There is snow on the ground The dish-towels I dyed several years ago are looking faded and sad. I saw this video, taking ice-dyeing a step up from “random.” Constraint: … Continue reading Snow-dye dish towel refresh
Indie on the edge. Author and artist, working from my studio at the Monastery of Artful Delights on the shore of Lake Ontario.
It’s hard to toss away old neckties, especially if they belonged to a loved one or are made from 100% silk or are beautiful/amusing. My loved one is alive and … Continue reading DIY Silk Necktie Scarf
I was planning to hurl myself into a new project. But instead I photographed a doodle from my notebook and played with it for an hour on Photoshop. Wine poured. … Continue reading a.k.a. Procrastination
First, I like the idea of being a mystic, an initiate into a cult of beauty and awe. You know, a little mysterium tremendum et fascinans to take the edge … Continue reading Making Faces and Altered Consciousness
I picked up a used book on dolls . The black and white photos by fashion photographer Hermann Landshoff surprised me. They weren’t staged fantasies, yet they had a pictorialist, … Continue reading Photos, Dolls, Thoughts Unspoken
2003. Age 55. I’d had a wonderful career evaluating quality and planning strategy for a large children and family organization. I became the “dangling woman”–comfort zone disappearing, transformation required. Jim … Continue reading Art Life Accountability
On my way to doing something else, I started pulling fabric out of my stash closet. I soon had a mess in search of a project. A few YouTube videos … Continue reading Sewing therapy
I was not that child who took care of her toys. Dolls were companions in make-believe, not decor. We played house. We played school. I pulled off their clothes and … Continue reading The Bride Doll
A note. Let’s get our terms straight. Horrifying dolls are those possessed by evil spirits and get “invited” into your home to wreak havoc. Creepy dolls are merely unsettling. Something … Continue reading Big old dolls: creepy or divine?
I didn’t actually plan to make a quilt this season, but that’s what happened. I admire quilters who choose a pattern and a color scheme, then buy fresh bright cottons … Continue reading Quilt: Layers of Time and Space
The November arctic blast means an early test of winter monastic mode. Textile project materials and supplies have migrated up from the ground floor studio and take over every surface. … Continue reading Project sprawl: a glorious mess
Every project begins with a thousand steps. –Susan Monday afternoon. The wind is blowing from the northeast, waves pounding our shoreline. Wet snow is beginning to stick to the unraked … Continue reading Dabbing paint on fabric