madcollage snippets september 2021

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

"and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" Anais Nin



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the times they are a-changing

As a gardener, I often measure the success of the season in terms of harvest. There's nothing unusual about it. Abundance is the result of having a constant stream of beautiful days with sun and rain in perfect proportions. This year, however, was so different from 2020, that I could not recognize my own backyard. What flourished last season, flopped epically this year. Plants I didn't know I had, popped up in the most surprising locations, and vegetables that had become a staple completely failed to produce. It is obvious that I can only influence the performance of my garden up to a certain degree. The rest must be left to weather. However, local weather itself seems to be at the mercy of larger scale problems, and what reared its ugly head in my own backyard was none other than the specter of climate change. I understand that climate is not the same thing as weather. I get that a freak storm is not a reason to overreact. Nevertheless, the snapshot that my garden provided was telling a scary tale of extremes: too cold, too much precipitation, not enough sunlight, wicked windstorms, alternating droughts...The sky above Vermont could not make up its mind up this year. We were served a sampler platter of all manner of destructive weather. Gone were the bright summer days the region tends to offer and, instead, we rode a roller coaster of highs and lows (both in temperature and mood) that I had not experienced before. The landscape told the story better than anyone could: trees split in half own the middle, fallen branches blocking driveways, maple trees turning orange in late July, reeds failing to grow in dried up mud, silent creeks and fewer wildflowers. The darling lupins by the side of the freeway never made an appearance. The geese did not congregate by the artificial pond down the road. It was hard to tell with certainty if this was summer, autumn or some strange hybrid lacking the best qualities of either one of those seasons. I wonder if you have noticed similar changes in your area. I know that the West Coast has dealt with unprecedented fires, the Southwest is running out of water, while the Midwest and the South have been battered by extreme heat and deadly storms. Nobody seems to be exempt. Since knowledge is power (and there are things we all can do to mitigate the effects of climate change), I invite you to read this article. It explains in detail the direction in which we are moving, and the dreadful cost of inaction. Habitats will be lost, wildlife will be affected, but also crops and ultimately the livelihood and health of many people around the globe. Be vigilant of the small changes around you. We can be complicit, or we can be the change we'd like to see in the world. Again, it's all about choice.


pint size museums: free little art galleries

I discovered my local little art gallery at the beginning of the summer. It was delightful to scroll through the FB posts and watch the beaming faces of kids who would leave their little creations and, perhaps, also take a tiny treasure home with them. I decided to get involved by donating the occasional miniature collage as well as my mini collage kits. The idea was to encourage kids and adults to make their own collages out of some bits of paper. No pressure, no fear and no worries. Just plain magic! The kits are all different and have a variety of printed materials inside: origami, mulberry, tissue, cardstock, vintage and magazine bits. They are just sparks that I hoped would ignite the imagination of the folks who decide to take one home. I'm happy to say that the feedback has been really encouraging. My local gallery is The Little Free Art Gallery located in the town of Essex, VT. It is lovingly managed by Sarah Jerger. You can find lots of information about this project on Facebook and Instagram. It is a joy to see her weekly posts. Don't miss them!


out and about - near and far

Boston is always a great destination for museum goers. I used to make a few treks every year from my home in Vermont just to explore the gallery and museum offerings. I was never disappointed. If you are in that neck of the woods, do not miss the fantastic opportunity to visit The Museum of Fine Arts during this Fall. In addition to their permanent collection (worth a trip all on its own), a wonderful collage exhibit is currently open. The colorful and intricate work of Ekua Holmes will be on display until January. It is, in my opinion, a must see. Learn more about this show by following this link:


wishes transformed

A fascinating look at what one person can do to curb waste and impact climate change. Told from the unique perspective of an artist and designer, this story shows the power of the individual. Enjoy!

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