Monday, September 18, 2017

Aspen Leaf

Aspens in September in Great Basin National Park don’t just turn yellow, they turn every shade of red and orange as well. This is due to anthocyanins, chemicals that produce red and orange colors in leaves when the green chlorophyll of summer begins to fade. Although it is a genetic trait only present in some trees, much of the brilliant red-orange color is also due to climate. Warm sunny fall days with cool nights allow the brilliant oranges of Great Basin aspen trees to shine. This artwork was produced under the Darwin Lambert Artist in Residence Program at Great Basin National Park.

Friday, September 8, 2017

September Leaves

Hello September! During the month of September that I spent in Great Basin NP I saw the seasons change from summer to fall to winter. The leaves were by far the highlight! And the inspiration for these traditional hats.

From the pattern: September in Great Basin National Park is a fall color paradise. Chilly nights bring spectacular color to the mountain landscape. Yellow and orange aspens mix with deep green pines and firs to create a calico collage on the mountains. This artwork was produced under the Darwin Lambert Artist in Residence Program at Great Basin National Park.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Rose Trellis Mitts

Here is the finished piece that you can see me working on in front of the fire in my last post. They are Rose Trellis Mitts and are inspired by a cave formation in Lehman’s Cave in Great Basin. I hope to post a few more finished pieces in the next few days as I contemplate which piece to donate.

From the pattern: The fragile decorations in Lehman Caves in Great Basin National Park range from common stalactites and stalagmites to abundant popcorn and soda straws to more than 300 cave shields. One beautiful formation of popcorn is called the Rose Trellis. The popcorn on the columns is so thick that it looks like a lush overgrown garden of stone. This artwork was produced under the Darwin Lambert Artist in Residence Program at Great Basin National Park.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Camping and Knitting and Camping Some More

I have been furiously knitting all summer for Great Basin National Park as I need to donate a piece to them by September. Most of my knitting has been while camping because this was the summer of camping for us.

We were able to knock one place off our bucket list and camped for 4 days on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park.

Not only did we manage to get out as we usually do, but I started a new program at the Museum in collaboration with the National Forests. I called it “UMFA in the Wild” and I take art workshops around to different campsites in the National Forests to teach about nature and art. It’s been very fun and successful but also meant lots more camping for me and my family!

I do have lots of finished pieces to post here but I am waiting to get them modeled because they really do need to be worn to see them in the best light.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Knitting Oxymoron

Knitting inspired by the cool September evenings in Great Basin National Park with the incredible colorful leaves. But I am sitting in the hot sun at a park in Salt Lake watching my son learn Soo Bahk Do.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Finished the Epic Shawl

Finished my circular shawl for my artist-in-residency and will get better pictures soon but wanted to document that I finally finished!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Yarn Chicken

Gah! Played yarn chicken with one of the pieces I am making for Great Basin and lost. This is “Dropping a Stone in Stella Lake” and is inspired by a hike I took last September to the Alpine Lakes in Great Basin National Park. It will be beautiful once I can figure out my yarn problem. Frogging is not an option as it is a pi shawl with almost 700 stitches at the edges with an edging of 1400 rows. So, I am ordering new yarn and hoping for a color match!