Tuesday, September 8, 2015

In Praise of the Humble Loom

... that just sits tight and holds it all together while I play with shuttles.

The Loom, itself, is a work of art.  It's a prehistoric, simple but complicated machine that allows the craft of the weaver.   This compilation of cords, lamms, harnesses, heddles, beams and treadles enables work that ends with a fabric made from criss-cross fibers.  The artist-weaver is the engineer creator making simple or intricate handwoven cloth.  It is beautiful and photogenic but, it's the weaver that brings it to it's full glory.  A symbiotic relationship.

Box Crops - Handwoven - Made on My Loom


Monday, July 6, 2015

Sky Dancing

Sky Dancing, neck ornament - experimenting and playing at the end of the warp, colors and pattern.  

We have been traveling and some of the sights we saw are too spectacular and wondrous for words, some need an explanation.  Loving summer!

The Falls of the Sioux

Art Sculpture in downtown Sioux Falls - I love the downtown, I don't know how long they have been featuring sculptures from around the country, they're good and different every year.  Some of the businesses purchase the art pieces making their stay in Sioux Falls permanent. 

Sky watching was our entertainment across Wyoming.  Lots of rain in these parts this year, flooding in some towns, everywhere fields and ditches were blooming with wildflowers and green grasses.

The Tetons

Bitteroot and mallow.  So many wildflowers.

Hanging around the campground.

Our destination, cute little house in Boise!

Paint brush clouds, downtown Boise.  Love that light blue brick.

Flowers in the lava cracks at Craters of the Moon, Idaho.

Lots of big sky, miles and miles...

The Mitchell, South Dakota Corn Palace.  The guys on the scaffolding were scraping off the corn cobs, I'm guessing getting ready for the new crop when it arrives.  They have lots of work left.

Yes -- corn cobs make up this building's art.  First time seeing it.  The domes were sitting beside the building - someday I want to see the it with the domes on and decorated.  Even more impressive!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Make A Statement

What's Showing:

I had to give this a try.  Fancy patches.  My friend Susan, has been working this for some time. 
This turned into a poncho, which kept me warm that past rainy, cool weekend.   

Good Morning Summertime Sunshine.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Flowers, Memorials, Cars and Buses Everywhere

We went somewhere.   I'm putting pieces of our trip here for me to remember and if you're looking hope you've seen some of the same remarkable sites of Washington DC - US Capitol City in April.

The Cherry and Magnolia blossoms were in their full, amazing glory.  Everywhere you looked the trees were bursting in blooming splendor.   Our first days in DC were misty, gray and cool, it didn't dim the blossoms.

The time we were there marked the 150 anniversary date of his assassination.
We saw a play at the Ford Theatre called Freedom, a big, bold singing performance.
The Ford Theatre has been historically preserved as it was in Lincoln's time.

WWII Memorial.  This is a beautiful memorial to all the men and women at home and abroad.
This one choked me up.  My dad was abroad, my mom at home both involved in the war effort as was everyone living at that time.  Lucky for me, they met after the war.

400 Stars for the 400,000 that died in this war.

Magnolia Scarf

Planning out a set up for a weekend show in Rochester, MedCtiy Art Fair at the Mayo Civic Center.

Our 'motor coach'.  Really, this bus going around the city was a show stopper.   I saw a little boy fall down on the sidewalk, he was just about to cry and then he saw our bus.  His jaw dropped but no crying just big, round-eyed looking as we passed by.

Typical DC traffic - ugh!  Taken from somewhere inside the bus.

It was a great trip.  It was hosted through WI Public Radio, Holiday Vacations provided everything.  They took good care of us.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Go Somewhere

 The Coffee Shop

The riverbed in bare feet.

Into the woods

The desert

The St. Paul Transit Station

Go somewhere and wear an original handwoven.

You can find these at VIVA Gallery in downtown Viroqua, WI.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Annie's Eyes

So I got to spend 5 days with a daughter recently.  She decided to have her eyes corrected, she couldn't do Lasik, she was recommended for PRK.  You can look that up if you want to know more but it is a little more involved than the Lasik procedure and there is a bit more of a recovery period.
Here she is the day after the procedure.  She said I could put this photo in this post, you've seen her before - she's my main model for my work.  Just saying - this is not truly representative but just a 'feeling silly and relieved' look.


Would that every procedure would be like this - from the outside everything looks normal.  From the inside I was hearing one day that seeing was perfect and the next day blurry.  From all the blogs she'd bookmarked we knew she was following the norms.  She's happy she did it but it will take a while to really see how good it is.  This picture is better than the one we took of her in her protective sleeping goggles.  

All of a sudden it's feeling like Spring arrived and days spent in Madison were pleasant.  She's close to lots of good stuff so I walked places, she stayed home with her eyes closed. 

Love taking pictures of where people live, a few apartment shots here feature textiles, kats and dog, little growing garden plants and morning kitchen shots.  It was fun spending the time together.  Something that doesn't happen often enough when kids get involved in their own life.  I'm glad she asked me to be there.  

In the studio . . .   from the last post, Gold and Linen finished.  

Linen and Gold  - different shrinking                                        
has the gold lurex poking through the linen fibers                                                      
and catching the light.