Women's Journeys in Fiber 2017
What hidden treasures will Peter find today in Mr. McGregor’s garden? Carrots of course! He’s been sniffing around for a treasure since he slipped under the gate and into the carefully tended rows of Mr. McGregor’s vegetable box.
Beatrix Potter’s imagination birthed a classic we know and love, but did you know what a strong and passionate woman she was as an individual? She took earnings from her book and purchased a farm. Her work in cultivating the preservation of the Herdwick sheep led to her purchasing lands surround her farm and creating open space for future generations. Not only did she capture the magic of her surroundings, but she helped us to fall in love with it and the creations of her dreams. She left her mark in the world in the form of something beautiful and lasting.
Her life and story is such inspiration, and she will forever be a role model for ingenuity, artistry, and truly, a hidden treasure.
Author’s note: I’d like to thank the dozens of bunnies and the countless vegetables on our farm, Big Rock Organics, that provided inspiration and models for this project. Throughout the season, it planted the seeds for the fruit of this projects as I tended and picked our lovely produce for markets and CSA boxes.
You will find this exhibit at the Fine Art of Fiber Nov. 3-5th at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin Janurary-March and the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier in March. Check out the website to learn more about the group and their goals at www.womensjourneysinfiber.com