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News and Updates
Earlier this year, the world was introduced to the Outliers civilization, recently discovered by visual artist and part-time archaeologist, Sudie Rakusin. Guided by a mysterious book carrying coded messages and having researched basic archaeological field methods, Rakusin began her excavations, and remained secretive about her explorations until pictures of her dig site were leaked online. New questions emerged about the world of Outliers, leading to a public exhibition of found artifacts in April of 2015.
Rakusin connects the discovery of this world — whose culture seems to have been centered around art, beauty, and mystery — with a longing she has felt since her earliest memories. As an adult, Rakusin discovered the German word sensucht (ze: n zuxt), which references an inconsolable longing for a place and things that seem familiar but have never existed on the Earthly plane in our own experience; a desire for what is sometimes called our own “far-off country” or “home.” “For years, I’d known that my artwork was an echo, a vibration, a glimmer of this place,” Rakusin said in an interview at her secluded home in the woods. “I just hadn’t realized this world could actually exist.”
The newest round of findings from the Outliers dig, which Rakusin plans to exhibit at a November show at FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, features a stunning set of poppy sculptures found at the dig site. The poppy sculptures are each a foot or more across, and range in height from five to ten feet tall. Also found nearby was a small cache of perfectly preserved seeds. The geometric orientation of the sculptures to the seed store suggests a possible ritual function for the sculptures, which might have been an offering to an ancient fertility goddess of the Outliers culture. The sculptures are believed to be life-sized replicas of actual plants, according to preliminary research. “Most poppies known to our modern world only grow to a height of two to three feet,” indicated archaeobotanist Dr. C. H. Croft. “To envision a world in which people may have walked among poppies that towered over them… It’s simply amazing!”
For Rakusin’s part, she remains intrigued but not surprised, saying , “the more I learn about the Outliers civilization the more I realize I’ve experienced it before, in dreams, in whispers.” When asked to elaborate, she added: “It is a culture held together by threads of unspeakable beauty; I can only hope my findings will weave those threads into a body of work that will one day help our culture learn from theirs.”
You can see Rakusin’s exhibition of latest findings from the Outliers Dig at the 3 Artists: 3 Worlds show at FRANK in Chapel Hill in November.
Show runs from November 10-December 6, with an opening reception on November 13 from 6-9 pm.
Article reprinted with permission from Better Digs and Findings magazine.
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The Dear Calla Roo… Love, Savannah Blue series has been available digitally as in-app purchases within the Unwind Time app for iPad for almost a year, but we are excited to announce that as of summer 2015, all three picture books are available in the Kindle store! Don’t forget to offer a review if you loved it.
Every time I create a new means of sharing my art with the world, there is a steep learning curve. I have to figure out everything – like where and how to affordably print a hardcover book; how to create a box that will hold a deck of cards and a book side-by-side; or how to design and market an app – and it always takes longer than anyone expects.
So, it is with great relief and even greater excitement, that I can say that the app I have been designing for the iPad is really, truly on its way to Apple for approval and listing in the iTunes Store – so that all of you who love my work and love your iPad can now combine the two! And, if you don’t yet have an iPad, here’s your reason to go buy one.
The app, Unwind Time Books, is a bookstore with both a women’s section and a children’s section. In the children’s section, you will find all the books in my hardcover Dear Calla Roo…Love, Savannah Blue series formatted as ebooks, as well as Savannah Blue’s Activity Book that, just like the physical version, will allow the kids you love to color, draw, and write letters in its pages – and then, save, share and print their work!
In the women’s section, you will be able to download coloring books filled with my pen-and-ink drawings to color right on the iPad, using your finger or a stylus and the coloring tools built into the app. You’ll have an unbelievable range of colors as well as the ability to change the opacity of the color and layer multiple shades on top of each other. And, you’ll be able to save up to 3 versions of any drawing at a time, share them via email or Facebook, and print them–then erase and start all over again for unlimited fun.
Intrigued? I hope so.
I will let you know as soon as the app lands in iTunes!
It is hard to believe that I published The Second Coloring Book for Big Girls: Spirits & Goddesses ten years ago, but a check of the copyright page insists that is the case. To commemorate this anniversary, I wanted to celebrate the book’s success by making it even better. I am releasing a brand-new 10th Anniversary Edition with 8 additional drawings to color–and I am keeping the price the same as it has always been. I hope you’ll check it out! And, remember, if you order in time for Christmas, you’ll receive a free copy of Savannah Blue’s Activity Book and if you spend $20, you’ll also receive a free copy of my Dreams and Shadows Illustrated Blank Journal.Happy coloring!