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Joy is a Way of Living

Yellow and Green Mosaic Frame by Margaret Almon for an original painting by Charles Sheely.

This month,
Remember that joy is more
than just “staying positive.”
Joy is a way of living.
A way of looking for Light in the midst of it all.
Joy is transformational and contagious.
Joy can be shared through action. (Morgan Harper Nichols)

This commission has layers of creativity, and I was thrilled to see the finished piece! The client created the painting, with a vase from Turning True Studios, and a daffodil, the favorite flower of the recipient. I hadn’t made a frame for an original painting before, and it was an honor. The client wanted yellow and greens and for me to just “do my thing and enjoy.”

This was daunting at first, but focusing on the painting and responding to it guided me much better than listening to doubts. Joy being shared through action. There is much in 2020 to scatter focus, or to conversely hyperfocus. Uncertainty is painful for human beings.

More from Morgan Harper Nichols:

This month,
Even if it’s in a small way,
find freedom in letting go.
Dare to trust there is room for courage, surrender, and change,
no matter what is still unknown.

Word of the Year 2020: Movement

Movement Collage: Word of the Year 2020I was searching for my Word for 2020, most likely in bed, I realized that once I got on Instagram, I could lay there indefinitely. I decided if I wanted to be on Instagram, I had to lay on the floor. My time on my gadget plummeted. And as I looked for information about how to get back up off the floor, I discovered the work of biomechanist Katy Bowman, particularly her books Move Your DNA and Dynamic Aging.

I was the child who read all the time, and adult who sits a lot. Fortunately, Bowman argues movement and exercise are not the same thing, and any time you move an under-moved part of yourself, no matter how tiny, you nourish your cells. One to practice right now: looking into the distance, either out the window or on walks, because those eye muscles are seldom used when we spend time on computers, reading or inside. Fortunately, my studio has windows and looking away from my close up work refreshes me and my view of what I am creating!

 

 

Browse and Brunch Sunday November 10th, 2019 at the Women of Willow Grove Store at the Willow Grove Mall

Browse & Brunch 11/10/19
Browse & Brunch November 10, 2019 1-4 with Denise Shardlow at the Women of Willow Grove Store

My next show will be Sunday, November 10th from 1-4. The  Browse & Brunch at the Women of Willow Grove Store, at the Willow Grove Mall is hosted by fashion designer Denise Shardlow.

Each month, during the holiday season, she invites a special guest and I am excited Nutmeg Designs is the guest in November.
Hope to see you!

  • We’ll have light fare, mimosas and door prizes.
  • Browse the Women of Willow Grove store filled with handcrafted items created by local artisans & entrepreneurs.
  • Everything from art work to perfumes, bar soaps & shampoos, ceramics, pillows, handbags, candles, jewelry, dog treats, Jamaican jerk sauces and housewares
  • Bring a friend and make an afternoon of it!

The event is free.

Find us on the 2nd floor, two doors down from Bloomingdale’s and across the way from the Banana Republic.

Willow Grove Park Mall
2500 West Moreland Road
2nd Floor Near Bloomingdales
Willow Grove, PA 19090

 

 

Breathing in the Light

Breathe Mosaic Word Sign
Breathe Mosaic in Pink and Tie-Dye by Nutmeg Designs. Glass on slate, 12×6 inches.

Consider this question from Shawna Lemay, Is it possible, even, that the light of the world, carefully observed, enters us, enters our breathing, and even our souls?

With this Breathe sign, I discovered that my new lamp was not illuminating enough of my work table, focusing light in a small area, and creating glare in its path and shadows all around. Light is meant to be shared.

But even without the right lamp, the intersection of light and breath is still strong when the light catches the iridescence and the shimmer makes me happy.

Breathing in the light is a way to come into your own being, a reminder that you belong to yourself, to the light, that you exist in the light, and because of light. And once you have drawn it into you, and I’m talking about the real light you observe and are warmed by, as well as a more spiritual type of light, you are able to share this with those who are struggling, you can inspire others who might be inhabiting a darker, more shadowy place. (Shawna Lemay, Transactions with Beauty)

This Breathe went across the street to our neighbors this week. They have commissioned pieces over the years, starting with their house number when they were able to move back in after a fire. This was a classic Christmas story, where they both asked us to make a house number as a surprise gift.

Commission your Breathe

Open Studio and Food Drive for Manna: Art for the Soul and Food for the Hungry

Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio
Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio

Saturday May 18th 11-5
Sunday May 19th 12-5

Nutmeg Designs is celebrating the Fourth Annual Spring Open Studio: Open Heart with mosaics and stained glass for purchase, and a food drive for Manna on Main Street to feed the hungry. Here is a list of items needed at Manna.

Earn a chance to win a 3D Stained Glass Suncatcher for every five items of food. All food will be taken to Manna on Main Street Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Lansdale, PA. Last year we collected over 400 pounds of food from our amazing visitors!

 

Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery in Souderton, PA through 2/9/19

Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Block by Margaret Almon
Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Block by Margaret Almon

 

My Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic is on display at “Farm to Easel” at the Exhibit B Gallery Annual Winter Group Show. All work includes farm-related subjects from the Pennsylvania landscape to images of quilts, farm animals, the harvested bounty and beyond. 20+ artists and 30+ paintings from artists far and wide. The show continues thru 2/9/19.

Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery
Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery

Exhibit B Gallery: Gallery of art and fine craft in a lovingly restored former 1901 cigar factory.

105 N. Main St, Souderton, PA

Hours: Thursday & Friday 2-7 and Saturday 11-5

or by Appointment Call (215) 799-0266

 

Glorious Contrast: Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop Meets Mosaic

Around the Square by Margaret Almon, glass and ceramic on wood, 8×8 inches.
I remember reading that color gets all the glory but contrast does the heavy lifting! This mosaic was inspired by a pattern from The Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop from Weeks Ringle and incorporates some broken dishes from my great grandmother Margaret’s china—the feathery white and amber pattern. My mother was so pleased that I could use the broken pieces in my art. This one hangs in my studio.

A Colorful Trip Around the World with Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett is the epitome of bright colors with his quilts, fabric, knitting and mosaics. I had the chance to see his work at the Michener Art Museum  a few years ago. A postcard of this quilt is on my bulletin board in the studio. I feel a kinship with those who love the colors in Fassett fabric!  I made some Trip Around the World Mosaics early in my mosaicking. I may need to revisit it.
Sunshine and Shadow Trivet by Margaret Almon
Trip Around the World/Sunshine and Shadow Trivet by Margaret Almon