Art that Silences Owls

Posted on May 7, 2012 in art | 3 Comments


I want to be a writer of images, a player of pictures.
I want to make art you read over and over, under the covers with a flash light, late at night.
I want to make art like a poem: open as air but heavy with life–
Art like deja vu
Art like an itch
Art like a book you can’t put down
Art where things happen for a reason (because you make it so)
Art like a song that pops into your head out of nowhere
Art that silences owls. Art like a constellation.
Art like a yarn you pull to unravel

Mission Statement

I wrote this back in 2009 as a Mission Statement for art making. I feel that I need to be reawakened by thinking about this. A year after graduate school, and I have been working mostly in fabric because it is comfortable, free or nearly-free, and I can work on it in small doses after work when I am tired. I can work on it while movies are playing, while I am cooking dinner. I want to start drawing more again, however. I want to get back to using my desk as a desk when we get a bigger place. I want to draw every day like I always used to do.



In the meantime, I carry on with my fabric. And Blake and I have been working on a bunch of new T shirt designs, as well, some of which we have brought into actuality in our re-awakened Orange Barrel Industries Etsy Shop:

Light Blue Dino and Bread Tags T

Lemonade Lioness Scoop Neck T


  1. agujasblog
    May 8, 2012

    Liking those crochet swirls. Sort of remind me of a scarf from “Free People.”

  2. Hannah & Blake Sanders
    May 8, 2012

    Thanks! Probably made in a similar process to the scarf, but I use old bedsheets and clothing rather than yarn.

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    August 26, 2012

    […] The image above is a mission statement I wrote during this time for art making, which was part of an assignment we did for graduate seminar. If you’re interested, you can check out the statement in full in my post, Art That Silences Owls. […]


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