This is the latest photograph in a series that I am hand embroidering.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
This weekend my old friend Jane came to visit us in Cape May with her two teenage children, Lucy and Leo. I was thrilled that they wanted to make things in my studio and we spent a splendid afternoon together being creative. It was so wonderful to be in the company of children who can appreciate this kind of experience. Wouldn't it be great if all teenagers had access to supplies and a space like this to play in and express themselves? What a different world we would all live in!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
THIS IS A MAGICAL PLACE.
It is the studio of my friend Annie who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. We met online two years ago and have been keeping an art journal together ever since then. We usually send it back and forth to each other through the mail, but this time I visited her and got to pick it up in person! We spent many hours working on all sorts of projects together and talked nonstop about our lives, our passions, and our dreams. Here are some photos of a few of the pages in our journal.
Visit Annie's Etsy shop here: oblations.etsy.com
Monday, January 6, 2014
Today I made this watchband for my new watch by sewing buttons onto a piece of elastic. One button is shaped like a little pocketbook, another one is from a girl scout uniform, and there are rhinestone buttons throughout to add sparkle. For once, I started and finished a project in one sitting. It was just the right activity for a rainy day.
But this is how my work table looked when I was finished. Its hard to believe that anything cohesive came out of such a mess. I guess it's all part of the creative process. Cleaning up will have to wait until tomorrow, though. I will just switch to knitting for the rest of the evening!
Saturday, January 4, 2014
This is becoming a signature design of mine; a curving, continuous, meandering line with lots of color. It reminds me of a dance improvisation that I have taught in my classes for years. Students are instructed to walk in curving pathways around the space without any sharp turns or stops. The challenge is to keep moving and cross each others paths smoothly, without bumping into each other. It is an exercise to increase kinesthetic awareness and can be surprisingly difficult even though it is just plain walking. It is wonderful to be able to translate my dance experience into embroidery. I hope to do more!