So wonderful to get a New Year's greeting from Carina Granlund, Petsmo. From the land of the caribou and clodhopper shoes to this island of rain and wellies.
Everyday Carina and I go into our studios and face the blank page, or look at something we started and look for a place to continue. We all have our rituals. Perhaps Carina wears shoes like the ones she's stamped on the envelope. I wear crocs mostly because just getting here inevitably ends in wet feet. Crocs dry out quickly and can be washed.
Although potentially heretical to say, DKult Doodle therapy is a way to get started, sometimes. Certainly mail art is a way to dig into materials and let things happen. Carina is our DKult seamstress, with hand-stitching skills that all kulters should learn to emmulate. I am returned to the day of sewing cards. Do they still do that in nursery school? Not that I am saying there is anything nursery-like in Carina's way. I often receive work from my mail artist friends and think, 'huh why didn't I think of that?' Perhaps it's all down to that muse...
The above is one of Carina's chair series, made in Germany in Sept 2015. I love the acquiescent look on the monkey's face. It feels like he is observing a mobile of shoes circling above.
Inside the envelope is this other container which has a plaintive woman and a natural, relaxed man… when I am sitting infront of the blank page I try to be the man but without fail I lose my way and lose sight of the fun.
This little envelope contains what Carina calls 'a distorted boekie'. I think she calls it that because lining up the pages must have been a nightmare and she probably sees nothing but flaws. It look fabulous to me but the real joy is the story inside.
|Where is my muse?|
I have been searching in the wrong places.
|Maybe she is hiding in the night?|
|I am the muse!??|
The characters and the images are sublimely Carina, simple and just right!
I let my eyes wander over the words of the book pages that Carina had used to make the pages of the book, beautiful off-white faded pages, and settle on, 'denne okände fått,' which according to my handy translater means, 'recently this unknown'. Aren't language, stories and Carina amazing!