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i’ve no idea what i’m doing (and i love it)

In keeping with my promise to myself to make this year all about making art, I decided to finally take the plunge and learn something I’ve been wanting to learn for a long time – pottery. I never really knew if I could handle it because my hands and wrists tend to get pretty tired and sore because of all the other kinds of art I do. I’ve always worried that it would just aggravate the heck out of them but really, there’s only way to find out, right? I’m fortunate in that there is a very active awesome pottery guild literally five minutes from my house. So I’m now enrolled in a fifteen week beginner’s pottery class at The Village Potter’s Guild. This week {…Continue Reading}

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craft napa – a soul filling experience

It’s been a week since I returned home from California and Craft Napa. I had to hit the ground running when I got back to Michigan (after sleeping for an entire day, the 3 hour time difference really knocked me for a loop) so that’s why I haven’t blogged about it yet. I wanted to take time to really write a heartfelt post about it and not fly right through it. Let me say that I’ve been to several retreats – both as a student and as a teacher. And Craft Napa was nothing like any of the others I attended. This retreat was so community based it was amazing. Everyone approached their classes with an open heart and mind and it was truly all {…Continue Reading}

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surface design sampler quilt part 1 – monoprinting

I have a new series of articles in Quilting Arts Magazine called Surface Design Skillbuilders. The idea behind the series is to try out various surface design by exploring different methods of accomplishing the same technique. So basically one technique done three or four different ways. The first article in the series about Monoprinting is currently out in the December 2015/January 2016 issue.   As soon as I printed the fabric for the article I was itching to cut it up and use it. (But I didn’t, would make it hard to photograph for the article.) So I decided that when as each batch from each article came home to me, I would start building a Surface Design Sampler quilt to show how simply printed {…Continue Reading}

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my biggest art regret of 2015…

…is that I don’t feel as if I made that much. Something shifted in Art Brain earlier this year and I spent a lot of time just thinking and puttering. And now that we’re at the end of the year, I regret not spending more time just…making art. It wasn’t all bad. I reconnected with the world around me.     I spent a lot of time thinking about how I run my art business and what didn’t feel right. I want to really focus on the creative side of it, not just the textbook stuff. Anyone can teach that (it’s necessary but not the entire story)…I want to focus on the part that defines the soul of a creative business. I’m still not entirely {…Continue Reading}

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outdoor gardening on Christmas eve…

Yes, you read that right. No, I’m not drunk. It’s 47 degrees, sunny and we’ve been in a stretch of super mild weather (50’s and 60’s). To say this is abnormal for Michigan is an understatement but I am in no way complaining. A couple of weeks ago I bought some sempervivums that I planned on putting in the ground in the spring. They are one of the few succulents that are hardy to my state and can tolerate super cold temperatures. I’ve gotten tired of pushing them around from place to place in my studio so I decided to see if the ground was in good shape to plant them. It was. So I did.   A guy jogging by in shorts and a {…Continue Reading}