The Wheel of the Year continues to spin, bringing in Autumn, my favorite time of year. Now that the weather is cooler & the days are shorter, I enjoy walking the dogs under trees that seem tired of being lush & green after such a long hot summer. As they yawn & stretch their limbs before their winter nap, I scour the ground for the gold, scarlet, & russet leaves that flutter on the path before us. That distinct crunching sound of dry leaves under foot is one of life’s simple pleasures. I can’t resist picking them up & taking them back to my studio. Every year, I use maple, beech, ash, & oak leaves for inspiration, never tiring of their colors, shapes, & textures. They are so different from one another yet similar, reminding me of how much people are the same in some ways & unique in others.
In my studio, I consider which materials to play with– fabrics, paints, inks, & something new to me– Dicro Fusible Fibers. If you haven’t played with this material, try it! I used the color “bark” which looks like thin threads of copper– gorgeous!! Perhaps you can see it in the photos I included below. Never be afraid to try new things 🙂
On one hand, I feel like a child, free to create whatever my imagination can dream into being. On the other hand, I am humbled by the spirituality of creation — the Divine in me connecting to the Divine in nature. Some say we are co-creators in our own lives. What do you think? Please take time to notice nature & appreciate the changing seasons. Inspiration is yours for the taking!