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Updated: 2019-09-11 Views: 168

Susan Dworski

We have a nasty patch of rubble in the back alley guarded by unsightly bent pipes?that protect a gas meter. Every fall I throw a packet of wildflower seeds down,?scratch them in, and wait to see what the rains will bring. It’;s different every year.?Nasturtiums and poppies duke it out neck and neck for starters (below).?Quickly followed by the big guys: penstamom, coreopsis, feverfew, lupine and cosmos (above).

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I like to carry a packet or two of wildflower seeds in my pocket and play Johnny Appleseed in neglected patches of urban dirt while out walking. Big rewards for penniessofa pillow covers, and fun to track when spring cuts loose.

Artist and calligrapher, Sue Nan Douglass, created this playful, delicate piece, “;Wildflowers II”; using Steig lightfast color markers and eraser stamps she carved. The stacked, packed repetition of the names of flowers with repeating stamps on 8″; x 10″; paper testifies to the unexpectedly big power of small.

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Walt Whitman described the power of small in “;Leaves of Grass,”; a monumental and quintessentially American book that he spent his entire life writing and revising, from its first publication on 1855 until his “;death bed edition”; published in 1892, two months before his passing..

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars, And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of the wren, And the tree-toad is a chef-d’;oeuvre for the highest, And the running blackberry would adorn the parlors of heaven, And the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery, And the cow crunching with depress’;d head surpasses any statue, And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels.

—Susan Dworski?

Editors Note: We asked Susan if we could STILL throw a handful of wildflower seeds and have them come up. Her answer: “;Wildflowers always find a way.”;

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From the Mona Lisa to the Girl With the Pearl Earring, the most famous women in visual art haven’t typically been women artists but the subjects, almost inevitably, of male artists. Women may have provided the inspiration, but men made the art—and by doing so, took ownership of female beauty and representation for centuries. Of course there are exceptions, from medieval polymath Hildegard of Bingin to Qing dynasty painter Chen Shu; works like the Baroque masterpiece Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi present a fascinating, women-centric visual world. But a trip through any major art museum will confirm the dominance of the male gaze. It’s been refining the female form for centuries, and it’s not giving up without a fight.

Hey friends! ?I’ve got a soft and colorful wrap bracelet tutorial to share with you today that uses silk fibers and pewter components. ?This boho-chic design adapts to you own favorite colors, and the best part is that if you can braid and tie knots, even a beginner can make this bracelet.