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outside of Boston
fiber artist in Massachusetts
Interests: quilting, reading, gardening, collage, history - esp. American
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“Someone idiot”?! Nice auto correct. I can’t even remember what I meant now. Separate? Special?
Toggle Commented yesterday on leaning towards autumn at handstories
The more I learned about transitions for kids, the more I realized that it all applied to me. Good luck crafting your days. I’m glad you have that someone idiot space now. And what’s this December show you mentioned on Instagram? Shows certainly can be an organizing force.
Toggle Commented yesterday on leaning towards autumn at handstories
THis morning I dashed out to buy cloth-moth killing supplies. Mowed the lawn. Sweat drying under the AC vent upstairs now. Such contrast. My one current place of wildness? My imagination. And now I’m off!
Toggle Commented yesterday on accumulated House~ness at windthread
I’m glad you like that dopey little cloth. Kind of you to take the time to say why. A book is a great idea!!! Especially because you are an unbelievably good writer. I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. I was trying think what might stand in for commissions and all I could come up with is textile museums or museums in general. But a book would, I think, have broad appeal. I seem to remember that you, like many dyers, keep meticulous records. If so, all the better. I’m very excited about his idea. The tablecloth theme would make your book unique among dye-books and it’d allow you to talk about things other than just the textile aspects. The Ina Garten of the dye pot!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on Pink poncho at Raven and Sparrow
I love the archeology involved in unearthing this disk, repurposing it. You remind me of the POWER of curiosity. Just imagine if you valued process and thinking as much as you do but lacked curiosity? Ugh. As for cutting and ripping components, you show us how Embodied Curiosity brings with it risk. For what good the wondering without the risking? You model that beautifully too in all kinds of ways.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on wear, and what if (?) and huh? at Spirit Cloth
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When I see how essential the nine patch is to Jude, I admire how she has discovered that and how beautifully she makes it work for herself as a base, a concept, as a “safety net” as she says. And I notice, like you, that it doesn’t hold the same magic for me. I absolutely love the weaving though. I get obsessive about it at times. I save every small strip made doing other work for future efforts. I have piles of woven rectangles waiting for me to do something with. What you say about how it strengthens you and makes you feel as though you could build a house made me smile. Such a good expression of how any real congruent process lights us up, enlarges us, creates a sense of expansive possibility.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on found at windthread
I somehow missed this post and such a good one! I, too, have noticed how having a recipient in mind while making something very much enchanted* the process — so much so that when I’ve turned my hand to other projects I’ve tried to pretend it was for so and so only to find it impossible to transfer the feelings that way. As for giving things-made. I have found an inverse problem as well — giving away small pieces that I am less than satisfied by. I seem to cringe at something I sent you, in fact. Part of many gifts sent out for Kickstarter. A pink poncho of sorts but in the mind of the giver. This situation can be uncomfortable when the recipient loves the thing — I sit there uncomfortably thinking, why? Because you make, as Mo says, heirloom quality work, I doubt this arises for you to any degree (even tho I know how harsh a critic you are of your own work). Your exacting standards. The time you take. As for commissions, all sorts of complications can arise in the space between your ideas/execution and the expectations of others. It can be unbelievably frustrating. And my immediate thought was — the price point would have to be so high that we’re talking the .1%, I think. They’re out there, of course, but to find them? Meant to say enchanted but how much better ‘enchant’ is.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on Pink poncho at Raven and Sparrow
This post! Can’t tell you how much I love that first photo.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on friends.....and then late....addendum at windthread
A quilted cloth is a great idea for tables! It would be so much easier to fold and iron — of course it would. I’ve made exactly one French seam in my life but not with a mitred corner so I can’t help you there. But I gotta believe you’ll find a YouTube video demonstrating how if you keep looking.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on Return to french seams at Raven and Sparrow
Like Dana, I see a cloth there. Basket texture and all.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on Language at Spirit Cloth
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Keeping the question there: who am I?
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on living together at windthread
For me, it’s birthing a galaxy.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2019 on parenting (& cloth) at handstories
I need to come here more often. Your posts are always so well-written, full of interesting bits of history and literature and beautifully illustrated. A thank you, BTW too, for modeling "the ask." I've been thinking about adding a 'donate' button to my blog for a while and you're Patreon link helps me think about it.
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I read this a couple of days ago and thought, Oh, you too? I understand.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2019 on Sky-Dye at Spirit Cloth
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Commented Aug 5, 2019 on i am homesick for New Mexico today at windthread
Stitch bombing! Or thread graffiti! You’re too funny. Glad your friend is okay.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2019 on love sutures at handstories
It’s beautiful, as always. And I love the sentiment aroused by the bird cloth. What did you serve for dinner?
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2019 on Birds of a feather at Raven and Sparrow
Beautiful! Yellow and purple are such good buddies. I love the idea of color being fugitive even if not ideal from a dyer’s perspective.
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2019 on Lavender time at Raven and Sparrow
Thinking of you and your beautifully complex family with love and in solidarity.
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2019 on stand and face at windthread
I love how the shadows seem so much a part of the cloth in this photo. And yes, it seems alive. As for Megan Rapinoe -- I have a bit of a crush. Find everything about her fine.
it took me a minute too. at first I thought -- that's a whole new level of miniature!!
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2019 on Focus at Spirit Cloth
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I saved all my sister's lorazapam in case I need another implant. UGH!!! I like this piece for itself and also for how it contrasts your other work, which tends to have a horizon line. This one spinning or burrowing... nice movement.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2019 on edges at handstories
Oh you poor thing! Hope the crown phase goes well! I know how you feel about dentists...
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2019 on foggy at handstories
One of your best lizards yet. Had to enlarge to make sure it wasn’t real.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2019 on just as it was...that moment in Time at windthread