Dark Night of the Writer’s Soul

WhyWrite 2016-02-20Creatives, particularly those who work in their own studios, without contracts, without external deadlines, have our special rituals and incantations to keep the magic bubbling. I keep a notebook that I scribble in on most mornings, to keep the channel between my mind and my hand open. Occasionally, it snares some agony: WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING??? [Continued here>>>]

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Dollmaking: The Anchorite

DSC06199I’m moving very slowly on this doll because I keep putting it aside as “ruined.” But I also know that ruining an art project is license to start experimenting and having fun. To hell with perfection. [Continued here>>>]

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Earth Cloth: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

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In my fascination with textile arts, I keep wanting to make “eco-prints,” or rich patterns on cloth using botanical material. Here in the northern hemisphere, it isn’t really the season, so I decided to experiment with the onion skins I’d been saving in the freezer for just such an occasion. [Continued here>>>]

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Sense of Place: North South East West

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So… a cosmogram, a symbolic depiction of the universe. I backed off my Earth, Water, Air, Fire layers to consider North, South, East, and West. Who came up with the idea of the “four corners of the earth” anyway? And why are these “cardinal directions” persistent in just about every culture? I’m trying to see the world through ancient eyes. [continued here>>>]

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Sense of Place: Earth Water Air Fire

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Can’t remember when I first learned of those classical elements Earth, Water, Air, Fire. But I’m pretty sure they were taught as the working of primitive minds minds before the enlightenment of Modern Science. But those early Greeks (and the Babylonians before them) lacked only tools, not intelligence or insight. [Continued here >>>]

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Sense of Place: Scattered Thoughts

DSC00863-Edit“Sense of place.” I’ve been thinking about this concept. I’ve heard the phrase forever, about writers and about some artists, like Georgia O’Keefe. Well, musicians must have a sense of place too, when we think about genres so closely identified with New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, etc. Does the clustering of talent creat “a place”? Or do the geography and history of a place conspire to draw creative spirits to itself? [Continued here>>>]

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Dollmaking: Winter Wilma Comes to Life

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If you are ever lonely, make a doll. As long as your mind is open and imagination unfettered, you will have a companion, usually congenial, always opinionated. The “quickening” usually comes when you give your lump of stuffing a face. From then on, you are “co-creating” and the rest of your work will be a conversation.

Anyway, I wanted to kick off 2016 with some dollmaking.

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What Magic Is January

DSC00750-Edit Did I make any art in January? Although I will have a doll to greet February with (more on that later), January was mostly about opening my “maker lab” on the ground floor of our lodge and testing out new ideas. Can I snow/ice-dye? Can I overdye my failed eco-printed cloth with Procion dyes? Can I set up a natural dye cooker downstairs so I don’t confuse food-making with color-making? Can I set up a morning meditation space in the lab by shoving the couch against the window and propping my feet on the deep sill?… [Continued here>>>]

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William James Price: Immigrant Entrepreneur

PriceWmFam01-Wm02Happy Birthday, Great-Grandpa Price (Continued here>>>)

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Snow Dyeing: Transformation of the Eco-Duds

DSC00700-EditLast year I was enchanted by the possibility of creating “eco-prints,” by bundling up flowers and leaves in white cloth and letting them “cold-process” for a month or steaming them on the stove. The results were not pretty, literally. [Continued here>>>]

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