...a glimpse into life on Vancouver Island, needle felting, photography, food, gardening, etcetera...etcetera
"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is." Maxim Gorky
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I love old books and I suppose I am judging a book by its cover when I talk about craftsmanship...it seems in days of yor people designed books differently. There were no dust covers and instead allot of them had these beautiful illustrated pictures or relief drawings stamped into the cloth...one of my favorite things to do is to poke around the book section of the second hand stores and see what treasures I can find...here are a few of my treasures which I keep in a little row on top of my sideboard...its a small art piece honoring a time gone by when book design and book binding were perhaps a bit more involved than it is now...I know there are many gorgeous books out there being published but it's just not the same...finding one of these lovely spines on a dusty row of used books is always a treat.
I am an artist trying to make a living doing what I love.Sometimes its photography, sometimes needle felting, sometimes painting. I live on a five acre hobby farm in a rural area 45 minutes from Victoria B.C. I was a letter carrier for Canada Post for 10 years and after too many commutes and a few successful craft fairs, I decided to take the plunge and quit to pursue a life in the "starving artist" category. The holistic success has been tremendous. Living and learning along the way about myself, the world, the business of selling your wares and how it all affects you. Its all good.To have the gift of living where I live, and being able to walk amongst the trees and moss is a joy in my life. You can view some of my creations through my etsy shop at www.farmlass.etsy.com