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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tahoe Update

I was disappointed to learn that Rayna's class at AQT was cancelled because not enough people signed up for it. She is so great, I'm really surprised . I have her new book and was looking forward to trying some of the techniques in her class. Now, I'm determined to go ahead on my own using the book.

As an alternate to Rayna's class, I've signed up for Els Van Baarle's class. She was there last year and her class made some beautiful fabrics, so I know I will enjoy this as well. This is her web page: http://www.elsvanbaarle.com/ . Her work is really gorgeous.


My art quilt guild, AQuA, recently exhibited in the gallery at Mesa Verde National Park. One of my pieces, "Windows and Doors: Inside" sold! This was definitely a bright spot for me. It incorporates hand painted fabric I did in Gerry Chase's class two years ago at Art Quilt Tahoe. (You can see some of her work here: https://www.artfulhome.com/artist/883.html )
This piece is part of the Windows and Doors series I have been working on using this fabric.

Friday, August 1, 2008

What to Do When You Can't Do Much of Anything

This is definitely one summer I will be glad to have behind me. My 91 year old mom fell in early June and fractured her pelvis in two places and her sacrum. Thank goodness she is now out of the rehab center and back home and doin pretty well. Now, my husband has become involuntarily unemployed, and my business is slow - people don't spend money they don't need to when gas and food are so expensive.

Creativity has been hard to come by. I have found one helpful outlet to at least be doing something. I got a small Japanese journal - all the pages are attached and they accordian fold out. They are made by Moleskine, and the paper is very good quality. I'm using my favorite color scheme and a variety of techniques and materials I've been wanting to explore. The images above show two sets of pages that I especially like.
The advantage of working this way for me is that the scale is small, so I can work in small chunks of time and still complete something; since I'm just "experimenting" there is less pressure to be perfect; and what I am doing can form the basis for future fiber projects.
So...I'm hangin' in there and taking joy where I can find it. Times will get better, and we have a lot more than many.