Save the Date! I’m at the Gig Harbor Summer Arts Fest July 18 & 19th. I’m bringing four super cute sewing kits for kids to make.

Dandelion Hat

dandelionHat1  Dan Webb is a Seattle artist who has done a number of dandelions in various media.  Besides being a great fan of Dan Webb’s work generally, I really connected with a dandelion drawing of his that was hung in the Greg Kucera gallery.  It was a pencil (I think) line drawing of a single dandelion on paper.  What struck me was the fact that the piece was hung with a single pin at the top.  The piece was given an entire wall and simply hung there in its curled, quiet way.  Though a very sophisticated and beautiful rendering, it was, after all, a dandelion.  Why a whole wall?

I began to think about that drawing a lot and I started to look at dandelions a whole different way.

I finally concluded that dandelions are the perfect metaphor for humility. Humility in the sense of being unwaveringly comfortable with who and what one is.  I won’t disclose my spiritual musings on this subject here, but I began to play with both the idea of dandelion as well as dandelions themselves.

My first dandelion piece was Dandelion Hat, (2008) shown above.  In the spirit of Magritte, this is most definitely not a dandelion.  I really liked using the loud color, the matte and fuzzy texture and a decorative (non-protective) hat to show what a dandelion is not, or what it’s not thought to be anyway – namely having a place in the decorative/desireable realm.

The hat is kindly (and beautifully!) modeled by Seattle artist, Kimberly Trowbridge.  I encourage you to see her works at http://kimberlytrowbridge.com.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Official Remedy for Disorders

Blue Dandelions   So here are some of my blue dandelions.  I “planted” just over 250 of them last Friday at Camp Long for the Nature Consortium’s Arts-in-Nature Festival that was held  last Saturday and Sunday.    

    While researching images and facts about dandelions, I learned that the official name for Dandelions is Taraxacum Officinale which means “Official Remedy for Disorders.”  I decided to borrow that for my title.  I love the fanciness of the title to describe dandelions and I particularly like the notion that there could be one remedy for all disorders.  Perhaps a stroll through a field of blue dandelions could remedy a disorder or two.  

    I originally hunted for turquoise felt but could not find it.  I like this blue a lot, however, and it worked well with the filtered light.  Felt is a great fabric for our damp mornings and warm afternoons and I love to work with it.  I also liked that I finally found a use for the dozens of long sticks of ceiling wire that Joel dragged home from a site more than a year ago.  They made great stems.

    Overall I think this was a good installation.  I especially liked it when the Dass Dance troupe danced through a group of the dandelions en route to the meadow.  Their piece, “Fighting Water” was beautiful and they wore blue!

The only challenge with the dandelions was that folks were compelled to touched them (duh). When I arrived on Sunday morning I had to re-plant and re-flower several stems.  Next time I’ll use something a little more pick-resistant.  

There is a great website if you’d like to find out more about nutritious and delicious dandelions:

http://www.essortment.com/all/aredandelion_rlrr.htm

Til next time, thanks for visiting.

Hiya

Hi.  Welcome to my new blog.  

This is my virtual sketchbook for trying on ideas and documenting process and results.  I’ll be up and at ’em ASAP.

Thanks for stopping by.  

-Wyly