I got this in the mail today! I walked into our smokey-smelling office, trying my best to remember what my sister told me, "Anna, it is your choice to be in a space of gratitude," after I had told her that I think I am traumatized by the fire that burnt our file room and our operations manager's office last Friday. I am ecstatic to say that her reminder did me wonders, as I found the Prims on my temporary desk. I had forgotten that I received an e-mail from Jennifer Jackson, Prims Managing Editor sometime last year that they were including my work in their premiere issue. So, thank you, folks at Somerset! As I thumbed through its pages, I found myself to be in the company of folk art rock stars, Nicol Sayre, Jane de Rosier, Julia Haymaker Thompson and Audrey Eclectic. In this journey of finding my style and my voice as a crafter/artist, I adhere to no hard and fast rules as to what to call my art, but I feel really honored to be with these women whose work I so admire. "A Stroll Down Olde Town Road..." this is the magazine's tagline. Its description says that it features "the rustic elegance of primitive, folk, historic, and early American style artwork... the traditional beauty of handcrafted artmaking will include dolls, paintings and mixed media artwork..." I am sitting here, looking at my Mildred. She is wearing a terno and she's nothing American, but it is true that she was made in Joplin, MO and she looks like she's been through a lot, in keeping with the time-worn, traditional, and handcrafted theme of the magazine. Here she is, and today, not only am I in a space of gratitude. I am also super thrilled about this. I think there will be more Mildreds in my repertoire of things to make for the coming months.
So, Prims Magazine, the Premiere Issue. Get it while it's hot at your favorite Borders, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and what have you in your neck of the woods. Enjoy your stroll down Old Town Road!