Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Glacier Time Scarf

I actually finished my Glacier Time scarf that is a visual representation of my time spent during my artist-in-residency at Glacier National Park! (I finished it right after I got home but am just now getting it photographed). 

I mentioned before that I wanted to savor all the time spent at the Park in June 2023. This meant consciously looking, observing and being present for what I was seeing and doing. The result is a unique work of wearable art that has meaning to me. The other pictures show a few close-ups and a better view of the legend to read the scarf; which is read from right to left (the way knitting is worked), with my first day being the bottom ridge and my last day the top ridge. If you look closely you can see the little yellow bit in the middle of the night where I woke to a mouse being snapped in a trap and I had to deal with it at 2:30 in the morning. 

But you can also see a lot of wildlife that I saw and various activities I did during the month. The cool thing about the scarf is the overall patterns that emerge. I really tried to have good sleep hygiene and you can tell with the big block of blue on the right side. And that I usually ended my days with a lot of knitting and a bit of reading.

Friday, July 21, 2023

An Artist-in-Residence Recap

I have been back from Glacier for two weeks now and have been under water getting caught up from work. Hopefully my Instagram updates helped give a sense of what a wonderful opportunity was. I was able to experience so much of the park, hiked a lot, knit a lot, a got so much inspiration I will be knitting my ideas for years to come. 

I was able to finish four works while I was living in Glacier:

Thimbleberries can be found all over lower elevations of Glacier National Park. A member of the rose family, they look like raspberries but are smaller and very tart. Everyone loves thimbleberries, from sparrows to grizzly bears to hikers, they are treat to find on the trail. This artwork and pattern was produced as Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park.

Green Lacewings have little veins criss-crossing their wings which makes them incredibly flexible. The veins allow lacewings to fly forwards, backwards, and side to side. This dexterity makes them efficient hunters of pesky insects like mosquitoes and gnats. These delecate small hunters can be found all over Glacier National Park in the summer months, making outdoor life a little more comfortable. This artwork and pattern was produced as Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park.

The view of the Livingston Mountains Range from the east side of Lake McDonald is spectacular. The soaring green peaks at the height of summer are one of the most photographed vistas in Glacier National Park, with Mt. Cannon taking center stage. Be sure to wrap up because even in summer, mountain viewing in this part of the world can be chilly. This artwork and pattern was produced as Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park.

The Kootenai referred to Glacier National Park as Ya·qawiswitxuki, meaning “the place where there is a lot of ice.” Although the park is named after its famous glaciers, with global warming, all these glaciers will be gone within our lifetime. Jackson Glacier shows more signs of shrinkage every year with scratches of brown earth seen coming through the thinning ice more and more. This artwork and pattern was produced as Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park. 

And I have started so many more. Here are just a few:

Concept for Lake Macdonald Shawl

A swatch for Beargrass Stole

Glacier Time Scarf: A data visualization of what I did during my residency. I actually finished this the weekend I returned. I will post about it in the future.