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Stratoz(Wayne Stratz) in his studio. Photo ©Allison Puketza.

A to Z Challenge 2012: S is for Stratoz – (Otherwise Known as Wayne Stratz)

Stratoz(Wayne Stratz) in his studio. Photo ©Allison Puketza.
Stratoz(Wayne Stratz) in his studio. Photo ©Allison Puketza.

Like a certain singer from New Jersey, Wayne Stratz spent month-long vacations in the stratozphere growing up, and decided to name his blog Stratoz: A Life Unfolding in 2007.  I refer to Wayne as Stratoz when I write about him on my blog, and perhaps some readers do not know that he is my husband and partner in craft.  We are Nutmeg Designs.

Wayne writes about Ignatian spirituality, gardening, teaching,  mystics, glass craft, science and jazz, sometimes separately, sometimes several at once.  If you want a glimpse of a life unfolding, check out Stratoz.

Some of my favorite posts by Stratoz:

And for some awesome plant photos, check out the garden section.

 

 

 

Creative Couple: Joy of Collaboration in the Art Studios of Nutmeg Designs

Stratoz with Stained Glass and Sunflower. Photo by Margaret Almon.
Stratoz with Stained Glass and Sunflower. Photo by Margaret Almon.

It was Stratoz’s birthday, and he asked me to take a photo of him in our front yard, by the brand new Sunflower, holding a sheet of glass destined for a lizard stepping stone for Snowcatcher.  Gardens and glass are two of Stratoz’s favorite things, so this is an apt portrait, and also the final one in his Flickr Project 365, which he started the previous year on his birthday.  The year has been one of growing creativity and more collaboration in our art, with our mosaic house numbers(observe the glimpse of “45” through the porch), and the Fruit of the Spirit commission.

When we met in 1986, Stratoz was already drawing intricate doodles with colored pencils, but starting Nutmeg Designs, and making art that expresses our spirit and brings joy was not what we predicted.  We have both evolved into our “two-studio-one-bedroom-rowhouse” and my heart is happy that we were blessed to celebrate another birthday weekend(my birthday was July 29th, and July 30th is celebrated by annexation.)

Are you part of a creative couple?  Tell me about someone who supports you, inspires you, and is creative with you.  Creativity is not limited to art.  It informs all joyful things.

 

 

Lizard by Stratoz, waiting for the earthtone glass
Lizard by Stratoz, waiting for the earthtone glass
Sunflower Mandala Mosaic by Margaret Almon
Sunflower Mandala Mosaic by Margaret Almon