This weekend was a great experience, and I can't wait to share some photos from my finished installation at Plug Projects. The Plug crew was incredibly hospitable and kind, and they were great to work with. I was blown away by the talent of the other artists in the exhibition, and feel honored to show alongside them. Not to mention, we had a lot of fun while we were hanging out - great people!
If you are in the Kansas City area over the next 6 weeks, I encourage you to stop by the Plug Projects gallery to see all of the artwork in Rare Earth. I will work on processing my installation images and post them on Wednesday.
I recently visited Sacramento for a few days to attend a conference. In my down time, I made a point to walk around and explore the downtown area, and found a lot of beauty there. I will post some more photos from my DSLR in a few days, but in the meantime here are some things I saw and shot with my phone camera using the Instagram app. Sacramento is known as the "City of Trees" and they really do have some nice trees. Make note of the blue ones below - I'm going to put together a post about that project soon as well.
There was one last location on our trip that I have yet to post photos from. I didn't take quite as many in Portland as I did elsewhere, but I think there are still some that warrant sharing. This is definitely my kind of town... the nature shots are mostly from the Hoyt Arboretum. We stayed at the Jupiter Hotel which is where the room photos came from, and the others are just some random things from around town. The last photo isn't from Portland, but since I didn't write a post on the wedding we went to it got skipped over. It's a great photo of Jason and I though and I wanted to share it (because that doesn't come along very often).
Yes, that is my post title. This gets its own entry because I have so many photos of fungi from our trip last month. As I was looking through the camera's playback in our hotel room in Portland, I told J that 20% of my photos were of trees, 15% were buildings/landmarks/other scenery, 5% were of food, 15% were from our friend's wedding, 5% were of J drinking beer, 10% were of my fiber art installations, and 30% of my photos were of some type of fungi in the woods. So here you go, a showing of my favorites. If you would like to see the rest, take a look at my Flickr stream.
Last night I slept in the mist amongst a graveyard of cedar trees, a mere 100 yards from the ocean. It smelled of burning cedar logs on the campfire and sounded like crashing waves.Earlier in the day, we ate smoked mussels and clam chowder, and then embarked on a hike into a temperate, fern covered forest to find the perfect spot for Phase I of my Decomposition fiber art installations. I can't remember the last time I felt this creatively fulfilled. (Photos to come upon our return home). The previous night: we joined with friends old and new and enjoyed great food and conversation. Even away from home we have found great community and bonded with New friends who also reside in Oklahoma. Earlier that day: wandering around Portland (lost, but we got to see a lot of it that way), visited and purchased from the kingdom of books (Powell's) and hiked at Hoyt Arboretum beneath redwoods, spruces, firs and giant sequoias. Might have snagged some spongy sequoia bark to take home... Along with some street side succulents bits that afternoon... All this since in Portland. Since I last posted we geeked out in the towns where Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure were filmed in WA. Snoqualmie (Twin Peaks) was really developed and had very little of the character left in it (what can you expect after 20 years). Roslyn, however, (Northern Exposure) is still very remote, quaint, quiet and AMAZING. We hung out in town for a bit and then headed out to the river where we pitched our tent 10 feet from the bank, shared a bottle of wine, watched a beaver swimming around and saw the most beautiful night sky. The wedding in Oregon was in and of itself a blast, and it was set in a gorgeous landscape - a meadow atop a mountain with forest all around. I had a blast seeing one of my best friends marry a beautiful, amazing woman and the reception was one of the most fun I've been to, to date. Overall, we love it here. I'm ready to see my critters at home and be in my house, but we have loved every moment of this trip. Enough blabbing now, here are some Instagram photos from the past week. Sorry again for the size and quality, I'll prepare a series of photo posts from the shots I took with my camera after we are home
We visited Kansas City this weekend for a friend's wedding, and I have to say the city is way more interesting (and beautiful) than I had anticipated. I've only been there once before, which was for a soccer tournament when I was 11. I can't remember much, and I think the tournament was in Overland Park so I doubt we actually even went into the downtown area. We had a great time exploring - the architecture is beautiful, the culture is unique and I've never felt safer walking around any City's downtown at night as I did there. We're already looking forward to our next visit, and can hopefully spend a little more time exploring.
The last two photos are of some items I purchased from Hammerpress, an amazing letterpress and design studio. I fell in love with the shop upon walking in, and basically squealed with glee when I found Woodcut out on display. If you remember this post about Bryan Nash Gill's prints using tree cross sections, you understand my excitement. Now I have my own copy of the book (happy early birthday to me!). I can't wait to go through all of it!