Blue Horse

October 22nd, 2014

blue horse d

Last week, after reading Mary Oliver’s new book of Poetry, called Blue Horses, I did a quick drawing of the horse sculpture that Pamela, from Blue Star Equiculture, gave me.  On the cover  of Mary Oliver’s book  is a painting by Franz Marc of horses (there’s also a poem about painting).  The horses have some crescent and star-like marks on them.

I moved the crescent to my blue horses’ back and then the stars came.  After that I got the idea for a wall hanging.  This is what I have so far…

Blue Horse

Blue Horse

Girl and Tree Scarf

October 21st, 2014

A new scarf idea.

I had this idea to make a scarf with a girl on one end and a tree on the other.  Falling and floating leaves connecting them.

I started working on it last week, but got sidetracked by putting my studio back in order and shipping all those orders from my Open House Online Gallery.  But today I was back at it, figuring out how to make it work.

girl and tree scarf hanger

I was concerned about how the scarf would hang because in order to stitch my drawings I have to have batting to stitch onto.

But batting throughout the scarf would make it too stiff.  So I did stitched my drawings on the hankie and batting, then cut away the extra batting.  I did this with the single floating leaves too.  Each one in a circle of batting.

Now it needed a backing.    I couldn’t picture what kind of fabric should go on the back of the scarf.   But in the past few weeks I’ve gotten three or four quilt tops that different people have sent me in the mail.  One morning, between when I first started working on the scarf and today, when Jon and I were walking on McMillan Road, it came to me to use one of the quilt tops for the back of the scarf.

Erin sent me this quilt top, thanks Erin.

Erin sent me this quilt top, thanks Erin.

Between the colors and hexagon’s the Quilt top that Erin send me seemed just right.

girl and tree scarf  back

So I sewed it onto the front of the scarf, but wanted to do some top stitching to hold the back to the front.  I imagined a white serpentine  line starting at the girl’s hand and moving around the leaves ending up at the tree.  But when I stitched it,  because there isn’t batting in those areas,  the stitches were loose and because it was such a long run, I couldn’t get the line to flow without interruption.  So I got out my seam ripper and took out the stitches, spritzed a little water on the holes the stitches made and ironed them out.  Then I did a straight stitch over each hankie seam instead.

Now, the outline of the batting and some of the color from the backing can be seen through the white of the hankies.  But I don’t mind either.  The outline of batting helps make the stitchings stand out and I like the subtle color seen through the large area’s of white.

But,  now that it’s all done, I’m thinking there’s altogether too much white and I want to make another one that has the girl and tree, but with more color.  So I wouldn’t use the hankies, but a solid piece of fabric at least on the ends for the drawings.  And maybe have some of the quilt top (this one or one of the other one’s I now have) on the front of the scarf as well as the back.

Let me know what you think and I’ll get started on the next one.

Honestly…..

October 20th, 2014
Pumpkin and Deb

Pumpkin and Deb, friends?

Suddenly I’ve realized, I  have friends.  It’s not like I’ve never had friends before, I just haven’t had any for a long time.  Not since getting divorced about six years ago, when I changed so much that most of the  relationships I had no longer worked.

And the thing that made me realize that the people I now call my friends are really friends, is that I know I can be honest with them and I trust them.  I don’t have to hide who I really am.  This was not something  I could do in the past.  I was afraid to be honest, afraid not to be agreeable, I was so desperate to be liked. So desperate for community, I was afraid to do or say anything that might jeopardize it.

I grew up in a family where we didn’t  speak honestly to each other.  There were so many unspoken rules about what could and couldn’t be said.  And often, being honest about how I was feeling or what I thought turned into arguments or left me thinking there was something wrong with me for feeling the way I did.    So, I learned to say (and not say) and behave in a way that was accepted and expected. I did this within my family and not knowing any other way to behave,  I did it also with the relationships outside of my family.  I didn’t trust people to like me for who I was, so I became who I thought they wanted me to be.

This issue of authenticity has affected my art. It is difficult to be honest in my work if I am fearful of disagreement or disapproval. Fear of honesty works its way into all aspects of my life.  I’m continually working on being  more honest with all people as well as my friends, and I am also learning to be more honest in my work.

