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my big creative year : ordinary happiness

Happiness is good for creative work – it’s an open place, a place of ease and flow, curiosity. I think of myself as a happy person and I think of myself as someone who deals well with failure but I, and I think most of us, can relate to the tendency to focus on negative […]

on June 29, 2015 1
sketchbook : week 19

sketchbook : week 19

Week 19 in my yearlong sketchbook practice. I love having a record of  the days – it’s an extra bonus that comes with this sort of daily practice. It’s a different kind of remembering – looking back at each days little experiment.  The memories are of sensation and mood, the little squares mostly don’t relate to […]

on June 27, 2015 1
toadstool pattern work

toadstool pattern progress

The toadstool pattern is just about done.  I’ve got a few steps to reshoot and then a little more work on the document and it’s ready to go. I’ve taught this class a couple of  times and that definitely helped in writing the steps. It took two years of experimenting to get the shape I wanted […]

on June 25, 2015 3
owl sketches

my big creative year : notes, doodles and sketches

I always have a notebook with me – usually more than one. They are full of lists and notes and doodles and sketches. Blank pages are terrifying and paralyzing and my notebooks are a safety net. It is essential to my forward motion to record ideas as they come to me, to sketch-out possibilities, and […]

on June 22, 2015 1
fitting foxes for kimonos

on my work table

I’ve been working on a huge collection of creatures for Fortuny. Today I’m fitting patient foxes for kimonos – it takes a long time and  they never complain or fidgit – they are always solemn and still. The fit is precise – especially at the back of the neck and they are fully lined and […]

on June 18, 2015 5
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