It's in the Dirt

Pieces to bid on for Bob’s Auction!
November 12, 2010, 10:45 pm
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Here is a list of numbered images of highlighted pieces that will be available to be bid on at Bob’s Auction tomorrow Saturday beginning at 6:30pm, let me know early if there is something you would like to bid on!!


Realizing I’m Slow
June 18, 2010, 5:19 pm
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For the last two weeks I have been at Penland School of Craft in Penland North Carolina assisting UK maker and curator Helen Carnac in a workshop.  

This time was amazingly well spent.  Helen is an artist who has carefully considered what she makes, why, how, when, and from where everything comes and eventually goes.  For the last few years she has been involved in a curatorial project about the connection between the Slow Movement and the Craft field.

The Slow Movement, as I am understanding it, can be loosely defined as cultural movement that emphasizes the importance of time given to the consideration of ones actions, actions that connect an individual to community and place.

I am finding this topic, although still very young and yet to be defined deffinitavly, very rich and enlighting when I look at my own art and life activites and the challenge I have had in attempting to unite the two.

thoughtful labor activites, such  as the garden and walking/running, concern for connection to locality and community, and sustainability through the use of found materials in my work all have a natural connection when looked at through the lens of the Slow Movement.  “One of the philosophies of the Slow Movement is about how shared activity generates social relationships and that the space of that activity can create its own locality”  Andy Horn Introduction Taking Time Catalog.

“It is our intention that Taking Time: craft and the slow revolution creates a space for reflection and recognition of the ways in which artists and makers situate craft in the world beyond the object.  Through relationships and collaboration they engage with current social and political issues.  As we negotiate these pivotal times which are testing our values and questioning rates of consumption, the artist’s and maker’s voice and activism makes an important contribution to thinking through the future.”

Just something to chew on.

P.S. here are some pictures too!

A Parting Gift of Cabbage
May 30, 2010, 2:17 pm
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Last week I returned from a short visit home and was just slammed with work to catch up on before leaving again for Penland School of Crafts for two weeks.  While I was gone and while I was busy playing catch up the weather kept switching from summer rains to summer sun and my garden was having a field day without me.

So on Thursday, day before I left for Penland, I got to work.  Thankfully I also had the assistance of Abigail  and Autumn to tackle the weeds and return order.

It was pretty hot and sunny, all of us getting a good red neck for our efforts.

The garden, as a parting gift, offered up two very large heads of cabbage to be harvested before I left.  As noted in previous posts I have been fighting the bugs for these glorious globes and it finally paid off.

you might notice that funny looking thing on the head of the cabbage, its panty hose, my last ditched effort against the bugs before I went home for that little bit.  it worked by the way no worms in the middle of the cabbage.

And to end here is one of the newer pieces I made from the garden work:

“Saving Seeds” Necklace

Found metal, steel, copper, brass, seeds

This necklace have seven types of seeds in the small containers.  Along with this piece will be a small journal cataloging the success or failure.

In traditional cultures, women have been the keepers of the seeds for thousands of years.  They save the strongest and pass these heirloom varieties from mother to daughter for generations.  This piece references this important female role, and the agricultural diversity that is currently slipping away because of industrial monocultures.  For more information on this check out this article at

April 30, 2010, 6:54 pm
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FINALLY! I pulled my first batch of radishes last weekend.  They were huge, and purple, it was awesome.

Laura Wood , a fellow ECU grad student, and I are collaborating on some mold making.  So when I took the radishes out of the ground, I could not eat  them right away because Laura took a mold of them first in plaster.

After she takes the mold and everything drys, she will press handmade paper into the mold.  Check out her website to see more on her process and paper pieces.  Her interest in collectors and my interest in documenting the food, has led to this collaboration.  We think of my garden as a way of literally growing a collection.  We are both very excited about what could come out of this.   I’ll keep you posted when the paper part gets done!

Anyways, I got my radishes back and I made my roasted radishes recipe, it was great, as usual.  It goes as follows:

Roasted Radishes

1/2 lb radishes sliced

2 Tlb peanut oil

1/2 cup chopped green onions

3 Tlb soy sauce

Toasted sesame seeds as garnish

Toss radishes in oil and cook at 475 degrees for 30 mins, or until browned.  Add green onions and soy sauce and broil for 10 mins.  Garnish with sesame seeds.  Serve over brown rice.

And lastly here is my Radish Necklace, found metal, steel, copper, radish seeds.

Sheep Crap and Radishes on a Sunday Afternoon
April 19, 2010, 2:53 pm
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I have been working for a biodynamic farmer for the last several weeks, and this last week she got some more sheep and some turkeys.  Sadly, when I arrived on Sunday to do some work while she is out of town, we found that one of the young turkeys had already gotten eaten by something, probably not a good sign…  The rest of the afternoon was spent shoving sheep crap out of the stalls so the new babies can cleanly frolic inside.  Four wheel barrows later, I think I will be cleaning sheep crap dust off of me for the next week.   Here’s some pics, they are pretty cute.

I had a little time after the farm to work in the garden.  I planted some jalapenos and hot banana pepper plants and pickling cucumbers.  So I was giving everything a little water and then I see it, a red radish bulging out of the ground, my first!!!  I haven’t eaten yet, but its just lovely.

Cabbage Worms+Cabbage=Swiss Cheese Leaves
April 12, 2010, 2:26 pm
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And I thought I could pack the food away, but these tiny green little monsters are amazing.  Just a few of them have managed to turn my happy cabbage plants into a disaster zone, so I squished them.

It was a messy job, but darn it I want to make some cole slaw!  And to prevent further carnage I have been told to use DT, so we will see.

In other more positive news here are some images of my garden partners!!  Let me introduce Mike and Abagail, they will be featured throughout this project helping me to keep things afloat.  Here they can been seen contemplating something quite serious…

And here they are cheesing it up:

So here is the current list of items planted so far (I still have an empty bed… okra, cucumbers, perhaps zucchini so many options?!)

Cabbage- If I am victorious over the worms



Rattle Snake green beans- the same variety my grandfather (PaPa) used to grow, gift from my parents

Brussel Sprouts

Crook Neck Squash

Strawberries- gift from my professor from Ashville, they are blooming already!


Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
April 10, 2010, 7:29 pm
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So since I don’t have cable or even a tv so much, I’m really not so hip on the latest shows.  I’m a Hulu girl, keep up with a few shows when I have time and make a lot of art.  Well, my parents came to visit last weekend and they keep up with the tv a bit more than me, and they were talking about this new show: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.  So we pulled it up on Hulu and I watched the first few episodes and it’s totally knocking my socks off that the Naked Chef is on tv talking about this food thing!  Hell ya, thats what we need.  So if you have not heard about this heres the summary: A few years ago Jamie Oliver (famous for his show the Naked Chef), from England, totally changed the public school lunch program over there in a big way.  Kids are now served healthy, usually local food cooked from scratch instead of frozen processed junk.  Well he has come over here to Huntington West Virginia to try it again.  Guess Huntington is the fattest city in the nation at the moment.

So he’s doing all these different programs to try to get this healthy food message out to the public there and so far on the show its been pretty tough going.  It’s not that people want to be fat, but who wants to feel like they are a 5 year old child when told to put the burger down?  Adults are stubborn.  It’s only a bit into the the program so far so we will see, but seeing as it is a tv show it will probably have a happy ending.  Hopefully that will be more healthy people.

So the show seems great and I’m pumped to watch, but it was QUITE ironic, you only get a few commercials with Hulu, but one of them was for Hot Pockets when I was watching the show today…  Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution