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new and improved..

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

so ME of all people knows what a powerful tool a blog can be!… but I also know that they can be VERY!! time consuming.  So I haven’t made this blog priority for a while but now in light of my participation with Parade Magazine’s What People Earn Project I know that now is the time to leverage this outlet, like it should be… So I am in the process of redesigning the entire blog!  that’s right peeps.. I am learning the language of CODE.  So in a few days (maybe a week) this blog will be completely new and reorganized to act as a visual resume for me.. Meghan Olesen and lucky 15 creative..  So in the mean time check out my progress on Parade Magazine…

what i love about hand crafted…

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

is that it doesn’t matter why you did it.. or what someone might do with it after you make it. it’s about the idea that came to mind, the process in which you the owner of two hands came to the end product, and the reaction of those who will encounter your piece. i have often struggled with the idea that somehow making something with your hands is secondary work… only left to the unskilled and the uneducated. i have met many an educated person whom which never learned to thread a sewing machine. or who know how to repair a broken toy. at first i would throw my hands in the air and declare what a loss! but as we all can’t (or wouldn’t want to be) doctors, not all of us can be craftilly(someone help me please!) inclined. don’t get me wrong, i am completely scared with the state of our human animal to “make it’s own tools” for survival, but in a way it does bestow a bit of higher achievement to know that when the world goes to shit i will be able to charge $200/hour to knit a sweater… 🙂

(spider hat is from christine grant’s etsy shop @ (click here)

still working on it…

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2009 at 1:00 am

once upon a time i used to be really good at opening the blog and writing… now i have to get back into the habit.  i think really i am still trying to decide where i am going with this.. so i guess to start with, i;m figuring things out here on these pages (well, figuratively speaking)…

please join me…

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2009 at 4:56 am

lost-love-flyer

tomorrow night for the first friday reception for the 10th annual dia de los muertos exihibtion… i will be at the burton barr library from about 6 to 7:30 ish.. but the reception goes until 10.. i hope that everyone has had a chance ( or will have a chance) to see my piece.. it comes down and goes hope on sunday..

lost…

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2009 at 9:52 am

today i had a bit of a crisis… went to collect love letters and discovered that the rosary was gone… anyone on my facebook was privy to the drama… i shouldn’t get so mad.. no matter how beautiful an object it is still just an object.  i think that it is the idea… even though this is one piece at the library it is something that i poured everything into.  and it means so much to me… really, when i see someone who is grieving for a child or a husband (of wife) it breaks me… i can imagine what that is like and the reality is that we are all just a moment away from that situation… and so this altar is sacred to me and to think that some one doesn’t see it the same way hurts..  i feel violated that something was taken from this sacred space… it’s like something is missing now.  but again it is only a object, i can not (or should not) pass judgment on the person who took it… perhaps they really needed it..to me it was just a symbol.. to someone else it may have been salvation… this has been harder than i thought it would be…

lost love is up!

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2009 at 4:40 am

lost love

ok so my plan to take all these pics and walk everyone through the process just didn’t work… i think to really accomplish this i need a staff photographer. 🙂 … the truth is, i am not one to be able to stop in the middle of it all to take a picture, when i am in it i am in it! so here we are. the piece is up and i have been visiting it everyday. it is kind of strange… i miss it. taking up my studio, seeing the pieces every morning, dragging half sewn bits to work..hoping for a few moments here and there to get just a few stitches farther. so i have been visiting it, and i have been collecting the letters that have been left for lost loves. some are just acknowlegements of a loved one, some are people that aren’t taking it seriously, but some are true letters to those that have passed. the ones that are particluarly moving are the letters to loved ones who have taken their own lives. i wasn’t even thinking of this when i was making the piece and it has taken me totally off guard. maybe in a good way….

a brief synopsis…

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2009 at 6:31 am

the following is the brief description i wrote to accompany this altar. i was going to go in to personal stories of lost, then i was going to talk a lot about technique and the physical parts of the altar… but in the end this is what i came up with. i didn’t want to lead any one person into seeing the piece the way that i do… so here goes…

There are not many words that can describe the empty vacuum that is left when a loved one leaves this world for the next. There is a sense of helplessness on the part of those left behind, a sadness that in one way or another will always be there. Yet death is a natural effect of living and we all know that one day it too will be our turn and that our loved ones will in turn feel the void where we once stood. It is in the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos that the living can find comfort in the celebration of the deceased. To many this holiday is strange and morbid, however strangely enough the need to keep a memory alive has been strong even in our own culture. Here enters the theme of this altar; Momento Mori. In the early history of photography having one’s picture taking was a huge expense and was reserved mainly to the wealthy. However, many families made the financial sacrifice at the time of death to have one last memory of their beloved before they were returned back to the Earth. In the same spirit of Dia de Los Muertos these post-mortem photos were a way for families to continue honoring those that had passed on.

To me the deepest sadness when one looses a love one is the inability to tell that person how you feel. At the moment of death all that mattered the moment before is no longer important and anything you had wanted to say in now for your ears only. An Altar to Lost Love is an interactive opportunity to reflect on this reality and to express thoughts and feelings to a Lost Love. Please take the opportunity to write to your Loved One and leave it in the drawer of the altar. In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos let your letter to a Lost Love comfort your soul.

short and sweet…

bruised and beaten but not defeated!

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2009 at 6:25 am

sneak peak heart

although my heart is not fully complete.  the main (scary, not sure if i can do this!) parts have been constructed and put together.  i still need an atrium and four pulmonary veins as well as a the finishing touch embelishments (oh how i wish i had a year).. an then i can declare victory!…more to come…

the daunting task…

In Uncategorized on October 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

heart start

one if the main parts of the lost love altar is an anatomically correct life size model of the heart that i am making from various fibers… not only is the heart a very weird and complicated organ, making a 3-d model from 2-d pictures is making my head spin…  I think i am going to have to break down and get a plastic model to use…either that or a real heart, but everyone i know is using theirs at the moment so the plastic one will have to do!  at least i have all the fabrics and assorted fibers worked out..set backs!  in the end i may have to take some creative licence with this good ol’ ticker… i just hope it looks like a heart when it’s done.  so off to ebay to look for a life sized model (a plastic one).  in the mean time… acetate sheets and beeswax!

a new beginning…

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2009 at 5:14 am

i have been working for a while on starting this new blog… i had planned to have this new header and all that stuff… but as luck would have it the perfect reason to get this up and going fell into my lap and i have no time to make it perfect! …so it will have to be (like all other things in my life) a work in progress.  what will you find here at this new address… lucky 15 paper has morphed into lucky 15 creative so you will find updates on the life and times of ALL things lucky.  i have many projects going and this is the place to learn about them plus the random observations of the life and times of one meghan olesen.  what you can expect, the same old sassiness but what you might be surprised about…i’m not holding back…. so first up…