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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.