My Basket Holds—Just—Firmaments
I'm an artist and knitwear designer living in Amherst, Massachusetts. My ongoing love affair with yarn, threads, and fabric finds expression in embroidered artworks and in my knitting patterns for women's garments and accessories.
The name Blue Peninsula comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson that ends:
It might be easier
To fail—with Land in Sight—
Than gain—My Blue Peninsula—
To perish—of Delight
For me, "My Blue Peninsula" is a life dedicated to creativity. Real delight arises from taking risks—including the risk of failure—and being true to oneself. That's my goal as an artist and designer: to create work that's a source of meaning and delight for myself and others.
One of my first published patterns was a circular lace shawl inspired by a Dickinson poem. I designed it for an installation titled My Basket Holds—Just—Firmaments, as part of my 2007 solo show at Kingston Gallery in Boston (see photo above). Here's the poem:
Perhaps I asked too large—
I take—no less than skies—
For Earths, grow thick as
Berries, in my native Town—
My Basket holds—just—Firmaments—
Those—dangle easy—on my arm,
But smaller bundles—Cram.
My designs have been published by Brooklyn Tweed, Quince & Co., Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knitty, Knotions, and Valley Yarns (WEBS). I earned an MFA from the University of Chicago and have exhibited my artwork at galleries and museums in Chicago, New York, and New England.
I hope you'll join me on my creative journey in search of Firmaments and Delight!