The morning’s frost accentuated the heart shape of this puffball in the pasture.
The mold was like a sun bursting out of the old pita bread. I had no idea how far gone it was, or beautiful, till I took the bread out of the bag to feed the donkeys. I took a picture and fed the surrounding Pita to Fanny.
So Persephone is abducted by Hades into the Underworld. Her mother Demeter is distraught because she can’t find her daughter and falls into a deep depression. Bawdy Baubo, comes along and starts telling Demeter some dirty jokes. She gets Demeter smiling, then lifts her skirt exposing her vulva. Demeter loses it and starts laughing hysterically.
Bawdy Baubo, is a little known goddess whose salacious sense of humor gives relief to the suffering by making them laugh and forget their problems, even if just for a little while.
Laughter is a way of restoring balance during difficult times. Most of us have probably experienced the kind of laughter that comes at a difficult time and give us a much needed break from what is happening.
Baubo is the part of us that’s “too loud”and crackles at dirty jokes. The one who is having “too much fun”.
But Baubo goes back further than the Greek Myth of Persephone. Figures of her are found in prepatriarchal times when the Goddess was revered.
“With the rise of the patriarchy, the vulva went from being a place of reverence to a puritanical, unmentionable and “dirty” part of a woman. It went from a symbol of the goddess to one of the most demeaning and hostile words (“cunt”) a women can be called”
It’s nothing new for women to be using images of vulva’s in a way of calling up strength.
Baubo did it with humor. I’m doing it by trying to make the image of the vulva (with wings) a part of everyday life. Something we are not shocked or repulsed by, but something that lifts our hearts in freedom and our centers in strength.
Anyone can get one of my Flying Vulva Decals for free by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Maria Wulf PO Box 205 Cambridge NY 12816.
I want my Flying Vulva’s to soar, that’s why I’m offering them for free.
But if you choose, you can also support my work by buying one. I’m selling them for $5 including shipping in my Etsy Shop. I also have Flying Vulva Potholders and Pillows for sale. You can see and buy all of them here.
Carolyn sent me this photo of her having her morning coffee, in the mug she bought from Sara Davis, who was in the Bedlam Farm Open House, on her porch in Florida. You can also see Mary Kellogg’s new book This Time Of Life on Carolyn’s table.
Carolyn’s very happy with Sara Mug and a few people have emailed me asking for information on Sara’s Etsy Shop. Sara’s shop is called GoldenEarthDesigns and you can click here to get there.
Right now Sara doesn’t have any work for sale in her shop, but she is planning on stocking it with her ceramics soon.
Also, I just put Mary Kellogg’s new book This Time Of Life in my Etsy Shop. You can buy it there or at Battenkill Books. It’s $10 + $4 shipping.
I sprayed lavender water on my new Work Table to help iron out the creases. It’s in place and ready to use.
With all the new creative things happening with and around me, I feel like I’m retaking my creative vows.
Not that I have any doubts about how I want to spend my time. But sometimes I do get down on myself for not making a lot of money or not having the kind of work that has sick days and paid vacations, or health insurance. As if it’s a reflection on how responsible a person I am.
The idea of making a living as an artist is a relatively new one for me even though I’ve been doing it for almost 10 years. It’s good I live with someone who had been living the creative life for so long. Jon is quick to remind me that this life is my choice along with the ups and downs that go with it.
I have not entered this life blindly, I am truly grateful for it.
Grateful that I can spend my days in my own company, creating what I choose and sell it so easily right from my home.
The need to make a living actually helps keep me creative. If I didn’t need the money I might spend more time being less creative. Have more time to worry instead of work.
The idea of retaking my creative vows focusing around a new work table or an event is a nice one. And I believe in marking important events.
But I actually believe I retake my creative vows every time I sit down at my sewing machine to work. Each time I take a picture to post on my blog, or write a piece on my blog that has meaning. I’m doing it when I figure out a new way to sell my art that makes it better or easier for me and the person buying it.
My new Work Table is great, but useless if I don’t use it.
Every night when I leave my studio I bow to it and thank it. Every morning when I walk into my studio, I’m rededicating myself to my work, simply by doing it.
We were eating breakfast when Ray called. “I have your table” he said, “I can bring it over in a little while.”
