A 45 Degree Adjustment

https://videopress.com/v/38RgRV8S?preloadContent=metadata Using images of creative process for encouragement. Commissioned work for congregations is work that is shared with a variety of people over time. I like that aspect of the work. People I never know will be experiencing my art seven years and a Sunday from now. I caught myself in an uncharacteristic act on … Continue reading A 45 Degree Adjustment

Woven Cross

An unexpected aspect of online worship is the opportunity to have a close up view of altar and pulpit furnishings. My pew partner Joan recently wrote me, asking that I expound on the woven cross she saw closely on Zoom Easter worship. I created this white frontal for our congregation, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in … Continue reading Woven Cross

Celebrate Small (July 4, 2020)

Tiny art work in a garden gallery. I long for local art shows when the supporters of the arts dress up to celebrate innovative, creative work. My Board of Directors ( dolls, action figures, inanimate friends collected over decades) encouraged me to prepare work to show in our garden this summer. The abstract collection features … Continue reading Celebrate Small (July 4, 2020)

Summer Solstice: Three Simple Stools

Three handcrafted wooden stools work in our home. Today they tell me to choose a summer that is a mix of work and rest. I struggle to overcome pandemic inertia; canceled events cleared the calendar of interaction but I have commissions to complete. The white stool was made by my grandfather when I was a … Continue reading Summer Solstice: Three Simple Stools

Furoshiki, Table Cloth, Sewist Stash

Inspired by the bounty of garden produce in August and September, I created a stack of dyed and printed fabric on warm sunny days.  On rainy days, I trimmed select fabric into squares and finished the edges. I call them furoshiki (Japanese cloths for wrapping and carrying objects). The squares debut this weekend at Oak … Continue reading Furoshiki, Table Cloth, Sewist Stash

Art to Touch

What is good art?  Let me rephrase that: what is effectual art? I am filled with joy when one of my works evokes touch.  Of course, I am filled with horror if the viewer is reaching out with hands that have just touched chocolate. I had lunch with a friend last week at The Village at Orchard … Continue reading Art to Touch

A Bowl of Providence

Providence.  Not Rhode Island. Divine Providence. I had not intellectually encountered the concept until my friend Susan shared ideas from her seminary training about 15 years ago.  And I periodically ruminate on them.  This week I heard them in my pastor's sermon. I am preparing food for a church council supper this evening.  I could … Continue reading A Bowl of Providence

Assisting Cinderella

I entered the aisle for fabric paints and saw a puzzled woman with silk shoes in her hand. I turned to the next aisle, paused, and came back to the woman. "What are you thinking about? You obviously are searching for a solution." Her face questioned me. I piped up, "I am a textile artist. … Continue reading Assisting Cinderella

Practice: sitting quietly

I start most mornings sipping coffee in bed with little light for nearly an hour.  I began this practice when I was a single parent of 3 adolescents.  It continues to serve me well, although I periodically think I should wean myself off of this luxury of time.Last Wednesday I had a very busy day planned, including … Continue reading Practice: sitting quietly