Salt deposits along the shores of Great Salt Lake have been harvested for culinary purposes for millennia. Father Escalante’s journal of 1776 described how Native American Indians used the salt deposits. Mountain man Jedediah Smith harvested Great Salt Lake salt and even John Fremont and Kit Carson commented on how easy it was to pick up salt off the lakeshore. Today salt harvesting is big business but an individual can still find beautiful salt crystals ranging from pink to white waiting to be harvested along the salty shores.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
In addition to the exhibition Sense of Place that I have at the Alice Gallery, one of my pieces was accepted in the Utah Statewide Annual exhibition. Salt Gatherer celebrates the beautiful range of pink salt that can be found on the shores of Great Salt Lake. The buttons were created by my jewelry artist friend Mary Lambert out of salt and silver. We gathered the salt crystals together last April and Mary made the most beautiful buttons out of them. The opening for the Statewide Annual is this Friday evening at the Rio Gallery.
Mary also created some cocktail rings out of salt that she made to photograph with the mitts out at the lake. She entered those in the Statewide Annual and they were accepted too! They beautiful and fragile rings that complement my piece so well.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Another piece I created for the Sense of Place exhibition was inspired by some 1.7 billion year old rocks called gneiss. Kelly and I were lucky enough to go out to the southern tip of Antelope Island on Great Salt Lake called Unicorn Point with our friends from Antelope Island State Park to see these pink striped rocks. The piece is called Gneiss at Unicorn Point and is peppered throughout the pink stripes with small chips of quartz like the rocks themselves.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
I created several new pieces for my and Kelly Baisley’s upcoming exhibition Sense of Place at the Alice Gallery in SLC. This piece of wearable landscape is inspired by an early morning sunrise we witnessed at the salt flats in the west desert. The exhibit opens this Friday but also come to the reception on December 7. I will be publishing patterns of the new art I created throughout the next month so if you like anything you can knit it up yourself! The first will be this one, Salt Flats Sunrise published in Ravelry.
Friday, October 19, 2018
My naughty beagle, Keaton, chewed up my beloved waxed plaid field bag from Fringe Supply Co. He gutted it like a rabbit! It called for some visible mending inside and out. It took a whole week of working on nothing else but I may like it better now!
Friday, September 28, 2018
Navigating a Salt Lake City can be made easier with an interactive map that also keeps you warm. Why use tech when a scarf is a more tactile way to find your destination? Pin your favorite hangout or mark your starting place. This map of Salt Lake City can be your companion around town and won't run out of batteries. Pattern available on Ravelry here.