haiku

Haiku artist statement

I'm participating in a series of 10 workshops offered through Springboard for the Arts, called The Business of Art. This is part of their Artist Development Project, funded in part by The Minnesota State Arts Board, through grants established after the citizens of Minnesota passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008. The project offers professional development workshops and education opportunities statewide for individual artists of all disciplines. At this week's session, entitled Your Promotional Toolkit, we put pen to paper toward the purpose of crafting a three-sentence artist statement. It's challenging. This is the kind of snippet you can use on a short resume, in an elevator, and/or at a party. The goal is to generate an image in the mind of the listener and to arouse curiosity about your work without waxing into verbose art-speak.

I got to thinking then ... why not a Haiku artist statement? From three sentences down to seventeen (or so) chirps? I can't really see myself responding to the, "so what do you do??" question with this, but it would suit my medium!

Willow over water:
Egret eyes the minnow.
Me? Sweet lure of cloth, paste, soy.
wading Great

wading Great

Tea Cozies off to Moscow

I sold two tea cozies this past weekend to a woman from Moscow! It makes me smile to think that one will warm her mother-in-law's teapot in Moscow, another her mother's teapot somewhere in France! She bought them from my "old" Etsy shop, which features screen-printed items for the home. The design began as a paper cutting. I call it my Haiku House finch Tea Cozy. The haiku reads: Curious house finch Tastes the ripe crabapple -- Daylight grows short.

Tea Cozies, immersion dyed and screen-printed on 100% cotton velveteen with fiber-reactive dyes © Kit Eastman

Tea Cozies, immersion dyed and screen-printed on 100% cotton velveteen with fiber-reactive dyes © Kit Eastman

I'm working on a new online shop that will feature my katazome work. If all goes smoothly, I plan to launch it sometime in November.