It's been cold here in Minnesota so I decided to take the next group of photos in my studio building. It is quite an unique property because it once housed the manufacturing of a large American seed company. There are beautiful pictures in the lobby of women in printed cotton dresses during the 1940's using tweezers to fill garden flower packages. Today this building houses many artist studios and various small creative businesses. The building is "crusty" in a good way.
When I saw the dress I knew I had to have it. I like the comfort of silk knit and I use circular patterns often in my artwork. At openings the audience needs to see you as the artist, not as part of the crowd.
dress--BCBG (anniversary gift from Dean)
shoes--Calvin Klein (thrifted)
bracelet--gift from Stacie
I have done a series of pieced sticks with colored paper tips. They make a complex surface and I enjoy the contrast with the highly painted figures. These women are planting a tree with the hope of lasting growth, long past their own lives. They are approaching a special event, one of which they have gathered their best selves and goodwill. They are prepared to do the job at hand.