Flowing.

I’m flowing right along with my Pele Speaks piece.  Using a nice wide #8.5 cut does help and I’m almost finished with the hot lava section.  I have been using many of my orange and orange/yellow wools, mixing them to create movement.  I’ve spent many happy hours in my studio.

The weather has turned HOT, which is hard on my cold-weather-loving self.  I hope it won’t interfere with my momentum on this hooked piece.  I’d like to finish it before the end of the month and before our son and granddaughter arrive for a visit in early July.  Their visit, and our annual cornhole tournament, will be my sole focus then. 

I have an idea for the next piece in my Mother Earth Speaks series.  I’ll share that with you when I’m ready to begin.  Another one is also forming in my mind and I have asked my sister-in-law, who lives on Cape Cod, to help gather some of the materials.  I’ll leave it a mystery for now.

We had almost no spring this year, just cooler temps and lots of rain, so our gardens are not up to speed yet.  My husband, the gardener, told me my favorite flowers, the Red Hot Pokers, are kaput.  Rotten roots, probably from all the rain.  That is sad.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and I will be patient and wait for the flowers to bloom.

The lava is flowing....

The lava is flowing....

When I hook the dark, puddled lava at the top in this photo,it will really make the lave pop!

When I hook the dark, puddled lava at the top in this photo,it will really make the lave pop!

Interpreting.

My project, Pele Speaks, is coming along.   I finished the lighter grey striated area.  There must be eight or nine different wools in it.  The amazing thing is that I had a two-gallon zip bag stuffed full of grey cut noodles/worms and although I used those with only a few newly cut strips, the bag is still half full.  As all rug hookers know, those worms reproduce overnight.  No matter how optimistic one is about using them up, they never go away.  I guess that’s not all that bad.  A worm in just the right color is handy to have when hooking.

As you can see from the photo below, I’ve begun the orange lava area.  I do have a nice array of orange wool.  Orange is one of my favorite colors.  It’s a power color that indicates Creative Energy.  This area will need to be hooked, looked at, and then tweaked.  Although the lava is flowing in a linear way, if you look at the photo [used with permission from Leigh Hilbert] you can see that there are ridges formed perpendicular to the flow.  My hooking is in the direction of these ridges.

My series, Mother Earth Speaks, has been occupying my thoughts recently.  There are a couple of ideas swimming around in my head.  I’m interested in mixed media pieces using wool, found objects, etc.  Thinking of how to interpret ideas is fun.  Making those ideas happen will be the challenge.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the images formed by one’s mind.

The hot orange of lava.

The hot orange of lava.

Image of Hawaiian lava © Leigh Hilbert

Image of Hawaiian lava © Leigh Hilbert

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.