Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Acorn Rainbow - September 2009



Several months ago I placed one of my felted wool acorns in my terrarium and have watched as it changed. It changed from brown to grey-green as a mold covered it, then back to brown when the mold mysteriously disappeared. (I like to think that the acorn defeated the mold) It's been a process that I've enjoyed, being a curious observer of life.

I remember reading earlier this year, a blog post by the amazing Margie Oomen of Resurrection Fern, in which she placed some of her fantastic crochet-covered stones in a secret location in order to watch their progression. I thought it was such an intriguing idea to go beyond the terrarium and into nature. It wasn't until this weekend though that I finally found just the right place in which to locate my little acorn rainbow.

I (literally) stumbled over a moss covered oak stump in the woods while looking for mushrooms. It's partially covered by underbrush and in a place that I (crosses fingers) think my children and chickens won't find them. I layed the acorns out in a small circle and it felt like I was leaving an offering to mother nature. I'm eager to see what she does with them.

I plan to check on them from time to time and see how they've changed. I'm wondering if they'll be moved by interfering squirrels, devoured by lichens, faded by time. There will of course be a long stretch of Minnesota winter coming soon so those pictures may just be white... I hope you'll check back to see what I see.

5 comments:

Brittany Noel said...

I've toyed with this idea on tons of different occasions. Can't wait to see what your acorns do!

Sonia said...

Hi Lisa :)
I always knew you had the same sensitivity as Margie about life & Nature, so I'm not very surprised to see you beginning such an experiment/installation with your gorgeous acorns. I also hope neither the boys nor the chickens will find them ! :D Can't wait to see how it will evolve !
Much love to you & yours oxoxo

NanaBeast said...

Will be following your secret location as I have Margie's. I love this idea and both you and Margie make such beautiful creations - harmonious with nature, too. Thank you for taking us along with you!

Margie Oomen said...

I will be waiting in anticipation to see what becomes of your offering. I have to tell you that when I left some needle felted acorns out on my porch table last fall they were torn apart by visitors in the night. I never decided if they were squirrels, raccoons or skunks.

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Thank you so much, everyone. Your support and curiosity move me.

Margie - being the nosy girl I am, I've checked in on the acorns already and they've been moved around a bit, presumably by squirrels. We'll see...there's no shortage of wildlife around here and I'd be completely tickled to find evidence of something trying to eat these.

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