Sundial Mottos

I recently was turned on to "sundial mottos" through a really great podcast I listened to and thought they would make a great design for our walls to remind us of time passing.

Sundials —or "shadow clocks" were first used in over 3500 years ago to measure work times or prayer times. Before the first physical sundial was made people learned to measure their own shadows cast by the sun on the ground or an object in order to tell the time of day—or even the time of year.

Hemispherical Greek sundial from Ai Khanoum, Afghanistan, 3rd-2nd century BCE

Today it's considered a mathematical novelty but even when time pieces—clocks with intricate gears—were invented, sundials were still used to keep those devices accurate.

The construction of a sundial employed an intricate knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, geometry, astronomy and creativity such that the maker cherished the end result.

The mottos found on many sundials were the finishing touch meant to remind the user that they are never in control of time. Time does not stand still. Does not wait.

Here are some of the sundial mottos I found interesting and created typographical designs for them. Having one within view could encourage us to keep hold of the time we have and not waste it to worry, unhappiness and vice.

These that follow would be great for an office. I think I definitely need these next two hanging where I can see them everyday!

Let me know in the comments what are some favorite sundial mottos you've found to speak to you! I might create an art print using your suggestions. :)

ps: if you are interested in that podcast, it's called S-Town, and you can find it here. (the website is a treat! and the podcast itself even better. Warning—not for the faint-hearted!)
S-Town artwork by @valerodoval

Bespoke Wedding Stationery - Beautiful Design

Recently I started a new venture with my long time friend, Georgie, who resides in the UK. We have combined our talents and designed a portfolio of beautiful stationery collections. We created a website that showcases and directs potential clients to contact us for quotes or to discuss bespoke designs that would be customized especially for them.

Take a look at some of our designs and check out the website too!

Art All Night

This year my daughter and I participated in Art All Night. An amazing community event in it's 10th year that was expected to attract over 30,000 people to Trenton from around the tri-state area. The event started at 3pm on Saturday and lasted all through the night until 3pm on Sunday, Father's Day. It is truly "art all night!" and it encompasses visual art, music, performing art—there were even barber's giving really creative haircuts!

Here is a video created in 2014 to show the energy and excitement of Art All Night in Trenton. . .

We attended the event on Saturday night and it was in full swing. So many people. The huge warehouse full of art was bulging with people looking at the artwork. The two band stages outside and the one inside were pulsating with music of all kinds. And people everywhere were eating all kinds of food and treats. Everyone was having a great time including us. The kids loved the "Silent Disco!"

"At its core, the event is an opportunity for artists of all ages and talents to showcase their work. It's an art show where a four-year-old's refrigerator doodle can hang next to a piece selling for a couple hundred dollars from a seasoned professional.

But in addition to the art, there were 56 bands and musicians performing on three stages, a film festival, a silent disco, dueling muralists and dozens of interactive activities for kids and adults alike."

In the past I have submitted artwork along with both of my kids. We put their beautiful little paintings into a frame and turned them over. This year—although neither of them got it together to find one they wanted to submit—I found one of my own paintings, a favorite that I recently blogged about, to include in the show. Before submitting it I felt it needed something more. Find out more about what I did before completing this painting here.

Last year Art All Night received over 1200 pieces of art to show in it's towering Roebling Steelworks Gallery. This year they were expecting over 1600 pieces and their expectations were exceeded!

Every year artists submitting their work indicate if they would like to be considered for a Special Exhibition of selected art from Art All Night at Artworks (the Trenton community art center that sponsors and organizes this event.) 
I chose to be considered and when I went to pick up my painting yesterday afternoon I found out that it had been chosen to hang alongside other works from Art All Night in the "Selects Exhibition" their gallery for the next month!  They take and transport all of that art over to their gallery, hang it and next Saturday, June 25 there will be a special reception from 6pm -9pm. Everyone is invited to attend the "Artworks Selects Exhibit."  I am thrilled!
It makes all of that trash pick up on Sunday morning out on the plaza where attendees had partied all night worth it! It was quite a mess at 6:45am when my daughter and I arrived. but I was amazed at how we were able to get it all tidied up before the first people started to trickle back in mid-morning.

