Textile mural, 14' wide and 7.5' long. Constructed in 17 separate panels. Photo courtesy of Nancy DeForest. She snapped it with her phone as a great kindness to me. I had not yet seen all the panels hanging together because it is too large for my small studio. Here is what I wrote to the people of … Continue reading Trinity: a Mural for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
"Ask a friend for help," Creative Sprint assigns today. We had a wonderful catching up about art and books and family and the pursuit of dreams. I departed energized and affirmed. I had been in the sacred space of friendship. Today a bit of visual and verbal creativity: Practicing creativity, I reach the pause before the … Continue reading Hold In Reverence
This art piece was doomed to be unfinished, untouched for months but still in the range of daily examination. The aha! direction found me as I drove over the mountains, pondering my child's life. "He's never going to be happy until he learns to dance on the rim of nothingness." I thought. "No, it is I that … Continue reading Advent Interlude 4
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
Beginning today, fibergig will donate 10% of the sales of our food-related products (aprons, mug mats, table runners, napkins) to local and world hunger efforts. Our heritage includes daily stewardship practiced on a family farm in Illinois. I used funds from my part of this farm to create the craft business I share with my … Continue reading Farm to Art Initiative: To The Table
One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it. --Katherine Anne Porter Art quilt, Heart's Desire, illustrates the courage to cut a hole in a quilt, to let go of one pattern to become something new. Personal collection of Norma Colman.
Find out who you are and do it on purpose. --Dolly Parton
Mid-week there was a great amount of reverse stitching (also known as ripping) in the studio. Neither design nor construction technique was working. When I rip many stitches one of two things happen: either I repeat the sewing step with more care, a different thread, a new machine setting, or I have an aha moment … Continue reading Hit the refresh button and head to comfort zone!
There has been discussion recently about what pieces of artwork I would not sell. This is one of the few. It evolved over several years. It began as an 18" square, my response to a class assignment to work in a monochromatic color scheme. I loved the unfinished results for several years; I remained unwilling … Continue reading An Artist’s Prayer
Well practiced artists can move along for hours, days, months without giving the need for courage a thought. Well, at least I can. And I haven't heard this topic come up often, so I think I am ok in this perspective. Mostly, it is our own courage that is an issue. A friend of mine … Continue reading Courage