Did I mention that we had a baby? Seren Alma is almost 5 months old and I am so so so in love! Seren means Star and is pronounced like serenity, and Alma means Soul. She definitely has the Soul of a Star.
It’s like when you’re driving across an open landscape and there is… something on the horizon, but you just can’t tell what it is yet, and the only way to find out is to keep heading in the same direction. That’s where I’m at today. I’ve opened myself to new possibilities. Some part of me said, “Just write that Blog, don’t worry about what comes from it. Don’t worry that your writing won’t be good, or no one will read it, or that you’ll start with such good intentions and then will... just... stop. Don’t worry about how this will change your business. Just believe that it WILL change things, that it WILL open new doors, doors that you don’t even know exist.
Hello Dear Friends! I am so excited to share with you a new, organic shift in my art business. In effect, I’m not entirely certain where this will take me, but it is time to set sail in a new direction, allowing myself and my business to unfold and evolve along the way. To that end, I am embarking on a journey in blog-land. It is my intention to write about my artful life and share stories with you a couple of times each week.
This spring, I partnered with LOTT Clean Water Alliance to create an engaging and educational art piece about water for the WET Science Center. I teamed up with LOTT and more than 1,200 Thurston County students and adults to create the new piece titled “One Water – The Infinite Journey” that debuted as part of Spring Arts Walk on April 22 at LOTT’s WET Science Center. The result of this project is not just an art installation; it is a story of water.
Located in the wetlands exhibit area at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, this installation creates the illusion of being inside of a wetland while interpreting the important function of wetlands and the necessity to limit the use of plastic bottles. Visitors are immersed in this beautiful and solution-based piece in a setting where they can view and connect to the animals that are affected by this issue. The experience leaves them more open to taking tangible action to conserve wetlands and reduce their use of plastic bottles.
As part of my Artist Residency at Sherman Elementary School, in Tacoma, we created this Student Collaborative Art Project. During the project, students created hundreds of shimmering Pacific herring from up-cycled Capri-sun pouches. The school of herring is suspended in the shape of two harbor porpoises. Stabilized by student created clay shells that are native to the region, this artwork looks closely at the relationship of plastics and how we impact the earth.
This Leatherback Sea Turtle was commissioned by the Oregon Country Fair (OCF), summer 2015. It was a collaboration between myself, Annie Douglas, and many amazing volunteers! The intention of the piece was to shed light on some of the problem materials at OCF. The shell of the turtle is made from Asceptic containers (soy milk and the like), other upcycled materials, and bamboo. Inside the turtle is a…
As part of their work for Thurston County, Carrie Ziegler and Jennifer Johnson teamed up in 2014 to create a unique art piece that educates about the waste and health concerns related to plastics. With the help of more than 600 Thurston County students, they created the large-scale art piece titled “Rise Above Plastics: The Butterfly Effect.”
The Plastic Whale is a 32-foot long gray whale made of plastic bags and other plastic trash. It was created during the spring of 2013 by over 900 youth and adults in Thurston County as part of an education and outreach project about plastic bags. The project engages the public in learning about plastics in our environment in a creative way. They learn about options to reduce the use of plastic bags in our county.