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Jacquard: Squam

These are some Jacquard fabrics that were created from photographs of Great Island in the early morning. First I photographed, then painted and drew.  I scanned the drawings into the computer and then created six end satin weaves from this.  It is an end on end warp and at that time, at Rhode Island School of Design, the loom was new and Phil, the operator, would allow us to bring as many yarns as we wanted so I had twelve weave structures to play with and unlimited yarn mixing.  It is an end on end black white upholstery warp and it is a 27 inch repeat, so will work for upholstery.

More of my Jacquard collections can be found here.

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Time Scheduling Being in the World

The water droplets  on this iris bud appeared at 5:30 last night.  I am certain that this bud existed precisely as this photo captured it for less time than it takes me to write this sentence.  There are so many things in the world.  In order to find my path, I need to schedule time to look at it.  Today I squeezed in half an hour for concentration. I posted today’s schedule below.  I can reflect, tonight, if I deviated, and, if so, why.image image

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Fully Spring

It is finally fully spring.  I miss the jacquard looms.  This kind of image always makes me think of weaving.  I love the light in the greenish yellow and the gray.

It is finally fully spring. I miss the jacquard looms. This kind of image always makes me think of weaving. I love the light in the greenish yellow and the gray.

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Turtle Shell

I  found this turtle shell sitting right on the tip of the hill waiting for me on researching I found turtle shells can signify protection and renewal and spiritual associations


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19/365: Finished!

I had to commemorate this day. I began this piece in Summer of 2012 just before my father passed away. It was to be for him. It has taken me three years to finish. It has been a block in my work and now that it is finished I am able to move on. I am very pleased with the outcome.

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Working on Christmas. Teaching Gothic cathedrals always get me in the mood.

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My good friend posted this picture of her scarf done in wool jersey.

Stretchy Wool

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Yay ready to sew the two halves together of this piece begun July 2012 has taken 2 Years to finish.


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This is a losing prospect….how many out there observant and can see why?

There's a hole in the bucket

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It’s almost done!

Almost done 2014-10-09a

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I am almost finished creating a complete catalog of my work. Thinking of printing it.

Boro is more than an art form in our hill on Stoney Creek. It is a way of life.

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The Snake

I am pretty sure this is a copperhead. I was getting ready to do some dyeing and all my stove parts were piled on the stones. He struck at me Yikes! I ran. Hard to get a good picture with a phone from a distance…I am not sure how to get rid of him, so stopped my project. In the last photo you can just see him going underneath the little round thing. There is only one picture of the whole snake and his head was moving but I am fairly certain there were venom pockets.

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Emily dyeing at Peters Valley School of Craft

Emily at Penland

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Having fun splitting a stump while I wait for the dye pot

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light Sun 119

light Sun 119

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Warmth for spring??

Warmth for spring??

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My workspace here at Arrowmont

I am in the Tactility Forum Residency here.
Arrowmont Workspace

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10: Grass research

Today’s sketchbook image 1964 impact of grass on Iran ‘s economy


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It begins. Monocotyledons. Paniceae. Rhizomes, glumes, lemmes, paleas.


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6: Chaos Theory

An illustration of today’s process in the studio.


If it has a pin it is getting a stitch.

Pins and stitches

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4: Pillow by Kenneth

When my son was in elementary school he sewed the small pillow in the center of this composition for me for Mother’s Day . The sunlight on it this morning struck me with such a memory of him when he was small


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2: Boro stitches for an old army blanket


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I am teaching myself to hand stitch silk.

It is a slow process for me. The wool is much more forgiving. But I like the look of the line of the handstitched better it seems like the sewing machine just destroys this delicate fabric. The stitch scarves are inspired by Boro. much of it is repurposed and vintage silk .

Handstiitched silk

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Happiness is a potful of scarves

It is a blue dayHappiness is a potful of scarvesHappiness is a potful of scarves

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This hand stitched chiffon scarf will be beautiful

hand-stitched chiffon scarf

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Clamps and scarves

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Starting a line of scarves.

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Early Studies for Repurpose Series

PiecesThis photo is the beginning of one of my 2015 pieces, ” For Dad”(private title) “Renewal” (title for the label)

Fits and starts of the boro sensibility, experimentation with different materials, the interrelationship of the wool and the jacquard.

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indigo with a lovely indigo flower.


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Commission Tips: Maintaining Installed Artwork

Nice to be mentioned in this article on CodaWorx.

Leaf Abstractions by Carol LeBaron, Menninger Chapel, Houston, TX. Photo: Skyline Art Services.

Leaf Abstractions by Carol LeBaron, Menninger Chapel, Houston, TX. Photo: Skyline Art Services.



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I plan to clear off the studio table today.

We will see how it goes. I am preparing to begin my new body of work for 2014

Inviting work space.


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Scarves for sale at Peters Valley

Peters Valley Store and Gallery—Carol LeBaron Laminated Scarf

Merino and other wools hand felted on silk chiffon. Hand wash and dry.

