* Update: This print is now listed in the shop. *
Aaron and I spent last night and this morning collaborating on this new print for the upcoming holiday craft shows. We didn't talk a lot about where our inspiration was coming from as we worked on it, we were just letting ourselves be guided by our personal taste and what we thought would make a good print. Near the end of the process I began to realize that at least on my end, the motifs in this design are very much inspired by my Dad, an outdoorsman who believed in living off the land as much as possible - hunting and fishing to feed his family, tapping the maple trees behind our house to make syrup, and heating our house every winter solely by a wood stove and the firewood he had chopped himself. He was always trying to instill in me and my siblings the same wonder in nature that he had found. Some of my most treasured childhood memories are him waking us up at night to see the Northern Lights. I remember standing in the middle of our front yard with him, staring up at the sky while the dew soaked through the bottoms of my footie pajamas.
Today would have been his 58th birthday and I can't help but think about what it would be like if he was still alive - I know that I would ask him to come to Detroit Urban Craft Fair and be my booth helper, he would be totally in to that. Hell, he would probably have his own booth and be selling walking sticks and handmade drums stretched with tanned deer hide.
I can't figure out how to end this post. I guess I just wanted to post this new design, share a little of how I feel about it and say Happy Birthday Dad, I love you and every day I wish you were here.
Left to Right: Me, Rebecca, Dad, Brooke, John