Category Archives: Inspiring

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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I have renewed vigor in my art practice

Yesterday someone I love very dearly worked with me all day and reminded me of this so it’s very poignant that this is today’s saying


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Top 10 Japanese Stab Binding Tutorials on the Internet


Japanese Stab Bindings by Erinzam

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My newest body of work is all about water. And I have been working on this for several years; timely, as it turns out.

Megadrought Risk Growing For United States, Climate Models Show

Megadrought Risk Growing For United States, Climate Models Show

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“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry Ford

Against the wind

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What to do with artist’s work after death can be vexing


Marcy Pitts looks over artwork left by her longtime companion, Glen Whittaker.

Mars lost ocean of water to space

Mars lost ocean of water to space

About 4 billion years ago, a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, say researchers, but Mars has lost 87 percent of it to space.

Martian Maritime

NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space. Image credit: NASA/GSFC

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The more we see the less we know.

Clearest pictures ever of free-falling snowflakes

Research suggests that our iconic view of snowflakes as “perfect” isn’t true.

Crystal clear

A new camera has taken the clearest pictures of snowflakes ever taken, showing that our iconic view of snowflakes as “perfect” isn’t true.

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“Everything you are comes from your choices.” —Jeff Bezos


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We can begin to see but true sight is far beyond empirical observation.

First photo of light as particle and wave

At last … a wavicle! Who thought we’d ever see a single photo of light’s dual nature as both a particle and a wave?


This image shows the dual nature of light – its property of being both a wave and a particle – a property known since 1905, but never before witnessed in this way by human eyes.

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“Justice does not mean equality, even among men.”

“Justice does not mean equality, even among men. It means treating unequals unequally — giving an A to a student who answered 95 out of 100 questions correctly and an F to a student who answered only 45.
“Many traditional societies, like those of classical Greece and Confucian China, saw justice as essentially an inequality, a harmony among different things: organs in the body, members in a family, heavenly bodies in the cosmos, musical notes in a song, classes in the state, faculties in the soul. The President is not necessarily a superior person to his military chief of stati but his office is. Justice demands the chief of staff obey his “superior”, even if the latter has shortcomings.
“Fourth, resentment against some kind of superiority is one of the seven deadly sins. It is called envy, and it is the only sin that never gave anyone any kind of pleasure at all.
“In the Divine Comedy, Dante discovers that there are many unequal levels even in heaven. He asks Piccarda, who is on heaven’s lowest level, whether she is not discontented with her lowly place and whether she longs to move up closer to God, to see more of God and receive more joy. Her answer is that no one in heaven is dissatisfied with his place or envious of anyone else: “From seat to seat throughout this realm, to all the realm is pleasing. [That is, each citizen is pleased with the kingdom as a whole; the whole is present to each individual.] For in his will, our hearts have found their peace. T. S. Eliot called this the profoundest line in all human literature.”

From Angels and Demons: What Do We Really Know about Them? by Dr. Peter Kreeft; Ignatius Press 1995. Reprinted with permission of the author.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and also at the King’s College (Empire State Building), in New York City.

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Modern mantras

We have Good Friday and Maundy Thursday; we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Unlike Good Friday and Maundy Thursday, however (though like “fiscal cliff”) these terms are repeated and reported by the most serious of journalists. Like all mantras of ritual, they work on us from the inside. They are an economic event by which we measure a certain kind of cultural health. -from “on Being” by Krista Tippett

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But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself.

If I had been downright honest with myself,” Ishmael admits, “I would have seen very plainly in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed out upon the open sea. But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was with me. I said nothing, and tried to think nothing. —From Moby Dick


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In the course of creating a design class for the Spring I discovered this. Enjoy, everyone.

Animated Music Video for Bonobo by Cyriak Using Repurposed 1960s Stock Footage

Cyriak uses mid 20th-century stock video as building blocks to create machines, robots, and other bizarre tableaus reminiscent of Terry Gilliam-esque zoetropes.

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I have always deeply believed that truth is revealed through beauty and that the pain of experiencing beauty is the same as the agony of the blackness.

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All things change and yet stay the same…..


Physics reveals how nature sparkles

Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed “a universal explanation” for many of the dazzling coloured and silvery reflections in the natural world.


