Sway

It is in my nature to seek metaphysical roots and metaphorical tendrils in much of what transpires/crosses my path in life.  Through that process I unearth grounded, practical symbols and solutions to aid in resolution/transmutation/evolution.  Life is change – sometimes subtle and easily integrated; sometimes profound and world-rocking.  I am living change of the latter sort: I was recently shaken by a health setback, one which has necessitated quick, unequivocal, and fundamental shifts in personal priorities, beliefs, values.  Adversity has a way of shaking one’s foundations and, at minimum, calls into question one’s habitual responses to life’s little challenges, especially…

Muses & Champions #1

I am into my 10th year as a full-time fiber and textile artist.  So many individuals have supported my endeavor along the way that I have decided to dedicate space in this blog to singing their praises.  One such individual, who has been in my life from nearly the beginning of this 10-year journey, is Char Z.  An energetic spirit, Char leads an active, rich and diverse life.  Among other things, she is a creative herself, working in a variety of media.  She is an enthusiastic student of technique and has a cultivated keen appreciation of the creative works of…

Craft in Focus: Ceramic Artist Ana Vizurraga

This is the first installment in a new series featuring fellow studio craft artists who, through their studio practice, are engaging life in the early 21st century in a variety of inspiring ways.  This series is also borne of a desire to illuminate craft as a sublime and appropriate undertaking  in a time of social, political and economic complexity.  At its core though, this series is about the life and work of grounded artists sharing a passion for craft in all its nuanced glory. I’d like to open this series with a little sketch of my long-time friend, Ana Vizurraga.  Ana is among…

Fresh Start

I feel like the year has been progressing at a rapid pace (even though it is only January 19th!)  2016 was the “year of the wearable” for me, primarily.  I am beginning to find flow in my wearable art line, petal-una collection.  That work will continue this year, likely branching, as usual, in a variety of directions…but all pointing back to the center – all of my work in the studio circles back on itself, cross-referencing, cross-fertilizing.  In addition to creating art-wear in 2016, I was gifted with the opportunity to expand the horizons of my fine art fiber and…

A Guiding Light

A lot has emerged in my thinking since my July 28th post.  As I note therein, I am beginning to think more concretely about my studio practices, with an eye towards transitioning to more “sustainable” modalities.  It’s a sizable undertaking, to be sure.  Where to begin?  Look at assumptions and underlying values.  Establish some sort of criteria for making well-rounded choices. Before I do any of that though, it makes sense to look at the concept of “sustainability” itself. Five years ago this month, I submitted a post on the topic of sustainability as it related to my experience processing…