Winter Residency January 12 2017, 0 Comments
I just spend an amazing, abundant, inspiring 7 days doing the Winter Residency at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of NC. I honestly cannot think of a better way to start my year than 15 hour days spent in a studio surrounded by really great tools and incredibly dedicated artists- experimenting, pushing boundaries, failing and succeeding. I want to put in words what makes that experience so powerful- I don’t know that I can do it justice.
I seem to be into lists lately so I will go at it that way:
Dedicated, intentional time
Long uninterrupted days
Openness to experimentation and failure
Conversations with tears, laughter, beautiful nerdiness, the obsessions of makers…
The history of that place and seeing the work of creative hands everywhere
Early morning silence so thick that the wind sounds like a train
Meeting Elizabeth Brim
Having a family that supports me wholly.
While at Penland an article was shared with me about stress reduction and happiness by a fellow artist Laura Fortune. I really enjoyed the article and was truly struck by the segment on gratitude. The basic idea is that being grateful, even just wondering what we might be grateful for, releases dopamine and serotonin in our brains helping to focus on the happier things. Gratitude is my guiding force these days- just can’t help but feel and be abundantly grateful for the opportunities, experiences and people in my life.
Snow Days/Studio Days January 11 2017, 0 Comments
Lila and I in the studio on a snow day....... I can't say I got all that much accomplished but I sure did enjoy watching those little hands emulate mine.
A belly full of gratitude January 10 2017, 0 Comments
I ate many meals while at Penland that were prepared for me by women in my life, women, who had invited me to their homes in the days before I departed for dinners and celebrations. And as we said our farewells kindly boxed me up delicious food to take on my adventure. Women I am grateful for and inspired by. Makers and Mamas who work tirelessly with their hands to create things that change the landscape.
I grew up in a family of warm and loving women who feed you from their hearts and the labor of their hands and always send you home with leftovers. That expression of love is so deeply ingrained in me.
I wanted to share a delicious cold weather soup recipe from my friend Lara Nguyen
Apple, Carrot, Pumpkin and Coconut Soup
Carmelize One Thinly Sliced Onion in Olive Oil and Sea Salt - Remove to cool
Saute 4 Chopped Carrots Still Soft and 2 Green Apples till Warmed - Add Back the Onions
Add 1 heaping tsp. of Yellow Curry Powder and 1 minced garlic clove till fragrant
Add 1 can of coconut cream or milk (I did cream from Trader Joes)
Turn off Heat - Pour mixture in a blender and blend till smooth.
Return mixture to pot
Add 1 can of pumpkin puree
Add 4-5 cups of mushroom or vegetable broth stir and add 2-3 bay leaves.
Heat on Medium to a boil - Season to taste with salt, pepper, brown sugar… and I usually stir in a tablespoon of olive oil after I turn off the heat.
2015 December 28 2015, 0 Comments
As 2015 draws to an end I just wanted to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the wonderful people that make it possible for me to live a makers life.
Joyful Holidays and a Happy New Year from my family to yours!
Holding on the the past August 31 2015, 0 CommentsOne of the things I enjoy about blogging (though I don't do it nearly enough) is the chronological record of events that it leaves behind. It is fun looking back in time, like rummaging through old sketchbooks. I am adding a link to my old blog to keep the story connected. ericastankwytchbailey.blogspot.com
New Website May 22 2013, 0 Comments
I am so incredibly excited to launch my new website . For the first time ever all of my online endeavors (site, shop, blog,class listing, etc.) will be in one place. This e-commerce site is so long overdue. I have had so many conversations with customers , artists, and other professionals in which we all agree that in today's market you must have an online store. I have great hopes that this new site will make things easier for my buyers, my customers and myself.
I am definitely looking for and open to feedback about the site, it can only be great if you guys let me know what works and what doesn't. Thanks in advance for looking through the site. I hope you enjoy it, I have had a great and challenging time putting it together.