Branching Out

My new fossil sequoia prong set necklace took a field trip to visit John Grade’s Middle Fork exhibit at Mad Art Seattle. The remarkable and elaborate sculpture is made up of hundreds of thousands of individual wood pieces contouring a 140 year old Western Hemlock tree from North Bend, WA. The process began a year ago when John and his team scaled the tree in the forest to create plaster casts of its trunk and limbs. These casts were brought to the exhibit space in South Lake Union and used as guides to create the complex structure of the sculpture. Each piece of the countless wood blocks were hand shaped, oriented and bonded resulting in the remarkable hollow sculpture. The exhibit will travel internationally for two years and then return to the base of the original living tree in North Bend where it will eventually moss over and disintegrate.

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New Year, New Venture

Birthdays are a wonderful time to both reflect over the past year and also dream what the next year might bring. Day to day, my never ending to-do list can be overwhelming and pieces I hoped to complete are left at the bench. This feeling settles in like a stormy cloud, creeping in sometimes without warning. However, when I step back and look at the big picture, I feel nothing but pride and accomplishment.  The positive response from my website and collection launch has been thrilling and for that I’m so grateful. My hope for this blog is to chronicle my world in and out of the studio.

This past weekend celebrating on Whidbey Island was what every birthday should be: indulgent, relaxing, and inspiring. The Inn at Langley is a true gem overlooking Saratoga Passage in the Puget Sound. James Beard nominee Matt Costello’s Chef’s Tasting Dinner was the epitome of spring from rhubarb juice with crème fraiche to lamb with mustard flowers, black mint, and morels. Walking off the ten courses and wine pairings in the quaint town of Langley with its picturesque harbor backdrop and island elements was a dream. Quintessential Pacific Northwest spring weather brought a mix of gorgeous blue skies and overcast drizzle, creating a striking rainbow and a needed reminder that even stormy days have beauty.

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