Guess The Recipient

CreativeSprint wants me to make a post card and send it.

I don’t want to do that.

But I did make a card I will not send and I am giving myself 5 minutes to think who could be the recipient.

I am having a good time and I am glad ________ is not here. X O

 

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Ask Someone to Help With a New Technique

I started a poetry MOOC yesterday.  One of the presenters talked about her technique of collecting words she encountered through her day.  When she was ready to write, she intuitively combined different parts of her collection and found pleasing rhythm and observation. Today I cross trained my poetry lesson into CreativeSprint: collection and juxtaposition.

Skewered

CreativeSprint asks today that I make something with or about my next meal before I eat it.

Food on a stick is on the menu:

Who Is Telling The Story?

I am twisting today’s assignment from CreativeSprint from make a puzzle to illustrate a conundrum. As a result of some recent publicity and the opportunity for more, I am asking, “Who wants to tell my story and why?”

 

Creativity, Irony, and the IRS

Creativity: CreativeSprint’s prompt on day 8 instructs me to flip to a random page in a book at hand and make something inspired by the first sentence you read.

Irony: the sentence is “Marry well,” which I did less than 6 months ago.

 

The IRS?  As I cut out the rings for N and N, dear Ned polishes off our first joint tax return.  I do love the guy who appreciates my creative soul.

Bits of a Dollar

CreativeSprint  task for Day 7: use a dollar ( or the equivalent) as inspiration or the medium.  I found change for a dollar, traced the coins, and cut out fabric.  I plan to make the circles into flowers.

Traveling in Spirals: Working Small

I found this forgotten treasure of 5″ by 7″ mats, painted fabric backgrounds matched and in place, in a supply closet last week.  A few days later my sister shared information about CreativeSprint.  I am blending the two together for an April visit into working small.

I first used this format three years ago.  I added cut, fused fabric shapes to the painted background. Stitched accents created a third step to the process.

I will share daily the results of the Sprint.  I am curious what the cumulative gallery and process will be.  I plan to enjoy this visit to small dimensions.

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 fit in the palm of my hand using materials close at hand.  I found unfinished art fabric in mats a few days ago.  I connected with one of my oldest pairs of scissors.  I returned to the joy of intuitive cutting.  The little feather brought to mind Emily Dickinson’s: Hope is a thing with Feathers.

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Let every heart prepare him room.

Some years, preparing room is as simple as changing the sheets in the guest room.  Other years, the room has been renovated.  But this is a year that requires an empty space.

The tree is decorated.  Presents are wrapped.  Packages are shipped.

I need this empty little stable with its one wandering sheep as a vision of empty space.

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.

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After I selected fabric from my inventory, I prepared each selection to be painted with an existing motif from my collection.  Stencils, screen prints, and simple masking are all put to use. The second photograph show the five stoles after the paint dried.  The next step is to hang them on the design wall for evaluation.  Is there enough pattern?  Contrast?

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My daughter and shop partner challenged me to have six stoles priced at $75 in our Etsy shop, fibergig, by October 15.  I do not want to disappoint her.