The snowflake installation at the Church of Universal Fellowship has become an annual display during the months of January and February. This year’s offering, entitled ‘Snow Flurry’, consists of hand cut snowflakes rolled into and hanging from three clouds of snow white tulle all suspended from 40 lb. fishing line. The whole piece weighs less than a pound.
My 2,000 plant specimens have been sorted, labeled, boxed and passed on to a New England university herbarium where they will be cared for properly. Over the last 3 years I have enjoyed sifting through the plants collected as early as 1817, pondering the many environments around the globe they came from and researching the hundreds of botanists represented in the collection. I am grateful to the herbarium for taking them, thank you.
A GREEN THOUGHT
Height 14 ½ inches by width 9 3/8 inches, 43 pages, manuscript #113
The lettering is completed in watercolor and gouache. The illustrations and book cover are created with watercolor, gouache, pastel, paste, fabric and decorative thread on Arches text wove and Katie MacGregor papers. Joelle Webber of Mermaid Bindery bound the book and box.
The title is taken from stanza 6 of The Garden by Andrew Marvel (1621-1678).
‘Meanwhile the mind, from pleasure less,
Withdraws into its happiness;
The mind, that ocean where each kind
Does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other worlds, and other seas;
Annihilating all that’s made
To a green thought in a green shade.’
The text for A GREEN THOUGHT contains poetry/prose by Andrew Marvell, Li Po, and Brian Capon, along with a discussion of the color ‘green’ told by the artist. Topics include: the origin of the word ‘green’, the function of the pigment chlorophyll found in green plants, and the importance of green in our surroundings.
Green is the love of nature and plants are life.
Completed late summer and posted at Christmas 2017.
Nancy Ruth Leavitt
The garden is lush and green from the cold and wet spring – a condition that plants love. In spring one is engulfed by the garden, cleaning up leaves and twigs, pruning, weeding, edging, carrying away refuse, mulching, deadheading blossoms - it is endless.
This year my goal has been to identify all of my perennials with genus species names and the native range of the plants. With an estimate of over 275 perennials, over 80% of the plants are from somewhere else. This has inspired my garden name, “An Immigrant Garden, welcome to a collection of plants from around the world." The immigration and migration of plants has been happening since the beginning of photosynthesis.
It takes 100 hours for the garden to look good enough before I can sit back and enjoy the verdant splendor. In this brief moment of the few longest days of the year I want to be a stone in my garden – just sitting still in solitude and peace.
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There are approximately 850 snowflakes distributed in this snowflake installation. The hanging installation consists of 540 hand-cut snowflakes and the remaining 310 snowflakes are found in the altar vestments, musical instruments, hymnals, bibles, window ledges, tables, and collection plates.
This installation is composed of 540 hand-cut snowflakes made from 250 sheets (19 by 25 inches) of Finch opaque white paper. The snowflakes were sewn into 60 lines with 700 feet of white all-purpose sewing thread and hung from 6 lines (150 feet of fishing line) and tied onto 2 four-foot metal strips attached into the molding on either side of the sanctuary. The work hangs over 13 feet above the floor and is approximately 8 feet wide by 5 ½ feet in height and 40 inches in depth.
A garden is a living collaboration of nature and art. Composed of numerous shapes and volumes of plants, it is a tapestry of green woven from a variety of leaf textures and colors. Flowers are lovely but secondary to the importance of the color green. It takes approximately 100 hours of weeding, digging, edging, and mulching to get the garden ready for the annual Peony Garden Tour in June. Over 100 garden enthusiasts toured the gardens this year and now we head into high summer. The garden is beautiful and a wonder to behold.
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The garden: Once the snow melts and plants start to push up through the soil the garden becomes my work. As hard as I try to stay inside and work, I am pulled to the ever-changing green tapestry of my garden. Things happen fast in our short growing season and I confess that I don’t want to miss any of it. Early June is a flush of blue blossoms. Fragrant peonies arrive in mid to late June. July is delphiniums, roses, and lilies.
New work, MS 108:
Love Sonnets, 2014, size: 11 by 4.5 inches (h x w). Lettering and painting by artist. A book commission from one young lover to another, features a love poem realized in the favorite colors of the recipient, turquoise and earth tones. The hand lettered poetry travels from the foot to the head of the book with sewn in cut leave pages. The poem speaks of the innate feelings of love and the intertwining of thoughts and hearts.
The text was lettered in gouache on arches text wove paper. Painted and leaf images cut out of Katie MacGregor's paper before sewing into the accordion fold book. Snippets of the lettering can be seen through the round holes and edges of the leaves. The binding is composed of two layers of MacGregor paper. The inner is a painted gold paper, which has a painted leaf cut cover wrapped around it. The book is held in a dark turquoise box lined with painted papers, which was made by Joelle Webber of Mermaid Bindery.
For all of the perceived convenience and ease of using a computer, for this lowly user, it has been a herculean task to navigate and complete this simple weebly website. But, here it is, completed to the best of my ability and I look forward to updating is on a regular basis. Many thanks to Danno and Joelle for their kind assistanceMy blog entries will be contained herein and archives of my blog may be accessed at: www.nancyruthleavitt.wordpress.com.
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