Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hot Garden

Here in Dallas, we've had temperatures in the high 90s for about a week. The heat is hard on the humans, but the tomatoes and melons seem to love it. My garden has definitely made the transition from spring to summer. The green beans are done and almost all of my greens are giving up the ghost. Now the cucumbers, melons and tomatoes are marching forward for their moment in the sun.

I took a carbon gardening class today at the Texas Worm Ranch. It was super informative and I'll be able to apply my new knowledge to my own garden as well as our school garden. If you're in the area and would like a hands-on garden education, please check them out. They have on going classes HERE. Here are some snapshots from the garden this week!

Kale and Nasturtium Salad

Baby Cucumber and Tomato Relish

Edible Nasturtium Blossoms

Waiting for Tomatoes


Wisteria is still kicking out some blooms!

Lemon Queen Sunflower

Pearl the Hen

Heirloom French Zucchini

Fresh Eggs from the Hen House

Monday, June 20, 2016

Taproot Pop-Up Shop

If its been a while since you took a gander at Taproot Magazine's Pop-Up Shop, you might want to check back in. They have the loveliest hand-made items for sale. Here are some of my favorites.

Ceramic Moon Phase Banner

Rivers of America print

The Modern Natural Dyer Book

Indigo Napkin Set of 4

Friday, June 17, 2016

Painting the Walls of my Studio

The studio space that I'm moving into is awesome. But the original brick had been poorly painted over with a pukey yellow color. So while I'd prefer the original brick, that's not possible. Instead, I'm covering the walls with Kilz, a fabulous primer and sealant that I frequently use when I want to create a mildew resistant space. Yesterday, I rolled out the first coat. Tomorrow, I'll attack the crumbling windows. Here are a few photos of my progress!

I also swept, vacuumed and mopped the floor in the shot below. The wood is really beautiful.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Statera Foundation Kickstarter ART Giveaway

Hello dear readers! As you know, I'm the Creative Director of Statera Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to gender equity in the theatre arts. Our foundation is hosting a Kickstarter campaign through the month of June and we're already half way to our goal of $10,000. Please take a look at the campaign site to see our video and learn more about our efforts for gender balance in the arts.

Here's the exciting part. When you donate this this very grounded and worthy effort, your name will be entered to win an original art commission by me! Yes! When you win, you and I will collaborate on a piece of 16x20 or 18x18 inch artwork especially for you and your space! Donate today and help us make big national change for gender justice and equity for theatre artists everywhere!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Preparing the Studio Space

Yesterday, I spent my first day in my new studio space. I was just there for a few hours to assess the damage to walls, windows and floors (this space has been empty since November) and to clean up a bit before I start painting the walls. I can't quite put into words my level of gratitude for the opportunity to work in this space. It's in a vibrant part of town and will allow me to widen my reach with gallery exhibitions, studio visits and ample room for classes and workshops.

This space is the brain child of Jay Bailey. He is already a staple at the Continental Gin Building and is currently in the process of expanding his studio work and classes. I'm thrilled that he's asked me to be a part of it. I've included some snap shots from my time in the space yesterday. I hope you enjoy watching the transformation of this space over the next few weeks!

Below is the main teaching space:

And the gallery space on the opposite end of the room:

Jay and his wife knocked down this doorway last week to expose the beam above and open the space up a bit. This breezeway connects the main room to my gallery space and studio:

A corner of my private studio:

The double doorway at the end of the hall leads to our studio:

A very cool old and functional freight elevator down the hall from our space:

Our studio is on the third floor of the building:

Here's a shot of Elm Street, looking towards downtown Dallas:

And here's a shot of the Continental Gin Building and its iconic water tower:

More to come!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Timeless Elegance

I've been simplifying my closet again - creating a capsule wardrobe for summer.
I keep thinking of this quote by Yohji Yamamoto as I sift through:
“Fashion sighs after trends. I want timeless elegance."



Monday, June 13, 2016

Butterfly Obsession

I can't stop with the butterflies. 
They make me feel hopeful.
And after the shooting in Orlando this week,
I need all the hope I can get.