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My dad is a geologist, and I like to think that he passed on that love of rocks and minerals to me.   I was (and continue to be) very interested in the world around me, and the natural systems that shape the environment and the earth.  Simply put, I love rocks.  I am endlessly fascinated by the formations and the processes – and that is probably why I am also so interested in the elements – it is these things that shape and form the world as we know it.

My creation
1. Rock Face , 2. Rock Strata, 3. Cape Breton , 4. Hawaii beachcombing

This new round of Project Spectrum is different than any other – for years, I wanted to find a way to bring a textural element into PS, and this is the first year that it seems like a really good fit. Each of the cardinal directions are associated with certain natural materials (according to many different cultures and traditions around the world.) This first direction – NORTH – is associated with the earth element, and stone and rock are the natural materials.

Stone on Riverbank
(Surprise snow storm last weekend – more photos here)

For a creative mind, this is a wonderful chance to play with the idea of stone: incorporating it into your projects – stone buttons on a cardigan, working with gemstones for beaded artwork, designing a rock garden or a stone pathway, photography of rocks and stones in your area… there is so much you could do with this alone!

However, if you want to take it even deeper (you always can!) you can choose to explore the relationships of green (the associated color of this cardinal direction) and the materials of stone. This idea gave me the chance to go through some of my nature photography looking for inspiration on how these two things work together.

My creation
1. Patuxent River, 2. Peggys Cove, NS, 3. Moss-Covered Stones

This new dimension of Project Spectrum is providing a deep well of inspiration for me. Rocks are amazing works of art in themselves – smoothed by water and wind, or jagged and sharp from force and movement.

The Project Spectrum Ravelry group continues to whirr with excitement and inspiration – many participants are including photos for the PS Photo Challenge that I mentioned in my last post.  The group has over 1000 members now, and there is a great spirit among the community.  Please join if you haven’t already!

Knitting post to come soon… I can’t believe it has been three posts without knitting content.  I hope you are still interested in reading!

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11 Responses

  1. Julie

    All I remember from Geology is my prof putting dirt in his mouth and moving it around with his toungue to see if it was sandy or clay and looking at a tray with about 40 rocks in it thinking there was no way I was going to be able to figure out which was which – they’re ALL ROCKS! :)

    I love the snow picture!

  2. mai

    how cool that your dad is a geologist! that must be so interesting. i find rocks fascinating as well. the earth is an amazing place! great photos!

  3. andrea

    I love rocks too! And soils! But I guess those are kind of in the same category =) If you ever find yourself in Central Jersey, look up the Geology Museum at Rutgers in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli Art Museum is around the corner too (also a Rutgers museum) and it’s a hidden gem.

    I need to get out in nature this weekend and see what textural things there are around me. I always find myself drawn to green on stone, green tinged stones, mossy stones, etc. The texture and color that it creates is incredible and utterly soothing to the eye and the spirit.

    Hope all is well, dear.

  4. Josiane

    I do love rocks too! When I travel, I often end up taking an embarrassing number of pictures of rocks!
    It’s so interesting to see what different traditions associate together. To me, north and green aren’t an obvious match at all!

  5. Jenna

    Dude. When you’re here, it’s very likely that I’ll be able to show you many moss-covered rocks. MANY. Get that camera ready. xoxo.

  6. Becky

    Hi Lolly – your photos are just gorgeous. I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your knitting and reading about your adventures. I nominated you for a KreativBlogger Award. Thank you for doing what you do! Details over at my blog…

  7. Kate

    I’m loving this round of Project Spectrum. It’s got me thinking and looking and enjoying far more than any other.
    Thank you once again for making this happen!

  8. Kristin

    Have you read any of Robert Macfarlane’s books? I’ve just picked up ‘Mountains of the Mind’ and it’s great, and I think it might be right up your street. His other one is ‘The Wild Places’. (as well as an academic one on Originality in the 19th century).

  9. little_lj

    This is my first PS and I’m SO excited! I’ve totally made a substantial start on my first knitting piece for North and am really happy with how it’s shaping up! (It’s also my first ever knitted garment attempt ever, so I think I deserve at least snaps for that!) Also, I was really inspired by your post on thinking about the directions in terms of what is geographically north of you. I am in England, and so geographically north of me is Scotland. I’ve never been (shocking!) and so have taken the opportunity to book a trip in the next few months to see what lies that way!

    Thank you for all the inspiration!

  10. Nonnahs

    Those are some gorgeous rocks! Have you ever been to Sedona? You would die- the red rocks are absolutely breathtaking!

  11. Erica

    Your photos are beautiful! Can’t wait to see the knitting that comes from them.

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