Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Throbbing Pinky and a Gaelic Blessing

This fiber artist has a confession to make: I got mad and kicked a garbage can. Result? I hurt my pinky toe. I wasn't even aware that it was bleeding. The nail looks icky, and it is throbbing.....

I guess now would be the perfect time to let you read a poem by John O'Donohue, a Celtic author who I heard speak a few years ago. I'll take his words of comfort in too ---

BEANNACHT (Gaelic for "blessing")

On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you.
And when your eyes freeze behind the gray window and the ghost of loss gets into you, may a flock of colors, indigo, red, green and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays in the curach of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.
"May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the
fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours."
And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life.

This is for all who read it, especially for creative souls - might there be a quilt in these words?



Monday, June 27, 2005

"How Beautiful are the Feet" no.4

Everyone loves my "feet" quilts. This one was in the exhibit "Keiko and Friends" at the Fine Line Creative Center in St. Charles, Illinois this spring. Laura Wasilowski was the curator and put the whole exhibit on her website (www.artfabrik.com). The no.2 in this series, complete with tatoos, a bunion, toe ring, and a winter leg (sorry no image yet) went home a couple of weeks ago with a podiatrist! She gets to help me with one of the design elements for the next one, no.5.....
The third one in the series is going to given to my son's friend for awhile for her bedroom wall. She observed me working on it 3 years ago while we were up in Canada at a family camp with our church, and was fascinated with it -

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Rockford Art Museum Workshop: Create an Art Quilt - Celebrating your Culture in Cloth

Well.....I guess it's time to experiment, to test the waters, to see what's possible! My first post is a flyer about the workshop that I will be teaching at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois on July 9th. For most of you that have been working in this medium and have been creating incredible art quilts, garments, and anything else that can be done with fiber, I would just like you to see what I've been up to.

If you are just starting out, and would be interested in coming to my workshop, the contact information is on the flyer -

Thanks for looking!