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"Jewelry for Trees: Beaded Necklace" - Cotton thread, found wood, and coyote gourdsThis was my first visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Unlike the rhythmic grey wash of bluestem and wheat to which I am accustomed, the ecosystem of the Mojave looked randomly stippled with organic life. Every plant appeared to give itself a wide berth from its neighbors, creating a dotted environment where each entity was exhibited in full view. Desert fauna is alien-like, and I had the good fortune of experiencing the Mojave at a time where it was in full bloom with many tendril and palm cupping brightly colored flowers. The desert sky rivaled a Midwestern panorama - in the daytime I was able to gauge the time by the sun's position against a brilliant blue backdrop, and at night a razor-sharp moon would rise, surrounded by a crystal clear spattering of stars.…Continue
Just barely breaking the speed limited I passed the usually full campsite signs that donned the Park over the weekend. But today was Tuesday. I tried to keep my calm, which was easily blown away with the next intense gust of wind. I then passed a new sign covered in construction worker orange. Glowing with the intense morning rays the words jumped at me screaming their all cap authoritative statement: ALL CAMPGROUNDS FULL!!!“Oh crap!” I spat out along with a few f bombs then sped even more in a crazed attempt to find a vacant campsite during the biggest bloom the desert has seen in 10 years. I was no longer breaking but full on destroying the law. She was traveling hundreds of miles to spend a week in the park and I didn’t even have a camping spot. “You will figure it out, you always do.” I said aloud.…Continue
About The Residency - A Teaser Intro.Next week's posts will feature more in-depth accounts of the experience by both artists.Continue
Spending time off the grid is no easy feat. Casey Sheppard has made it her life. After traveling the US for a year with her van, her bike and her dog being the only constants within an always changing environment, she returned to her native California ready to tackle new adventures.One of them was taking someone with her for a short period of time to share the nomadic experience.Here is the call that went out describing exactly what the limitations and expectations would be.Many people were interested. Casey chose one.The next posts are about both artists describing their experiences.The Call"Get Lost, Do Art" Case of the Nomads Artist Residency, Joshua Tree National Park, CA March 29th-April 4th 2017…Continue