Silvery fish, like sardines and herring, use their dazzling reflective skins for camouflage in shallow water

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Advice for stitchers.

Put on a clean dress.

UK’s ‘Greatest Geosites’ announced

The Geological Society of London has named its top 100 geological sites in the UK and Ireland, including 10 “people’s favourites”.

The list, compiled into an online clickable map, marks the start of Earth Science Week. Categories for the popular vote included landscapes, outcrops and coastlines, as well as industrial and educational sites.

This is how it happens.


Mountains of used tires lay on a dump in the countryside on September 24, 2014 in Sesena Nuevo, near Madrid, Spain. The used tires dump site in Sesena is a major environmental problem and was declared illegal back in 2003. It currently stores over 75.000 tons of tires.

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UN Climate Summit Poem “Dear Matafele Peinem”

This lady read this out at the UN. Love it.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

Chris Hedges | The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.
White Whale

Alternative Energy Revolution


Alternative Energy Revolution

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” —Ernest Hemingway

Strong at the broken places

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So What If It’s Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going …


It is the last remaining plant in its genus, the last in its family, the last in its order. “No other organism on earth can lay such a claim to being ‘one of its kind,’ ” writes biologist Richard Fortey.

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Nature has its own ways of displaying colour, and it does so with abandon; colours in their natural state are wild, uninhibited, free. They shift and vary, they grow and recede—always dynamic, always unpredictable. Colours like to mix it up, and they don’t sit still. These tendencies are inspiring, but not always practical—at least not from the standpoint of humankind. Let’s be honest: there are times when we need to contain colour, to isolate and dissect it.

Some of the colour charts that were used as inspiration and reference for the design of issue #22.

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Polly Apfelbaum: ‘A Handweaver’s Pattern Book’

What do you think?

Polly Apfelbaum: ‘A Handweaver’s Pattern Book’/h2>
Handweaver's Pattern Book

An installation view from “A Handweaver’s Pattern Book.” Credit Courtesy the artist and Andres Ramirez/Clifton Benevento, New York

A moment to reflect.

When You’re Frustrated by a Delay: 8 Reasons to Appreciate It


“All great achievements require time.” ~Maya Angelou

“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” ~Charlotte Bronte

Looking upward

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“Every single moment of a person’s life, both of the understanding and of the will, is a new beginning.” — Emanuel Swedenborg


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8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science

I believe that the spirit has an innate sense and will naturally follow the good as a tiger lily seeks the sun

Ancient Beliefs

The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn’t mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong. In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically.
Here are eight ancient beliefs and practices that have been confirmed by modern science.

An example of human created ecosystem by accident. Is it an accident?

These sundew plants are growing on an old dock in the very end of dog cove. An example of human created ecosystem by accident. Is it an accident? Or are we less than we think they are, part of the planet as worms and snails are?

Meat-Eating Plants Getting “Full” On Pollution

Carnivorous plants in nitrogen-rich bogs eat fewer bugs, new study says.

A dead mosquito rests on a roundleaf sundew plant. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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The twenty first century reflection on what is remembered about Van Gogh

An Unusual van Gogh Work at a German Museum — His Ear

A replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s left ear is on display at a museum in Germany.

Van Gogh Ear

The ear is on display in Karlsruhe, German.Credit Diemut Strebe, via Associated Press

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Lobbyists Set to Fight Royalty Bill for Artists

This is indeed important.

Auction Houses Taking No Chances on American Royalties Too Act

Images of Change

Fascinating photos.

Fire, Australia Wyperfeld National Park in southeastern Australia contains native shrubland (the Australian “bush”) that appears dark red in these images. Fires occur in the park almost every year. They leave huge scars of bright, bared earth that quickly regrows. A stark change is visible here from unburned bush in 1975 to huge burn scars in the later images.

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Rowboat keel

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“In order to understand the way our brains behave, we can observe our emotions and their effects…”

In order to understand the way our brains behave, we can observe our emotions and their effects. In the past, it seemed as though science and spirituality were opposed to each other. However, it’s not a useful division to maintain, because the one tradition deals with knowledge of the material world and the other with the inner world of the mind; we need to know about both. —Dalai Lama

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I love this little filling up red map. Testimony to infrastructure failure.

