Winter inspiration

Investing in Oneself

I don't make resolutions, however, I prize the blank slate that new year brings.
Don't you? Tell me what you're doing, I'd love to know.
 

Notebook drawing, A non-list, list

Website Overhaul

Realizing that my website was overdue for an overhaul, I succumbed to the time-sucking endeavor to learn how to change the template for my website. And it's been no less than 60 hours of clicking, reading 'how to's', watching videos, deciding which template will do what I want or comes close to what I want. 


Squarespace hosts my site. 
Pros: They offer clean, well-designed templates and the option to switch templates at anytime. And your website is mobile-ready immediately

Cons: You have spend about a week or so learning about what each template does and doesn't do for you. And you must be the sort of nerd, like me, who accepts the challenge. . 


Short list of other fresh news.

  • Purchased some lovely notebooks from The Goulet Pen Company in Virginia. And they are truly committed to customer service. My order came wrapped to ensure that the notebooks arrived without a bruise. 
    I adore the way the paper feels in my Mnemosyne notebooks and the Clairefontaine, and Apica brands as well. 
  • Listening to The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf (to say I'm captivated would be an understatement). 
  • Purchased a few online courses and watched them on Creative LiveCreative Capital, and continued watching some TED talks and listening to my favorite podcasts. 
  • Organized my photos on my computer...almost there.
  • Will continue to adjust and tweak my website.
  • Will be in several exhibitions this year, much work to do!
  • Will teach 2 mini workshops for hand stitching at MAIWA in Vancouver, BC in September, 2016.
    More information to come.

For those of you who are awaiting the arrival of a fresh selection of blank scarves...
They will be in my hands by end of January.
I'll sort through, photograph, and place in my shop for you.



    More snow and dreaming of ranunculus

    This weather happened today. As sad as this moment looks, I found flowers in my studio.

    That's my mailman, across the street, and that's a view out my back door.

    Yikes.

    I decided to do some line drawings of flowers I hope to see grow in my yard.

    And, I've been thinking about the botanical genus known as Ranunculus

     I made a small red felt flower a few years ago and it hangs in my back hall tied to a wall sconce. It sort of looks like a ranunculus.

    During the stitching weekend, Kelly said that my walnut-indigo piece was beginning to look like a ranunculus flower. So, rather than to imagine what the flower looks like, I'm investigating flowers and drawing them in very basic and simple terms. 

     

    I'm running with it and will use the idea  to inform future works. I used Erin's walnut crystals to make the circular shapes, and a quick dip in Lotta's 123 indigo vat to add blue on 100% wool fabric. 

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    A Weekend Made for Stitching

    Recipe for a stitching weekend: Add 4 friends + 1. Gather in a 1700's farm house near the dormant winter orchards. Settle in, make good food, dye some fabric, stuff some in a jar. Watch the neighbors snowshoe over to sweep off the path for us. Enjoy productive days, and wine-filled evenings stitching with no other distractions and make art a practice.

    In Progress, Working Title: Grey Timelapse

    Stitching on a piece of grey wool lightweight fabric from Germany, using Silver Sajou Metallic thread see here and gold here.

    Working title: Grey Timelapse

    Photos can flatten the way a piece of stitching looks, therefore, I took an image that is slightly out of focus to illuminate the shiny metallic thread. See below

    I'm stitching on this while taking breaks from all the red work I am making for the show I'm in. I posted about here.