Yearly Archives: 2011

Getting there with the Luxor piece

Luxor Piece

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My outdoor studio

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Repurposed at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery

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The plant’s apparent fragility belies its ability to bend before adverse winds. —O’Reilly

it can sometimes be very difficult to maintain straightness of thought within the wind of events around me. I try to make my work desk an island but the outside wind comes and pulls me.

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Eighth century resist dyed silk from China. I am in good company.

Chinese resist

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12 of 12 for October 2011

twelve and twelve for October. My family was up at Squam and I was here in Stony Creek. So 900 miles apart twelve and twelve!

Barb and Dot head out for a kayakOn the Dock—with InvictusBuckets for the Dye Project  Outdoor Studio Stove setup Abstraction Experiments Dog Paw Pieces for the greyhound auction Elbow Socks Elbow Socks I love my dad and my sisters Out the end of Center Harbor Neck. Sure wish I was there. My mother took all these pictures for me. So my spirit was there.

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Repurposed exhibit is on view

Repurposed flyer

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A sign?

I think I am being sent a sign from the universe. I just had a second inquiry on an unrelated art piece from another potential client; I always dreamed of just putting my art out into the world, I wonder if that time in my life is arriving.


I feel as if I am diviing into an unknown, uncharted water.


Watch out what you ask for, I guess…… will get it!


Getting used to the idea that I will be paid more for making art than for teaching it, at least for the moment.


I am wondering how to find out how to make a list of who can see what on my page.


ok I think i figured it out. Hope this cleans up my profile. I am launching on a campaign to put my professional foot forward, burying into studio, catching up school work, all this stuff……

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Major Commission

I just received a major commission for three pieces to go in Las Vegas hotel.
I thought I was out from under!!!

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Finishing Repurposed

Built this box out of an old tobacco basket. It will hold the pieces and be on the gallery floor.  Detail of the piece on the table finishing Another detail here you see the corner of the jacquard. It was a photo of trash thrown down the side of Holston Mt detail Time Reflection:name of the piece  The tail is going down into the box This shows the bottom of the piece going into the box This shows the bottom of the piece going into the box A better view of the box from above The studio as I finished. More (six) small versions to come next, going to the gallery at Appalacian Cter for Craft. I like it. It is the first of a series. I hae wanted to do this for a long time. It is all stitched front and back. The first successful integration of the jacquard, too.

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I did decide to include a little bit of jacquard into the repurposed piece.

Jacquard in Repurposed

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12 and 12 September 2011

The sun is just about to rise. I am going to take this photo through the day to show the changing light.Writing India and South Asian Art LectureTen Oclock, thats what its like outside while I am workingI went outside and visited the cow and her calf. She is having breakfast(the calf)Dan is finally back on his feet! and here he is, working.jpgOne Oclock, the light is coming straight from above us.jpgThree OclockTime to go work on my Repurposed piece. In the back you can see the size, six feet high by four feet wide marked out. I am sewing together all the little tiny scraps you see in the pile.No time for this! Five oclock, the light gets softer, you can see it shining on the mountains behind  Seven oclock, sun is almost down Moonrise

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The Meaningfulness of Lives

This popped up on my email today and I wanted to share it. I am going through a lot of changes this fall professionally and in my art work.

The Meaningfulness of Lives

God? Conviction? Passionate intensity? What are the qualities that make for a life that matters?

The meaning of life

A meaningful life is distinct from a happy life or a morally good one.

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A week to finish this piece.


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Thinking about little pieces

I am reflecting on the difference between conscious and intermittent thought patterns. I thought I was just going to be able to put the small pieces of fabric together and it would turn into this amalgamated piece. But its impossible, even with the tiniest bits, not to look at the color.

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Repurposed Opening

Repurposed Opening October 6 Curated by Cynthia Farnell. I will exhibit my current piece.


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Learning about blogging

Learning about blogging. It seems a little complicated. I have found some wonderful blogs and wonder how to get all the links on them.

From Carol LeBaron Studio

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I wonder if it’s time to start a blog

Time to start a blog

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Repurpose project in progress

This is the felted wool I use in my art work, some is repurposed blankets and clothes to begin with, and now, double repurposed as being leftovers made into a new piece. Its for a repurposed art exhibit in Atlanta this fall. I have been saving these bits for years and have had this idea for a long time. This is the sewing and pinning process I use for all my pieces, even the ones that are fourteen feet high.


the joys in the work, is finally coming

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12 of 12 for July 2011

This was a quiet day at my folks house in Sudbury, just enjoying their company and doing ordinary things.

Setting up for computer tutorial, teaching Mom Mac OS and Microsoft Dad built me a beautiful cover for my pot. It is marine plywood. This is one of my chosen sculpturesDad's sculpture studio is the coolest place in the house except for the basement. He does direct carving in wood. Its four hours later and Mom is still studying, working on the church archives The hundred degree heat blasts the hollyhocks Cant get too far with packing. Its too hot. Looking at the items in the archives as Mom works on them. What a sense of place, there are boxes with three nails....from 1815, nails from the steeple. I went to get my laundry after supper. The light on the daylilies was lovely and just a hot moon over the house across the street. When I came back in, the dishes were done!

