Dancing In The Flow

October 15th, 2018

This Thursday in my Bellydancing class we’re doing something called Dancing in The Flow.

It’s a full hour of just dancing and I’m really looking forward to it.  I know it’s going to be fun.

The first time I was a part of Dancing In The Flow I was surprised at how much I was able to follow along. This time  I know I’ll be able to follow along even though I won’t be doing all the moves correctly. I’ll know what the move are and what I’m suppose to be doing.

There’s no talking during the hour long dancing and only a few short breaks for water.

There’s a freedom that comes with Dancing In The Flow.  It’s more about getting the feeling of the music and movement than getting all the moves just right.  And no one is watching too closely, we’re all dancing.

Julz just emailed out a new playlist, so I’ll download the music and be familiar with it for Thursday.

I always get a “high” after class, but, during the last  Dancing In The Flow, was the first time I experienced the joy of dancing while I was doing it.

That’s what I’m looking forward to again.  That and seeing how much more I know.  How much more I can feel the music and the movement.

(That’s Kathleen McBrien and Emily Gold joined by Callie Raspuzzi dancing in the video above.  It’s from the Open House)

New Blog Delay….

October 15th, 2018

What my new blog will look like on a smartphone

I sat across the table  from Jon in the Japanese restaurant in Bennington, waiting for my Bento Box and trying to pull my blog up on my iPhone.

I’d been doing that all day, checking my blog to see if the new version of it was live yet.

Jon asked me if I wanted to go with him to buy a jacket for Peggy, who lives at The Mansion Assisted living Facility.  She’s going on a cruise (something I’ve heard Peggy talk about wanting to do since I know her)  and needed some things for the trip.

Normally I would have said that I couldn’t go, I had too much work to do.  But I wanted the break.  I’d been on my computer all morning sorting out online orders from the Open House and knew I’d be on it the rest of the day too.

Jon’s new blog had gone up earlier in the day and looked so good.  I was disappointed every time I pulled up my blog and wasn’t the new version.

Then I got a message from Chris at Mannix, my website designer and host.  They were still waiting for me to approve some last minute changes.  My revised blog wouldn’t go live till Tuesday or Wednesday.

I was able to get a photo of what my blog will look like on a smartphone.  That’s the picture above.  It’s cropped, I couldn’t fit it all on the screen, but I think it gives a good idea of what you’ll see.  And it will look very similar on a computer.

So I put my expectations on hold and am okay waiting a couple of days.  But I’ll still  be very excited when it does finally go live.

 

Good Monday Morning From Bedlam Farm 10/15/18

October 15th, 2018

Water, Sky, Earth Scarf

October 14th, 2018

my Ogg Winter Scarf For Sale in my Etsy Shop $60 +shipiping

I forgot how many leaves came down in yesterday’s rain.  The lawn is still green under them,  but barely visible.

So when I laid my Ogg Winter Scarf down on the ground to take a picture, I was delighted at how it blended so well with the leaves.

It was as if the pieces of fabric I made the scarf from had fallen too, into the design I created.   For the first time, I saw water and sky and earth in the scarf.  As if the leaves were saying look…”You recreated the world you see around you”

So I’m calling it my Water, Sky, Earth Ogg Winter Scarf.

And it’s for sale in my Etsy Shop for $60 + $7 shipping.  Just click here to see more pictures of it and to buy it.

 

 

A New Look At Full Moon Fiber Art

October 14th, 2018

Tomorrow, if all goes as planned, when you come onto Full Moon Fiber Art, it will look very different.

I think you’ll still recognize it by the header with the name and you’ll hopefully recognize my work.   But gone are all those distractions on the side of my blog.  You’ll be able to find most to the same information only in different places.

And there will be some new things too.  I’ll have a link to my Instagram page.  I sometimes post photos and videos there that I don’t post on my blog.  And on the bottom of my blog will be images of work that I’m selling in my Etsy Shop and a quick link to get there.

But you can explore it all for yourself tomorrow.

This is the fifth incarnation of my blog in the 10 years I’ve had it.  Thank you all for helping to make it so successful!

Me? Live on WBTN Radio

October 14th, 2018

Jane Stickle’s Quilt from 1863 at the Bennington Museum.  Thomas mentioned it in the interview saying he saw a connection between it and my work.  I can see what he means.  It reminds me of some of my drawings.  You can read more about it here.

I just got off the phone with Thomas Toscano from WBTN radio.

He  had a cancellation on his Sunday Morning Art Magazine Show and asked me if I would take the spot.  So there I was at 9:03 this morning sitting on the couch talking to Thomas, live on the radio, as if it was the most natural thing in the world.

The last time I was on a radio show was in the early 80’s when I was volunteering for NYPIRG and read a written statement on the student radio program.  I just remember being really nervous.

Maybe it’s because I’ve seen Jon sit in the living room so many times giving interviews over the phone, or maybe it’s because I just really like talking about my work and myself (can it be?!) that once Thomas asked me the first question I was off and running.

I also know from listening to many radio interviews that Thomas is good at what he does. Asking interesting questions and having a real conversation instead of just waiting for answers and moving onto the next question.

