I’m falling for fabric. In 2017 I began sewing some of my own clothes (click the Clothing tab), playing around with painting on fabric, and just recently I’ve started doing exercises from Intuitive Color and Design, by Jean Wells. She’s a world-reknowned quilter, teacher, and owner of The Stitchin’ Post fabric store in Sisters, Oregon. I bought her book years ago to learn more about color and design in my work in mosaic, and I’m increasingly pulled to explore line and color.
A couple weeks ago, I experimented with fabric, following the exercises in her book. Then I bought a walking foot and a free-motion foot and experimented with doing my own quilting. I feel a little like I’m cheating on my years-long passion for mosaic, but in a way, fabric is just a different type of tesserae.
Let me know what you think. The second photo isn’t really about tesserae; it’s just some pillows I painted.
I just re-opened my Etsy shop, in case you’re looking for something small and affordable. I’m also selling a couple of my favorite works that are more intricate and special.
Etsy shop: WaterLightMosaics
It’s been too long since I’ve made something. This is for a beautiful garden, an urban farm, actually. The symbol is the Ridhwan, Arabic for ‘contentment.’ I just have to grout it.
Aren’t all our lives a metaphorical mosaic? As I turned 50 this month, and just finished wonderful celebrations with friends and family, I felt compelled to write what 50 means to me, and to thank everyone who’s in my life. Click the link below.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Rather than subject you to the full report, which can’t possibly be interesting to anyone other than me, I can say I was surprised by this stat:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.
So that’s kind of cool! I just wanted to say THANK YOU if you were one of those viewers.
I don’t post much, but I have renovated my website a bit, and I hope you nose around some evening … when you’re sitting alone as the light is fading, surfing the internet aimlessly, wondering what’s new out there in the world. Not that you would surf aimlessly (wink, wink). But just in case, perhaps you’ll make it your aim one day to look around here, and to sign up to follow my blog so you’ll be one of the first to see pics of upcoming projects (which include a bathroom cabinet, some pieces for an outdoor garden wall, and an artist-in-residency project at a local Montessori school).
Meanwhile, enjoy life as the days lengthen (yea!), and tap into your own creativity – whatever the form may be.
Happy Holidays everyone,
This year I am not doing any Christmas shows, although after attending Christmas in the Country on Bainbridge Island a couple days ago, I was (kind of) wishing I was sitting side by side with some of the very fine artists and craftspeople I met.
However, I do have an Etsy shop in case you are still in gift-shopping mode. More items will be added this week.