"The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms." – Muriel Rukeyser
Any opportunity, I will see good art. It stops my mind, clears out the clutter, takes my breath away. Through art, I feel more deeply into the truth of myself while at the same time see something fresh and new in or about the world. Like nature, beautiful art is restorative. It feeds our winter soul.
I recently saw the beautiful work of Catherine Alice Michaelis. The title of this post are words from her website home page, www.catherine-alice.com. She’s a print and bookmaker who lives on Puget Sound and celebrates life and nature from the depth of her womanly soul.
Thinking about this post, I decided to write her and ask what inspires her as an artist. She said:
The world is made of stories. My favorite stories engage the green world and indigenous cultures through ethnobotany. These themes were the foundation of May Day Press when I first set up studio in 1992. Over the years my work has become more personal and collaborative as I traverse the healing potential and gratitude of living a creative life.
Our winter/story theme continues. No more words, just pictures of her work. They speak for themselves.
You can see more of her work on Craft in America, a PBS show, airing on April 21, 2017 in an episode called Nature. Here is the link to the preview: www.craftinamerica.org/artists/catherine-alice-michaelis/