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 Gift for the Groom

I volunteered to paint the groom's tie for a spring wedding, and yet I had never painted a tie before. I assembled paint, tools, and the tie. I sorted through what I know about Jeff: energy and composure. Here is the result. For whom would you want a tie painted? What words would you choose … Continue reading A Gift for the Groom

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

Evolve in the Land of Little Bits

Big drama wears me out. Big bites overwhelm me. I often choose a "little bit," a phrase my father often used and now so does my son. Both Studio Three 17 and its division fibergig experienced significant growth spurts in 2013. We grew, we learned, and now we are intentionally building on those experiences. This … Continue reading Evolve in the Land of Little Bits

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

Hit the refresh button and head to comfort zone!

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!

2014, A Year of Listening

I like shoveling snow when no one else is stirring, except the snow plow coming up the highway. Everything is muffled, except the scrapping of the shovel against asphalt, worked out in a rhythm that mirrors the movement of arms, feet, lungs. I am hoping not to fuel up the snow blower this year, but … Continue reading 2014, A Year of Listening