This means me making something without worrying if it will sell or not, or being overly concerned  about other people’s reaction to it.   But making it because it’s what I need to make, it’s something I need to express.  A few weeks ago I made a wall hanging from a dream with an alligator and a Thunderbird.  I got hardly any feed back on it at all and to me it was very meaningful and I loved the way it came out.  I sold it at the Open House to Jennifer who was really moved by it and said that a lot of people have trouble with alligators.  I have another alligator piece in me that needs to come out.  I think in the past I might have just forgotten about it, knowing it probably won’t be well received.  But I think that’s the same as not saying how I feel because I’m afraid of how someone might react to it.

Honesty is leading me down a new path.  One that strengthens my sense of self and connects me to the people who aren’t afraid to hear my thoughts and ideas and like me for who I am.

 

Till Tomorrow….

October 20th, 2014

shipping

Well, I got my studio all cleaned up, but I just got to my shipping this morning.  So everyone who ordered one of Kathleen’s wrapped stones, one of Jane’s pincushions or a Simon notecard last week, they’ll go in the mail today.

This afternoon, I’ll be working with Kim at the Cambridge Food Co-op, but tomorrow, I’m back in my studio.  And I have a new idea for that scarf with the girl and leaves and tree.  Till tomorrow…..

The “Ugly Quiltling” in Carissa’s Room

October 19th, 2014
Ugly Quiltling in its new room

Ugly Quiltling in Carrissa’s Room

Diane sent me this photo of my “Ugly Quiltling” on its new bed in its new room.  The room is the guest room, known as Carissa’s Room, because it’s were her granddaughter, Carissa,  sleeps when she stays over.

One of the reasons Diane was drawn to the quilt was that the fabric that I used, which had the date 1974 on it, reminded her of the materials her mother and grandmother used to sew with when she was young.   When she received the quilt she realized that some of the patches on the quilt matched the fabrics on two bears that she had in Carissa’s Room.  The bears were made from some of  Diane’s mother’s clothes after she died, by a good friend, to remember her by.  So the quilt has even more meaning for Diane than she thought.

I can’t help noticing it matches the ottoman in the room too.

ugly quiltling stuffed animals

Open House Aftermath

October 17th, 2014

fabric

Yesterday was a wasted day, my moods were swinging from high to low, I was mumbling and incoherent, unable to focus on anything.  I believe I was saved by a massage (for my accountants shoulders and neck) and a Yoga Nidra class, which calmed my mind and quieted my body enough so today I’m back in the studio, cleaning up (kinda).

Every time we have an Open House and I empty my studio of the fabric and all the other stuff, I have this idea that when I put it all back I’m going to take the time to go through my fabric and refold it and reorganize it.  Then I would know what I have and it would all be so neat and looking at it all would inspire me to make something new.

But it just doesn’t seem to happen. I mean to, and I start out folding each piece of material so it fits nicely in the shelf (you can see in the picture I started on the top shelf) and then I just get bored and I  anxious for it to all be put back in its place.  I just want it done and my studio back in order so I can work again and not have to think about it.

A part of me thinks it would be a very calming and meditative process to reorganize, but then I have that scarf I started working on yesterday…..and all that shipping to do from the Open House On-Line Gallery…

Okay, here I go.  I’m going to stick the rest of the boxes and bags under and on top of shelves, so at least there’s the impression that everything is back in its place. (And lets face it, those shelves would be a mess in a week or so anyway, so what difference does it really make). Then I’m going to pack all Kathleen’s beautiful Wrapped Stones and Jon’s  notecards and Jane’s  pincushions into boxes and envelopes and have them ready for tomorrow’s mail.  I already sorted out the artists payments and my commissions, made deposits and wrote checks, so that’s all done.      And now, on Monday morning I’ll wake up to the Open House behind me and a semi-clean and semi-organized studio waiting to be worked in.

Okay, that’s the plan, I’ll let you know how far I get….

Some Poison Inside of Me

October 16th, 2014

poison

She must have released some poison inside of me
when she worked my muscles soft.

Columns and Rows and a New Scarf

October 15th, 2014
A new scarf idea.

A new scarf idea

Since the Open House this weekend I’ve hardly been off my computer.  Two days of putting numbers onto a spread sheet and figuring out sales and commissions.  Not that there’s nothing fun about that.  I love to see how much each of the artists in the show have sold (including me) and then depositing the money in my bank account and writing them checks for their work. But sitting at the computer all day gets my neck and shoulders in knots and inevitably I make some kind of mistake and have to rework my names and numbers.  I just don’t do it often enough (thankfully) to remember from Open House to Open House all the specifics.

