Friday, September 30, 2016

Signs of Fall

For the final study of Capisicum pepper, (herb of the year), my Herb society group learned how to make a hot pepper ristras. The best kind to use for this  is thin skinned cayenne peppers. They will dry well without getting moldy inside.

A beautiful selection for everyone.
We used disposable gloves, fishing line and a large needle to string them.

We tied a raffia bow on the top.

Even if you use green peppers they will turn red as they age.
Through out the next year these will be ready to cut and use in your favorite dishes.
This is Denise with her flower dyed scarf from last meeting.

Homemade salsa with peppers was enjoyed with the rest of the snacks.

And of course a fall punch was made with cinnamon sticks, cloves, apple cider etc. We have the best Herb Society.

A first birthday present for my grand niece.

Wish I could say I knit it but no I bought it at the Farmers market from the knitter.

ArtPrize is here. For the past 10 years or so Grand Rapids, Mi. has hosted a international Art Show. Artists are represented from all over the world. The whole city becomes a art gallery, inside buildings and out along the streets. I spent a day hiking around the city enjoying the art especially the textile art.
I loved this piece, a traditional rug woven in a non-traditional way.

This is the artist name and her country she is from.

A couple of days later I read that her rug was picked by the jurors as one of the finalists for the $200,000 prize! I love to see textiles in the same category as fine art.
2 years ago a large, large pictorial quilt of the Sleeping Bear Dunes won the grand prize.

Another textile piece from Poland.
This piece was knitted from flax cord,

into a very organic looking piece.

A needle felted piece of the North.

Love this cement sculpture.

This was displayed in the entrance of a high end hotel. The winged horses  were magical.

Their shape is made only with individual wires hanging from the ceiling.

This was the entrance at Fredrick Meijer gardens and sculpture garden where there were more art pieces.

I think this was my favorite "sculpture" there.


Anonymous said...

Love the Meijer gardens fall fall displays so much!!!! I could never do that, mine would not look that good bec. I would never spend that much money. The peppers look great and will be fun to see dry, but I do not eat hot peppers! My stomach could not handle the heat. Wise to use plastic gloves...Deb C

Deb Hardman said...

The little pumpkin hat had me fooled for a second!

I never did get to the FM Gardens. Maybe next fall.

Your Herb group looks so fun.

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