Around The World Blog Hop

Hi, and welcome! I was invited by Suze (Caracol Creations) to participate in the Around The World Blog Hop. Suze and I go way back to when a group of us did The Artist’s Way several years ago.

First, an apology. I was unable to coerce any artists to participate! I tried, but no one took the bait. Which is such a shame because I know so many uniquely talented artists in my blogosphere! I am truly sorry that you’ve reached a dead end of sorts, but I hope you enjoy visiting my site anyway. So let’s get started.

1. What am I working on?

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2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Good question. It depends on if you’re talking about making a quilt or making art. Either way, I believe my work is fairly unique. My construction technique is an amalgam of methods I learned from Katie Pasquini-Masopust, Carol Bryer Fallert, and Ruth McDowell.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Now, that is really hard to answer! Why? I’ve been driven to make art my whole life. Why this? I love working with fabric, especially batiks, the wow factor is high, and I enjoy the technique even though it is lengthy and fiddly—it would go a lot faster if I fused but I don’t like the look. Besides, it’s the journey, not the destination. And I have many UFOs to prove it!

4. How does my creating process work?

Let’s assume we’re not talking about the process of actually making the quilt but the “thinking it up” part. I have an “inspiration box” that is full of clippings of various print media I’ve collected over the years. I also have an extensive collection of digital photographs from my travels that cry out to be translated to fabric. When it’s time to start a quilt I lock myself in my studio with my “visual aids” until I get a spark—and it could be culled from multiple sources—then I sleep on it and let The Universe help distill the idea.

Sometimes I dust my house or organize a cabinet, as a type of meditation. I have found that the sacred art of space clearing is invaluable for stimulating creativity. You don’t just sort your fabrics to get it done, you sort your fabrics to sort your fabrics. It’s called “mindfulness,” and it really works! And there is no shortage of dust or chaos around here, believe me! I have a huge pile of batiks that need to be folded, sorted, and put away right now.

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Thanks for inviting me, Suze. It was fun!

Comments

Judy S. said…
Love that ginko leaf! Hey, I'll go UFO-UFO with you..... Hope your weekend was good!
Libby Fife said…
Looking very good so far! Proud to say that I knew those things about you:) Enjoyed reading them though. No one took the bait?
jenclair said…
I love the way you work and the artful quilts you make Can't wait to see the ginko leaves completed!