A Fresh Perspective

Took a trip out Washington way to see family and was thoroughly energized by the many surfaces and textures of the Pacific Northwest.  Lots of new visual and tactile information to fuel the Work.   Here are some samples…. A wildly diverse outcrop of Chuckanut sandstone along a Puget Sound beach. Both images look like they contain digital noise but that is a reflection of what is an extremely grainy surface, pocked and incised over time by the action of salt water (among other geologic forces). ******* The bark of a Pacific Madrone  is a smooth yellow-green skin covered here and there with an orangey-brown,…

Spring Workshop!

This past weekend’s workshop was loaded with creative energy and enthusiasm.  It was a delight to see each piece unfold from layout to completion and I was (and still am) inspired by the intensity and attention that everyone brought to their projects.  As you can see from the gallery below, the results were wonderful!  Thanks to the participants, GiGi, Hellenne and Libby who made my experience as a facilitator sheer joy! 

Anticipation….

  The Spring nuno felting workshop is fast approaching!  I thought I would provide some fiber and other images in the next couple of weeks to whet the appetite a bit.  I always enjoy pulling these bundles of fiber together – silk and wool, roving, hankies, batting, locks – and marveling over the combinations of texture and hue!  Other doings in the studio:  I continue to work on the nuno felt surface studies as part of my process of building new techniques and expanding vocabulary in both wearable and non-wearable formats.  This has been a very inspiring and motivating practice, one…

The Unfolding Continues….

Sometimes, the inspiration to create just isn’t there – no use in forcing the work to unfold – it does so in its own time.  Under this spell, I decided to surrender and take a break.  I knew my muse and I needed a rest, and so I gardened and read and cooked – creative but quiet activity.  But lo! While on a walk yesterday, I felt an overwhelming tug, an urge to get back to the studio…. and so today, I resumed the work of studying process.  Recall that I began this project with a desire to comb my…

Snow and Ice

Nature is us. I’m thinking about inspiration and how creativity happens in our intersections (conscious and unconscious) with the “natural world.”   There are few things more direct in their ability to shift us out of our normal way of interacting with ourselves, others and the “mother of all mothers,” than when faced with a dramatic change in the weather and landscape.  The chemistry of snow, the meteorological fact of snow, pales in comparison to the subtlety, the sublimity of it – the way it can calm and quiet us, and also the way it energizes us and draws us outside…