Monday, October 16, 2017

Still Knitting Great Basin

Although my residency is over at Great Basin National Park, I have a few more pieces inspired by the park that I want to finish before I have an exhibit next year on all my inspiration. I had to go to Southern Utah to teach a workshop last weekend and took some time out to go up the canyon in Leeds and knit among the juniper. As luck would have it, I was knitting a piece inspired by juniper! This one is now my new favorite. Stay tuned for finished photos soon.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pinyon Nuts

I missed the Pinyon nut harvest when I was in Great Basin National Park last week but I remember the work last year that was involved just to harvest a small bag. The park allows visitors to harvest pine nuts up to 25 lbs. I wanted to create something inspired by my tiny nut harvest that was maybe not as much work to knit as the nuts were to get. Hence this neck warmer of piney textures (and pine wood buttons!).

From the pattern: Gathering pinyon pine nuts is a great way to experience the fall bounty of Great Basin National Park. The single-leaf pinyon, Pinus monophylla, is an abundant tree found between 6,000 and 9,000 feet. The nuts produced by these pines have been important to Native Americans and animals for millennia. Gathering pine nuts within Great Basin National Park is allowed in the fall only and is limited to 25 lbs per household. The goal is to ensure that plenty of nuts remain for Clark's nutcrackers, pinyon jays, and ground squirrels. This artwork was produced under the Darwin Lambert Artist in Residence Program at Great Basin National Park.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tundra Swan

I totally forgot to mention that I had another piece on display for the Lambourne Prize Exhibition with Friends of Great Salt Lake. My Tundra Swan was on display last month. Unfortunately the exhibition is over now but you can still see pictures of it above and purchase a pattern if you want to make your own here. This is one of my all-time favorite patterns.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Great Basin Astronomy Festival

Took a quick trip to Great Basin National Park on Friday and Saturday to present the artwork I am giving them at the Astronomy Festival. Despite cloud cover and below freezing temperatures there were quite a few people there! The photo above is the piece I gave: Great Basin Sky. And the one below is a pict of my Great Basin Sky piece waiting for me to give it before everyone got there.

Great Basin Sky is my favorite piece so I am happy that it has a home at the Park.

I also camped at Gray Cliffs on Friday night – 17 degrees and I was the only one there. But it was so beautiful and I got to see some of my favorite spots around the park. The scenic drive was closed because of snow above the Mather overlook but other than that, it was a good dose of nature that I sorely needed.

I am going to miss being the artist-in-residence for Great Basin NP but I am so glad I was able to be a part of this amazing park.

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.