I was thrilled to receive an email from Shannon Quimby, (an internationally recognized designer, photo stylist, author... the list goes on of her amazing accomplishments) inquiring about my designs and her desire to use some of my handmade bags and hats in her upcoming photo shoots for national publication! I met with her a few days later at her gorgeous home in Portland (one of America's first homes to be built on zero waste! Beautiful!) to discuss her creative process and to drop off Rizom goodies for her shoot in Portland. I found Shannon to be a beautiful, talented, gracious, down to earth woman with a wonderful sense of style & humor and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with her. Here are a couple of pieces that I just finished for her to take with her on a shoot in Texas coming up next week. So stoked!
River by Mary Oliver The river Of my childhood, That tumbled Down a passage of rocks And cut-work ferns, Came here and there To the swirl And slowdown Of a pool And I say myself- Oh, clearly- As I knelt at one- Then I saw myself As if carried away, As the river moved on. Where have I gone? Since then I have looked and looked For myself, Not sure Who I am, or where, Or, more importantly, why. It’s okay- I have had a wonderful life. Still, I ponder Where that other is- Where I landed, What I thought, what I did, What small or even maybe meaningful deeds I might have accomplished Somewhere Among strangers, Coming to them As only a river can- Touching every life it meets- That endlessly kind, that enduring
One of my favorite mid century prints that I have treasured for years and years, it speaks to me in so many ways, as Mary Oliver does, the poetry is in the print as it flows out and swirls about, like a graceful river, in all it's beautiful muted colors of nature.
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush ...
excerpt from 'Spring' by Gerard Manley Hopkins
the wonder, the colors, the freshness, the taste, oh the happiness of spring! blessed with rain, the spring comes alive with technicolor brilliance here in the pacific northwest, so much goodness one's heart sings with joy! the 'botanical' sun 'n shade hat, made of a gorgeous blooming vintage mid century linen is a visual ode to the magic of springtime and the anticipation of heading outdoors into the sunshine!
One of my latest pieces made in honor of the beautiful verdant green headlands that sit majestically over the great blue horizon all along the edge of the world.