Summer might be over, but Elizabeth Johnson’s juicy berries are a lasting reminder of what we love about the season.
Johnson grew up in rural New England where she helped her father in his organic garden. “Handling plants on a day-to-day basis gave me a chance to observe them closely, and I developed a love and appreciation for the beauty of flowers, leaves, berries and seeds that has stayed with me ever since.”
Working with glass since 1990, she slowly began incorporating studies of nature into her work. Her current focus is on lifelike fruits and berries. Sometimes she strings the berries together on a wire and wears them as a necklace.
Red Raspberry Beads
Her “Aha!” moment came when people stopped her in the street to ask how she kept the raspberries from staining her blouse. That’s when she knew others would enjoy them too.
“Even people who weren’t privileged to go berry picking when they were young love the sensual appeal of berries – their brilliant colors, luscious shiny or velvety skins, tastes and fragrances. Berries speak to us of abundance and healthy pleasures.” ~Elizabeth Johnson
November MAM is. . .in the box. . .the in box
The November issue landed in subscriber’s inboxes today. Included is a sneak peak at two sculptures Elissa Farrow Savos created for the Peace by Piece project, detailed flower sculptures created using an unusual material (you won’t believe it!), a simple but lovely DIY project, cool online resources for photographs, a metalsmith’s metalsmith and more!
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