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The twelfth day of the twelfth month of 2012 and my birth date

Life dormant within this tree against the early morning sky. I had a cup of coffee and looked at the day. Misty early morning Although we are overwhelmed with projects, we had time to put up a few lights. Joy to the world. Morning was working on grading in my library. I love my library its so snuggly. And full of books, paints, sketch materials, odds and ends, items. A reflection of the inside of my brain. I was so happy to finish making my new sketch journal today and I will be able to take it to New England. At around three, I went for a walk with Elbow. The sun is just setting behind my house. The second tree in from the left is the tree in the first picture. There is a duck swimming in this pond if you can see it. We walk up the left side of the pond and then up on top of the hill. I love the very top. We can see for miles. Elbow loves to run down the hill. Every tiny thing has such beauty in the world. Even though its into December, this verdant new growth is sprouting out of the hay bales. The evening light on top of the hill is amazing.

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Thinking about grasses

Its always such a whoosh when I finish a major work. I am thinking about grasses now. New research to begin.

I am thinking of grass as one of the oldest semi complex plant forms. It will exist after we are all gone. And existed before, also.

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Finish this piece today hanging Monday

We are hanging the show at William King Museum tomorrow. I still dont know when the opening is.


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View from top of the left half

View from top left half

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One stitch at a time

One stitch at a time

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My new studio table

I am happy it is twelve feet long and seven feet wide and I can get all the way around it. It is also made so if I do bigger pieces we can add to it.

Studio table

Getting back to work

getting back to work slowlyRocking the back brace
I had a great prognosis this morning. New bone is growing the way it should. Six more weeks in the brace all on track. Up to two miles a day up and Down hills. Never thought I would be grateful to be able to wash dishes.
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It would progress faster if I could sit longer


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The walk to the mailbox

The walk to the mailbox has become the days large adventure. My world has become very small. This is the journey to and home from the mailbox. Elbow and I visited the mother spider , you can see her nest in the mail box



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Working on the William King piece

It will be 72 h and 56 wide when it goes into William king museum

Now it is twelve h x 6 w

William King repurpose

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As time passes…

The initial piece is around two by three inches. Yesterday’s grew to about a foot long. Today… We will see…

As time passes

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On guard

Where I am right now elbow and I are guarding the hill

Guarding the hill

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Textile Forum Article

I used to be so inspired by Textilforum when I was at RISD as a graduate student. Now, here I am, published there. Now I can be an inspiration to students. What a gift. Textile Forum Quarter 2 2012: Resist Dyeing II


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Getting there with the Luxor piece

Luxor Piece

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My outdoor studio

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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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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……

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Final Digital Textiles Critique


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Birthday Twelve of Twelve December 12

I began my December Twelve Birthday in front of the fireplace, painting the wood pile I can see a snow storm is brewing looking out the front door. We are hunkered down. Just a little melted snow from the last storm in the side yard. The rain came first you can see the clouds behind our new house we will be renting We went up to check the water pipes and this is how it looks from up there I like the yard of the new house and feeling close to the storm clouds. We went to the wood pile at the shop and loaded up the truck. Plenty of wood to keep warm! this is what I was drawing. Snow began around midday. This is the back yard from the back porch.10.jpgEarly evening but it is dark with the beginning powdering of snow. Dan cooked us Steaks for my birthday dinner in front of the fireplace on the little grill.

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Leaf blanket on the loom

Leaf blanket

Leaf blanket

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The Oriole Mill


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12 of 12 for November 2010

Before dawn, at five, up for the day. Practicing making the bed when I get up. Here is my room in Atlanta. On my way to class field trip for the afternoon, around two pm. This is the kind of contrast I see as I drive away from my house.During breakfast, Junco is looking at her weave sample. I will help her make the files today. Turning the corner into Midtown, around a quarter of a mile away. Proof that it is really seventy degrees here, sitting in traffic, which is the norm if you go anywhere in Atlanta Proof that it is really seventy degrees here, sitting in traffic, which is the norm if you go anywhere in Atlanta So I couldnt resist a little story, about what it is like driviing here. As you can see from his bumper, the gentleman in the car before me has had altercations before. He was too impatient to wait for the car in front of him, which turned. He made his quick move to nowhere. And to my right, it is clear which direction everyone is going. There is a lot of cars sitting idling all the time in Atlanta. Today, mine was included. I try to avoid driving when I will be sitting idling, adding to the carbon.To my left, the river of traffic on I 85 below the bridge Here we are in front of the Contemporary to visit an artist. Three students showed up...oh well! They got the benefit! A bridge to nowhere. Notice the train running beneath it. The bridge just sits up there, no road attached to it. There are a lot of contrasts in color and texture in the city scape if you look for it. Sadly, the razor ribbon is necessary. Speak to our future? In the evening, Junco and I dressed up to go to her art opening. This ended our day It was a very good opening.

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Special day

Watching the sun rise on a very, very special day. Love in my heart for everyone in my life. Grateful to be alive, I am at the Jacquard Center, getting ready to weave throws. Life is a gift.

