Inspired by Finland

Reindeer and sun symbols combined in felt on what will become a craft bag.

I’m getting ready for my summer trip to Iceland and Finland by immersing myself in some beautiful images. This reindeer is from a book called Scandinavian Folk Patterns, and the sun framing it I found online researching Sami drum symbols. Felt is one of my favorite fabrics to sew because you don’t need to hem it and it makes big bold lines and shapes similar to the ones I like to use in my block prints.

Gallery of Work

I did it! I successfully created a print per month for the entire year. You can view the collection here. It was so much fun I’m ready to do it again. What’s Your Jam? is my first print of the new season. (Look for a color version coming soon!)  I’m collecting empty jars, getting ready for the summer’s bounty of dilly beans, tomatillo salsa, and hot pickled peppers. It’s definitely an inspiring time of year . . .

Today’s Favorite Creative Inspiration

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Gravitational Waves, block print and watercolor, Tracy Gillespie March 2016

We all need a creative boost now and then. The cold, gray skies, unwashed dishes and mass shootings get me down. I know (for me) the only sane response is to make some art. But sometimes it’s hard –I feel like I’m too busy, I’m not good enough, it’s too late, there’s too much *real* work to be done in the world. Whenever I need to short circuit my self-saboteur, I look to my toolkit of creative inspiration.

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Mathematics and Sustainability

Student work from Mathematics and Sustainability class
Student work from Mathematics and Sustainability class

I just finished teaching a three week class on mathematics and sustainability. It was this amazing experience where I felt fully integrated: math, art, environmentalism—all these different parts of me were all there. Here are some samples of my students’ work.

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