Kidsquest Success

Awesome evening.Great helpers.I I promised the stalkers I would post a paper-cloth how to so will play with that later in the week.

My biggest priority this week will be getting ready for an Artist Amongst Us sharing at BAM. This give me the opportunity to share my work and consider whether I should set up in business.

This year example.

White Flag

In late March I will be sharing my art with the docent body at Bellevue Arts Museum.I’m currently thinking and working on some new pieces to share.As ever my pieces don’t really follow a straight line theme.I have a mostly finished stitch piece of an Alaskan watercolor – half finished

I found myself sorting thought the scraps from patch printing from the women’s print party at the Pratt back in January.As I am working on a woven piece to include for my upcoming table at the local kids museum and for the sharing.

White can signify so many things innocence,purity,snow,surrender

I wove over raw silk and included untreated raw silk.

Gardening success

This week is the annual Pacific Northwest Garden show and this years Arboretum Foundation Garden won a Gold Medal.I got involved chinking moss,cleaning stones and gluing plant labels onto posts.I think after four years of construction I kind of in the grove of working with this team to create an educational inspirational garden.

Inspiration from afar

I always love snail mail and this little bundle of Marimekko cards arrived from E in Norway.The designs are truly inspiring.

Outside the cloud is hanging in the trees and the rain is dripping from the gutters after an icy start to the day.

E tells me she has been listening to Henry Ibsen plays and looking forward to seeing A Dollhouse with her Grandma.I think have things to look forward to helps us so much in the winter-time.

This morning was interesting I attended the walk through for a new show “Future Machine” by Electric Coffin.Due to one of life little quirks we had a power outage and had to do a Q&A by day light in the atrium.I’m look forward to exploring the exhibit in day light tomorrow.

American Craft Council

I have been privileged to be invited to join the American Craft Council.I have to do a little research into how this will impact my practice but feel honored to be invited.

I am currently working on a pair of sister quilts for the author of my artist statement and her long term colleague volunteer coordinator at Kidsquest. One is completed but the other is proving to be a challenge.I will keep at it and hope to be accepting of the resulting quilt.I always find it a change to balance pushing technique and abandoning a project.

We have planned out the year and I have a month long trip to the UK and 3 week vacation in Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

How we learn ?

I undertook my Master Naturalist training and although I do not formally practice within this group I enjoy their FB group for my alternate FB page –  yes I like many have two or more pages.

This awesome link was shared by another member.Hilary this will work for all of my friends involved in teaching especially differently enabled students like myself.

Docent family  may also like to try this technique.It made me realize I should be keeping a Docent Journal to share with colleagues and keep my memories fresh ahead of my evaluation in May.

 

 

And into 2017

Found the ruler.It was in it’s special place in the tool store I created that hangs down the side of the bookcase but turned at a 90 degree angle so it was hiding with a paint brush.

Yesterday was such a cool one.Yep it was -5c and we were out on the deck looking at the crescent moon,Mars and Venus in the snow.

We walked on Alki Beach in the morning and had lunch at Alki Cafe ( awesome spot). To full too go home we headed up I-90 to Snoqualmie Point Park.The park was full of young families sledging and enjoying themselves.We hiked ( i.e walked across the field to the overlook) it reminded me of Wantage Park.

There was a young couple in their thirties with a very old dog.A big old grey muzzled family friend with a beautiful Fish bandana. He was rolling around in the snow like a puppy eating great mouthfuls.Eventually they asked me to take a photo I was more than happy to capture this moment of family fun.

As I turned away I noticed these hand prints on the wall.They reminded of Steve and my Reinvent adventures in Las Vegas.We saw ancient hand prints on the canyon walls.So I added my hand print.Forget foot prints in the sand in Oxford I’ll be doing hand prints in Seattle this year.

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Reflecting on 2016

I have to say I was staggered by George Micheal’s death on Christmas Day.

We all die it’s the natural order of things.

When David Bowie died I was sad that I had never seen him in concert but then I remembered I had seen him kneel in pray at Freddie Mercury’s memorial concert at the old Wembley Stadium.

I had purchased the allowed 6 tickets at 10 am on the morning they were released by 10.10 I had messenger-ed hubby we had tickets. We took my parents and a work colleague ( huge Queen Fan) plus hubby’s childhood climbing partner with whom he had attended Queen concerts pre our dating days.

On the day of the concert,we in good family fashion found ourselves early stood on the steps.Over the course of the afternoon various sounds were heard from inside the Stadium but my enduring memory is of George Micheal’s warm up of “Somebody to Love”.The crowd were joining in even though we couldn’t see George or the stage at this point.Singing in response is a powerful thing.

So I’ve attached this clip and my memory of George.Just a man of my generation who among others has past this year.

This year has been a challenge travelling,health issues and my aging parents but we have the memory of sharing this concert which was pretty amazing.

We talk alot in our family about making memories in essence it’s why i write this blog  to connect with my youngest niece.Think it’s time to get into the studio find my metal ruler which is missing in the Christmas Chaos and finish Just Breathe with some good 80’s tunes.

On a much happier note I got a hug at the end of docent duty from a Grandma for helping her grandson with his art homework-kinda made my day.

 

 

A little Christmas color

4x4 "Little blue"

4×4 “Little blue”

It has been cold, icy and snowy but my studio heater is working and yesterday I sat down with blue and created this little blue mixed media piece.When I create I tend to gather different papers and use up all the watercolor to make unique papers.I keep all these scrap in little boxes for future collages.

 

The Traveller

I was once asked by Michael Cepress if I thought wearable jewelry could tell tales .

Here I go beads from Alaska,wire covered silk gifted from Kidsquest Haku Japanese. Linen yarn from a new yarn store The Nifty Knitter in Issaquah.

The Traveller

The Traveller 8×1 1/2-2 “

Great new yarn store in Gilman Village complete with man park and a piano. They even carry Rowan Denim yarn so I may yet get my 50th birthday wish to turn my stash of squares into a jacket.