A Season to Birth


“Rebirthing”, mixed-media collage.

Greetings readers! It’s hard to believe that a couple of months have passed since my last entry on Dey of the Phoenix.  Thanks for your patience. How is 2013 evolving for you? I am optimistic of what’s coming next, especially with what I found in my backyard this week: a robin’s nest in the trumpeter vine! Three blue eggs are awaiting their time…

Spring brought about change, as I moved floors at the Park Trades Center of Kalamazoo. My work base now is Studio 208, which is open to the public on first Fridays for Art Hop. (For Lansing folks, Art Hop is like Gallery Walk on first Sundays.) Most weeks I am at the studio for a few days. So if you would like to stop by sometime, send me a line at MelissaHasbrook[at]gmail.com!

During winter I blogged about my artist’s book “The Vision Journal,” a work that continues to expand.  New pages are ready since its debut in April. The current version will be viewable in the coming week. These appearances are a first of sorts, so please pay me a visit if you’re able to swing it!

  • Sunday, June 2, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner St., Lansing. Reception for “Go Figure!” with Working Women Artists.
  • Friday, June 7, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Studio 208, Park Trades Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. Visit my table among fellow collective artists!

Another “move” took place just this month on Facebook. I created an artist page for anyone who would like to connect by social media. The address is like this web site — http://facebook.com/deyofthephoenix. Please drop by and “like” the new endeavor. As always, your support is most appreciated!

And make no mistake! There is much support energizing these creative expressions. The steadfast encouragement of loved ones; gatherings among community; circles for dancing, drumming, writing, and healing. Collectively, the links are spun into my favorite of spirals — a spider’s web, a theme throughout “The Vision Journal.”

Resonating with this spiral  and the mixed-media collage pictured above, I close by sharing a poem.  Originally titled “Spider,” I have renamed it “Birth.”  The word art spun from encounters with Spider last December, and the collage emerged months later.  The poem is rendered as a letterpress print from a class I took over winter.


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