The first thing he asked me was how my childhood influenced where I am in my life now as an artist.  I never expected that, but also found I had no trouble answering it.

I was a little nervous  leading up to the interview.  I didn’t even write about it on my blog which is unusual for me. I was having some self-doubts about it. What if I really screwed it up?  Said “um” to many times, couldn’t think of anything to say? Stumbled when telling a story as I often do? The fewer people listening the better.  And even worse, what if I did write  about it on my blog  and still no one listened.

I had fallen into an old dark place about it.   So I did what I used to do when I was in that place…nothing.

But then I did know Jon plugged it on his blog.  I was grateful he did,  I just couldn’t do it for myself.

And now here I am writing about, like I’ve just discovered something new about myself.  Something new that I can do.  I liked it.  A lot.  It was actually fun.

I learned  from it too  and got some insights into another creative person’s life and choices that made sense to me in my own life.

I may be able to get a link to an archive of the conversation.  If I can I’ll post it on my blog.  Or, if it happens again, next time I’ll be sure to let you all know.

 

 

 

 

Bud and Fate in my Studio

October 12th, 2018

Bud and Fate hang out all day now.  Mostly in the back yard playing, but sometime they come in my studio for a rest.

I took this picture as they were  letting  me know they wanted to go back outside again.

Free Flying Vulva Decal, Spread The Word, One Flying Vulva At A Time

October 12th, 2018

Flying Vulva Decals $5 including shipping in my Etsy Shop or send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and get one for free.

I’d like to fly a plane over the Whitehouse and drop thousands of Flying Vulva Decals on it.”  Anne wrote to me on facebook.

I could just see it.

A deluge of Flying Vulva’s spiraling down on the Whitehouse, landing on the roof and littering that green lawn, like polynoses from a giant maple tree.

I still have  Flying Vulva decals for sale (and when I sell out of them, I plan to order more).  Along with  Flying Vulva Pillows and Flying Vulva Potholders.  I’ve sold many of them, but now sales have slowed down.

Usually when this happens, I move onto the next thing.  That’s how my creativity works.

But it’s different with my Flying Vulvas.  I’m not giving up on them.

Because my Flying Vulva’s are much too personal to give up on.  They are my creative answer to the women’s movement that is happening all over this county right now.  Not an organized movement, but a movement of individuals.

Individual stories, individual actions.

Whenever I hear our president say something hateful or demeaning about women I think of my Flying Vulva.  When I hear men and women say they want to hear a woman’s story, but don’t really care what she is saying, I think of my Flying Vulva.

I wish I were the kind of person who could figure out how to drop a thousand Flying Vulva’s on the Whitehouse, but I’m not.

I’m the kind of person who takes small individual actions.

I vote, I march, I write emails, I support candidates I believe in.

I create art that speaks to the power inside of us as women. Art that grounds and uplifts.  Art that makes me feel successful when I see someone looking at the Flying Vulva decal on my car and they can’t help but wonder and think about it.

This is what I do.

I make art that people can see everyday, in the comfort of their home that will remind them of their individual power and freedom.

Because that’s where I believe change really begins, inside each of us.

To make my Flying Vulva Decals even more accessible I’ve lowered the price to $5 each including shipping. Click here to buy them in my Etsy Shop.   Or, if you don’t have the $5, send me a self-addressed stamped envelope to Maria Wulf PO Box 205 Cambridge NY 12816,  and I’ll send you one for free. 

I am determined to spread my message one Flying Vulva at a time.

 

Smitten by Octopuses, My Octopus and Crab Potholders

October 11th, 2018

Octopus and Crap Potholders for sale in my Etsy Shop

I didn’t pay much attention to the octopus and crab fabric scraps that someone sent me till I read Sy Montgomery’s book, The Soul of An Octopus

Within the first few pages, I was as smitten with Octopuses (I learned the plural of Octopus is Octopuses) as Montgomery was.

So when I came across this fabric I determined to try and express my enthusiasm for Octopuses though my potholders.  And the crab?  Well it’s one of the favorite meals of the Octopus.  Although the crab on this fabric looks like it would be able to put up a good fight because of it’s size.

Jon and I are planning a trip to the New England Aquarium to see the Octopus there.  Since Montgomery’s book came out there’s a whole new Octopus display.

I put the book The Soul Of An Octopus in our Little Free Library when I was done reading it.   I hope someones enjoying it as much as I did.

You can see my Octopus and Crab Potholders up close and buy them and lots of other potholders in my Etsy Shop.  They’re $15 each + shipping.  Just click here. 

Rainy Dog Day Studio

October 11th, 2018

Can you find Fate and Bud?

Fate and Bud are keeping me company as I’m getting my studio back in working order.  We listened to Jon on WBTN doing his new radio show “Talking To Animals”.  I didn’t even get a chance to call in, the phone just kept ringing.

I caught Bud marching around with a couple of spools of thread in his mouth, but he was good about dropping them for a chicken rawhide chew.

I usually don’t let the dogs play in my studio, but it’s raining out and after a while they both settled down.  Fate finding her place on the rug by the door and Bud in a pile of fabric I was putting back on my shelf.