Spring is nature's way of saying "Let's party." --Robin Williams Trio of Dancers was joyously created several springs ago from remains of three other projects: the pieced background, the triangle screen print, the three-dancer design. Context, pattern, and design. Sounds like an art party to me. About Call / Response: Quote-a-day calendars infuse my day … Continue reading Call / respond week 21
Be like the bird when pausing on limb too slight, sings, knowing she has wings. --Victor Hugo This quotation was discovered before I turned 20! This week, the warbler and the quotation and I are celebrating the birthday of one of my daughters in law. Kendra is an artist, a lover of birds, and one … Continue reading call / respond week 20
And it's spring when the world is puddle-wonderful --e e cummings I was a middle schooler when the poetry of e e cummings took hold of me. As an Illinois farm child, spring was a mixed season because on wet years the mud was nearly unsurmountable. But the poet's picture of spring enchanted me. Years … Continue reading Call / Respond Week 17
Trees are sanctuaries. --Herman Hesse The tree of life shown here is created on the front of a white silk chasuble. I found the quote from Hesse this week and I thought they would like to be together. I like to be close to trees. Do you? About Call / Response: Quote-a-day calendars infuse my … Continue reading Call / Respond week 15
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. --Helen Keller This is a detail from one of the 40 panels of the work Dancing Ground. About Call / Response: Quote-a-day calendars infuse my day with an unpredicted perspective. This year I will post weekly words of another person and my … Continue reading Call /Respond Week 12
Custom work filled many summer days at the studio this year. Completed projects are now delivered. Before I completely shift into next season's work, my hands and mind are revisiting techniques and tools: a bit like a family reunion. Grandma Alice showed me how to tie quilts when I was a teenager. My fingers readily … Continue reading Joy of Making: Knots
Wilderness time. Imperfect squares. Unfinished edges. Stitched together with variegated thread. Repeated shapes. Repeated patterns. Creating discipline through practice.
An adventure is, by its nature, a thing that comes to us. It is a thing that chooses us, not a thing that we choose. -- G. K. Chesterton May our year end in the presence of good company.
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
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 … Continue reading Advent Interlude 3