Where the Wind Took Me

February 25, 2018

A cold Siberian wind is blowing outside today, but spring is starting to bloom inside the studio. This is the start of a large beaded work on 174 x 45 cm panel, the middle section of a recovered screen. I will be using glass beads, bark, and natural pigments indigenous to Northern Italy to honour some old relatives in this work. The living materials I’m using have been responsibly harvested and other materials recycled.

Audio books providing studio inspiration include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben.



March 7, 2018

I received a beautiful gift this winter, a box of incomplete beaded flowers started by a local Nonna whose eyesight has failed. They were entrusted to me and my relatively young eyes to complete, modify, or refurbish for inclusion in my current screen project.



March 16, 2018

A sensitive and intelligent relation for my screen:

Interesting facts about the mimosa flower:
It is sensitive – in the lab it closes its flowers when subjected to new stimulus such as water droplets.
It is intelligent – once it understands that the water does not harm it, it remains open to the droplets = it learns.



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