how is your summer? i hope it is filled with sunshine, family and friends, time spent on decks eating grilled food, ice cream and sipping cool drinks. perhaps some time at a beach or exploring new places.
our summer break began with a visit to Madison, WI. it was lovely to be back in our old home and to visit with good friends, to eat cheese curds, and to visit our old favourite places. but the odd thing is, i felt torn between there and here, being back at home but feeling the tug of our new home. life is funny that way, isn't it? my girls and i watched the movie Inside Out after we returned to Brookline and we all cried because we so felt all those emotions. and at the end of the movie, (spoiler alert! well, sort of...) when Joy and Sadness create a memory together so that the memory is tinged with both emotions, well, we all just gave up trying to contain the tears.
as promised, i wanted to share some photos of new work i've been busy working on this past year as i have adapted to living life in Brookline. the first set of photos are of a large scale installation titled, "Taking Flight". i wrote an earlier blog piece about the inspiration behind this project and you can find that here. if you are following me on Instagram, you will find all my work in progress photos under the hashtag: #400birdsproject . why 400 birds you ask? because i'm crazy. these birds take crazy long to make and i'm not sure why i'm doing this. in the photos below, taken in my new studio space, there are around 120 birds:
on a much smaller scale, i've been making these miniature works using the rolls leftover from duct tape. my daughter makes duct tape wallets and she has accumulated quite a stash of these duct tape rolls. i felt inspired to use them to create these small pieces - you can find them soon on my Etsy shop.