Random experiences and reflections as we transition from one year into the next are recorded here.

Simple holiday decorations in the night sky.

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The next two photos include fiber drawings by China Marks.  These had been part of the recent “Radiant Messenger” exhibit at the Foosaner Art Museum.

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China Marks, the creator of the textiles above, was also the curator of the recent “Transformers; re-contextualizing our material culture” exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. There were several fiber artists represented, but here I will focus on two multi-media pieces by Julie Peppito.

The first piece is named “Toxic Frock (This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein.)” I am sorry I don’t have the dimensions, but if my memory is correct, it seems it was taller than I am.

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This is a closeup of a small area.

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And even closer still.

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This piece is named “Hidden in Plain Sight.” It amazes me that something with such a horrendous theme/s can, at a glance anyway, appear so beautiful.

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And a close up.

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Now onto new favorites.  A new favorite beverage is made from St. Germain elderflower liqueur, tangerine juice, seltzer water and ice cubes made with Prosecco.

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New inspirational reading.

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Books by favorite fiber artists.

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Books on making patterns.  Creating textile designs is a goal for the year.img_9894med

Favorite new cook books.

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Life, from beginning to end,  is a series of transitions.  Some changes are hardly noted, while others are marked as more significant.  Transitions include anything from learning to walk, learning to drive a car or make a recipe, the change of seasons, or the aging process.  The change from one year to the next is typically noted in a big way.  We relish opportunities for improvements in our lives.  We typically use the new year as a way to focus on what changes we want, though in reality we have that opportunity available to us each and every day that we live.

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Here is hoping that in the New Year we each make a better life for ourselves as well as for others.

©2017

There has been much lamenting in the last year.  Lamenting for the victims of the Pulse Shootings.

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Lamenting for politics, politicians, election results, fake news, leaks and hacks.

(The Crying Liberty image is all over the internet and I am sorry to say I do not know who to credit for it.)

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There have been happy distractions such as collage paintings.img_9401sm2

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Hmm.  And some things I will not confess. img_8994sm2

I visited the West Coast.

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Where I got to spend time with this little guy.

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And I visited the Midwest.

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And I made one of my twice a year trips to Texas.  Hmm do you call Texas the South or the West?

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When I returned from Texas I hoped I was going to have a home to return to.

Thanks Hurricane Matthew for reminding me of the power of nature and for sparing my home and only temporarily wiping out beach access.img_9393sm2

And everyday the East Coast reminds me of the absolute beauty of nature.img_9227sm2img_9576sm2

Amen.

 

©2016

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Wen Redmond, one of my favorite creative people, gave a most welcomed detailed demo and talk, “Digital Explorations in Fiber and Mixed Media,” about the processes she uses in her work.  I was so excited to attend this demo sponsored by the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

The program was offered in relation to the opening of two exhibits at the Ruth Funk, SAQA’s “Radical Elements” and “The View Within.”  In “Radical Elements” each artist was asked to select an element from the periodic table as a jumping off point to inspire his or her work. In “A View Within” two fiber artists use medical imaging to inspire their pieces.

Here are just a few photos of work in “Radical Elements.”  While it is too late to hear Wen speak, you are in luck if you want to enjoy the exhibits which run from May 28 up until August 27th.

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“Lighter than Air” by Wen Redmond (Helium)

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“Blizzard” Kathy York (Technetium)

 

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“Cold Fire” by Kathie Kerler (Phosphorus)

 

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“Hay Meets Rontgen” by Jim Hay (Roentgenium)

 

©2016

 

A wonderful trip to France occupied the first half of May.  I am still uploading photos of my adventures to my computer.  I will share some of these photos in a series of posts all of which will include the word “Provence” in the title. The following two photos are of the entrance ways to the two 700 year old farm houses that our small group stayed in.  The two houses faced each other across a small walled in courtyard.

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When I returned from France I took a three day workshop with Australian artist Tracy Verdugo. She is a supportive and sensitive person who excelled at helping the participants keep our inner critics at bay, which in turn helped us feel free to explore and have fun. The following two pieces are what I completed during the workshop.

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During the workshop we also held a ceremony to honor nature and release our good wishes into the universe.  The pictures tell that story.

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The flower mandala was later released into the ocean.

I used photoshop to greatly alter one of the closeup photos.IMG_8564-med

Stay tuned.  Many more photos to come!

 

©2016

 

 

 

Around the holidays there was talk about the idea of someday moving to the beach.

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As soon as agreement was reached that we would do that “someday,” we found a house we liked a few doors away from the ocean.  (OK I confess I have been looking online a few years.) Exactly thirty days later the house was ours.

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First thing I did was changed that green wall (partially shown above) to a neutral color. That project was followed by removing the hideous orange entry tile (shown towards the left) …

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… with an Italian tile that looks like sun bleached wood. Then a couple of fans looking like they came from the Eighties had to go.

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Yes.  This was much better.

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Oh but please don’t ask me how hard it was to empty out the old house or how much time it took to get it empty or how much it cost to re-pipe, repair and repaint the old house.  On the flip side we got two offers within hours of putting it on the market.

The big pay off for months and months of work is coastal skies and the incredible sense of peace and exhilaration I feel at the ocean …

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… as well as the awe I feel when simply standing in my backyard at night listening to the ocean waves.

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The icing on the cake to all of these wonderful recent changes was getting to exhibit a mixed media quilt that means a lot to me.

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©2016

 

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