Today Margaret at Reflections on the Teche is hosting Poetry Friday. And we are sharing collaborative posts.I decided to once again participate in SPARK, organized by Amy Souza. ( participated in SPARK 27 with an Inspiration piece and a Response piece).
If you are not familiar with this creative community, please check it out. For times a year, writers, musicians, and visual artists are invited to participate in a 10-day project round. As a participant
you create a new work by using someone’s art, writing or music as inspiration. And you have work with someone you know if you wish.
I put the call out to the group of friends and Margaret responded. She sent me today’s poem and I created a mixed media response. I sent Margaret a photo from the California Redwoods and she wrote a poem for it. She's sharing her response on her blog today.
This is the inspiration from Margaret:
Notes in a Locker
who she wanted to become.
A note dropped into a locker
scribbled in cursive,
curly letters to sign her name.
who she was.
When notes became soggy
tissue floating in the river
buried beneath the flood,
we climbed out on Easter morning.
who she wanted to be.
Her blonde Dorothy Hamill haircut
flirted with the boys
just wanting to be loved.
who she is
daily walking from
cocoon of sleep
into full moon rising,
This was great fun. I will admit to some anxiety of getting it perfect. But I went with my heart and gut. The funny thing is that after reading Margaret’s poem, an image of a red locker came to me. It surprised me upon re-reading her poem that while it said ‘locker’, the word red was nowhere in the poem. I noted these words in Margaret’s poem:
Note scribbled in cursive
Floating on the river
Dorothy Hamill haircut (those of us of a certain age had this haircut, “The Wedge”)
Full moon rising
My process for the mixed media was to create some painted papers. I have my great-grandfather’s letters from the Civil War, 1863 in cursive. I printed them and added paint. The red frame is from a gardening book. While I didn’t have a magazine photo of Dorothy Hamill, I was able to find an image and hide it in the painted papers.
To see them on the SPARK website:
Jone MacCulloch, Inspiration piece and How Do We Stand? By Margaret Simon,
Notes in a Locker By Margaret Simon, Inspiration piece and Jone MacCulloch
SPARK 48 happens in August. It’s a great way to play in art. This is something that I am trying to do more of since retirement.
6/3/2021 10:11:11 pm
Art from writing. Writing from art. I love this exchange between you and Margaret, Jone. Your collage is not only vibrant but has such a gentle flow and energy woven throughout. You and Margaret made a great pair. I would love to see more of your collage art.
6/4/2021 11:54:12 am
Thank you, Carol. I am just beginning but I think you will see more, I am wanting to collage up some things to go with poems. I find it very relaxing to create in this manner.
6/4/2021 02:27:40 am
Jone! Wow! Look at your art...I'm so impressed and it's just beautiful! I love how you created painted paper for this collage. I have paper all set to paint as soon as school is out June 11th. A wonderful piece with the moon in there and water and the red. It pairs with Margaret's poem perfectly. Well done!
6/4/2021 11:55:32 am
I can personally thank you, Linda for sparking my interest in taking the leap and doing this.
6/4/2021 07:38:17 am
Marvelous pairing, Jone. To me, both emerging out of the elusive. Your collage is really special. I looked and looked to find the details.
6/4/2021 11:55:55 am
6/4/2021 08:04:44 am
Wow, Jone, This is fascinating to read your process and see this beautiful artwork about Margaret's poem. Gorgeous. I can't find a hint of the wedge. Is it really hidden totally, or am I missing a hint of it? The Civil War era letters in cursive are another magical touch, and they look like they've been buried in the flood. It was great to read the poem again, after first reading your process and seeing the artwork. Brava! Thanks for the Spark to try Spark in August.
6/4/2021 11:57:53 am
Thank you, Denise. Look closely or with squinty eyes at the paper in the middle that looks like an island dividing the sky and water. Look at the right side of the island, that's where the wedge is hidden.
6/4/2021 12:51:47 pm
Beautiful work, Jone. Your collage matches so well with Margaret's poem. I especially love your great-grandfather's writing. Thanks, also, for sharing your process. And I am one of those of a certain age who remembers the Wedge.
6/4/2021 03:16:17 pm
I had a miserable experience with a random SPARK pairing. I'd love to do it with a friend! Both of you created such amazing pieces! Linda M. is ready to paint, and I'm ready to set up my "art studio" in the basement. More art for all!
6/5/2021 05:48:56 am
This was a wonderful experience! I think we are a great pair! I love love love the collage you made and pretty blown away that my poem inspired it. I dabble with collage and would love to have a creative Zoom call with you to talk about process. Now that summer is here I really want to find time for creative endeavors.
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