I helped Jim Graziano of Russo Music Center set up the sound system on the Russo stage for the first act of the morning—The School of Rock who started playing around 10:30am. There was a nice sized audience by then to hear them play (they were great by the way!) I helped plug in a few speakers and mics and I was just there in case they needed anything. But it was fun to see what all goes into making a band sound good. The organization and sound-checking. Jim has a good ear!

And here is my piece (the tiny green one) in the Artworks Selects Exhibit a few weeks later. Such an honor. It was a wonderful show of a diverse group of wonderful artworks.

"Memory" —dedicated to those lost, hurt and grieving in Orlando.

It is a bit dark and brooding with beautiful teal/turquoise blues but it needed more depth and more color to give it a lift. Give it more hope.

So, Saturday morning I worked in some pinks which created subtle yellows and oranges. As I worked on this painting which I had called "Memory," I started thinking of the victims in last week's tragic shooting. And I realized that this painting should be dedicated to them. It speaks of remembering and passing our memories on.

It has the feeling of grief but on Saturday morning as I worked in the warm colors of pink and watched as oranges and yellows began to shine through I saw how hope and love can emerge out of grief and memory.
"Memory" by Kim Moulder 12"x12" acrylic on canvas. 2016

3 Vintage Tea Towels with a Mid-Century Flair

I love searching for treasures at the yard sales and flea markets.
Sometimes I come across something that ties together all my passions. These three tea towels do it. I remember seeing these in kitchens all over my neighborhood as a girl. The are just lovely. 

And if you collect these gems—you can find them on my vintage Etsy shop FallenFeatherVintage.

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This and more wonderful old things on the shop!

The Joy in James Corden's Car

James Corden reminds us that the truest success comes from JOY. 

Have you seen any of his Carpool Karaoke videos

I swear they are SO fun to watch that I'll watch some of them several times just to experience it. That JOY I heard James reference in an NPR interview this afternoon. He explained that he believes these videos have blown up on the internet because there is real joy in that car for both James and the celebrity passenger. People love to see pure joy. And they will share it and they will come back for more.

Here is everyone's favorite car ride:

Not only do viewers love it—the celebrities all want to experience this carpool karaoke with James Corden! He says they are all wanting to do it! And he is SO happy to oblige. It's a dream come true for James, who has always wanted to perform—he is living his dream in the car and on stage with his network show, "The Late Late Show" on CBS.

So— Why am I sharing this!?  WELL, it reminded me of Lilla Roger's motto that "People Buy Your Joy!" And I thought—t's true for EVERYTHING. Even if people aren't actually "buying" something, they are paying with their time, attention, and love to experience the JOY you are offering up.

This lesson can apply in all walks of life. Me, with my artwork—even on my blog in what I write about and share. My kids should remember it at school everyday—people don't want to be around a sourpuss—an unhappy, sad face. They are attracted to a JOYFUL spirit!

And we can all use a little dose of it—everyday. 

Here's to JOY!
Thanks James!

Mounted Prints on Little Wood Blocks

I found these great little blocks with a drilled place in the back for hanging. They are also small enough to sit on a desk or shelf. Stick one in an envelope and send it off to a friend for a lovely surprise gift.

A 4"x4" block for $16.
Find them on the shop!

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Daily Encouragement for your Walls

It's been fun choosing special verses to play with typographic designs. I love working with typography. I can make the words sing. In this scripture series I choose the font and the weight and the size to communicate each word so that you can see the rhythm and emotion. These are verses that can encourage you on those difficult days. We all have them. When you see them everyday, they become a mantra for your life.

Here are a few. See more on the shop. 

I'd love to hear your ideas of favorite verses, quotes or slogans. Leave a message in the comments!