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

Repeat

The fun part of selling do-its in person is asking folks what verb they would choose to put on one. A few weeks ago I watched a gentleman carefully pick out dance, begin, create. "What would you like to see on a do-it?" I asked. "Repeat," he responded quickly. "Repeat? May I ask what you … Continue reading Repeat

An Artist’s Prayer

There has been discussion recently about what pieces of artwork I would not sell. This is one of the few. It evolved over several years. It began as an 18" square, my response to a class assignment to work in a monochromatic color scheme. I loved the unfinished results for several years; I remained unwilling … Continue reading An Artist’s Prayer