I am so excited I picked up the first student test files from the Mill yesterday.

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12 of 12 for October 2010

I shot my twelve of twelve yesterday, and saw my brother’s just now before posting. It is almost frightening how alike we are. I shot it all with the Photo Booth on my laptop.

At seven am, Here I am early in the morning, deep in thought. After the faculty meeting, I went to Yoga. Standing poses today. Then home for lunch between activities.  I had a chicken salad sandwich for lunch.  Then upstairs to work on the letter some more.  out the door. Took a second to look at the Atlanta version of fall foliage.  Next stop the gym.  Then to hide in the slide library  And after the meeting, I got to go have dinner with a friend.

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Finishing Tracks


the greyhounds feet clay impressionsclose upthe dimensionsfiguring out the patterndesigning the clampsleft frontfront outyleft backthe drawing of the paw mockup . it looks a little different now figuring out colorcolorsmore pictures pretty much the arrangement green on orangedetail

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12 of 12: A breathless morning in August

Twelve of Twelve. A breathless morning in August for August twelfth. Work to be done, work in progress, the work of living, things growing, close to the earth

This mushroom is six inches across Wood waits to be cut and split Stacked and drying, ready to go into the cellar The lush growth down in the holler. Things grow when you turn around Black walnut dye has fermented for two years A writing spider built a web on the clothesline Tomatoes ripening Zucchini tiny and growing Laundry waiting to be hung The corn is taller than Nora's head crabapple graft is ripe for apple jelly The Panzer and the lawn tractor waiting to do their jobs

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At Peters Valley

At Peters Valley, its as beautiful as I remember it.

Virtual Connections Quilt

My Piece in the Virtual Connections Quilt: Random Nodes, Left Over Thought

The Virtual Connections quilt is currently in progress. We have received 83 squares to date, from talented artists, curators and art lovers who range from seven countries so far - and we are hoping to exhibit the completed quilt internationally. We have one venue in Montreal so far, and are looking for more places to exhibit the final work of art......any suggestions are welcome!!!

The Virtual Connections quilt is currently in progress. We have received 83 squares to date, from talented artists, curators and art lovers who range from seven countries so far – and we are hoping to exhibit the completed quilt internationally. We have one venue in Montreal so far, and are looking for more places to exhibit the final work of art……any suggestions are welcome!!!

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June 12 of 12

The June 12 of 12 theme is the collapsed relativity of time. My guises, thoughts and perambulations

Mom and dad continue their intellectual voyagesa hand made imitation of a dugout canoe by American(probably Algonquin)materials from the old outhouse will be incorporated into the walk waydan is deep in thought and measurementsLow tech and high results. What you can do with a fifty dollar electric chain saw!the inspiration wall for the lily pads to remind me for this summers dyeingand the dog paws to stitchtracks left behind from rescued greyhoundssoon to be shaped and stitchedwhen it rains on the lake it is time for introspectionand Emily is busy working at her new grad school program. how time does flyhard to believe Reilley is three now, and I will see him day after tomorrowthe home place the day before I left, I hear it is a drought and 100 degrees there now


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“A work of art is an abstract or epitome of the world.”

Emerson Quote

“A work of art is an abstract or epitome of the world. It is the result
or expression of nature, in miniature. For although the works of nature
are innumerable and all different, the result or the expression of them
all is similar and single. Nature is a sea of forms radically alike
and even unique. A leaf, a sunbeam, a landscape, the ocean, make an
analogous impression on the mind. What is common to them all, that
perfectness and harmony, is beauty.”  —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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My Studio

My Studio

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I am having fun posting pictures from my week vacation.

Here is my outdoor setup where I was dyeing


And here is the work on the table inside my studio

Work in progress

I also moved a lot of wood!!! Excellent weight bearing exercise for my bones


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This is the first of the three for Nashville Airport…

all rolled up, composed, pinned and in my bag for vacation sewing! Lots of dyeing
happened this week.

First of three

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the calligraphy piece(one of them)

22 x 30. this is one of four each slightly different


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Its another morning,

the beginning of my ten day retreat, is what I will call it. I am going to choose two of the days for absolute silent meditation and art work. I will let you all know when that is! because it will include no internet. I hope to get very far on the arts in the airport pieces. All the historic textile research papers will be graded too.

Dry Pitchers

Image size is 72 inches h x 56 inches wide. This is part of my new jacquard series.

Dry Pitchers

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It’s a crisp sunny day

and I am getting ready to head back to Atlanta. One week of teaching then ten days in studio. I plan to go underwater and work

Views at the Hill

Here is a picture of the red barn at the bottom of the hill by my house,  as seen from the road I walk on to my studio. My studio is past this, turn a corner onto the road below, and walk back to just below my house at the bottom of the hill.  Because of this, every time I walk from the house to the studio there are new things to see and new things that enter the work.  I have found, over the years, that I am deeply rooted in time and place. I can work in any place; but whatever that place is, it becomes embedded in the visual syntax.

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Art work

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