A group of 25 journal keepers (of all different skill levels and approaches) showed up to hear local artist and writer Molly Anthony talk about her found recipe box project.
We got an in-depth look at the origins of Molly’s project and the implications for her own creative life. She is doing what she loves—researching and writing—and she has reconnected with organic chemistry (a college course that showed her the pursuit of science was not for her—but which is now useful again when coping with the likes of boiled icing!).
What Molly knows for sure about the keeper of the recipe box is that she was a Minnesotan (too many Minnesota product recipes. And the woman liked desserts: sixty percent of the recipes are desserts. And she loved to entertain: there is a recipe for turkey stuffing that calls for 19 loaves of bread.
Right: The dessert buffet with Molly's husband Ryan standing nearby. Molly never had a cake carrier until she started this project. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
What’s obvious is that the recipe box has caused Molly to look at the connections in her life and discover a theme of lost and found that she has been looking at for the last several years without naming it. She has been letting go of perfect and discovering how to tell her story in the process. I encourage you to go to The Found Recipe Box and check out Molly's adventure in her own words. You will be inspired to look at your own passions and find ways to bring them back into your life.Molly and her mother Pam, who was visiting from Chicago, made five desserts to share with us—two of which were chocolate cakes. There was a cherry torte, blueberry muffins (for the non-sweet-toothed) and some shortbread cookie things with a jam on them that were out of this world (and I’m not the only chocolate lover who thought so).
For her project Molly keeps photographs of her desserts and so while she photographed, some of us cut and served, and distributed little plates of dessert about the room so that people could sketch.
NOTE: If you were present at Monday’s meeting and have the capability of scanning your sketch would you please send a jpg to Molly at her blog? When we were packing up last night she mentioned that it was the one thing she wished she’d been able to do—take photos of people’s sketches.
Left: My sketch of the cherry torte and blueberry muffin. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I worked quickly to finish my sketch, because I knew I had two (thin) slices of chocolate cakes (not a typo—two cakes) waiting for me. Remember, we were all sketching with the delightful aroma of baked goods filling the air. Laura sat next to me and continued carefully painting her sketch while I smacked my lips and talked about the cake. She begged me to stop! Just in time a newcomer Jan, came by to show me her sketch and ask for some drawing tips. I did a demo drawing for her on a napkin. I liked it much better than my original sketch.
Left: My second sketch, of the same subject, is on a napkin. I ended up saving this in my journal too (gluing the edges down with decorative paper—you can’t really glue napkins down because they are made of several light layers of paper that peel apart; trust me, I know about saving napkins). I like the bolder line that comes from the absorbency of the napkin. Also I was warmed up. Click on the image to view an enlargement.The Collective had a lot of business to conduct last night in addition to the talk and the desserts. We had a drawing, won my Marsha Micek, for a 9 x 12 inch Stonehenge journal.
And then there was the matter of the Strathmore journals…I'll tell you more about the journals tomorrow.
Above: the “witness-relocation” version of a new test group for the Strathmore Mixed Media Journals. More about this new journal line tomorrow. Click on the image to view an enlargement.