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By Mo on September 2, 2014
Over the summer I attended my aunt and uncle’s 60th Wedding Anniversary. It was a fun time celebrating this amazing couple and reconnecting with awesome cousins. The food was amazing and the venue was beautiful. The party took place in the Grand Forks & District Art and Heritage Centre. This stunning heritage building used to be the town courthouse. Once we arrived into the room where we were going to be spending the evening, I immediately noticed an amazing, gorgeous fibre art installation of felted wool among other materials.
I quickly grabbed my iPhone and took a few shots before the crowd arrived. I wish I had been able to take more time to really enjoy the full exhibit and study the materials she used. If you are at all in the area, I would strongly recommend checking it out. The exhibition is called Murmuration, and it’s created by Joanne Circle, below is her artist statement:
The dance of MURMURATION manifests celestial breath, and it is the breath that leads us to places.
Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of birds spontaneously come together in flight creating an ephemeral form that soon breathes into another expanding form. In & out, in & out. The individual birds do not collide, all the while sensing their ever-changing relationships and air drafts.
NASA studies attribute this phenomenon of group flight without colliding to each bird’s awareness of 7 adjacent birds. So, within these large flocks, each bird is paying attention to the whereabouts of 7.
Imagine exercising this practice of paying attention to the position and welfare of 7 things, be they people, animals, plants, whatever. Notice the actual and sensed physical and mental space in between the chosen things. You become a murmuration. In & out, in & out.
The wings of MURMURATION carried the message, ‘Don’t edit, welcome movement and connect with gratitude in being part of the process.’
I became a MURMURATION. Thank you for coming; enjoy your murmur.
I love the social and environment message in Circle’s work. I think it’s a philosophy we could all look at adopting.
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By Mo on August 24, 2014
details: Polyvore: thinking about fall… and this trench coat… and these boots
I’ve been stalking this trench coat for a while and if it drops down anymore in price I’m all over it. I’m to the point, at the end of the summer, where I’m looking forward to cooler nights and even the odd (short) rain shower. The leaves are starting to change and I spotted four geese practicing their formation. I’m looking forward to cute shoes and cozy cardigans. I think this new necklace (found in my ETSY shop) makes a great addition to this look. What do you think?
What are you looking forward to with the change of seasons?
Posted in 2014, ETSY, fall, fashion, handmade, Maureen Funk Designs, Polyvore, The Look | Tagged Boden, Clark's, fall, Maureen Funk Designs, necklace, polyvore, The Look, trench, wedge bootie | Leave a response
By Mo on June 3, 2014
This work has literally been years in the making. Some of that was creative and a lot of that was personal. As you can tell from the date of my previous post, it’s been a while. I want to see if I can get back into posting here, while holding down my full time job, creating my jewelry, and managing my crazy personal life. One of these days I’ll fill you in. Those of you who know me probably already know some of what’s been going on.
Anyway, I wanted to get this post up, as I’m really thrilled with these results.
Some of you have commented to me in other media that you have been liking the direction I’ve been going. A few have said that you can tell I’m enjoying the process and you have too. I can’t tell you how encouraging that is. All of your likes on my various social media platforms have been driving me forward, confirming that I was on the right track. Not only has it been years in the making, but each piece takes hours to make. My shoulders and fingers show that. I’m hoping that my talent and skill will warrant the price, so I have priced out the new work and listed a few pieces in my ETSY shop. Now we just have to see what happens, right?
Yay! New post is finally done! I’m so happy with this Missoni inspired macrame fibre necklace. Please comment and let me know what you think?
Posted in 2014, ETSY, handmade, Maureen Funk Designs, Mo' Funk Designs | Tagged charcoal, collection, cream, fibre, grey, handmade, inspired by missoni, macrame, Maureen Funk Designs, modern, necklace, textile, WIP, work in progress | Leave a response
By Mo on December 30, 2013
details: Polyvore: post-holiday errands
Following the holidays is a time for catching deals at the stores, tidying up & clearing out, and getting ready to head back to work. Before Christmas we had a cold spell and well, I’m tired of feeling cold (might be my age), so I purchased a few warm, cold weather items. When I saw this beautiful L.L. Bean grey coat, I knew it had to be mine. It’s so warm and solid, it’s actually quite heavy. You don’t need any layers underneath. Last week I decided that if I saw these Clark’s classic desert boots on sale I would try to get a pair, well this serious shopper found them for an amazing price in this perfect shade of grey. I’m in love! I would love to find a hat like this, and the confidence to wear it, but as of this moment? No such luck. Maybe some day.
I know this isn’t the typical shiny, sparkling New Years Post, but Happy New Year anyway!