A Year of Listening, Week 2

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. --Annie Dillard section of Dancing at Midnight, textile wall hanging by Norma Colman

Dancing on the Rim of Nothingness

  A brain flicker from 2009: I will never know full joy until I learn to dance on the rim of nothingness. A year or so later, as I was completing this piece, I knew it was an illustration of that idea. This month, the piece hangs in the member's show of the Shenandoah Arts … Continue reading Dancing on the Rim of Nothingness

June Morning

Today my hands rinse strawberries in a bowl with holes. I know the farmer who raised the berries. I know the potter who fashioned the berry bowl. This is the community I have been seeking. I pop a berry in my mouth. I recall William Morris's Strawberry Thief. I value the decorative arts, creative expressions … Continue reading June Morning

A Change in The Weather

The nip in the air here in Virginia is becoming a frost warning for tonight.  I enjoy seasonal change.  It is a reason to change the menus, my walking schedule, and wardrobes.  I have happy toes in wool socks right now. This week I stitched up three pillow covers from upcycled and sun painted fabric.  Each … Continue reading A Change in The Weather

Comfort and Joy

Fibergig, the Etsy shop I operate with my daughter Emily, is participating in Christmas in July with the Handmade Circle. My hands are busy with projects out of sync with the weather; my mind actively wanders over its own terrain. Why do I so enjoy making things for the holidays? I get great delight in … Continue reading Comfort and Joy

Napkins in the Garden

A college roommate taught me to love cloth napkins. Her motivation was not to use paper. My interest was that it was just another good way to enjoy fabric in daily life. I have used cloth napkins in my home for more than four decades, thanks to Sande's passion for the environment. click an image to … Continue reading Napkins in the Garden

Fashioned

I have been a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates for several years, but this is the year I stepped up to contribute to the Benefit Auction.  My approach was to be playful. The Pantone color, tangerine tango, was my starting point.  I worked with upcycled decorator weight silk and cotton and also casement fabric for … Continue reading Fashioned

Fibergig: My Home on Etsy

I share an Etsy shop called fibergig with my daughter Emily Colman, who is an accomplished knitter and an impassioned entrepreneur.  It makes me happy to have a place to display and sell the artifact side of my studio work.  I hope you will visit our shop and support the Etsy community of artisans and artists. This is … Continue reading Fibergig: My Home on Etsy