Spaces Between

I’m still tumbling this experience in my head, up and down, like a coin flipped through fingers. Shaking it out like runes to be read. In a nutshell, it was amazing and brilliant to have my work seen by so many people. Being able to see peoples’ reactions to my work is such a gift, most of my patrons are long distance, and I’m grateful for each and every one of them. But to witness people Seeing my work for the first time, words escape me, for now.

Knowing that people believed in me and my art enough to let me show it to the world (thank you, a million, a billion times Goodyear Arts!). My heart is full of gratitude to everyone who has played a part in this show, from the first person who ever bought a cocoon, to my family and friends for their support, and every single soul that walked through the installation. Thank you. Thank you.

And now, I am in the between space. Holding onto my work, turning it here and there to see where we will go next. The cocoons will slowly make their way into the shop in the coming weeks or so. It's time to finally remove them from the space this coming weekend. 

Glory, Glory

This brilliantly warm cocoon is dripping with beads, its weight spins it slowly around as it holds space. Space for dreams, for creativity, for love of making and life. 

Made for my mentor/art-sister/friend.  To hang in her studio. 

Keep up your shining, dear heart, I adore you. 

Wool/silk yarn, felted, dyed and embellished by hand. Glass beads, citrine, copper, cotton. 

For the curious: original weight was approximately 0.4 ounces, final weight- 3.6 ounces! This one is up there in heft for my cocoons, I loved every single stitch of it! 

New Angles

A friend commissioned three cocoons (one large, two nuggets) for a mutual friend's birthday. 

The catch was she really wanted the large one to have an air plant. Something that's been suggested, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to head in that direction.  But when you ask me to do something new, (and mostly reasonable) and are committed to it, I'm game! 

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I've got to say- I'm pleased, and so was she.

Thanks for the push Sara! 

A Year to Come

I start thinking about the end of the year just before Solstice, on my birthday, as we all do. It seemed especially labyrinthine (new word!) this year, with my new year, the Solstice, the Christmas holiday-travel and the New Year feeling like they all happened at once.

It's a time for reflection, self care, beginnings and endings.  Excitement, shedding of the old and well known, nurturing of the mysterious new... This year how I create changed in strong, spark-starting ways.  This year was perhaps, about finding myself within my art. This year, my goal is to take what I've learned and run with it, scattering it like seeds into the world.

I'm ready to trip over scary things, leap with joy with new skills and connections. I want to hone my craft, to tool, stitch, and weave with confidence and share what I create with you, the world.

It's going to be huge.

These are the things I hope to accomplish in this new calendar year, in addition to continuing to do what I've found this past year. I split them up between art and self, but we all know it's really the same list.

for my Work

  • Be in the Studio every day. Even if it's just sitting in the quiet in my grandmother's chair.
  • Write more about my real world of creating. The balance of creating what makes my soul sing vs. having a day job, paying bills, learning new methods of moving through my art, sleeping enough while trying to make enough art.
  • Explore different options of photographing my work
  • Make the clogs
  • Paint more, on leather and paper
  • Practice for practice's sake
  • Collaborate with patrons to make belts & bags
  • Weave more custom scarves (this is going to be exciting!)
  • Explore wet felting as a cocoon making option
  • Teach those who want to learn

for my Heart

  • Move my body more often. Be it at the gym, yoga class, or on the living room floor, I found myself missing the quiet of physical, blood-pumping movement this year.
  • Bake bread, eat it with cultured butter
  • Cook more dinners, and try new recipes
  • Keep my heart open
  • Remember to breathe
  • Drink hot tea (and whiskey) slowly, savor the moment
  • Putter about the yard
  • Take trips
  • Nap in the hammock
  • Visit with friends, near and far (dessert dates, letters, phone calls)

I'll continue to explore my mediums, work with intent. I'll snuggle the kitties and humans I adore, drink lots of water, and bake cookies.  I will continue to learn to listen to my true-self, and to ask for help when it's needed. 

This is just the base of the mountain.  I am ready.

What will you do this year?

Three little birds

errr... Cocoons, I mean, cocoons! 

 

 

 

Custom made for a dear patron's Christmas gift-giving. 

 

I am honored, as always, when you help me share my work with the world. 

 

xo

This sweetie is actually a really deep pretty fuchsia... BUT my camera decided not to play nice, and I didn't realize until it was shipped. ah, life. 

This sweetie is actually a really deep pretty fuchsia... BUT my camera decided not to play nice, and I didn't realize until it was shipped. ah, life. 

