1000 Words ~ Let There Be Light

Each week this journal has a Theme that helps me organize and focus on current goals +/or projects.  As the world stomachs the outspoken bigot in the White House my focus is on all that is right in the world.  This week's theme was Let There Be Light.  Now if we can let that light shine on us and let us continue to shine it forward we can harness our power.

Check EVENTS for upcoming Themes.

The week begins on Sundays with a gallery of images from Etsy that speak to the Theme.  The week unfolds with posts that circle back to the theme and on Fridays 1000 Words is published - a 5 frame gallery of images submitted by readers that link to their online presence and speak to the theme from their point of reference.   Readers are encouraged to submit original images for consideration to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com with 1000 WORDS in the subject line.  Submissions should be horizontally formatted jpg files, sized 960x480px (we can resize if needed) with your full name and location.  Thank you to all of you who submitted!  Here is this weeks collection:

Shire City Sanctuary - Pittsfield MA

Shire City Sanctuary - Pittsfield MA

Traught Beach - Kinvara Galway

Traught Beach - Kinvara Galway

NY Times - A Beautiful Apolgy

NY Times - A Beautiful Apolgy

Healing Harvest - Kinvara Co. Galway

Healing Harvest - Kinvara Co. Galway

Full Moon - Doorus Co. Galway

Full Moon - Doorus Co. Galway

1000 Words ~ Silk Screen Printing

Each week this journal has a Theme that helps with organization and focus on current goals +/or projects.  As I embark of the stencil-cutting aspect of my work with The Dolphin Studio, Silkscreen Printing is our focus this week. 

Check EVENTS for upcoming Themes.

The week begins on Sundays with a gallery of images from Etsy that speak to the Theme.  The week unfolds with posts that circle back to the theme and on Fridays 1000 Words is published - a 5 frame gallery of images submitted by readers that speak to the theme from their point of reference.   Readers are encouraged to submit original images for consideration to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com with 1000 WORDS in the subject line.  Submissions should be horizontally formatted jpg files, sized 960x480px with your full name and location.  Thank you to all of you who submitted!  Here is this weeks collection:

Sofia Hughes - The Dolphin Studio, Stockbridge, MA

Sofia Hughes - The Dolphin Studio, Stockbridge, MA

copyright Anne Silber 2017 - Boston MA

copyright Anne Silber 2017 - Boston MA

Anne Silber - Boston, MA

Anne Silber - Boston, MA

Judy Bates - Berkshire Poster - Lenox, MA

Judy Bates - Berkshire Poster - Lenox, MA

Dylan Morehouse - Wandering Oak - Pittsfield, MA

Dylan Morehouse - Wandering Oak - Pittsfield, MA

Weekly Theme ~ Screen Printing

This week I am beginning to search out artists to show at Shire City Sanctuary's professional BINGO! Gallery.  Shire City Sanctuary is the Not For Profit my hubby and I founded in Pittsfield MA.  It is a Makerspace focused on Screen Printing, Sewing, Technology, and a beautiful Commercial Kitchen.  Gallery shows will focus on artwork produced onsite or with tools we have onsite - helping people understand what is possible in the Makerspace.  While my head is wrapped up in getting the word out to possible showing artists, I thought it would be good to show you guys some inspiring screen prints (also known as serigraphy) I found on Etsy.  Take a look here and let me know if you, or someone you know is an artist who might be a good fit for BINGO! 

For more information - including how to purchase, any of the items featured in the images above you can click on them and be taken to the corresponding Etsy shop.  Part of my mission here is to shine a light on hand-makers and encourage cultural support of these folks. 

Weekly Themes are back!  Submit an image by Wednesday that pertains to be featured in Friday's 1000 Words post right here.  Along with your original image please send your name and email. 

Textile Recycling Next Steps

The over-consumption culture of the US is, evidently, nationally specific.  This realization came to me while scouring each Irish town we visit for thrift shops seeking raw material for my creative process.  So far, thrift shops here are small, unorganized and mostly kinda dirty.  Most clothing is not wool and fairly well worn.  Funny in this land of Aran sweaters and sheep in every other meadow that wool is so scarce - or maybe it just doesn't get discarded. 

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Before Christmas the girls and I went on a yarn hunt in Galway for making some of the gifts we were giving.  The vast majority of what we found available were colorful synthetic fiber, which, I dare say, we find unappealing.  Seems like we must be missing the mark on our findings – maybe there are places we have not found where at least wool yarn is for sale in an array of magical colors and textures.  We’ll continue our search and keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I’ve been kicking myself for foolishly thinking that I didn’t need to bring a nice big warm wool sweater with me on this adventure.  I felt sure there would be plenty of time to make one here.  Never did it dawn on me that the United States’ overconsumption problem is real – and so apparently cultural.   Most of me relishes this knowledge – but I sure would love a nice big zipper hoodie on my morning walks.

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Difficulty in finding suitable recycled materials is sparking an interest in researching wool textile manufacturers and planning trips to visit them to discuss waste capture and repurposing.  When I was a kid, before we emigrated to The States we lived in Co. Wicklow near Avoca.   We will plan a trip across the country to visit there after the New Year. 

Today we are off the Limerick to witness horse racing first hand.  It will be a first for all of us – the girls are STOKED!

Happy Birthday Lucy as we Settle In

Happy 11th Birthday to Lucy today!  We all had a wonderful day celebrating our amazing kiddo.  She got an iPad, which she was super happy about.  Now we need to set parameters around its use. 

This picture was taken a couple weeks ago - a perfect visual of Lucy's spirit

This picture was taken a couple weeks ago - a perfect visual of Lucy's spirit

Mostly we will be using it for home schooling during our family hiatus.  We are planning to get started with that on Monday. 

Meanwhile, getting settled into the time change always takes a few days.  Kids were up til midnight and we had to drag them out of bed at 11 am.  Daylight here is fleeting.  Sun comes up around 9 and goes down by 4.  Twilight lasts an hour on either end of the day. 

Yesterday we went into Galway to see Auntie Ellie who has landed back in the hospital – seemingly due to the stress of her heirs fighting over who is in charge.  Arg!  Selfish/UnkindHoping to have a positive impact on it all.

Galway was packed with the Irish Christmas spirit.  Ferris wheel, carousel and carnival games, face painting and market in Eyre Square were a wonderful happening to stumble across.  Family tickets for the ferris wheel were €15.  We got a birdseye view of this ancient city on the sea and loved the slow turning pace. 

We are working on securing a car.  It is seems impossible to get car insurance here – the woman on the phone (at the third company we contacted) said they can’t insure artists!  Also need to decipher affordable and efficient phone communication.  My new iPhone from the states seems unable to place or receive calls – while Chris’ phone (my old iPhone) is fine. 

These challenges are easy to surmount.

What about Donald?  The more I read the stranger it gets.  Ivanka is going to play the role of First Lady??  This is no dress rehearsal peeps! 

Oooffff from here it sure looks like life as we know it in the grand ‘Ole US of A is rolling away from the comfort we have lived in.  Looks like our democracy is crumbling and we are tumbling into an abyss of judgment and division without a handle to grab. 

Looking forward to seeing what happens with the Electoral College on Monday. 

There are good things about this buffoon we have on our horizon.  He has encouraged engagement in our governmental process.   May all the good people working for a healthy harmonious planet come together as one golden force of light and make things right.

We walked to the pub for a pint of Guiness last night as the girls snuggled under heavy blankets in our cozy Irisih digs.

agricultural fairs

makerspace/ shared workspace