My family had a long-standing tradition of designing and printing our own Christmas cards. Each year, starting shortly after they married in the early 50s, my parents would create a unique Christmas card that they mailed out to all of our family and friends. Often, these cards were anticipated, as in:
“What will Cliff and Shirley come up with this year?”
During my course of action to create this mixed media collage I call “winters calmness”, my inner child brought me back to a time when I would find myself filled with excitement and joy upon waking up to a vision of fresh falling snow.
Mother Nature’s actions during the winter months always guide me back to a time when life was simple and nurtured with love and understanding. The ease of silence fills my ears with compassion.
I decided to place my collage on an easel to dress up my fireplace mantel. Whenever life gets hectic and I need a moment of silence, calmness or peace, I can escape to this special place I call.....Winter’s Calmness.
In today’s digital world there is something enticing about the handmade.
The Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island, honors the 50th anniversary of Newport’s treasure, Third & Elm Press, where handmade is heartfelt.
“Each block [of wood] has a personality.”