Sedona is a new piece that is in the New Work Gallery, completed last summer. I will share with you a little bit about the inspiration for this piece and the design intent when I created it.
Peter and I have traveled to Sedona, Arizona twice now. We absolutely love the outdoor environment, the red rock formations, hiking trails, national parks, and all the activities and surrounding areas Sedona has to offer. Last spring we took a trip there and hiked new trails, enjoyed the landscape and had a delightful stay. I am always in awe of the beauty of Sedona, it takes my breath away.
There is a unique color palette that I really enjoy in the Arizona terrain. During this stay I was especially drawn to the beautiful trees called Arizona Sycamore. They are scattered throughout the landscape and have a beautiful smooth, white trunk. The trees are large and have a graceful form offering lots of shade in the heat of the day. In addition to the trees, the vegetation is unique in form as well as color and texture. Here are a few examples from some photos I took on a hike:
Before I share what has been going on in my studio, I wanted to show you what I found while taking a road trip at the end of last year with Peter. Peter did most of the driving on this trip so to pass the time, I began my search for Singer Featherweight sewing machines online with my trusty iPad. These compact sewing machines are a true American classic! The first machines were manufactured in the late 1920's and I believe the later models were made up until 1968.
I had been admiring these machines for some time as many of my Fiber Art friends own Featherweights and bring them to classes and workshops. I began my search and spent several hours researching and comparing machines and models that I found online for sale. After a couple of hours I found this package out of Canada:
I am not one to set New Year’s resolutions but there is something I enjoy with a new beginning, or looking ahead at a new year with 365 blank pages to fill. For me, I love a clean slate, the chance to explore uncharted territories, start something new, and mix things up a bit. As I welcome in 2014, I begin by launching my new website.
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