Monday, July 30, 2012

Crow Woman

Photo by Linda Tasa, from her Facebook page.  

The main character in the opening scene of our play The Old Woman & the Barefoot Maiden is Crow. She was played by my sister, Della. Della is a wiz when in comes to putting costumes together, as you can see from the evocative crow she has crafted.  She made the mask and the wings, which were a combination of a Cirque du Soleil scarf that she found at a rummage sale in Ireland and a hand-crocheted black shawl she found in a second-hand shop. The rest of her crow-like clothing, she cobbled together from bits found at used clothing shops and new clothing stores. Crow's black feather earrings were found in a shop in Bahrain. Here, Crow flies about the stage, getting into a frenzy in preparation for winter, for the old Akka of winter, that is, the Old Woman of our last days.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

FinnThunder play: Old Woman & the Barefoot Maiden

My sisters and I have been busy. Here's part three of our contribution to FinnThunder 2012, starting tomorrow. Our performance piece is a one act play. The characters are an Old Woman (Vanha Akka), Crow, a corpse, Spring Maiden, Suvi, Black Swan, Tuonen Tytti (Queen of Death/Tuonela), Spirit dancers, and a Narrator! Sat. July 28, 2 pm, Finlandia Club, Bay St. Thunder Bay. $10 or free with FinnThunder day pass or weekend pass.  
The inspiration for the Suvi summer woman who ends our play was this old book that I once found at a Finlandia Club rummage sale. It's a book of poetry from the 1940s in Finnish. The poems are wonderful old poems, all dedicated to nature, to the lakes, rivers, sky, clouds, flowers, fields, and cliffs. The book cost me either 10c or 25c. Suvi means summer, the heart of summer. I laid the book in my bed of thyme and doesn't she look pretty there!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Finn Thunder: song performance

My sister, Della, will be performing/singing her story Echo of the Ancestors, this coming Sunday at the FinnThunder Festival. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

FinnThunder Art Exhibit & Sale

This is the piece by Johanna Virtanen that I'm bringing home....actually, I think I'll put it in my office for inspiration. Institutional spaces are so in need of grounding energy....

This coming weekend in Thunder Bay

FinnThunder 2012 Art Exhibit & Sale

Friday, July 27 10 - 5 pm
Saturday, July 28 10 am -5 pm
Sunday, July 29 10 am-3pm
@ Hammarskjold High School

Come and browse Finnish and local artists artworks ranging from oil, acrylic, and watercolour paintings, woodworking, photography, surreal faeries, pointillism and so much more! 

Featured artist Johanna Virtanen from Helsinki, Finland has created a new series of artworks specifically for FinnThunder! Her series entitled Mother Earth presents the many beautiful faces of our Mother Earth.
Make friends with art and even take one home to adorn your walls!

Read more about the art exhibit and the Virtanen, the featured artist, here.