Spinners and Weavers of Indiana Fiber and Textiles
DONALDSON, Ind.—MoonTree Studios invites you to the opening reception for As My Whimsey Takes Me to be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT. The work of Patricia Oakley, a fiber artist, will be featured. As My Whimsey Takes Me will be on display at the MoonTree Gallery through August 11, 2013.
Reflecting on her As My Whimsey Takes Me exhibit, Patricia explains her conviction that the life of an adult human can be very serious—all those responsibilities, expectations and chores—it can seem dull and dreary. For this collection of work, she drew upon her childhood—a time when she used to pretend a lot, immersing herself in books and stories to become one of the characters and live in imaginary worlds. She admits that some things never change; she still pretends!
To illuminate her As My Whimsey Takes Me artwork, Patricia quotes Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, as grown-up Wendy has a conversation with her daughter, Jane:
“Do you know, Jane, I sometimes wonder whether I ever did really fly.”
“Yes, you did.”
“The dear old days when I could fly!”
“Why can’t you fly now, mother?”
“Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way.”
Patricia says, “In our imaginations we can fly. I hope growing up does not mean forgetting the way. I hope growing up never means ceasing to play and to imagine. In my spinning, knitting, and crocheting, I hope to infuse some play, some imagination, some whimsey.”
Patricia Oakley lives in Goshen, Indiana.
About Moon Tree Studios
MoonTree Studios, located at The Center in Donaldson, is a LEED® certified complex of buildings with studios for Clay, Textiles, Painting, and Wood/Metal. There is also a Gallery, where established artists display their work for the inspiration of others. MoonTree Studios is a place where skilled facilitators in a variety of creative disciplines impart creative techniques and experiences to interested participants. At MoonTree, the process is more important than the product, the exploration is more important than the outcome. Every experience at MoonTree is an invitation to try new things and search for your own answers. Visit www.moontreestudios.org for a schedule of experiences or to register. Day, evening, and Saturday experiences are available. Call 574-935-1712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.