Translating.

My new piece, which I have titled, Pele Speaks, is 24” x 44”.  It is the first piece in my new series, Mother Earth Speaks.  I’m excited to get immersed in something that is purely creative.  There will be no pattern of it to sell.  That’s not the point of doing this.  It’s the journey, not so much the destination.  As Mother Nature speaks, new pieces will be added to the series.

I really love this photograph of Hawaiian lava flow, which I am adapting with permission from nature photographer, Leigh Hilbert.  [Check out Leigh’s site here.] What drew me to this image are the three very distinct areas of texture.  The lighter grey area is striated, the darker grey area has a puddle-like look to it, and the hot orange flowing lava looks like a living creature.  I suppose in a way, it is.

Adapting a photographic image into a completely different medium presents fun challenges.  There is no way I want to try to replicate the photo.  What would be the point of that?  It’s deciding how to suggest the different textures with wool strips and probably some yarn and other materials.  I seem to have lots of grey wool and a large amount of already cut grey wooly worms.  I’m purposely using a variety of cuts ranging from #7 to #9 to add to the uneven striations in the lighter grey area.

This is a fairly large piece and it will use up lots of my wool.  Believe it or not, that is what I want to do.  Like many rug hookers, I tend to hoard wool.  I like to look at it and imagine what I can do with it.  Well, this project will use up lots of greys and oranges.  One can always buy more wool.

I know I will have lots more to say about Pele Speaks in the coming weeks.  I hope you will join me.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the images of nature all around us.

  Many medium and light greys are being used. I may experiment sewing some grey yarn among the wool strips, but that will have to wait until the piece is almost finished.

Many medium and light greys are being used. I may experiment sewing some grey yarn among the wool strips, but that will have to wait until the piece is almost finished.

  Different wools, different cuts, and an uneven hooking technique [my usual style] will create movement and texture.

Different wools, different cuts, and an uneven hooking technique [my usual style] will create movement and texture.

A new series.

I have completed my super secret project and I’m ready to start something new.  As I was finishing up this project, using Tracy Jamar’s excellent book, Coils, Folds, Twists, and Turns [©2017 Stackpole Books], I was inspired to continue using standing wool and other elements in my next project.  I was having fun and that was motivating!

Nature has always been an important part of my life. I’m even contemplating doing not just one piece, but a series of projects about the Earth and the beautiful, scary, exciting, wondrous, and sad events that are part of Mother Nature’s panoply. I might name the series, Mother Speaks. I’m picturing a variety of materials used with and without rug hooking.

When I lived in Maine, I did a weekly live radio show called, Earthtones, on community radio station WERU-FM.  It was a nature-based show featuring indigenous, new age, world, and ambient music along with readings from works by nature writers.  There was even a live bird report by my pal, Birdman Bob.  I did the show for almost nine years and it was honestly the most fun I’ve ever had.  So, why shouldn’t fiber art be just as exciting and fun to me? 

The first project I’m planning will reflect the mesmerizing, and pretty terrifying volcanic eruptions in Hawaii.  The lava flows are amazing with colors so vivid they don’t seem real.  I found a photograph that I’d like to adapt and have received permission from the photographer, Leigh Hilbert.  I’m excited to get started!  Follow along as I decide how to adapt this photo with wool and other elements.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the many faces of Mother Nature.

  This photo of Hawaiian lava flow is my inspiration, used with permission from © Leigh Hilbert.

This photo of Hawaiian lava flow is my inspiration, used with permission from © Leigh Hilbert.

  I cannot wait to start creating with these beautiful wools and yarns.  And maybe other elements, too.

I cannot wait to start creating with these beautiful wools and yarns.  And maybe other elements, too.