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Ivy Reflections: August 2022

August has been an abundant month for Ivy. At the beginning of the month, I was gifted with a pile of freshly removed Ivy from Langley Environmental Partners Society and spent some time splitting the ivy. I am amazed by how much cordage I have. I am starting to feel ready to create some sculptures!

During this month, I have also been sitting with Ivy, watching how she grows and weaves herself amoungst the trees and plants.

I visited a patch near my home, and picked 3 leaves. I made sure to ask for permission, and received a resounding 'yes! Pick me!'

The three leaves I picked had heart shaped veins.

I sat by the river and drew them, marveling at this absolute beauty. Not all ivy leaves look like this. How wild that I came across this.

I have been sharing my energy and love with ivy, and she is showing her love back.

I have been wondering what good does ivy do for the land it is growing on. I know about all the chaos and disruption she causes, but what is she good for? She is adept at purifying the air- it's interesting to witness where she grows, in disturbed soil and flourishes in the little nooks and crannies of nature in urban areas.

Kaitlyn Beugh's mission is to assist you in fostering a soulful connection to self and the natural world through creation and intention. She is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Her art practice plays on the ephemeral, and is intuitively channeled and created in a flow state.

She lives, works, and plays on the unceded land of the Coast Salish First Nations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts with a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and has a background in social services.

Kaitlyn is a practicing artist and has some of her artwork for sale in the form of original pieces via her website here. Kaitlyn is currently studying herbalism and connecting deeper with the energies of plants and natures cycles.

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