What are you hatching?


Saturday was the perfect winter day to be with friends and do something fun and creative.  What you see here is the result of some of our time together.  As a ‘group’ our favorite time was spent making huge messes and creating these little birds.
The question posed at the beginning of this class was “What are you hatching?” The challenge was to think of what we are really working on this year, what our hopes are, what goals do we have.  My thought went to things like having a word of the year, or setting an intention for the year.  As we were invited to share our stories it was amazing to see how everyone’s individual life was reflected in their own creation.

I shared my intention here in January, and let me tell you, it has stayed with me.  Those two little words, “let go”, pop up almost daily, reminding me that this is the time to do just that.  My little bird, Vera, (named that because of how she matches my handbag) came into being with those words in mind.  I may not be quite sure what I’m hatching, but I know that as I let go of fear, new things come to life.


I have found that I love, love, love making these little sculptures.  Not quite as much as taking photos…but I really have fun with this. And I like adding wire to things.  Who knows why!  The wire that was among the stuff to create with just called to me and I knew my little bird needed wire legs and a topnot. 

She’s quirky and colorful and not afraid of anything.  For now, she is nesting, nourishing whatever it is that she is going to hatch.  I noticed that her egg has a direct reflection of her own colors.   I think there is a lesson in that.


8 Replies to “What are you hatching?”

  1. What a lovely creative project for this time of year. These colourful little birds make me smile with their reminder that Spring will soon be here. There's a real sense of connection between Vera and her egg too. It doesn't surprise me, given your creativity as a photographer, that you also enjoy sculpting and shaping things.

  2. Oh that looks like so much fun! I love the collection of photographs you took also. Your phrase "letting go" has stuck with me as well and I actually used it on the last visual journal page I made (I haven't posted it yet but it'll go on my blog / FB soon).

  3. Oh, she is so cute — a very happy bird! This sounds like a really fun project to do with creative friends. You are so right about letting go of fear and allowing new things in our lives.

  4. I love your photo mosaic, so colorful and cheery. I love the colorful feathers at the top. And Vera was my favorite even before I knew she was yours. I love her feet and topknot!

  5. I love this bird sculpturess and the heart thoughts behind its creation. I can't wait to see what you are hatching and what will be brought forth in your life and your art this year. Such a powerful symbol.

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