Monhegan Artist in Residence for five weeks this fall. In my proposal I wrote that “I will observe and document the forces of nature at work – not only on my handwoven/stitched cloth but on the island landscape and ultimately on me.” So I am here. And it is magnificent. I have been gathering items that I can use for rust printing on my handwoven linen and kozo paper. In the process of seeking items to rust print I have had the opportunity to meet some lovely folks who have opened their workshops, back yards and dump piles to me. But this is truly just a beginning. I am taking my time to sink into this landscape and this community. Just as the processes that I use to make my art take a long time, I too, will take my time to just be here. To breathe in the majesty and subtle shifts of this precious island. I regularly post images and reflections on Instagram and Facebook – so for more up to date info – please check out my pages. Thanks for all the support!! »I have the incredible good fortune to be the
Summer in Maine is so incredibly brief ….. I just want to stretch each day and make time slow down. Luckily when I thread the loom or weave, I am forced to slow down. There is no fast way to do these activities – without making mistakes! I am currently weaving cloth that will be weathered, rusted and aged after it comes off the loom. My experiments with ways to transformed my cloth continue!
This weekend we head off for a month of living aboard our beloved Witness. Frieda is getting better about living aboard – even if it means using a carpet on deck for “her business”!I hope wherever you are you find a way to slow down and soak up these beautiful days. »
Wide washes of the deep blues and purples that I love can be seen everywhere in my garden. The irises, Centaurea Montana, violets, lilacs and lupine are all bursting forth. Ahhhh, June – perhaps my favorite month. EXHIBITS: Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton MA) – Biennial Members Exhibit – I won a Best of Show! Up until October 7, 2018. George Marshall Gallery (York, ME) - Group Show – until July 8, 2018. Artist’s talk June 24, 3 PM Portsmouth Music and Art Center (Portsmouth, NH) – “Tiny Enormous Art Show” Opening June 22, 2018 5 – 7. IN THE STUDIO I am playing with rust dyes, aging weathering my woven linens – making them appear old and worn. These experiments are a natural outgrowth from “Well Used, Well Loved.” I recently “downsized”my 56″loom. I removed 8 harnesses and the dobby system. You can read about this on my Macomber blog. These delicious long June days offer time for art explorations, gardening, outdoor play and reflection. I hope wherever you are you are finding the same. »
- “Well Used, Well Loved”. – this two year community project will be exhibited at George Marshall Gallery. Opening May 26 from 5-7.
- Artist Talk - Sunday June 24th, 3 PM, George Marshall Gallery
- Members Juried Biennial, Fuller Craft Museum, Opening May 20th, 2-5 PM
- Monhegan Island Artist’s Residency - I have been awarded a 5 week residency for the fall!
- “Each One:The Button Project, a 9/11 Memorial” is on exhibit at the September 11th Museum and Memorial. I was finally able to visit the museum last month.
recent community art projects. This awareness of impermanence is part of a Hindu’s daily life – and makes the present moment so alive and expansive. So here I am home….with a heart that has had time for deep reflection as well as being broken open by the devotion and love of these beautiful people. I have a wide horizon of time to create, to make new art and give voice to these new stirrings in my heart. Stay tuned for works in progress and continued reflections on this trip! Namaste ~ Sarah »I am back from a five week pilgrimage to southern India. This is my third trip to Tamil Nadu, each time I feel a deeper connection to my own heart as well as the heart of the world. Even though I visited many of the same temples, the same ashram and the same villages – my heart and my eyes were opened anew. Back home in my studio I feel a stronger connection to my creative voice and vision. I know without a doubt that the depth of my connection to truth, love and reality while in India is playing out in my art work. An invesigation of impermanence has captivated me for a decade and driven my two most
I am back home from a month of sailing on the coast of Maine. »We have a 30′ sloop named Witness – actually she is the third boat named Witness that we have owned. For over 30 years I have sailed these waters with some awareness of the connection between sailing and observing/seeing. But this summer, after four weeks of living aboard, I think I finally “got it.” What I came to understand is that these weeks have been literally about just seeing – observing and witnessing. Prior to heading out to sea I packed a pile of drawing supplies, three journals, paper to write on, to draw on and paint on. I packed paper to spin along with my drop spindle. I packed needles and linen thread. I packed scissors and a knife. I packed several books to read. I also packed a small iPad with headphones and the reference guides to the energy work I am studying. I was prepared to be busy and fully occupied. It quickly became clear the the muses of the ocean had other plans for my time and attention. When we were under way, either by sail or power, I used my full attention to navigate our course. A few times when we were at anchor I was able to draw in my journal or the ship’s log to document our cruise. Twice I used my spindle to spin paper into Shifu thread. But for the most part either by choice or design – this past month I spent my time just looking. I observed the waves, the tides, the wind direction and speed, the motion of the lobster buoys, the seaweed, the porpoises and seals, quahogs and smooth granite ledges. I heard the cry of an eagle, the huff of a harbor seal, the thwack of the halyard and the hum of an outboard motor. I smelled rotten fish, dewy evergreens, stinky boots and diesel fumes. But mostly I saw the beauty of the natural world that my heart was thirsty for. I saw a deep connection between my husband and myself. I saw life through the eyes of a puppy. I’ll admit it is really wonderful to be home where it is dry and warm. And it’s wonderful to be back in my studio with room to make art. But all this feels deeper and richer for the past month of simply witnessing aboard “Witness.”
“Well Used, Well Loved.“ I continue to guide a few Mandala Community Waving project for local venues. No surprise to my art colleagues — my website is the last frontier to get any attention and an update. This blog posting is just to say — hang on — it’s coming. Please watch for an updated gallery with many new images. Plus a redesigned website to reflect my redirected attention. »Summertime in the the studio - I am weaving the last two panels for “Well Used, Well Loved.” When these 40″ by 72″ panels are woven I will embroider on the surface using Shifu thread as well as embroidery floss. Balanced with this indoor studio time, I am spinning more paper and drawing while sailing or traveling. I continue to post on Instagram (sdhaskell) and my Facebook page (Sarah D. Haskell). Last Spring I stepped away from teaching to focus entirely on my studio work and community art projects. This shift in focus has offered me the opportunity to compete several new pieces and to bring some closure to
National September 11th Memorial and Museum asked to borrow the piece from the the City of Portsmouth. The piece is now installed in a special exhibit with three other pieces inspired by the events of 9/11. Needless to say – I am thrilled to have this piece here. All photos by Jin S. Lee 9/11 Memorial »Seventeen years ago I designed and created “The Button project: a 9/11 Memorial.” It was through the making of this piece piece that I came to know what it means to be a community artist. Last winter the