How Bad Did Atlanta’s Roads Get After 2 Inches of Snow? This GIF Sums Up the Gridlock (Atlanta’s traffic apocalypse, brought to you by Google Maps.)

Patterns in the universe; macrocosm or microcosm?

Two Generations of Windblown Sediments on Mars his colorful scene is situated in the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system.

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This was in my head this morning

‘You are old, Father William’ (1865)

Lewis Carroll

“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door –
Pray, what is the reason of that?”

“In my youth,” said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
“I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment – one shilling the box –
Allow me to sell you a couple?”

“You are old,” said the youth, “and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak –
Pray how did you manage to do it?”

“In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose –
What made you so awfully clever?”

“I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
Said his father; “don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you downstairs!”

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8: Image

This piece is by Jim Arendt. It is in process. we are both at a tactility forum :


Brooklyn Botanic Garden Exhibition Is Knitted With Scientific Accuracy

In one of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s conservatories, flowers that have more in common with cable-knit sweaters than the surrounding flora have been on display for the last few months.

“Knit, Purl, Sow” Features Knitted Floral- and Plant-Inspired Works

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I have been hand stitching my scarves; this gives new impetus

Etsy’s Industrial Revolution Almost nothing has been truly handmade for hundreds of years

I was reminded of Desiderata today.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann


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Unshorn Sheep

Full article here.

OMG fiber peeps check out this sheep. He had enough wool to make 20 suits!!!


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Its interesting that artists have explored this theme from the beginning of the twentieth century through now.

Wind Virtual University’s Photos · Wind Virtual University’s Page

Mine totally didnt do it justice

Water buttercup (through my bother’s lens)

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The sincerest form of flattery

My brother’s photo of the day.

The sincerest form of flattery

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The Hopi Butterfly spirit is a sign of spring too.

Thanks Catherine!

Hopi Spirit

Red chair on ice

I could imagine a slideshow of this posture on this chair in many different settings…on the beach, on the mountain top, in a city street, on top of a building, on the back of a ramp truck… slide after the other.

(Oh I should mention its my brother. Clearly we have a lot in common.)

Searching for solitude


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Ki-mono Reconstruction

I am very fond of boro.  The month my father died, I was studying with Yoshiko Wada, in a workshop with an intense focus on boro textiles, history, philosophy and technique.  Slowly, this sensibility is beginning to creep back into my work; and oddly enough, conceptually, seeds of ideas, past fits and starts, and half made projects along with others that are in need of mending all begin to come into play.  The concept of value and sustainability together and the inherent beauty of each stitch.

Boro textiles were made in the late 19th and early 20th century by impoverished Japanese people from reused and recycled indigo-dyed, cotton rags. What we see in these examples are typical—patched and sewn, piece-by-piece, and handed down from generation-to-generation, where the tradition continued. These textiles are generational storybooks, lovingly repaired and patched with what fabric was available. Never intended to be viewed as a thing of beauty, these textiles today take on qualities of collage, objects of history, and objects with life and soul.

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Elin Noble

Elin Noble Textiles Tonight was the preview opening. This is a photograph of me finishing up the installation Vox Stellarum. Opening reception is Sunday, February 24 from 2-5 pm The exhibition is up through April 28. Hope to see many of you.

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Because there is no “out”.

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Arte Textil Contemporáneo

Got from Slow Cloth…beautiful.

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Fruits of the Loom: The nearly lost art of textile manufacturing.

Article and slideshow from this weekend’s From the New York Times Magazine.

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“…or you wouldn’t have come.”


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A quiet presence.

Knitting Relay FOTO fonte web: Knitted art

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“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd…”

Einstein Quote

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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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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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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.



Want to visit this place next year

Vermonst Surface Design


My brother is so eloquent with this Squam description. Twelve and twelve for July indeed.



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I had to share this. My friend posted it for the thought for the day. I chose the photo to go with it.

“Happiness doesn’t exist on the far side of distant mountains. It is within you, yourself. Not you, however, sitting in idle passivity. It is to be found in the vibrant dynamism of your own life as you struggle to challenge and overcome one obstacle after another, as you clamber up a perilous ridge in pursuit of that which lies beyond.” —Daisaku Ikeda


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