Monday, December 21, 2009
In the new winter 2010 art quilting studio
Discover how I combine layer's with free motion stitching
in the winter issue of sew somerset
in the January/ February 2010 somerset studio.
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries
~ A. A. Milne(I never knew there was a advantage to being disorderly...
however if you ever wanted to know my secret to creativity this would be it!)
Friday, December 18, 2009
That is whole, this is whole
From the whole, the whole arises
When the whole is taken from the whole
The whole still will remain— Isha Upanishad.
found poetry reads:
Hope: desired: desire: cherish desire; trust.
(hanging by a thread)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
we each create 12 ornaments and then send them off to each outer.
we start opening our gifts one by one on the first day of December.
Choosing what to make is always a mind game as all the girls in this
group are oh so very cleaver and each year this swap is always such a treat.
I chose to create a reminder that we must always
treasure heart and home.
its takes some time to complete a dozen...
cutting, stamping, dyeing,
tearing and burning was involved to make all the components.
stitching the word "home"on to layers paper and cloth.
then assembling all the components so I can sew all the pieces together.
after they were all sewn together I wrapped them in a piece of old book text then stiched
them up with wax paper then layered on joss paper a strip of a red shop towel along with
a key and a stamped piece of fabric with a hand and the word five
to represent the day that my gift was to be open.
would you like to know who is in our group?
here is the list of the artists:
Day 1 - Danita
Day 2 - Pilar Pollack
Day 3 - Jackie Allison
Day 4 - Melissa George
Day 5 - me
Day 6 - Maija Lepore
Day 7 - Crystal Neubauer
Day 8 - Sally Turlington
Day 9 - Joanna Pierotti
Day 10 - Kelly Snelling
Day 11 - Deryn Mentock
Day 12 - Lou McCulloch
Day 13 - Lorraine George
I was away last week so I missed the day by day excitement of opening them up one by one.
never the less me and my daughter Sarah sat down and opened up
all of these stunning ornaments today and they now grace our tree.
Thank ever one for all your Magic!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.-- Albert Camus
I returned home last night from my trip to Reno, Nevada to visit my friend
She and I meet almost 10 years ago at a girl scout camp-out that we attended with our daughters and found out quite quickly that we had much in common...
Imagine the delight that two of us had when we discovered that we had a love of art and fashion. are girls were great friends and we spent much time creating art together as we watched our young daughters turn into lovely woman.
(Sarah and Sabra will both be 19 soon ! how fast they grow.)
Here I am with Noelle, Nancy's youngest who has always been such a kind soul and to watch her grow into the lovely young lady that she is becoming has been a great treat from me!
(thank you Noelle for still asking me to french brad you hair! it reminds me so when Sarah was a little one!)
Noelle was my guide as she and I walked along a snow covered path as I got to experience my first snow day, it was a blissful walk as all you could hear was the snow gently falling and the cold air on your face.
We must never lose site of the love and light that each and ever-one of us carries within ourselves. we have to believe and see the gifts in everyone and ever-thing around us. being surrounded by nature is such a huge reminder of the dormancy and rebirth in life. I have been blessed to have so many in my life that have always seen the light in me even when I myself could not.
Nancy was such a light for me many years ago, and I have to thank her for encouraging me to journey onto the path of a mixed media artist... it took a lot of courage for me to grow into the artist that I am today but with her faith in my creativity I somehow found my way.
My trip to Reno was a chance for me to play in Nancy's Studio
we wanted to create art together like we used to many years ago when she lived right down the road from me.
when I am in my home studio: with in arms reach are all the supplies that comfort me, its easy for me to be creative in my own surroundings ~
However it was majestic being surround by supplies that were not my own and to dive into colors and textures that were collected by Nancy's keen touch and eyes. It was almost like a step into my past as I made due with things that I would not have used if I were in my own surroundings.
Thank You Nancy for a great time in Reno and for always being there for me!
"Friends are the sunshine of life."
-- John Hay (1871)
"Heaven & Earth Understood"
is a altered book journal project that is just in its infancy and the little snippets that I have shared with you here will soon unfold once I connect all the pieces and complete it.
But for now I invite you to take a few supplies away from your normal creative comforts, perhaps try a new product or work with color that is a few steps from your norm and see what you can come up with!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I have been busy over the last few weeks tiding up the loose end and completing a few art commitments.
at long last these loose ends are all just about tied and I now I am officially commitment free for the rest of this year, I have a wonderful ease with in and its easy to breath one more!
I need goals and for the last few years I have had many, doing two books back to back was a true test of self.
I look forward to be able to spend time playing and growing with out boundary's in the new year...many new ideas have been collecting in my head and I look forward to sharing them with all of you soon.
I will leave you with these inspirational words:
The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don't have to gain, develop, or attain them. We're like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don't need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are -- as soon as we quit pretending we're small or unholy.