Last weekend was the Oregon Country Fair…how can I describe this amazing feat of creative energy poured into one weekend. I think it best with photos…
There are new experiences around every turn. Have you ever listened to the forest?
Seen a walking totem that like to dance?
Mind the Wings!
Felt the vibrations of the marching band veering through the forest?
You can do all that and MORE at the Oregon Country Fair. My big love family; Dana and Mali Geister and I had a wonderful fair experience this year. It can be a little overwhelming to try and see as much as you can all in one day. We devised a plan to put away the map and always go right unless we had been down that path before. It worked out very well for us. The only time we became lost was in a bermuda triangle associated with this particular cookie vendor. And that is only because we went left to circle back to a specific vendor. I highly recommend this form of navigation.
But fear not faithful art enthusiasts! I scoped out some fine funky art and have a piece that came home with me to share with you.
I had my hand on a nice octopus mug when I heard this siren’s call. Her name is Silka. She apparently was waiting all weekend for just the right someone to call to. Oh I am so very lucky, and I do have quite the affinity for mer-folk. According to Dorothy Dinnerstein’s book The Mermaid and the Minotaur, human-animal hybrids such as mermaids and minotaurs convey the understanding of the ancients that human beings were both one with and different from animals:
“Human nature is internally inconsistent, that our continuities with, and our differences from, the earth’s other animals are mysterious and profound; and in these continuities, and these differences, lie both a sense of strangeness on earth and the possible key to a way of feeling at home here.”
Honestly I wish I could have brought even more home. R. Honey Pots had a wonderful selection that spoke to my love of the strange. If you find yourself as Dorothy puts it “one with” “yet apart” with the animals I think you’ll love their selection of subject matter. If I could have magically shipped them home I would have left with her friend the octopus. For now Silka will slip her oceanic adventures into my dreams after a shared cup of evening tea.