So, it just so happens that a handful of former students of mine (some from a decade ago!) all work with (indeed, they created it!) Boundless Arts Performance Collective here in Seattle, a nonprofit organization that works with local foster youth, providing them with "an environment in which [they] can realize their creative potential, build self-confidence, and discover their personal strengths." Next Thursday, March 27, Boundless is hosting a charity event, "Home is Where the Art Is," to raise funds for the organization. I can't say enough good things about the intelligence, determination, and good hearts of the women I know at Boundless, and so I was honored when they approached me and asked if I would consider contributing a basket of goods to the auction.
So, I got to work: above, I lined a little wood box with a piece of Cole and Son's popular "Woods" wallpaper, and painted eight heavy watercolor postcards with sherbet citrus hues.
The postcards were all printed with my "moon phases" lino block.
I made a pair of pretty earrings from rose quartz and hand-hammered brass, with simple 14k gold fill shepherd's hook earwires. (I'll be making more of these for the Months and Years shop, by the way.)
That pretty soft "scarf seven" that I posted last week joined the pile, and as a final touch, I put in two jars of marmalade - one made with Seville oranges and vanilla bean, and one made with bergamot.
And here's the finished contribution: it's kind of like a lovely little Easter basket of handmade indulgences for a grown woman. And if you're in Seattle, don't forget you could take this basket home on Thursday night - so come to Fremont and join Boundless at their charity auction! It's all for a wonderful cause!