BT - The Crafty Gardener: The Daily Life of a 'Blow In' to Ireland from the UK, how we try and tame 5 acres and live with the weather - plus my family and crafting exploits.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Remember The Woven? 3.3.10
Who remembers the Disintegration Project I took part in, initiated by Seth Apter?
This was Part One of our brief:
Hi BT! I would love to have you join in. It is definitely not too late. Basically you need to create a "bundle" out of paper and what ever other materials you want to use. You can see many examples on my blog. Wrap it up somehow and place it in nature. Hang it. Bury it. Submerge it. Lean it. Whatever you like. Then let Mother Nature be your collaborator. Take a photo of your bundle in its new home and post it on your blog. Then wait and watch. On May 1, all participants will then post an "after" picture on their blog. There will also be a part 2 to the project. I will send details to everybody soon. Please email me again when you have your bundle photo posted. That way I can link to it and add your name to the list of participants. Also, please let me know if it would be okay for me to capture a picture of your bundle from your blog to post on my blog between now and May 1!! So happy you want to play!! Best, Seth
I duly hung my parcel in a tree at The Deenery and took it down as requested. The next stage was to make something out of the things in the parcel after they'd been outside for months. I made 'The Woven'. I then decided to leave it outside the weather and disintegrate further and today I took some more photographs of it - (see above). It hasn't done too badly. Everything has faded and some of the paper has flown away, but the material is mostly still there. The butterfly photograph has changed the least. Even the papiermachee balls are still in tact (made from dyed toilet paper)!!
If you'd like to see how it all looked when I first finished it, here is the link to The Woven reveal
A few people have asked how it was faring outside, so now you can see.
Sunny Day Gardening
2 days ago we had a lovely sunny day, so I enjoyed time in the garden. It was crisp but still cold enough for a coat. Jim brought me a cup of coffee and a scone and took some rather awful photos of me, in which I look about ten stone! I think I have picked out two where I don't look too bad. Talk about a country yokel! Of course Buster wanted a piece!! Here you can see that all my grey hair is growing out!
Jim bought a witch hazel tree a little while ago. We have to find a home for it yet:
The crocuses have come on leaps and bounds. They are so delicate and are spreading nicely:
Inside the white ones. The primulas are coming... And at least some of the snowdrops survived the builders. These are some special ones that we bought in the UK, they are larger than the usual ones. Look at all the daffodils coming up.
I spent most of that day weeding then spreading compost over the beds (our own of course). All weeded and spread with compost. It looks rather bare.
ATC and Art Things
I made the following ATC for Teri to go with her 'H' for Hearts: Bea at Dog in The Hole Studio, has been making graffiti paper. It's all a bit of a complicated process, involving making lots of layers of paper, paint, stamping, anything you like really, the aim to look like an old wall, resulting from years of graffiti. I am on my 3rd layer: Most of what I have used so far is from the original disintegration bundle project. I had quite a lot of paper left over, so I made another bundle with it and hung it in a willow tree. I took the bundle down a few days ago. This bag has rotted beautifully. This is a rag rug I made quite a while ago. I found it up in the attic. It needs a bit of repair on the left where I once hoovered it and the hoover ate some of the black! It's in front of Billy Boiler now.
Finally a photo I took of the moon one night - I still managed to get a blue moon in with it!
I hope everyone is having a good week. We went shopping to Limerick today - but more of that anon.
I have had a varied and at times wild life of loves and marriages, children and grandchildren. I am currently living in County Clare, Ireland, with my husband Jim. We have 5 acres of land and a traditional Irish Cottage. I love gardening and always have, even as a child. I enjoy photography, crafting, rag rug making, ATCs and fun on the computer