The Story of Hand Block Printing

The Story of Hand Block Printing

Even though Christmas was months ago, it seems like it has only been a few days since the holidays when I wear the Passion Lilie scarf I was given for a Christmas present.  I was initially drawn to the shades of emerald, mint and white with designs intertwined on my scarf, but I decided to do a closer inspection to get a better idea of how my scarf was made.  My purpose behind this is not to give attention to a specific brand or product.  Instead I find looking into the story behind an item to be just as rewarding as wearing it.  So, what did I discover about my scarf that made it different than before?  As it turns out, the elaborately printed designs meant more than a pretty interpretation of leaves as I looked at the process of hand block printing. Continue Reading ›

The Wonderful Things About Cousins

The Wonderful Things About Cousins

If there’s one family connection that’s different than the rest, it’s the one between cousins.  You can love and argue with siblings and receive advice and caution from parents, aunts and uncles, but with cousins it’s not like any other relationship.  Although I’m not close with all of my cousins, I know there are a few I can count on to give me support and understanding when I need it.  When other relatives don’t relate to my life choices, it seems there is always a cousin who sees things differently.  My recent bonding with cousins has proven this to be true, and what better way to honor this than on National Cousins Day?  In years past, this time of summer finds my cousins and me at Cousin Campout, a weekend family event filled with boating on the lake, roasting marshmallows and Lit’l Smokies and giggling cousins in tents, but since we’re not celebrating this year, here are a few wonderful things about my cousins. Continue Reading ›

Conservation at Red Butte Garden

Conservation at Red Butte Garden

No matter where I go, one item is always on the travel itinerary: gardens.  Museums and hiking may find their way on my list of things to see, but gardens are always on the top of the list.  However, I’ve come to find that my affinity for gardens is more than my desire to get to the outdoors.  Gardens are more than being with nature and pretty flowers, they’re also about promoting conservation through knowledge and inspiration.  Luckily for me, a recent visit to the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend Trisha provides me with all of these things.  Having recently toured the gardens, Trisha provides me with a few interesting tidbits from her tour. Continue Reading ›

The Artistic Escape

The Artistic Escape

In a day and age when technology reigns as king, there’s hardly any need to experience the world through other mediums.  Why head outside, view landscape or nature paintings at a museum or create anything of your own?  The internet provides us with everything, so why look for more?  You might think you’re being incredibly sociable on social media, but that’s not exactly true.  Rather than taking the time to hold an actual conversation, your neck is craned downwards to see the latest Facebook post or Twitter tweet.  What you probably don’t realize is the power that putting down your phone can have.  Since joining the Southern Utah Museum of Art staff in Cedar City, Utah, my involvement in social media marketing for the museum requires me to find the best angle to get an interior shot or style the most effective arrangement of retail shop products for Instagram.  However, the best shot, I’m discovering, is when I put my iPad down and take a look around.  Wandering through the museum around the sections for the National Parks, the creations featured in the First Peek exhibit, Kevin Kehoe’s poetically painted southwest landscapes and the permanent Jimmie Jones collection, I experience the power of nature and art.  To celebrate the Beverley Center for the Arts’ Opening starting Thursday, July 7th through Saturday, July 9th, I’m sharing a few reasons on how nature and art can have a significant impact on our lives. Continue Reading ›

William Shakespeare: Fashionista

William Shakespeare Fashionista

If I were to ask you whom you would consider a fashion expert, you’d probably respond with top name designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel or Edith Head.  The last person you’d think of is famous classical English playwright William Shakespeare.  Most of the time, Shakespeare is associated with memories of English homework you didn’t want to do or yet another assignment about Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet.  It may surprise you to find that Shakespeare was actually quite fashion savvy.  As a current staff member for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I’ve found Shakespeare has numerous clothing and fashion references and what better time to share them than for the Beverley Center for the Arts opening July 7-9 in Cedar City, Utah?  In honor of this festive occasion, here are some of Shakespeare’s fashion observations from Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V and Julius Caesar, the three Shakespeare productions at the Festival this season. Continue Reading ›