Cloth As Memoir

I’m organizing my living environment into a creative hands working studio. My Momma had a lot of nice things that she collected in my childhood home. Stories and her creative hands are attached to many of these items. But, the bottom line is that I’ve got too much stuff. It’s overwhelming! Momma saved everything. I’ve…

The Creative Process

While unpacking boxes, as I settle into my childhood home, I came across my research from teaching Contemporary Art & Design at Chowan University a few years ago. The timing was perfect for me to be my own learner. “Teaching is for learners,” echoing in my ears in my Momma’s voice. The creative process of…

My Indigo Blues Journey

I’m a Teaching Artist from a family of teachers and women who loved sewing, quilting, dyeing fabric, weaving rugs, embroidery and crochet.  I grew up in a multi-generational home where handmade was a way of life.  I earned a BFA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Studio Art with concentrations in…

Awa Indigo Art Project Ai-no-Keshiki

Today is Day 03 of my participation living with a square of indigo in a fading box with connections to Japan. The cloth was dyed with indigo from Tokushima and the art project is led and developed by Rowland Ricketts. Four hundred and fifty people are participating all around the world. I feel abundantly blessed…

All About Indigo

The only natural blue dye comes from the indigo plant. Indigo is one of the oldest dyes in the history of humanity. Its history is rich with mystery, ruthlessness, greed, exploration and mystical qualities. All About Indigo explores the plant.

Essential Edge Live 2016

This is day number four after attending the Essential Edge Live Retreat, whose motto is “BE BOLD OR ITALIC never regular | Dream It. Plan It. Live It.”  My goals for attending this retreat were two-fold: 1) to gain clarity and insights into ways to increase sales; and 2) to network with other creatives to…

Dreaming Big

Last Thursday and Friday, I attended an intensive small business retreat for creatives called Essential Edge Live in Raleigh.  This blog now becomes my journal describing my process to dream big, plan effectively and become a successful small business artist.

Walking Away

Today begins a new journey in my creative hands adventures, because today I walked away from being an Auction Volunteer at Penland School of Crafts.  I love Penland with all my heart.  I am who I am as an artist because of my experiences and associations with Penland.  But as of today, I’m no longer…

Paulus’s Just Dance Movie Trailer

7th Session Closes Out The Summer With A Teaching From Paulus Berensohn “Just Dance” Dance Intertribal | Drum Yellow Hammer | Old School CD, “Intertribal” (4.19)

My Reflections On The Process of Improvisational Quilting

My analysis of the process is to think music. Listen to the electric Blues guitar of Jimi Hendricks perform Hear My Train A Comin’. (Web Link) Problems to Solve. Fabric puckers. Because we are cutting against the grain and bias of the fabric, puckering happens. Be flexible and open to trying experimental solutions. Make it…

Walking Out Transformation

  Moments in life are full of unexpected changes. The older I get the less I understand about people and circumstances. I do know a few truths, one of which requires me to stay in the moment in order to walk out my purpose. Mat Randolph described four traps set for all of us in…