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Friday, July 29, 2005

"Who Needs Art?" by Michael Corbin

Good article. Here's the beginning:

It's really a thrill to love what many consider a frill. Art. Do I actually need it to live? No, but I'm glad I don't have to live without it.

It seems to be a primal calling. Not just for me, but also for societies that go way back. Sketchings found on ancient, unearthed walls. Carvings on old trees and rocks. The trump card argument for art is that the human urge to create and express pre-date reason and criticism. Artists were at work before anyone had a clue ... or cared.

Non-traditional training?

I've been following a post on one of my favorite blogs with a great deal of interest. The provocative "Does College Matter" was posted on July 14, and for a week afterward the comments kept pouring in. I found all of the discussions particularly interesting since my daughter is headed off for college this fall ~ to an art department ~ and my son will be finishing his associates degree and trying to decide whether to go further, or to go really further. Like back to Guatemala and forget about the rest of college.

I suggest a subscription to Kathy Sierra's Creating Passionate Users, no matter what side of the debate you fall on!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Lesley Riley on HeartsArt

Talking about her book Quilted Memories. It's a great show, filled with lots of great advice. Listen online.

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Huge collaborative photo archive on the way

The collaboration between New York's International Centre of Photography and George Eastman House is expected to include at least 200,000 images by the time it is fully set up next year.
~ The Guardian Unlimited

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Peace like a river

Peace like a river

I've found that if I wiggle the cable around just exactly the right way, I can get my camera and computer to talk to each other! Since it appears that the connection on the camera itself is the problem, I guess I'm going to be doing a lot of hoping and praying for awhile. Get that little part fixed? I don't think so! We're talking about a whole new camera here...

Mike loves me, but that would be testing things a bit!

Anyway, "Peace like a river" is mixed fabric and paper, with a fabric transfer of an old cabinet card. It's embellished with vintage snaps, some buttons, and embroidery, as well as all the beaded stuff that I showed up close before.

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I like their style!

Lost Art Salon

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

My husband is a genius!

He "fixed" my camera/computer problem temporarily, but it looks like I'm going to need to either replace the cable (hope, hope!) or the camera itself...(noooooo!)

Anyway, here's the next step, ready to be written on and quilted.

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How I wish I could post Step #3

But I can't! I've taken some pictures of it ~ it's now part of a mixed-media piece using a fabric photo transfer, some handpainted fabric and paper, and commercial fabric ~ and my stupid camera won't talk to my stupid computer! And my brilliant son is still in Guatemala where it will be very hard for him to fix it for me...

Oh well, we'll see what Mike can do when he gets home :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Step #2

I still don't know what exactly it's going to be, but it is starting to fill in :-) Here's step #1, in case you missed it. I do know that I'm going to combine it with other papers and fabrics into one of my mixed media pieces.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The view from here!

Yesterday afternoon, I sat on the porch to work rather than sitting in my studio. My husband screened in the porch a few years ago, and it's now my favorite room in the house...but unfortunately, it can only be used for such a short season here in New England. Short growing season too, but I try to pack our garden with fast growers and plants that look lush.

Another thing ~ if it weren't for the screens, I couldn't possibly work out here with the mosquito and biting fly season that we are having!

A new piece in progress

I thought I'd show you the steps involved in the next piece. I don't have any idea exactly where this is going yet, but we'll see!

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Talk or drive...not both

Hang up and drive!

No, this has nothing to do with art, except maybe the art of staying alive and keeping others around you safe. I might not be so hot on this issue if my next-door neighbor hadn't almost been killed two years ago by a young man who was chatting on a cell while driving.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Not the measure of a woman


Fabric and paper collage, beads, silk embroidery, hand-painted papers.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005


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Choose life, peace, and hope

I've been heavy-hearted for many days now. We had a senselss stupid killing in our small town on Saturday, after a wonderful peaceful day of celebration at the town park and the annual fireworks display. It seems incredibly stupid to say this, but these things just don't happen in Ayer. I've had a hard time not dwelling on it, because it has caused such an uproar in town ~ as it should, really. I haven't been able to do much art, and my husband suggested to me that I really needed to make something by way of a memorial to Kelly Proctor, the young man who died. I'm going to try to do that this afternoon.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A gift for our local DPW

The picture ~ not the steam roller itself! Isn't this a cool old piece of equipment?

Saturday, July 02, 2005


Dropping Nate off at the airport. Doesn't he look thrilled to pose for his Mom?

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