Saturday, April 16, 2016

Great Basin National Park

I am very excited and honored to be the 2016 Artist-in-residence for Great Basin National Park! This fall I will get to be inspired and awed living with ancient bristlecones, seeing the Milky Way, and reveling in beautiful Great Basin Desert. I am the luckiest person ever!

I will be blogging my residency here, both the planning and all my art I create after. There is limited internet access at the park but I will post at least a few times during the residency. This is going to be a great adventure!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Dogwood Wristwarmers

Spring is here and I finished another piece for the Identitatum Arborum project: Dogwood Wristwarmers. The dogwood tree is native to the Eastern US and is prized for its spring flowery bracts. The name dogwood is disputed but most likely comes from the Celtic word dag or dagga. The wooden dagge was a useful pointed tool. The dogowood has a tight-grained hard wood that is used to make tools, weaving shuttles, and golf heads. Dogwood bark was also used to treat dogs with mange. But the bark has no real medicinal properties and the practice probably resulted from the misconception that the name dogwood meant it was good for dogs.