What IS it about red that is so appealing?
I love red. There are too many red jackets in my closet, red shoes I will never wear again, but can't bear to discard, and red scarves I'll wear walking the dog or going to Live at The Met. When I began working on "M&M's - I Eat Only The Red Ones", I cleared a large area on my work table and replaced items with some of my favorite red treasures - a paper bracelet from Mexico, my red Japanese awl that fits so perfectly in my hand, a red cardboard fish from a Hiroshima food package and more. Now that this project is at home at browngrotta's gallery in Connecticut, and I have moved my red treasures back to their original locations, the work table is a bit bare. Time for a new project and new inspiration. But I think I'll continue wearing lots of red.
What IS it about stones that is so appealing?
Basket makers are mad about stones. We line them up on our windowsills, edge our garden paths, stitch them on artwork and pile them on our worktables. In Japan, a modest stone tied with coconut fiber rope (the kind used to tie bamboo fences) is placed at the end of a path to indicate that one should not trespass there. That is so much nicer than a DO NOT ENTER sign.
And then there are wrapped stones to consider!
What IS it about stitching that is so appealing?
Twining is still the love of my studio life. On one of my studio tables, there is a new piece for the Pods, Seeds & Pollen series. It was inspired by hundreds of eucalyptus pods my dog and I walk on daily in Golden Gate Park and Sutro Heights Park. However, my twining I always do in my studio with all my tools and supplies at hand. So it isn't very portable. Also, I often like to do multiple projects at one time. Along came stitching!
I don't mean sewing, which I have not done since my poor Berkeley days. I mean mindfully and slowing stitching fabric with no exhibition plans in mind. Inspired by Chunghei Lei's bojagi wrapping cloths, Japanese boro (rags) and the contemporary Japanese fiber artist, Junko Oki, one work table is covered with old Japanese fabric scraps, Japanese handmade papers, a tray of DMC thread and linen cords, and lots of needles.
Now back to stitching.
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