Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wire Roll Bag


At last, after machine troubles and ……..not too many brain troubles!….is the bag that came to mind inspired by the roll of old fence wire (previous post ‘First Snow’). Canvas was seamed to fit around a plastic pipe fitting, as I wanted the line of color to be continuous. It is wrapped with twine from my upholstery supply cabinet. This is a Shibori technique.(Certainly not an example of how beautiful Shibori can be but it suited my purpose.)

I then applied pigment with brush and let it set while I went to the dentist the next day. Back in the studio, I was eager to unwrap and view. I considered cutting into two pieces, then realized it still lacked the look I wanted. So I stitched continuously around the canvas tube. I love the ‘Slinky’ look! I then raided my vintage tin and found just the right button for the inner pocket tab. I sewed tabs for grommets, stitched a cotton lining with zipper pocket and large button tab pocket.
Available in my Etsy Shop.


Last Year’s Task – ‘Everything’

Last Year's Task - 'Everything'

Last week was unproductive so I will share with you a task I set for myself last year. The plan was to do graphite drawing each day on this paper I ‘mapped’ with the word “everything” and divided into angular drawing areas. The only rule I set for myself was that it be completed by December 31, 2012. I did not do as well as I thought I would! Many weeks I didn’t do anything on it. Other times I would set my pencil on the paper with no particular plan and the first thought and the first move of the pencil made the decision and the drawing flowed from the pencil. It is apparent that I relied heavily on circles and stripes to fulfill my mission. It is, I suppose, a version of a Zentangle but I didn’t have that in mind. I thought it would be something I could do in those moments I didn’t have a better plan or inspiration. I intend to do something similar for 2013 but I think I will make it smaller. And I will continue on defining this but I will add no more drawing on this one.

Even life needs some blank spaces.

A good quote for today, a New Year

“We get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything
happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really.
How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your
childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you
can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more.
Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon
rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”

Paul Bowles        b. 1910, New York City       novelist, composer and poet