Studio Update: Spring 2020

My personal response to this unusual time in history has been varied, moving from a fear-based emotional roller-coaster ride to an increasingly calm, pragmatic, and emotionally sustainable progression, punctuated by moments of true equanimity.  It is the uncertainty that gnaws the most, but more reason to come to accept and befriend it.  In addition to staying as connected as I can, my solution is to continue my work with as clear an intention as possible, staying the course.  So, although shows and other events have canceled, the work continues.  Here are some of the highlights so far this year: The…

Clearing the Way…

Things have been quite busy in the studio and I realize I have not posted since November of 2018!  (Again, best laid plans – I am beginning to see pattern here (wince)!)  However, after this little update, I have some natural dye reflections I initiated back in March and never got around to publishing, among other things.  As “archaic” as this format sometimes seems, it still has relevance across the spectrum. For me, it serves a real purpose, which I had lost track of for a spell but now reclaim: writing as process-witness. My practice continues to evolve.  Two full…

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…

Mid-Summer Brief

Summer Greetings from Studio Mariposa! July already (yikes!!) and still much to do to pull everything together for the ACC San Francisco experience.   It has been a veritable 3-ring circus (in my mind and in the studio) – between making and selecting finished work, creating an inexpensive, dynamic and functional set-up for a 10×10 booth, lining up the logistics for the trip, keeping my energy level up and my body in top felt-rolling condition, and staying open to new inspiration for future work.  After many years of making, this is my first major show and I have been assisted at every level…

Spring Sewing Spree

I have been doing a lot of sewing lately – making garments for my clothing collection, petal-una.  (Scroll down for images of some pieces from the new Spring collection).  I started this limited edition and one-of-a-kind collection as a counterpoint to felting.  I also wanted an opportunity to learn new skills and develop possible wearable formats for my felted cloth.  Alas, sewing has never been one of my favorite tasks but the scale of my enterprise makes hiring someone impractical.  As it turns out, it has been an eye-opener for me on a variety of levels. As I construct these garments,…