The holidays are here, and I updated my shop over the weekend with some new pieces that are great for the mushroom forager, all around nature lover, and the friend who loves plants but does not have the best luck with keeping them alive. These are a great way to bring little pocket of the forest ecosystem into your home. See below for a preview, and check them all out at bromeleighad.etsy.com!
The holiday season is getting dangerously close, and I have been hard at work on small artworks for an upcoming event, the Deluxe Winter Market in downtown Oklahoma City. This event will take place on November 28th and 29th (the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving) at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson). Alongside artists with a variety of different media, I will have my fiber sculptures and wall hangings, knitted terrariums and holiday ornaments, knitted staghorn ferns, photo prints, and some winter accessories as well!
For those who do not reside in Oklahoma City or cannot make it to the event, never fear! As I am finishing products, I am working on listing them in my Etsy shop, where many of them are available for purchase right this moment. I hope you'll take a look and consider your loved one with an affinity for natural details, your mushroom forager, your wilderness wanderer, or even your horticulture enthusiast with a black thumb. Hopefully I will see some of you at the event as well - be sure to say hi! See below for a selection of the items that are already up in my shop.
Fiber sculptures on cork bark
Knitted "terrariums" of different kinds also including mycena and amanita mushrooms, pixie cup lichen, witch's hair lichen and wolf lichen, among others.
Fiber sculptures on cork bark slabs have d-rings installed on the back side for ease of hanging.
Holiday ornaments incorporating mycena, orange mushrooms, pixie cup lichen, and amanita.
Hats and cowls are available in a variety of different colors
Hello, and welcome to my new web site! After a few years of having a blog on one service and linking to my portfolio and shop from other hosts, I buckled down this summer and consolidated everything onto one domain. I hope you'll have a look around the site and see more about my vision, past work, and everything that has connected in making BromeLeighad what it has become here and now. Since I'm done importing old blog posts and teaching myself how to use Wordpress (phew), I'm hoping to get back on a regular posting schedule with some old projects finishing up and some new ones just beginning! For now my old site and shop will remain live, but in the future I do plan to shut them down and assign the Bromeleighad.com domain to the new blog for those who have bookmarked it before. If you would like to update your RSS subscription or bookmarks, please use http://www.leighmartinart.com/blog. I will be sure to let you know once the other site has been taken down, but in the meantime I will continue to post in both places.
Along with this launch, I've posted a whole new collection of work in my new shop, so be sure to have a look! Thanks for stopping by.
Just like the holidays, January flew by in a flash. Here's a recap of what happened around here during the first month of 2013.
New Feature: 52 Forms of Fungi
I started a new challenge for the year -- knitting a different type of fungi for every week of 2013. Check out the ones I posted this month:
Inspiration: I posted about the Blue Trees art installation that I saw in Sacramento last fall.
Mentions: My Decomposition series was featured on Knit Hacker! Way cool.
In the Works: I shared a little bit about a new collaborative project I'm working on (involving those little succulents up there) and a little about things that make these dark, drab days of winter a little bit brighter:
Looking back, I'm already happy with how this year is going. I've got my hands in a couple of other things that I can't share about just yet, also. February is looking promising!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to execute the next phase of my Decomposition series, entitled "Stacks". This phase surrounded the textures of a type of fungi that I see quite frequently on trees in the landscape, typically younger trees or those with thin bark. Called "split gill fungus", this type colonizes trees that are stressed, either through poor planting practices, inefficient watering, and previous wounding and sun scald. I am always mesmerized by how split gill fungus looks, and am very excited to include it in my fiber art series.
I used a Japanese maple in my parents' back yard in Tulsa for the setting, which turned out beautifully with the deep red leaves and bright, sunny day. It added some lovely contrast to the white replicas.
In addition to the photos, I have decided to venture into a new media to provide you with glimpses into my work... video! My husband was gracious enough to film part of the process for me using the Super 8 app on my iPhone. I am most excited about it, because this is my first video editing experience ever!
Guys, I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but even though we've had our iMac for the greater part of a year, I still hardly know how to use it. I FINALLY figured out how to use Command + click to replace the PC right-clicking function, and that was because a friend told me. So know that it's a BIG DEAL that I just taught myself how to use iMovie in one evening. A really big deal. I had a lot of fun with it and am looking forward to making more of these... what kinds of videos would you like to see here on the Bromeleighad blog?
