Evolution of a Studio Practice: The Work Continues

This journal has revolved around my enriching experiences running a small textile/fiber studio.  Now more than ever I am revived and inspired to continue recording my reflections on those experiences.  After a year of health issues, I have returned to the studio to reunite the many strands of my practice and forge a path forward.  Here’s a recap/update of how things have unfolded/are unfolding so far this year.  My focus until recently has been my wearable work so I will start with it. I have been spending more technical and production energy on developing fabrics for my micro wearable line,…

Mid-Winter Work

Image: Mine; Ice storm “castings” in the garden (from a few years ago) I am pleased to be writing from other side, more or less, of the health “challenge” I alluded to in a post last year.  I am back on my feet and have begun to reengage with my studio practice, which is already pulling me in various directions.  Some things I now know for sure: I am more in love than ever with this Work in its myriad facets.  I am more relaxed than ever about it, too.  Fear was at the root of so much of what…

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…