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Sunday, April 22, 2012

The barns for Gena's family, cont'd....


I received an email from Gena regarding the barns I made for her family last month. It went something like this:

"Some of the barns got new homes last weekend. (sniff) Packing them up was so hard. My husband told me I should just keep them all, HA! The photo is my youngest brother Kevin who cried when he opened his. My older brother wants to keep them as a set and not take his home so they are on the mantle at my parents. My dad thinks I should keep all of them. (I should be so selfish) (-:
Everyone is throwing around new ideas. I do like the barn you have on your blog with the finial on top. We have some gate pieces somewhere...
I will go to Illinois to deliver the barn to granny and aunt and uncles in June. I will try to be more diligent with pictures.
Thank you again for your artistic expertise."
Gena


She included a photo of her brother opening his. I wish every barn I made came with a photo like this. I love making them when they are this personal. If I could, I would only take commissions for pieces that included personal items. I am very blessed to meet people like this and be able to make something for them that brings such joy to them and to me. The items I have been finding lately are inspiring new ideas and I wonder where these things came from, who used them, what doors did they open, what locks did they unlock, who used these things? They all have a story, but what is that story? How perfect that I will be in a show called Storytellers. Maybe I will just have to make up my own tales for them!





8 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

You are a maker of joy.

Lori Buff said...

It's always so nice to get feed back about what's happened to a piece you've made. Gena seems to be going out of her way to give you the complete story. You can tell how much she loves and appreciates your art.
I am just happy when I see a customer who tells me they use a piece I made for them regularly, getting pictures is an added bonus.

Michèle Hastings said...

wonderful!

Michael Kline said...

This is the power of your work!

handstories said...

these storyholders are stories themselves. just grand.

Tracey Broome said...

Omg!! Story holders!! I love that!!! That is what I should call them, I never know... Barn, house, dwelling.... But story holder! YES:)

Michael Kline said...

I think that's a great name too! But does it sound too much like dream catcher?

I say GO for it. It really expresses the collaboration of your sculpture and the objects.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey MK, I like the thought that these are story holders, but yeah, dream catcher, memory keeper.... all that, you have to be careful not to get too sweet with it all don't you?! They are story holders though, such a nice thought.....