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Dry Pitcher in DC

Emily took these pictures of my Dry Pitcher on exhibit in DC.


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Innovations in St Louis

I will be exhibiting Dry Pitcher in Fiber Focus during Innovations in St Louis this fall. I hope I can go and see all my Columbia and St Louis friends.

Pitcher Grows

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12 of 12 for June 2011

Everything set up and waiting in the morning, the car is a windbreak dyes are set up waiting for the cans The cows wanted to learn too at ten twenty it will be done! Ready for a jar Yolanda is getting her art samples ready No, its not me, its Emily!!!! Stage two going on ready for arashi beautiful colors as the samples come out Can you believe it all came out of a jar? Emilys beautiful art work of a scarf and some people dyed many skeins

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Canning Dyes

We had such fun canning dyes.


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Whidbey Island


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Packing up the Luxor piece


This is one of three in a permanent installation at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas.It is nine feet square.

I need a friend to go take a picture!


Luxor piece

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Canning Jar Dyeing Workshop!

Canning jar dye at Peters Valley, dye yarn, roving, felt, or small shibori pieces, learn a simple easy way to work at home! A scarf in a jar! June 10-12

Canning Jars

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Summer Workshop

We will paint, print, collage and make beautiful work on wool in this exciting workshop with Carol LeBaron July 24-29!!

Summer Workshop

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falling leaves blanket

Falling Leaves Blanket

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Ok this is the one that was in the paper, so, appropriate for a public venue haha

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Extraordinary Things

Extraordinary Things Exhibit at Arts Institute Decatur April 15 Opening

Extraordinary Things

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Green: The Color and the Cause

This exhibit opens this weekend in Washington, Dc. I have a piece, Dry Pitcher, in it. If you are near the area, I wish you would go! I dont think I will be able to make it there.

GWU Textile Museum

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Mistaking the transient for the permanent, the impure for the pure, pain for pleasure, and that which is not the self for the self: all this is avidya, lack of spiritual knowledge.


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12 of 12 for March 2011

I have been sketching my daily sketch. When I start the morning this way, all the day falls into place. Went for a morning walk to walk the dog. The view from the mountainside We think this was a wingbark elm tree the first irises in the woods I went to lunch with a new friend, 86 years old, in this Natahala this restaurant looked out at the kayakers the antique kayak paddle display this kayaker had the most interesting tiny little kayak and his hands were his paddles with little hand paddles I dont know what these little kayaks are called. The lily pad piece for Nancy Allen is finally taking shape. the final composition the last vestiges of sun on the peaks behind Sunset over the mountain

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Opening Tonight



Its at the Nelson Fine arts Center in Johnson City tn part of first friday. Earth Fare is doing the food.


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Exhibition at Nelson Fine Arts opening this Friday, First Friday! Be there!


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Thinking of a title…

So it turns out I have a solo exhibition in Johnson City in MARCH. haha. suddenly I have to be ready its almost March. Thinking of a title….. I think I will call it Habitats. (The exhibit, I mean, this piece is Evening Wetlands, so the habitat, is an evening wetland)

Evening Wetlands


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Fine-tuning the Luxor installation

Dan leaves for Las Vegas today to fine tune the Luxor installation. I cant wait to post pictures.

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Working on a new commission for Skyline Art Services.

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Sassanian Textiles: A Senmurv!!!!

Sassanian Textiles

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12 of 12 January 2011

The sun is just rising on the new day, on the frozen landscape Studio ready for the next day of work, sun coming in at eight am Biscuits and gravy for breakfast, they feed everyone quite heartily here, especially the blacksmiths! I am showing the students how to do a monoprint on a screen Today I visited the bread baking studio next door. They give us samples every day. Today they were doing sourdough. This is their wood fired oven. The samples on the line, freezing in the snow. They were very smelly. I took a walk to visit some of the other studios today, giving my students some requested work time to process all the new information. This is the painting studio. Glad for my LL Bean sheepskin boots in the mud and snow! Finally get to use my New England gear. After classes were over, went to the blacksmith forge and watched the smith forge a knife. He made it out of an old file. Then on the way to supper stopped and saw the dollmakers. They were working on hands today. The sun went down as I walked to supper.  After supper, more studio, and now I am uploading these in the library before I go to bed, I will be in bed by ten I hope!

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Snow and sun

 View from my front yard Sun on the mountains off the back porch Nature's abstractions Contrast of form and line Wall texture Light is incredible the snow traces lines of the branches Calligraphic dance The sun was just shining through, so beautiful10.jpg I could not believe the sun and the mist. Taken from the porch of the old house, the same hills, seen from the house on the hill13.jpg

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