bowl detail

What was up at the Esker?

The draft for this post was just “discovered” in my drafts folder. Not sure why I didn’t post it in 2014 when this exhibit took place. My apologies. The fiber group that I belong to, Contextural, held a meeting at the Esker Foundation. We were treated to a specially arranged curator’s tour. It was a lovely evening where we saw the work of 3 artists. Here are some of my favorite things from the exhibit, which we were allowed to photograph. These are works by Peter von Tiesenhausen.

lion wooden bell bell surface wire bowl bowl detail great shadowsmovable disk

Lastly I must include another photo of the stairwell of the building – simply because I appreciate it’s beauty every time I see it.stairs

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reservoir and mountain view

Photo Challenge: Seasons

I went for a great walk today. Great for several reasons. The weather right now is outstanding, the sun is shining, I had my camera and I live near gorgeous park areas. Even though the weather can be unpredictable and seasons difficult to clearly identify, I feel like today was a perfect spring day. I’m not saying we shouldn’t expect more winter, but today it was spring.

below the reservoiredge of the waterreservoir and mountain viewfence with ice and snow

Plants are thinking about coming to life. There is still some snow and ice around, but most of the pathways are clear, making for good walking conditions. I did find a set of stairs that I’ve obviously walked past many times before. Of course I followed them down, looking for a different route home. My plans were thwarted by icy slopes in the trees and I had to backtrack. I will carry my camera and explore again when the real spring arrives.

I just realized that this is the 400th post I have made. I’m not a big numbers person, but I do love it when someone else keeps track for me!

more fabric bits

Welcome to 2016!

Or as I like to say – better late than never! I’ve been suffering with what I thought was the flu, which developed into bronchitis, and seems to be acting like a cold now. Whatever it is – I’m fed up with it. I have very little energy and a periodic cough that has people treating me like I have the plague. For the most part I have been staying home, resting, drinking fluids and all that jazz. Even though I know this sort of thing has to run it’s course, I wish it would pick up the pace.

When I do have any energy, I have been doing some busy work in the studio. I’m sewing little elements that will go together to create something larger. I’m not sure exactly what that will be, but I hope to have lots of “bits” to work with. We’ll see. I was curious as to exactly how many little elements I’ve been working on, so I did a count the other day. I have just over 1,000. Now I understand why it feels like this is a never ending project.

making bits

more bits

fabric bits

basket of bits

finished bits

As you can see in the last picture of “finished” bits, there are numerous rows of stitching on each bit. I have a couple of ideas about how I’m going to use these, but time will tell what will work best. I’ll let you know.

I’m also taking an online course called Creative Strength Training with Jane Dunnewold. We’re on week 3 and it’s been very interesting so far. Lots of things to think about when I have the energy to focus. I’m sure my art practice will be enhanced by this work. Better get back to work before I need a nap.

fall colors of grass

extra(ordinary) photo challenge

Some of the most extraordinary things present themselves when you go for a walk. Nature just has a way of making that happen. Since we have been enjoying some wonderful autumn weather, I’ve been trying to take advantage. These are a few of my recent extra(ordinary) finds.

fall colors of grass autumn leaf on the pavement fall leaves in the grass pavement, leaves and grass

Check out other photo challenge entries here.