Studio Visit: Heirloom Hardanger Patterns

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7BFdjDDJ2Q Gentle reader, I keep threatening to spew out a torrent of books like a cyclone from which the world may never recover -- bwahaha.  But seriously.  My life is about finding the time and energy to choose from the millions of things I want to do, and then doing as many of them [...]

Flower Crown

In tarot, people with hats or almost anything on their heads are empowered.  The exceptions are bandages and shawls or cowls, and those imply different things.  The cowls/shawls are seen on children and imperiled women.  Headbands are seen on wealthy merchants and the bourgeoisie, as well as those who are blessed, such as the 2 [...]

The Winner

The Winner

I’m feeling the gestalt of this piece, which is truly life-changing for me. This was my first attempt at drawing myself.   I have had a surprising amount of anxiety about drawing.  I almost never draw anything, and it has never felt good.  It never occurred to me to draw myself until a few months [...]

Studio Visit

Studio Visit

I have been making things all my life.  But until a couple months ago, I was a craftsman.  I didn't really understand the difference between arts and crafts.  For as long as I can remember, I have been enormously anxious about drawing.  I have always felt that I wouldn't be able to draw a representation [...]

Foot-Bound Women’s Art

Foot-Bound Women’s Art

From HuffingtonPost. “We often underestimate how important handwork was in China’s pre-industrial economy,” she told HuffPost. “The intense pressure on women to work with their hands, to spin, weave, sew, and stitch cloth, bedding and textile products for their families and for sale has gone unrecognized.” ...“It’s very rare to find people who notice the [...]