Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Moon


The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge this week is Our Moon.  

Our moon has been our solitary companion since earliest days of our solar system. We are still not certain exactly how or when it came into being, but the leading theory is that a large body collided with the Earth approximately 95 million years after the formation of the solar system (which itself is roughly 4.6 billion years old).

Nearly 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans set foot on the Moon, the first time in the history of our planet for any species native to Earth to do so. The iconic image of our home, and the other images below was taken from the surface on the Moon during that historic voyage.

Our moon has inspired human stories and art for millennia. The world over we celebrate it’s luminous presence in our lives and mark our calendars by it.

In the United States, we name each full moon phase using terms that originated among Algonquin Native American tribes from New England to western regions of the Great Lakes. The dates change every year; below are the 2017 dates (this calendar can be found on Space.com) …

 January 12 Wolf Moon
 February 10 Snow Moon 
 March 12 Worm Moon 
 April 11 Pink Moon 
 May 10 Flower Moon 
 June 9 Strawberry Moon 
 July 9 Buck Moon 
 August 7 Sturgeon Moon 
September 6  Harvest Moon 
October 5  Hunter’s Moon 
November 4  Beaver Moon 
December 3  Cold Moon 

Every Native American tribes has a variation of the moon names, and many incorporate 13 total phases in a given year. You can find the names for other tribes in American Indian Moons.  

Our Team’s Interpretations

Caroline Dewison: Moon bowl in clay.

Jenny Davies-Reazor: Just water and salt. Playing around. Simple yet satisfying.

Diana Ptaszynski‎: Greenware spaceclops on the moon. They will be bisque-fired and then glazed in palladium (figurine) and grey (moon surface).

Lesley Watt: ‘Over the Moon’ – recycled jeans and fabric (cotton batik and silk) scrap zipped pouch.

Jenny Davies-Reazor: Crescent and star necklace. Sterling, vintage glass cab, porcelain moon by Caroline Dewison.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: Ganesha & the Big Blue Moon.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: Ganesha & the Big Blue Moon (close-up).

Cathy Spivey Mendola: Lunar Hare Amulet Bag/Spirit Bag- bronze Hare by Lesley.

Karen Totten: Digital Moon Sketch II.

Karen Totten: Digital Moon Sketch I.

Do share your own stories of how our Moon has inspired you and your work! 



Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
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