These are just a few photographs of Spring Studio Day, hosted at the Brick House on May 9th. We spent the morning and part of the afternoon together, wandering through the woods, gathering plants, leaving behind distractions and deadlines. Eve spoke about her work as a sculptor, installation artist, and stylist, and the prominence that a sense of place, but also permanence vs. impermanence, holds in her pieces. We learned about elements of composition, finding and using styling elements within one's close natural vicinity. Rinne taught us about the process and history of cyanotypes, originally termed light drawings, which is her preferred name for them. We used the plants, flowers, and seeds that we collected to make light drawings of our own, and while they were drying, I shared a bit about my work, what inspires and influences me, and the value of cultivating one's own voice as a photographer. We enjoyed Eve's lovingly made, delicious lunch outside on the patio.
This was a very special and meaningful day for me, and I am still thinking through the experience. I gained insight into some aspects of my craft that I want to explore and grow in, and also aspects of my life that are out of balance right now. This day prompted me to think about what I want my life to look like in the future, as a wife, mother, artist, friend. I will write more about that when I am ready; right now it's still raw. Having the opportunity to work with both Rinne and Eve on the same project was such a gift to me. And having my mom there with me was so special, just before Mother's Day. It was so important to me to be able to take part together in making the cyanotypes, and her having them to take home. We were thankful for each woman that came; so many sweet people and so much enthusiasm! We parted ways with happy hearts. You can read thoughts from one of them, my friend, artist and painter Emily Jeffords here. I was a little bit swept up in the practical side of the day, and got some really beautiful photographs of our day.
For those of you who missed this one, we will be hosting another at some point, and I look forward to giving even more the opportunity to join us! You can find more of Rinne's work here, and more of Eve's work here. Back soon with more wedding photographs, personal work / thoughts, and maybe a shoot with our entire family (including me, wow).