Sun dapples over the water quilt in my studio.
Water: it falls from the sky, we drink it, it allows plants to grow, we use it to wash our bodies, our clothing, our food, our homes. I am very grateful for water.
As I contemplate water, I’ve been playing with what water means to me and how I can express these feelings in my fiber work. Rather slowly, a piece is unfolding and another one on its heels. The second piece spoke louder to me and I photographed some of its progress. Sometimes, I have so many ideas that I don’t know where or how to take a step forward. I feel like I’m in a stadium with all the fans cheering, “Do this,” or “No, do this,” or “Don’t do this”. Then I remind myself, “It’s ok to take a baby step.” I set a timer for 2 minutes. Yes, only two. And then I’m in and it becomes fun again and I move the crowded million thoughts aside and go with the energy in the artwork. Here are some things that I figured out today.
In these photos I'm going to stitch the fabric sleeves that hold the thin piece of wooden screen molding that I use for a hanger. I measure the distance that I need for the hanger. Then I measure the screen molding and cut it with a Japanese hand saw. I sand the hanger smooth, drill two holes in the wood for the wire that will allow easy hanging. I sign and date my artwork and it is ready to be hung in a beautiful place.
|Back of Water Quilt with hanger.|
Front of Water Quilt ready to hang. Quilt measures 6" x 9".