A friend of mine recently reached out asking if I would draw a logo for their small-scale farm in Prescott, Ontario. I jumped at the opportunity. Amanda and Adam live self sufficiently in an old farmhouse along the St. Lawrence. With their 2 young children, they raise animals for food and tend to a large vegetable garden. Years ago, we would spend countless hours talking about these dreams and they have made it a reality for themselves and their family which is just so awe inspiring.
Amanda is a magically minded woman who recognizes the power of the natural world and the richness that comes with incorporating it directly into your life. Her main request for the logo was one of my pen and ink drawings with the name of their farm Rooted Aster surrounded by a wreath like collection of plants and animals that abound on their land and that she uses in her handcrafted medicines:
among many others. I chose these 5 because of their unique shapes as well as their potent medicinal and magical properties. The raven was added at the very end – there was a slight gap which is fine but I just saw him there and started to sketch him out. A family of ravens lives on their property (how magical is that? I am absolutely in love with crows and ravens) so it’s an ode to these majestic ancient guardians.
Amanda is also old school and doesn’t have an instagram or website attached to her farm. If that changes in the future, I’ll be sure to insert that information here but for now, I just wanted to share with you the finished drawing of her vision along with photos from a recent walk in the Nova Scotian woods <3
I’m really content with the end drawing. It’s the first pen and ink I’ve completed in a very long time. I have another one in the works right now to be made into a print for the shop (and the original gifted). There is something about putting headphones on and getting lost in detail work of the natural world that puts me in a meditative flow state. It’s so therapeutic for me personally, regardless of how good the drawing ends up being. I try to reiterate that my drawings and logo work will never be perfect. It will be wobbly and imperfect because I don’t use any digital programs and well that’s just how I draw! It’s one of my most beloved hobbies that has been with me for as long as I’ve been able to hold a crayon. Sometimes it wanes from my life (6 years of university…) and sometimes it’s my constant. Right now, it’s nudging it’s way right into my life so I’m grateful for that!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I have another one to come out soon which is FINALLY the Pangur Ban Sweater Pattern, LONG overdue like so much else in my recent life. It’s actually almost complete, moving back to Nova Scotia has really helped me tackle unfinished things. I’ve been spending hours and hours going over the math over and over again to make sure it’s correct. So, my hope is that it will be before 2021 is over. Next weekend, we are going to do the final photography for it and then it will just be some edits. This will be our first sweater pattern that we personally put out there so I am really sorry if their are small errors. It’s very possible because it’s SO hard to catch everything (I still occasionally get messages about my published patterns pointing out small irregularities that I somehow overlooked despite editing and reading it 100 times). So please, be gentle and patient <3
In addition, because the pattern will finally be released, I have around 5 Pangur sweaters that we’ve knit to put up in the shop. So I likely will stagger those because that would just be too many for my to ship out at once. I’m also considering starting a ravelry to post the patterns as well as a pattern shop in the blog. Much to do and think about!
Thank you Amanda for trusting me to create a representation of your work and handcrafted life! Wishing you all the best in your quest to live closely to mother nature <3
And thank you to my dear readers, I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into a recent drawing and I wish you all a beautiful December.