It’s a gloriously frosty morning down here in this Springvalley of ours.
The cold seems to have settled in for the season and it all feels a bit early, though I suppose it is November. This week I dug out the heated waterer for the girls so they have access to unfrozen water, and we are back to our morning ‘oatmealworm’ breakfasts to keep them warm, fed and with enough salt in their little systems. This time of year always puts me in a bit of a hibernatory place, in spite of our culture’s Countdown to Christmas mentality. I find myself drawn to slower pursuits and am inspired by others seeking the same in their worlds. Since it has been a little while since I have checked in here at my online home, I figured I’d share a a few things I’ve come across which consider a slower world-view, as well as a couple of updates in studio news.
Brew a cup of tea, or pour a wee dram of something else to warm you…..
The title for this particular post came from a quote from the above video. “What we have is a need for slowness.” I couldn’t agree more. This couple and their enchanting caravan lifestyle came across my path via the interweb-wanderings and sharings from a couple of artist/writer/performer types upon whom I have recently been keeping a close watch.
Rima Staines and Tom Hirons have crafted a world full of magic and old-world style mystery with their art work, poetry, puppetry and beyond and they are fixin’ to take it on the road. To live a simpler life in general and to share their artful wares and wonders with folks farther afield than their current home in Devon, England.
Tom and Rima created their crowdfunding video with the help of their uber-creative community of fellow artists. Their project harkens to a world just outside of the reach of modernity, at the edges of our imagination and land of dreaming. Hence, their new collaboration has the perfect title, Hedgespoken. I have made it a point to share their project here and there on my own tendrils of social media because I really believe in what they are doing. I grew up on the move myself (which is a story for another time and a longer burning fire) and have vivid and beautiful memories of time spent in my grans’ airstream trailer each summer. Nothing fancy or romantic really, but for me, it was life shaping.
People like Tom and Rima are quietly rebelling against the things that rush our world into the Land of Too Much (be it stuff, to-do lists, etc.) Their theater and home on wheels could possibly slow things down a bit for just a few people along their path, and remind us of the magic to be found in all things, if we but take the time to listen and look more closely. Hedgespoken is in it’s home stretch of fundraising and I wish them a firm breeze at their backs as they sail on home to port with it. If you believe in this particular brand of magic, head on over and toss a few coins into their hat. You’ll be glad you did, as their blogs (here, here, and here) are chock full of fascinating and shadowy paths down the proverbial rabbit hole.
Another delightful bit of sweetness that has come across my path this last week is an interview of a quiet gardener in Ireland named Eimear Moran. I found her thoughts on finding beauty and synchronicity and yes, the Divine in her own humble back yard to be truly inspiring. She is another quiet rebel walking the path of slowing down and waking up to things that are in our reach in the day to day. If, again, we but take the time to listen.
Eimear’s book is nearly available and I look forward to getting my hands on it. In the meantime, you can keep up with her daily garden thoughts and meanderings at her page on the Book of Faces (I have Rima to thank for coining that lovely phrase.)
With all of these beauty-full beacons to light my own path, I am truly sinking into the season here myself. My own small crowd-funding project to shore up my residency plans this January in Taos, NM is going well. I too have a few more weeks to get to my goal and am so grateful for all the support thus far. Ginger Small and her adventures have gotten the bulk of the attention lately as she is really the sparkly one of the bunch. But there are also sheep and rabbits coming along with me on this trip.
I am having great fun with all of them with thanks especially to my friend Vanessa Sorensen at Nessy Designs. She recently gave me a few pointers in photoshop which has helped me turn some of the mere sketches in my journal into things I can work with in print. Vanessa and I get together occasionally to sketch and sometimes even to collaborate on a craft project. The most recent of which is this little wonder of fashion…..
Part of this notion of slowing down in my life includes activities like knitting, embroidery, printing my own clothes. Vanessa’s cicada print, my years old skirt and a bit of embroidery to bug out the eyes makes for a wonderful one-of-a-kind fun thing to wear. And to top it all off, it meant an afternoon spent with a fellow artist, sipping tea and sharing bits of things that had set our minds to wander and our hearts to sing lately. That is the true gift. Time Well Spent.
Speaking of bits of embroidery…..
Leviathan will be on display at the Kennedy Heights Art Center’s upcoming show Imagine, featuring members of the KHAC’s Artist’s Collective. The show opens November 22. If you are local here in the Ohio River Valley, do stop by and see us. Some of my recent skull studies will also be up for grabs…..
What do you do to stem the flow of time? How do you bring a desired slowness to your everyday? I’d love your thoughts and links to others who might be in this same camp of Time outside of Time.