“I’ll send you the photo of me doing yoga” Carol wrote me, “but then you have to post a picture of yourself bellydancing”.
(Lucky for me, I got her message on the same day I posted the photo of me in my new purple Bellydancing skirt.)
For years Carol put her art on hold and became a Dairy Farmer with her husband Dick. But she told me that it wasn’t as though she wasn’t being creative during that time. When she was farming, which she loved doing, she was storing up images and ideas so when she and Dick sold the farm and she began making batiks again, the images flowed easily from her.
Always an animal lover and deeply connected to nature, Carol looks the to earth, its creatures, and myths for inspiration. In her batiks, what goes on below the soil is as important as what we see (and sometimes aren’t aware of) on top of it and above it.
Her macro and microscopic imagery often has a mystical feel to it. The stars burst in the sky and the worms dance though the soil.
Carol sells her original batiks, but she also reproduces them into so many different forms of Functional Art it’s hard to keep up with all she’s doing.
Last year Carol began making her batiks into leggings and now she has a whole line of clothing available though her website Amity Farm Batik.
She won’t be selling her clothes at the Bedlam Farm Open House on October 6th and 7th, but she will be selling all the other useful pieces of art like trivets, notecards, mousepads and cutting boards along with some of her original work and prints on fabric and paper.
I love having Carol and her work at the Open House. She and her work so encapsulates the combining of art and farming that has become what the Open House is all about.
You can see and buy Carol’s art and clothes by clicking here.
For more information on the Bedlam Farm Open House click here.