Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I have spoken with you at length about my amazing and talented grandfather. What I haven't stated is that he is struggling through the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease. It has been painful to watch such a brilliant man forget... forget so very much. My grandmother has asked me to write little stories and sentimental snippets from my life with him so that they can read them together. I may post bits here, like the piece about the hardware store, so I thought it important to share the significance with you. I will be sending him a few stories for Christmas with these newly carved deer gift tags. They are a simple ode to the beautiful block print cards he created for the holidays throughout the 50's and 60's which often featured a deer silhouette. This framed one hangs in our living room and the block is one of my most cherished posessions... it lives in my studio. I look at it daily.
I'll be sharing more photos of my shop update offerings later in the day, but since these gift tags will be part of a larger holiday tag set, I didn't want them to get lost in the shuffle...or considered just another (trendy) deer silhouette. Nope. I knew you'd be interested in just how special they are to me. You're thoughtful that way. Thank you. The birch forest tags? Oh, I just love all things snowy and white. I pass by this forest everyday so they are always on my mind.