Anyway, that’s all done now and this afternoon I started moving all my stuff back into my studio.  Good to get it out of the house and back where it belongs. Tomorrow I’ll get it all (or most of it) back on shelves and somewhat organized.

But even though my head has been  in numbers, and columns and rows for the past few days, I’m dying to get back to my “real” work.  And ideas have been coming to me.

Yesterday I came up with a new idea for a scarf.  That’s it in the drawing above.  I think it would be made from some of the old white linens and hankies.  My first thought was that I’d draw  the girl, tree and leaves with a permanent marker, which may still be the best way to do it.  But I’m also thinking about stitching the drawing.   But then the scarf would need batting, at least for the drawings, and a backing.  Oh see, now I can’t wait to get back to my studio and try it out.

Maybe I’ll just have to leave organizing my studio for another day and get working on my new scarf idea instead.

A Way To Me

October 15th, 2014

away to me draw

A Way To Me

The old loneliness creeps in
that feeling of not belonging
It settles, a windowless room in my heart
a rocking chair and cobwebs

In a recurring dream
a secret room in the house where I grew up
In waking life, a closet

A way to out
A way to me.

Saving Simon Open House- OnLine Gallery- See What’s For Sale

October 14th, 2014
Saving Simon Signed Notecard by Jon Katz

Saving Simon Signed Notecard by Jon Katz

The Saving Simon Open House was a success in many ways.  We sold more art than ever, but still have some available to have our second Open House On-Line Gallery.   So if you didn’t come to the Open House and you’re interested in seeing and perhaps buying some of the art I was selling in my School House Gallery, come along with me….

First we have  a Saving Simon notecard by Jon Katz.  It’s a single signed 5×7  notecard for $5 + $2 shipping.  You can purchase one or more by clicking on the paypal button below or sending a check to:

Full Moon Fiber Art
PO Box 205
Cambridge NY 12816

 




 

Kim McMillan's "Falling Leaves"

Kim McMillan’s “Falling Leaves”

Kim McMillan’s felted purse “Falling Leaves” is $50 + shipping.  It measures  8″x10″ and the design is hand stitched with vintage buttons.  If you’re interested in it just email me at maria@fullmoonfiberart.com.  Kim already has a few custom orders for her purses and is working on website of her own.

Jane McMillen's soft sculpture Pincushions.

Jane McMillen’s soft sculpture Pincushions

All the big acorns are gone, but I’m sure Jane will be making more.  If one of theses pincushions is something you’d like have, you can contact Jane directly on her website Little House Home Arts.

Carol Way Wood

Carol Way Wood

I don’t have photo’s of all of Carol’s work, but I know she has some of her original framed watercolors for sale.  If you’re interested in these or any of Carol’s work, you can visit Carol’s website Lucky Bunny Graphics.

Wrapped Stone 8

Wrapped Stone 8 Sold

Kathleen Nohe’s Wrapped Stones have a beautiful energy that infused the gallery.  One person asked they type of stone one of the necklaces was and it’s healing properties, but I wasn’t sure.  I told her to choose the one she was drawn to not the one she thinks she needs.  I think this is the best way to choose which of Kathleen’s necklaces is the one for you.  I have nine still available.  They are Sold Out.  (But I’ll be sure to let you know when Kathleen has her website up an is selling more)  They are $40 + $5 shipping.  If you see one you like, just email me at maria@fullmoonfiberart.com.    I take checks or can email you a paypal invoice.

Thanks for coming to the gallery and hope you enjoy looking around.

Wrapped Stone 1

Wrapped Stone 1 SOLD

Wrapped Stone 2

Wrapped Stone 2 Sold

Wrapped Stone 3

Wrapped Stone 3 SOLD

Wrapped Stone 5

Wrapped Stone 4 SOLD

Wrapped Stone 5

Wrapped Stone 5 SOLD

Wrapped Stone 6

Wrapped Stone 6 SOLD

Wrapped Stone 7

Wrapped Stone 7 SOLD

Wrapped Stone 9

Wrapped Stone 9 Sold