Hone: Knowing And Maintaining A Tool

I use different scissors for different tasks in the studio just as I use a variety of knives in the kitchen. Practice informs me which tool works best for a particular task.  Experimentation increases the scope of usefulness for each tool I own. Recently, I have begun to regard my screen images as tools.  This set … Continue reading Hone: Knowing And Maintaining A Tool

Tomatoes On The Plate

My father, a farmer, finished August dinners and suppers by filling his emptied plate with sliced tomatoes. He liberally sprinkled sugar over the juicy rounds, then ate them all. This is a clear childhood memory for me, and my brother shares it. What I don't know is if Daddy liked tomatoes or not.  Did he … Continue reading Tomatoes On The Plate

Clerical Stoles for Smaller Budgets

The new stoles for $75 are in our online shop, fibergig, at Etsy. Starting point: stack of selected fabrics. Prepared for paint, stencils, and screen printing. Painted, ready for embellishment, highlights, lining. See our stoles at fibergig.etsy.com/shop.  

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

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

Working With the Weather

I like to cooperate with the weather instead of resisting it. It's the farm girl in me. It's the sensible mom in me. It's the "be present" mystic in me. Snow and frigid cold is a gift of time for design and prototype development in the studio this week. Fingerless gloves knit by my daughter … Continue reading Working With the Weather

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

Using Stuff to Get to Enough

I like being in that place between work and play.  It is not a blurry, ill-defined place for me.  It is where my imagination is happy, and often, productive.  I create games that make my work more playful.  And I have a new one. It is called "I own it; I use it."  It is less … Continue reading Using Stuff to Get to Enough