In the mix of barn building and construction managing and cow milking (and homeschooling and dance driving and oh, just feeding all these peeps), I've been fitting in all kinds of good work too. As we slide on into our third year (what?) so many exciting things are happening within and around the pages of Taproot. Right now, I'm having a lot of fun with a big box of samples that arrived this week. Many months ago, we dreamed up some papery goodness for the holidays with some of our longtime (can we say that after just two years?) artists, which was an absolute blast. The results are all here...and in the shop now.
There are notecards, packed in sets of twelve that feature art from within our pages by Michelle Kroll and Phoebe Wahl. Both of these sets include images that I've adored since I first saw them - a baby on the back, a woman's hands in the dirt, a basket of yarn. Finding art (and pairing it with words) might just be my very favorite part of my job. How could it not be with beautiful things images this appearing in front of me? Goodness. There are so many seriously talented folks in this world of ours.
And...a 2014 wall calendar with art by Phoebe Wahl! It includes many of the images that have appeared in the pages of Taproot with a few newly created ones too. I think I say it to her about each and every new piece I see, but really now, that oceanside August image takes the cake. But then there's the maypole. Hmn. I am so looking forward to walking through the year with these images on the walls, month by month. Phoebe has such a way of capturing family and nature that serves as both comfort and inspiration to me, and I know I'm not alone in that response to her work. I'm so glad this project has come to fruition and can now be shared. I'm also glad that - even though I originally argued against it (silly me) - we crafted these monthly pages to include space to actually write on. I'm envisioning lots of doodles and exciting dates added to the pages by big and little hands alike. Filling in some of those big dates this week for example, I found myself writing "13th birthday!". Does my baby really become a teenager this year? Well, oh my. Isn't that something.
Thanks for letting me indulge you in a little bit of Taproot shop talk. It's been such a pleasure to work with these friends and artists to create these things alongside the magazine (the next issue is at the printer right now!). We hope you enjoy them!