Monday, May 14, 2018

Great Salt Lake Issues Forum

I was asked by Friends of Great Salt Lake to present at the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum. The Forum was last week and was a three day event with researchers, scientists, and historians presenting on the current state of GSL along with current research. It was the most fascinating and educational three days I have had. I am not a scientist and missed a lot of the nuance but still understood enough and learned so much! I am so glad I was invited and got to attend.

For my part I was able to talk about my inspiration of Great Salt Lake and the pieces I have created for it. During my presentation I listed the future exhibits I am doing this year and some attendees asked if this was on my blog. So here it is. And if anyone is in Utah during these times, please take a look at the exhibits and let me know what you think.

Wearable Landscapes
Finch Lane Gallery
June 15 August 3, 2018
Art from my Artist-in-Residency at Great Basin National Park

A Sense of Place
Alice Gallery
November 9, 2018 January 11, 2019
Collaborative exhibition with Kelly Baisley, photographer, that explores two perspectives of Great Salt Lake

I also have two pieces currently in exhibitions in the area.

Species of Concern: Sego Lily
In the Spring Salon at Springville Museum of Art
On display until July 7

Oak Infinity Scarf
The Utah Women Artist Exhibition at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center
On display until June 27

Sunday, May 6, 2018


Last Sunday my sister gave me some handspun Merino and Polwarth wool with the name Driftwood (along with some fantastic buttons made from driftwood). I immediately thought of all the pickled driftwood I have seen at Great Salt Lake and wanted to create a subtle piece inspired by this yarn. Five days later, I have the Driftwood Scarf. Pattern available on Ravelry. It was quick and fun and subtle if you are into that sort of thing, (which I am).

From the pattern: Almost anything that gets captured in Great Salt Lake eventually is pickled. The briny waters, nine times more salty than the ocean, desiccate any flora or fauna that gets too close. Pickled driftwood is a common sight. Coming from the more verdant foothills or just falling off a truck, it eventually gets bleached and salted arguably giving it a more interesting and aesthetic texture.