Tuesday, July 10, 2018

PAPERMAKING Sacred Creative-Nature-Time

THIS PAST SATURDAY GRATITUDE GARDEN:
Papermaking with natural materials workshop!


Yep!
Relaxed-Shared Creative-Nature-Time
Beautiful handmade paper
 
   






Material evidence


Plant Fiber and water, moderate temps....

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Gratitude Garden Papermaking This Coming Saturday July 7

This Heat is so crazy!
In response the garden is very interesting!! 


So, 
I can safely say that there is definitely
lots of fiber for papermaking!








I'm so happy to be processing plant fiber for the
Gratitude Garden Papermaking day!
It's on for this coming Saturday July 7.


I've started gathering and processing plant fiber and we will also do some of that too!




Heat or not the traditional papermaking processes is full of water and actually keeping me a bit cooler than expected!









 Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caryl-henry-alexander-artist-with-purpose-invites-you-to-gratitude-garden-2018-tickets-44822253567





Tuesday, July 3, 2018

UPDATE:Fox Haven Farm Garden Charms Workshop

I was happily surprised to receive this awesome text from Stacie!
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creation! @FoxHavenFarm

Hi this is Stacie. I took your Fox Haven class a couple months ago. Kim shared your number with me. Just wanted to thank you for helping me with my birth alter. It is complete and is amazing!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Yard Art and Charms workshop was really great.


 We took a garden walk together and checked out some of the more voluptuous plants currently, the Winter squash and the mullen.









 


We also visited our Mother’s Garden which is moving into it’s second bloom with calendula-echenecia-borage-hostas. I also got some good advise for my under performing plants. I was so happy to share the garden space with plant loving creative folks!















When we went into the studio, creativity rose up and came out in really amazing ways for each participant. 



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Herbal Dream Pillow for Kirtrina and Stanley's new married life!

Made with love for these two wonderful people!
Ain't LOVE grand!
 The cloth is indigo dyed, from Abiokuta, Nigeria

The herbal recipe was divined by me and each small pillow is filled with herbs!
 
It was so much fum sewing the pillow by hand, It reminded me of hanging and sewing with my grandmother in her basement sewing room. It was free wheeling sewing this time with stitches going where they needed to go!

It's ALL about LOVE!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Where will you place your Charms in your garden?

NEXT SATURDAY
Gratitude Garden Saturday June 23 10am!
Charms for your garden are very cool visual affirmations.

For me they bring my creative energy into the life of my garden.
They can hang, be staked or lean, depending on the specific site where it will reside.







This design would be great with a vine sphere! Bring your imagination!
Register here: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caryl-henry-alexander-artist-with-purpose-invites-you-to-gratitude-garden-2018-tickets-44822253567

























Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Caryl Henry Alexander-Epic City Radio Interview Recording

Let me know what you think!

The conversation with Carolivia Herron was really fun!
She is so warm and welcoming! As was her fabulous engineer, Alex Lima, I appreciate his insights and comments.







Caryl Henry Alexander-Epic City Radio Interview Recording 









A special thanks  to Karen James Cody for introducing me to Carolivia, to my wonderful supportive husband Jesse Alexander and to comedian Ruth for sharing her thoughts during the show.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fox Haven Farm Garden Charms Workshop

Fox Haven Farm Garden Charms Workshop on May 12 was a lot of fun!
Thanks so much to the amazing Lacey Walker for the invite!
                          
It was beautiful warm day and our group of plant lovers went on a forage. Down the driveway from the teaching garden we took a right turn and were immediately in a serious vine zone! We took a few minutes to look around and identify the plants that were in the area. Abundance was the surrounding us in all directions above and below.

Trees, vines, herbs, birds, water, ya know the whole smear!
So folks set out to connect and harvest the plants with which they most identified.
Grapevine-Honeysuckle-Wisteria-English Ivy, Virginia Creeper, Bittersweet were most popular. The land on the edge of the farm road was super generous and  we were able to  relieve a tree from vines that were choking it. We all heard the tree's big sigh of relief. Yeah!
We gathered what we needed and headed back up the hill to work on the barn's patio.



Perfecto!

There was lots of space for folks to work on their charms and we reaffirmed our purpose and got started. I shared a story about the "Listen"tree sculpture that I worked on with artist Larry Jones in 2015. That piece is part of an Art on the Trails project that our county @PGParks has initiated that features artwork created from natural materials on our park trails. The original idea was to allow trail users to experience the artwork as it continues on it's natural cycle of decomposition. Listen was a vine project, with bittersweet as it's main material. I encouraged participants to allow the materials of their charms to do the same.

The resulting Charms were fun, most had the vine's leaves on them and looked almost cloaked, in green. The magic will be exposed as nature runs it's course. Bravo!


Great job everyone and thanks for sending pics of the charms in your nature space.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Gratitude Garden-What Art Offers

   This past weekend I had the first of four Gratitude Garden 2018 Events. 
   Our subject was MIXED MEDIA SELFIES!
We took a great garden tour, and I realized that I do have a lot of medicinal plants at Gratitude Garden. One new member of the garden plant family is Borage!                             I scored some seeds, from Carlos' garden last September while I visited his home in Montara CA


Borage also known as Starflower is a beautiful flowering plant that grows in the wild in the Mediterranean. It is cultivated and used widely throughout Europe for its healing properties and for a nice addition to a salad. Borage is also cultivated in the US, where it is more popular as an herbal supplement rather than a food product. The leaves are robust and have medicinal properties and the topper of the plant is a striking blue star shaped flower hence the name. The flowers are edible as well and are often found candied for cake decorations or made into sweet syrups. In Italy it is served as a side dish much like a serving of vegetables.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Happy #Arborday


I LOVE TREES!


















Great! I love trees!
I live amongst trees-the woods as my dad called them and they are my friends!

I would like to think that the trees around our home, help to keep our air a bit cleaner than it would be in our neighborhood, that is near to an AF base.
Today is one of those awesome Spring days when the trees start showing baby leaves! You know that wonderful chartreuse, that whisper of green….. 














Today I am in gratitude for the Winter sky that has amazed me
So clear and full of stars and moon. 

Now, I will enjoy the shade that our trees offer throughout the Summer.
I can see that the trees are awake and struttin their stuff, ready to roll. 


















I wish us, the birds, animals, weeds and bugs a season with the nutrients that we all need to live well and prosper!