My finished Photograms

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I ended up with a total of 30 photograms (see my previous post for
details on the process). I also pressed some of my specimens and will
end up making a handmade book for my prints. Fun!

Making Photograms

Yesterday was so beautiful! The weather was perfect for working outside so I decided to make some photograms. A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result is a negative shadow image varying in tone, depending on the transparency of the objects used. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear gray. I spent the morning walking along the paths around Lala with my mother-in-law. We collected and documented the various plants growing wild, and brought our specimens back to the cabin.

I Spy with my Little Eye


Friday, July 30, 2010

This morning we excavated the bones of a bluebird that I buried last
summer. The bird crashed into the large window pane in the great room
at Lala Lodge and died instantly. We buried it in an ant hill so they
could pick the bones clean. It wasn't exactly what I expected (I had
to dig a little more into the bird than I wanted to), but in the end
there they were...tiny bones to be used at a later date...

Another day in Lala Land

playing with Gus, skinny dipping in the lake, eating raspberries,
picking wildflowers...

"Shadow Dancing"

Monday, July 19, 2010

This is the collaborative multimedia project I did with the kids from WIRE (Wilmington youth center for Inspiration, Recreation, and Education), a Communities in Schools program. The workshop was held in conjunction with Wilmington's first annual puppet festival. We created our puppets using air dry clay, and allowed each character to evolve. As we worked, we bounced around ideas for our shadow play and discussed conflict resolution as a possible theme. We talked about West Side Story, a movie set in New York City in the mid-1950s, that explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Taking our cue from the many extended dance scenes in the musical, we decided to do a shadow play in which our birds challenged each other in a dance off. The music was all performed live by the students. Enjoy and adjust your volume as necessary.

Puppet Pics...

Here's a few more photos of my puppet making adventures with WIRE. The last shot, although blurry, shows us creating our collaborative piece. I'll be posting that next so stay tuned...