Saturday, March 30, 2013

Surrounded at Roman Susan

Gourd 2 is currently on display at Roman Susan for the Surrounded exhibition. 

37 x 13 inches, fabric, paper

Monday, March 25, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I finally made my very first batch of Kombucha!  Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage.  It tastes a bit like apple cider vinegar.  The longer you let it ferment, the stronger the vinegar flavor gets.  After it ferments you can add fruit juice to flavor it.  It contains probiotics and antioxidants.  It costs about $4 for a small bottle at the grocery store.  But when it is made at home it only costs about $1 a gallon.  The scoby (the big goober floating in the liquid) eats the sugar I have added to the tea and grows another scoby.  Then when the batch is through, both scobies can be used again.  That's why people end up with more scobies than they know what to do with!  

I am very excited to have something fermenting in my home!
Check out this video here to learn how to make Kombucha.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Interactive Art Piece

I have been invited by curator, Anni Holm, to create an interactive piece for her show Earth to Table at the West Chicago City Museum.  I have had a lot of interest lately in making artwork that viewers can be involved in.  This was the first idea I have come up with.

The statement and question would be placed on the wall, "Each fruit and vegetable has a season when they grow in the Midwest and when they taste their best.  What vegetables and fruits do you like to eat during each season?"

There are 4 plates for each season and surrounding each plate are plushie vegetables and fruits grown during that season.  They are velcroed to the wall and attached to the wall with jute so that the viewer can't put a tomato on the winter plate.  There is also velcro on the plate.  

I want to create a piece that is educational, fun, and touchable.  Children really like my work and I'd like to pay more attention to that in the future.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Colors of Winter-Work in Progress

I have discovered a new love this year.  The look, feel, and colors of dried, dead plants waiting to be reborn in the spring.  My sister, Katie and I visited the lake this past Tuesday during the snow storm.  The colors of these wintered plants stood out amongst the white, fluffy snow.