Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year of the Crone

It's transition time into next year and time to reflect. Tomorrow, I will already be looking back from a new perspective.

I saw these double rings double with their shadow into infinity and the vesica piscis and I really like how the two symbols connect and combine and what they might say about my path this year.

I have only done a very small bit of stitching as I've been focused on visiting family for the past week. I feel excited to return to setting up my new studio and getting back to work.

And my second son is moving out from home across country, so I expect even more space to fly. 2012 seems like it's going to be a year of big change and a new stage of life for me.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Reaching, touching,

the return of the light.


Lit from within.

Wishing everyone who stops here, a lightened heart.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Slow Steps Forward

I continue to peck away at the studio move in between Christmas preparations, so right now it's slow going and no stitching is happening. Slow can be good, though, as ideas can take time to incubate - all part of the journey.

I know I'll eventually see the light.

I eagerly anticipate returning to work with colours and design. My creativity has been channelled into other areas for now - like menus and plans.

But I am keeping the star of my desire in sight.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Moving Towards Order

It was frosty and dark out when I went to Mt. Tolmie to see the moon eclipse, a few days ago. An eclipse is a good metaphor for the process I have been going through in creating new studio space - a descent into darkness before the turning point and return of the light - or in this case, some order.

I'm past the turning point, now, but felt in the dark about how to proceed at first, once the heavy 8 by 5 foot table had arrived and was awaiting set up. I spent a good part of a day developing more than ten possible plans on paper for how to arrange the furniture before moving anything. I have never done this before and what was interesting was how at first I thought there might be just a couple of ways, but as I persisted, more and more options became apparent. A good lesson for designing anything.
In the end, I still modified the plan I chose - ending up with kind of a 't' formed from my desk and sewing table and shifting the angle of that. Now comes alot of hauling up and down two flights of stairs and thinking about how best to organize my fabrics, books and supplies. Wherever I move something from, something else will have to be moved back, to replace it. The large table has a single flat storage shelf beneath it and I have some drawers that fit there, which is great.

Still a tall order ahead, but I'm motivated!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Growing Pains

I completed another nuno scarf to give away for Christmas: but mostly, I am making a path through clutter towards my new studio space

and while I keep moving, sorting, organizing and imagining, I am not yet seeing it

clearly and I feel pulled in so many directions - starting in one spot only to be stymied and then moving on to another.

This is creation on a big scale, with my palette scattered all over the house and me needing to compose and unify it into a well functioning whole. I feel a bit stunned,

I don't know where I'm going, but there is growth here and I'm trusting the process.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Imagining What Could Be There

This could be a butterfly: And sky on the ground:

And a face appearing beneath my sandpaper... One of my sons has moved out and I will be moving my studio - after alot of work and a series of shifting around other rooms, first. But I can see it taking shape in my mind's eye.

I have a nuno scarf partially designed with this silk I dyed as a base.

It may be a few days before I get back to it.