, and a lot more materials. They did. I made this happen in a few ways - a) I rotated supplies, so every 10 minutes they'd get something new. b)I showed examples of masks in museums for some inspiration. c)I demonstrated how one material could be used in a lot of different ways. d)I used art vocabulary - such as dynamic, energetic, depth, layers, complexity, repetition - and they kept going with it.
So I wanted to share some photos - for obvious reasons, photos of the actual students have been left out. But their work, I think, speaks for itself.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
|itty bitty crocheted bows, these are for your hair, but I'll be doing rings and earrings too|
|large heart rings and earrings are a big seller of mine, but these have the americana twist :)|
|these are earring holders made with lace, burlap, and embroidery hoops. They are light, lovely,and a great display for your jewelry, and mine....|
|In the vendor hall, some of my earrings on display!|