I’m participating with several other willing adventurers (10 others to be exact) in a project organized and inspired by Peg Gyldenege. She’s calling it Little Altars, and we are all filling the compartments of a “letterpress drawer” that each of us purchased. Once a month, beginning in January, we are completing a section. Intended to allow us to play with things that inspire us and have meaning to each of us, it’s also going to be a mutual recharge, as we all inspire each other.
I wanted to participate for the inspiration, for the play, for the community, for the let-go. It’s also a great way to celebrate a transition to retirement – something I am admitting to and focusing on! (Let’s hope it works!)
Our first date for completion was January 26th, the full moon. We will complete a space by each full moon, sending the contents of a completed compartment to a fellow artist for installation. To see the first month’s work and all the artists participating, check out Peg’s blog at http://wildhairstudio.blogspot.com/.
This little space gave me the opportunity to give a home to some little treasures of mine; things that aren’t made for more than this, ideas I’ve played with, little things I am fond of. It uses a dried orchid blossom, some dried leaves, a few handmade magnet hooks with sterling wire and buttons that I made years ago (an Idea I am still keen on developing), a small fold forming experiment, a copper chain that I love (reminds me of a maile leaf lei), a rough ruby, a little madrona branch collected on one of my daily morning walks, a shell collected by a friend in Mexico, a press-formed and colored experiment on copper, and a scrap found-copper-shape that I embellished with riveted colored copper circles. The pieces are all held on by magnets to a covered sheet of steel. So, by nature, each item can be rearranged!