People who know me well, know that I throw things out constantly. I tell epic stories to regale you of things chucked that I wish I had kept.
I have been carrying THIS WHALE POSTER with me on my journey since 1976! Nineteen Seventy-Six! And Oh! What a time it WAS for whaling! The poster was included in the December 1976 issue of National Geographic. I devoured that issue! I can't remember when or how I fell in love with Whales, but I know it was before I was 12. Recently a friend suggested that I could likely get the whole magazine, which of course, I DID! I reread every whale article and found it just as fascinating as it was to me when I was a child. So, the poster hangs on my wall in my shop, near the harbor, in this seaside town where you can sit at a cafe, or on your own deck and MAYBE see a whale swim by.
Experts are saying that at any time there could be 50 - 100 sharks in the Passamaquoddy Bay including 30 - 50 great whites. Now of course I loved the movie, "Jaws." I was already addicted to Whales and other Marine Mammals, but when Jaws came out, I began 'researching' sharks, as well as a 12 year old can. I think I saw one very close to my house a few weeks ago. So now I'm working on designs. I've made this little guy and am working on a larger, steampunky version.
I'm thinking about teeth but haven't completely puzzled it out yet. The picture on the left shows the beginning of the teeth I'm working on. I may just leave teeth out for now. When a shark is swimming with its mouth closed, it's hard to see the teeth...
I used my little glass bead with black leather on the back for the eyes. I used an exacto knife to cut the gill-slits.
I'm super excited to have my art in the back room of Dastardly Dick's Coffee right here on Water Street in Eastport. I will be soley responsible, make my own hours, decorate the entire space. I'll be here at least a year, set a theme etc! My theme will be Whaling and Sirens and Pirates, a personal mix of historic and fanciful elements, RIGHT up my alley. I may even sneak in some Alice in Wonderland.
Unique leafy mermaid
Dastardly dick's Coffee
Back room retail and studio space
Drinking Vessels for Pesants, Pirates and Sailors
I am really getting a kick out of making leather drinking tankards! I think these will be a hit! The process includes soaking the leather pieces in hot beeswax which absorbs into the leather making it waterproof! I love working with beeswax and obviously I love working with leather.
The tankards, being made for ships are larger on the bottom to minimize tipping.
I'm experimenting with embossing plates and couldn't be more excited about it. I have one already with a Thor's Hammer image, and have just finished designing one with a breaching humpback whale that I hope to sell in Eastport and other seaside towns in New England.
This first Mermaid will have leaves for scales. I have some cool ideas for the arms and face and hair too. :-)
Flying Steampunk Whale!
So far, well for right NOW, this is my favorite thing I've made! I just love humpback whales. Seeing them is the #1 reason I moved to Maine. I love steampunk too. I just think it's groovy! So to put the two together was and is a thrill for me! This guy has a blowhole that I've put a teeny-tiny little vial in so you can add flowers or anything that will fit. You can add some water and use fresh flowers or herbs, whatever you can think of...incense, matches, a magic wand... This guy has real barnacles from my beach glued to him.
I've stamped the words "Leviathan" and "Whaling" into the leather and added the coordinates to Eastport Maine. He carries a compass so he won't get lost during his migration. There's a door on his side you can open to discover our own Diver Ed of The Starfish Enterprise fame!
So now I have an even more fun inspirational idea. A GHOST SHIP!
I've gotta get on that. That's the REAL fun stuff! making something new!
But of course I love making copies too because they are ALL unique and man what a charmed life I lead!!
Mermaids Etc for Pine Cone and Tassel Emporium
I'm working on a funky unique take on a mermaid atm. I also want some more boat ideas along with the other nautical stuff I've been accumulating.
Mass Producing for
King Richard's Faire!!
Winged Motivation will be selling wares at King Richard's Faire in Massachusettes this year! I have been spending all of my time working on inventory! Here are some pix of mass produced, singularly by me (HA!) various pieces.
I'm also itchin' to make a new curvy Pirate Ship shaped like a woman's body. My ships don't need to be sea-worthy. They just need to be...whimsical!
Other Recent Projects
Pirate Ship and Pirate Hat
I have finally begun working on a more traditional looking pirate hat. It's been a long time coming and of course it will be a bit different than your completely typical Pirate Hat.
Head Harbor LIghthouse
Do you want to see a whale or two? Of COURSE you do! Well I cetainly do! Travel to Head Harbor Light, on Campobello Island, Canada and you're almost sure to see one or two or three... From Eastport, the easiest and most fun way to see whales is to go on an Eastport Windjammers Whale Watching Cruise. I've gone with them an embarrassing number of times. But the whales are what drew me here, so I'm only a little embarrassed.
The lighthouse is lovely. I decided to make a Dianna model of it with my unique spin(s). Here's what I have so far. I've made the basic shape and I've carved lines in it to represent the siding. I want to make windows and figure out what to do for the top. I made a lighthouse on top of a whale a couple of years ago. That existed only in my mind. The model for this one really exists! You could go and see it! with whales swimming nearby and seals and sharks even!
I finally finished the lighthouse. I LOVE it! When I make another one, I will make it more Cattywampus. But I love the eyes for lights. I put little nautical charms in all of the windows.
This was a challenging project! angles and architectural details are not my forte. They aren't even my piano...That's a big part of why the next one will be more organic. PERFECTLY IMPERFECT.
This fish is made of a ton of leather leaves that I dyed to look like fall colors. I love his face and his lips make me laugh-out-loud! He's a unique friend who seems to have a secret.
Smaller Octopus Pattern
I'm so honored to be able to display some of my art in the Pine Tassel Emporium on Water Street in Eastport. I definitely think the Octopus should be in there. The problem is I've fallen in love with him! So I decided I better make another one, a bit smaller might make sense. Here is the result. I love him too!
Steampunk leather-leaf fish
I'm making these super cool flying sheep! Somewhere, sometime in my childhood I KNOW I heard Monty Python say, "Look! It's a flying sheep!" I can't find it online anywhere, but I know it exists, if only in my mind. These sheep rock. You pull on the sheep and the wings and the sheep bounce around. It's adordable! The wool is actually angora goat aka mohair! I now own two angora goats! WHAT??? Yes I do! They are the sweetest cutest animals you can imagine! I got the wool for this project from the same place I got the goats! I've needle felted them and added a leather face which I shaped to look like a sheep face and I am giving them leather wings, so far angel and bat. I tried butterfly, but that looked funny. Next year I will use the wool from my own goats!
I'm also making my own springs to go with these, because I frankly couldn't find any to buy. So it's a learning process and I keep learning! These sheep are just the cutest! I hang them on driftwood I gathered from my beach.
Now that I am in Maine, I have shifted (yet again) and am making a series of nautical sculptures etc. I've decided to call them Nautical Nonsense. Right now I'm working on this prototype of an octopus sculpture. It's always so fun and challenging to make something I've never made before. I keep going back and forth on the details but I'm diggin' how it looks at the moment at least.
Update: I kept this guy around for so long without ever attaching the eyelets/suckers that I kinda fell in love with him just the way he is. I've made another smaller one with just a few differences, but no eyelets. Oh well. It wasn't meant to be. When a project is DONE, I simply have to move on.
What Are You Working On?
I am thrilled to be designing a few masks for a ballet company based on Alice in Wonderland! So far, I have finished the Cheshire Cat and The White Rabbit. It's been so fun working with the artistic director for this project. It couldn't be a better fit with my lifelong bond with "All things Alice."
This page will showcase what I'm working on NOW in whatever capacity that might be. I hope that this will encourage you to share what it is that you are "working on!"