|My TAST sampler pages for the five January stitches.|
|Learning to form shapes and fill spaces with common stitches|
|February has been more difficult to free form, but also more rewarding as I learn to improvise and take stitches to new places.|
|The portrait quilt is finally done, and I must say it came out better than expected (there was no plan, just moment by moment improv.)|
|Purple and green Dave is my favorite.|
|Arlee Barr's FrankenStitch class has taught me new textural additions to surface design beyond the stitches. This is a fabric "geode."|
|A second geode grows on this panel as the concept develops from 2D source art to part of a "Shrinebook" screen.|
|Buttonhole lace, stuffed, becomes a "nodule."|
|Sourced from the painting, "We Drank All the Limoncino, " another panel comes to life with "nodules."|
|From a new sketchbook series: Starbucks Saturdays,|
playing with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush to find new joy in doodling (while drinking soy lattes) on my weekly date with David.
|Inspired by waterbottles in the cold case. The drips were from my new fountain pen (more about that another day.)|
|Trying to loosen up and draw freely feels good,|
and sometimes results in funny drawings.
|I couldn't attend Carnivale in Brazil (although I know someone who did), so I just drew with abandon.|
|After scanning the image, I found this samba dancer on a parade float, so I turned on a Zumba DVD and danced along!|
|This week in the studio journal class we are exploring design inspiration through cutouts and kaleidoscopes. I made this classic study of positive and negative spacial imagery using a photo of my own face, then inserted it into a kaleidoscope app to produce the designs on the right. How much more personal can you get than a motif created from your own profile?|
I am coming to realize that the best way to find your creative voice is to start somewhere, with something that inspires, to begin the work and not worry where it will go, and just see what happens. What's the worst that could happen? You won't like it and you will start over. But from my recent class projects, I am seeing that quite often it isn't a matter of starting again, but continuing. Continuing to add, subtract, turn it around, see it with new eyes, be open to what is going on, both on the surface of the paper or cloth, and what is going on beneath, in you heart and mind. Keep on doing, everything is ultimately connected to the "you" inside. Finding your own voice is easy when you turn down the volume on what others say and do, and listen to what really inspires you.