Update: Clerical Stoles for Smaller Budgets

In mid-September I posted about my studio challenge to design one of a kind artistic stoles at a more modest price point than my current work.  The solution must maintain the standards of construction that I use for the rest of my work. After I selected fabric from my inventory, I prepared each selection to be … Continue reading Update: Clerical Stoles for Smaller Budgets

Listening Together

The Terpening siblings met face to face in this month; we usually meet monthly via video calls. We talked about work environments.  We visited in Paul's workshop.  We discussed Beth's stand up desk. We are confident that for all of our days we will share creative chat, that we will listen to each others' creative journey.  … Continue reading Listening Together

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

The party’s over; the work’s done.

Empty wine glasses. Three cashews in a bowl.  An abandoned sweater.  When the guests have departed, I remember bits of conversation as I load the dishwasher.  The owner of the sweater will need to claim it; I don't know whose it is. Stencils on the table.  Fabric tossed in a bin.  Invoice filed.  When I deliver the large commissioned … Continue reading The party’s over; the work’s done.

Accelerate Results

Who wants to create more in the time allotted? How can that happen? My friend Cathy Stark photographed me in this pose that illustrates, "Runs With Scissors." When the cutting begins, I am in the creative zone. And while I am more of a risk taker than my high school teachers could have ever imagined, I usually … Continue reading Accelerate Results

A Year of Listening, Week 10

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.

Gown of Generations

The request came: will you make my wedding gown into a christening outfit? I photographed the gown and then gently deconstructed it. I cleaned part of the lace and fabric to see if it was safe and if it made a difference. The Christening outfit,  boxed and ready for delivery, was debuted in late December.  … Continue reading Gown of Generations