Archive for October, 2009

bookmark sketches

October 22, 2009

An exercise I’ve turned back to again and again over the last couple years is one that begins with almost nothing and builds.  This originally started with trying to see whether very narrow cut offs and selvages could be sewn together in any way.  Playing around.  I liked the way it looked, tried some more and soon had several ribbony strips that looked like bookmarks.  They work well for that too. Have given a bunch away, but continue making them for myself.  They are like sketches, quick and gestural.  Or collages.  Or boro.  Little compositions, very improvisational.


these are between 1.5" and 2" wide



between 1.75" and 2" wide


just under 2" wide



Sticking or moving

October 14, 2009

So maybe it’s only your kids who can get you to move off of an idea that seemed firm and principled.  NO late TV on school nights (except for a special presidential address?); NO missing school if they’re not sick (except for visiting grandparents who they haven’t seen for three years?); NO wall-hanging quilts (except if your daughter sees the Gee’s Bend prints & small pieces and asks for a wall piece from you?).  Okay, principles are mutable, aren’t they?  Besides, she’s a grown woman now with children of her own.

The real problem isn’t whether I’d break and create a wall hanging for her, but how to meet the challenge of her inspiration in the Gee’s Bend women.  Good grief. I’ve been trying for years and it’s like trying to become a great jazz player by practicing once every other week.  Not a chance.