Greetings from Minnesota to all of you Orange Marmalade friends!
This past week has been one of greening up here!
Still just shy glimpses of leaves budding on our trees,
but frogs madly chorusing, turtles sun-basking,
eager shoots pushing up from the soil,
and lovely pink wood anemones winking up from the forest floor.
My five lovely things for today are a joyous springing forth of creativity, imagination, and ingenuity!
Masks for the deaf
A young woman studying deaf and hard-of-hearing education devised these brilliant see-through masks for patients who rely on lip-reading to communicate with medical staff.
I love hearing about all the ways knowledge and compassion are being knit together
for the sake of many hurting people in the world just now.
A Dutch instagram challenge called tussenkunstenquarantaine, which apparently translates to “between art and quarantine” has people recreating famous works of art using just themselves and materials they have on hand at home. They are brilliant! Here are a few faves.
Find dozens and dozens more on their Instagram site. Maybe you’d like to join the challenge?
A spine poem is one in which you arrange titles found on the spines of books in order to create new meaning, like this:
An artist named Phil Shaw who makes book spines into an art form has created not just a spine poem, but a spine corona-story! Very impressive 🙂
Rube Goldberg comes to life!
Joseph Herscher is an artist who makes Rube Goldberg-esque machines. Not just the designs on paper, but crrrraazzzzyyy working gadgets.
Here is one called The Cake Server. Just how complicated can it be to serve a piece of cake? Watch and find out.
You can find many more of his astonishing contraptions on his Youtube channel. If your kids want to learn more about Rube Goldberg, try this book I reviewed awhile back.
Last week I posted a list of lovely ways to celebrate Earth Day including an Earth Pigment art project.
So I was pleased to find this cool Weekend #drawtogether challenge by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton using goodies from your fridge and cupboard to make home-brewed ink!
Click through to see what her inks looked like.
In her challenge she links to the Toronto Ink Company who make foraged inks that are so extremely cool, like these made from everything from pokeberries to oak galls foraged in Central Park.
Here’s to a creative, imaginative, compassionate week for you and your households
as you stay home and keep looking for the lovely!