“You’ve been accepted.” Now box it.

Sometimes the challenge for a textile artist comes after the acceptance notice arrives.  "Bring your artwork in a box, a portfolio case, or some sort of wrapping, as it will be moved and needs to be protected."  When I make textile work that hangs like a scroll or when I mount textile work on stretcher … Continue reading “You’ve been accepted.” Now box it.

Conversation and Custom Work

Creating a custom item for a client is often a pleasant path for all concerned.  Existing work inspires possibilities for forming a specific product.  Familiar techniques and materials are combined in fresh ways to make a unique studio crafted item.  The lower center photograph depicts the materials and motif placement for a stole evolving from … Continue reading Conversation and Custom Work

Sister says “Share!”

Beth Nyland, my sister, chastised me when I hesitated to post some of my recent work. She said I needed to work on the discipline of sharing. Noah Scalin's Creative Sprint appeared as an opportunity to follow Beth's advice and to have some fun creating and sharing. Today the task was to make something that will … Continue reading Sister says “Share!”

A Year of Listening: Week 23

What it comes to is that anybody can win with the best horse. What makes you good is if you can take the second- or third- best horse and win. -- Vicky Aragon These few words evoke great connections for me: my daughter loving an odd little horse, my Grandma Alice combining the remains of Sunday … Continue reading A Year of Listening: Week 23

A Year of Listening: Week 22

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. -- Albert Einstein My third year of full-time self-employment begins this week. I have a good week of work ahead of me: a summer shawl, a painted wrap and an apron to finish, next steps … Continue reading A Year of Listening: Week 22

What Makes a Good Apron?

 Do you choose a full apron made of a cheerful print with good pockets?                   Do you prefer this half apron made of upcycled fabric, with extra long ties and good pockets?     Do you want an apron like mine, an apron much-loved through use?   … Continue reading What Makes a Good Apron?

Working With the Weather

I like to cooperate with the weather instead of resisting it. It's the farm girl in me. It's the sensible mom in me. It's the "be present" mystic in me. Snow and frigid cold is a gift of time for design and prototype development in the studio this week. Fingerless gloves knit by my daughter … Continue reading Working With the Weather