In the spring of 2016 the Still Point Art Gallery in Brunswick Maine, USA, founded by Christine Brooks Cote, published my 'Branches of Peace' (a gouache of two intertwined Olive branches) full page in their Still Point Arts Quarterly. Not knowing anything about the project she was working on with New Jersey based poet Peter Waldor, the request to a selected group of Still Point Art contributing artists to be part of his poetry illustration project came as a complete surprise. It concerned a subject I had little or no knowledge of; the millipede! When asked what made Peter come up with the idea to write an entire collection of poems that presents 'poetic prescriptions' for visual art representations of the millipede he replied: 'it was the great elegant beauty of the millipede's legs in particular mixed with my love for poetry and art in general that made me embark on this journey.'
June 2017: The latest on the Millipede project: from the 15 participating artists, a total of 34 works (including mine, yay!) have been selected for "Gate Posts with no Gate. The Leg Project". Christine Cote and Peter Waldor will be working towards finishing the book in early 2018. A limited edition hard cover for exhibitions and events as well as a more widely available softcover version will be the result. A special website, dedicated to the project will air when the book comes out.
This 'giclee' print (as they call it in the US!) depicts the original painting to perfection. It is a particularly dear piece for it was part of a successful and beautiful traveling group show on pollinating insects that visited various exhibitions along the US East Coast. The new owner, who lives in northern Switzerland, tells me that it "brings some smooth curves and colors in a quite black & white and geometrical" home ;-) I love it.
The first 'live' examples arrived in the mail! These A-line poly tops are cream-colored and have a beautiful drape. On fabric the graphite translates into a very chique greygreenish tone that looks great on black slacks or blue jeans. The slightly longer length in the back gives it a beautiful 'dressed off' finish. At the same time they could easily be worn over shorts or a skirt, so they are easily dressed up or down. A delicate detail: these tops come with a small hidden snap-and-loop on the shoulder that keeps the straps of your bra perfectly in place. What's not to like?! My favorite models love them too!