Without further ado, here is a behind the scenes glimpse at the most recent phase of Decomposition. Check back in a week to see photos of the final product, Decomposition: Stacks!
This week, I finally finished the Baudelaire socks that I began over two years ago. Checking this project off the list has inspired me to finish seaming a Berrocco top that I've had going for quite a while now, so you may see an update on that pretty soon as well. I'm still not really sure what kept me unmotivated for so long in finishing these up, because the pattern really isn't that hard and is actually pretty simple to memorize once you get your row counters organized. I seem to remember messing up the heel initially, and after I rip out rows and rows and then fix them I tend to be annoyed with a project and drop it for a while. That must be what happened. In any case, they are done now and are super comfortable (and gratifying) to wear - I will probably wind more yarn today to start a new sock pattern this week!
When I first started the Baudelaire pattern I vowed to knit a pair of socks per month that year, which obviously didn't happen. Maybe I'll add that to my 29 things before I turn 30 list that I will construct this August. It will give me an excuse to order some Malabrigo sock yarn!
Have a look... (along with a few garden photos for good measure)
One of the new features (or categories, anyway) that I have decided to introduce on my blog will cover textures or patterns from every day settings and objects. I am inspired by texture on a daily basis whether it's involving an art installation that I came across on the web, a tree that I am working around during the day, or the combination of urban textures that complement each other in a unique way.
I believe it would be over ambitious to say that this will be a weekly feature. At least for now, let's say it will show up when the mood strikes... Hopefully more often than not.
I decided to include Texture on my blog on my trip to the Ozark National Forest this past weekend. The other new features will include Hues and Light. While I may post on Light less often, I felt that it deserved its own category.
From here, I will leave you with the textures that stood out to me in the oak and hickory forest of northwestern Arkansas. Please let me know what you think about the new content, I'm always looking for ways to improve the blog.
I realize that I just made a blog post moments ago, but as I was browsing on Yulie Urano's blog afterward I came across this and had to share! It's pretty interesting, check it out:
The piece in this video was part of a larger exhibition at the MOMU in Antwerp last year. Here is a description of the exhibition:
"With UNRAVEL. Knitwear in Fashion, MoMu presents an exhibition about a material that is very familiar to all of us: knitwear. The exhibition, whichruns from 16/03 until 14/08, will challenge certain established ideas and show that far from being old-fashioned and dowdy knitting is highly versatile, luxurious and a continuing source of inspiration for high end fashion.
The exhibition will address the important decades of knitwear in fashion, demonstrating knitwear’s popularity both on and off the catwalk and unravelling the changing status of the relationship between knitwear and fashion. UNRAVEL. Knitwear in Fashion will introduce the visitor to a wide variety of exquisite knitted garments and accessories from across the last centuries, with a focus on high fashion pieces and their vernacular interpretations."
I've seen formations like this over the years, using antique keys or type press letters. Now that i think about it, Lindsay Zodrow has a wall of empty wooden thread spools on one wall of her store, Collected Thread. I love it! Wall installations like this one always remind me of those surreal times when you are outside and there are THOUSANDS of birds flying around. Their movements undulate in the sky, like a giant blanket suspended in mid air, composed of tiny, flitting, winged creatures. (If you saw the recent flick, Tree of Life, Mr. Malick portrayed this concept beautifully). Since the first time I saw a similar installation to this one years ago, I've wanted a wall in my house decorated in a like fashion. It's in my thought bank for when we buy a house.. We have too little wall space and control over the appearance of our interior to do anything like it now. I like the keys or type press idea, but now that Lynsie has me thinking about air plants... How cool would it be to have a wall full of those? Hmmmmm... This installation is nothing short of lovely.
I've been absent lately, still. I know I've got some serious posting to do, especially after our Marfa/Big Bend vacation from last weekend. It is such a unique, beautiful place; I left there completely inspired. Aside from all the photos I took there, I also have multiple knitting projects going that I need to get some documentation of. There are so many ideas for fiber art projects in my head right now. I need to write them down before they get away from me, but hopefully I can find some time soon (once these other projects are out of the way) to start working on some of them. One of my goals from last year was to produce something for Momentum... but seeing as how this year's show is next weekend and I submitted nothing, that's not going to happen. Next year...