I couldn’t believe it. “Already, are you sure” I asked. “Thank you! Thank you!”
Getting this table, made exactly the way I want it, is more than just getting a worktable for me. Like my new blog, it’s an affirmation of my work, of my commitment to it. It’s me believing that I deserve to have a work tool that suits my needs. I
With most things I make-do.
I buy what’s available, second hand and cheap. Part of that’s my belief in using what is already in the world and keeping consumption and waste at a minimum. But part of it is has to do my feelings of self-worth.
I may have dreamed of having a custom table just the right size and height for me, but I never really thought it possible. I thought it would cost too much money, and that I didn’t really need it, I could work with what I had.
But when the legs on the table I had broke and Jon suggested I ask Ray to make one, I could actually see it. It became a real possibility.
I told Ray just what I wanted.
A rough plywood top(I’ll be covering it with batting and canvas) and four separate legs so I can move the table into my studio (my doorway is very narrow) and store fabric bins under it.
I could tell Ray liked to create with wood by the fencing he put up in the Pole Barn. I expected him to use rough sawn wood for the legs. But he was having fun making the table. There’s a thin lip around the top edge and he even routered the edges of the table legs, giving them a finished look.
We moved the table into my studio and when Ray gave me the bill for $118.12 I wanted to kiss him. ( I know that not politically correct and I probably shouldn’t even write it ,but it’s how I felt. Anyway, I didn’t kiss him, I just thanked him profusely)
So now I’m going to the hardware store to see if I can find a big canvas drop cloth to cover the table with. I have some wool that I’ll use as batting and a jar of carpet tacks that I got at Goodwill a while ago.
My new blog, the very organized shelves in my studio, my new work table, the Bedlam Farm Open House.
I’m so glad so many people are loving my new blog design. I got some help updating the photos on the bottom showing some of the work in my Etsy Shop. So I’ll be changing them as I continue to sell my work.
Also, I want to point out the buttons on the bottom of my blog which are links to different social media. You can click on them to get to my facebook page, Youtube, Pinterest, and my Etsy Shop. I’ll also have a link to Instagram, I just noticed it wasn’t there.
There are still a few glitches to work out.
I no longer have my Gallery page, but I hadn’t updated it in a long time. If you ever want to see a good sampling of my work past and present, you can look on Pinterest. That has become my new gallery and much more. I just put up a new Vulva page on Pinterest. It has my Flying Vulva’s and other artists images of Vulva’s from ancient times to the present.
You can still subscribe to my blog, that’s on the bottom of the page. And there’s a new comment box after each post. There’s also still a search box at the top of the blog so you can look for older posts.
I no longer have a Blog Roll, but I do have links to many of the blogs that were on the Blog Roll on my “About Maria” page. I’m sure I’ll be adding to those from time to time.
Another thing I really like is the way the words that are linked to other pages are now pink!
Well, that’s all I can think to tell you about right now. If you have any questions, just let me know. It’s actually easier to send me an email now. When you click on “Contact Me” there’s a place to put your email and a box to send me a message.
As Jon mentioned on his blog, it is expensive for us both to overhaul our blogs to make them easier to read on smartphones and have a new design. With my current payment plan I’ll be paying it off for the next three and half years. So I do appreciate your support in buying my work. And hope the new blog makes it easier for all of us.
It’s been kind of amazing watching Jon train Bud. Actually, it’s a connection between them that goes way beyond any idea I’ve ever had of dog training.
When they’re working together it’s as if the space between and around them is charged. Jon exudes confidence in his ability to teach Bud what he feels is necessary for him to learn, to live on the farm.
But it’s not just Jon telling Bud what to do. He’s also watching and listening, observing how Bud acts and reacts to his surroundings and the other animals.
Jon takes training seriously and also completely enjoys it, finds it fun and interesting.
I think what I’m seeing happening between Jon and Bud is what Jon always talks about when he refers to dog training books and videos.
So many people can give a play-by-play directive about how to make a dog sit or come. But that’s only the skeleton of what’s really happening when working with a dog. It’s like learning a painting technique. Almost anyone can copy a technique, but it’s what the person puts of themselves into the painting, beyond the technique, that makes the painting art.
It’s not only Jon’s mind and experience that goes into training Bud, it’s his heart too. And that makes all the difference.