Laid Bare

I took these photos intending to do a longer progress post on the second Guardian. Then life moved a bit too fast for me to catch it. 

I thought you might like to see how the cocoons look without their embellishments. 

before

after

Into the Wild

Remember the Shield? Here she is at home. 

photos kindly offered by Janet B. 

thank you, my dear! 

With Purpose

Intention. 

It's a major buzzword these days, thinking, doing, walking, breathing, all with awareness. It can get exhausting, if you're not in the right space. It's easier, some days, to go through the motions more robot than human. 

It is also an important word, any day, any era, any world.  How do you walk through life? With your eyes open and staring up, down, or ahead?  Perhaps closed? A mishmash of all of these, depending on the moment, whirling around trying to grasp what's flying past?

Me too. 

Lately, I've been making more of an effort to be aware of my seat in the universe, especially in my studio.  If I'm going to create beauty, I want it to be soulful beauty, as often as possible.  I know it's an energy flow, and it will ebb and flow with the tides, but I am aware of it.  That, for me, is the struggle/goal/inspiration right now.  To be aware of my intention when I sit down at the bench, comfy chair, or loom.  To work with an open heart, crafting each piece with care and love so that it will fit you the best it can.  The more I do this, the more often it works out.  Practice works- who knew? (ha!)

Here's where this path has taken me, lately. 

a bag and cuff, mellowing out together, soon to be finished. 

cocoons, hanging from the ceiling, waiting for their embellishments. 

the latest weaving project, color movement through tiny yarn of silk and wool.

On Giving

Sharing has always been a part of who I am.

A natural penchant to 'make people happy' and four younger siblings will do that. 

We like to joke that I got all the gold stars for sharing in preschool.

(... that is a joke, right Mom?)

 

I've realized lately that I want-need to share my art with the world.  Local art markets and the online shop isn't enough. I want to truly share what I make.  To say thank you to the universe for bringing me inspiration, be it from nature or my fellow humans (Hello there!).

The Gratitude Cocoons you've seen here on the blog are how I'm acknowledging and fulfilling this internal drive. It's scratching the itch, but I want it to grow into something larger, more love-filled. I want to help others reach out.  Here's what I'm going to do:

Trust.

I'm going to trust you.

My next three Gratitude cocoons will be for you to claim for someone else.  Someone in your world (real life or internet life, as long as you can send me their mailing address) who needs to know that they're seen, heard, loved, held. It can be anonymous, or you can let them know who sponsored their cocoon.  Let me know if there’s a message you want included in the package. You pick the base color, and I do the rest. I create a cocoon in honor of your message to the receiver.  I'll make them in the order they are received, one going out each month until they're done. You'll get the tracking number when it’s sent, so you know it’s been done. 

So here’s the tricky part (at least, it's the sticky/tricky part for me).

I'm balancing on a double edged sword.  I need to share this work with the world, while at the same time be able to support my own world as well.  Every piece I've ever put into my shop helps build momentum to the goal of supporting my little family with my art.  In that respect, while these are "Pay What You Can', I'm asking that the minimum given is $30. That helps cover supplies and shipping. I’m giving the time and good vibes. If you're called to share more, know that it’s going right back into the studio.

Technically this is how it works:

There are 3 listings for Gratitude Cocoons in the shop for 'free'.  Check one out with the shop follow the normal purchasing steps, and then head back here and click on the Gratitude Project button below to complete our agreement.  I trust you. 

Gratitude Project

 

Selling art is a business, sharing art is my privilege and gift. 

 

Once in a Blue Moon

This is a collection that celebrates the events that do not happen every day, every week, every month.  Those unique times you stumble across, often not realizing it until they are already sweet memories.

I'm opening the shop at 8:34pm EST, tonight, in honor of this rare moonrise over my home. 

Every piece being offered up has been made by my two hands, while they may be echoed, they will never be cloned.  They are their own, and are ready to be shared with you.


Each piece has been drawn, hammer-tooled, dyed, stitched or woven by my hands.  These hands will never come again to this earth.  They are different hands today from yesterday, and will keep changing tomorrow. 

This work holds pieces of me within them, full of good wishes, calm, and a dash of sass (because, if you're making something, it should have at least a little sass, especially if it's a fox cuff!).

A Blue Moon is an extra full moon, either within the calendar month (as it is tonight) or the third full moon within a four moon season. The first full moon this July rose on the second, and so, we have a modern Blue Moon tonight.