A trifecta of purification, SIMULTANEOUS transformation by fire, water, and air! What's percolating in your creative life this month?
These old hand stitching tools remind me that life is too short to be on the computer all the time.
Innovation is something that happens when there is no instruction manual readily available. Improv Handbook giveaway on OkanArts.com.
As the patchwork unfolds I will listen without agendas of planning, perfecting, or pleasing. I will allow the patchwork to show me what it wants to become.
It's an interior space that speaks about the confinement of imagination. Installed at the Headlands Center for the Arts, 1998.
It's as if I've been on a boat for the last year and a half and I've just been dropped off on a new shore in my life. Everything is new. Everything is YES! Many thanks to all who've been on the journey with me.
Remembering a geo-psychic, temporary public art project for the city of Durham, NC, that marked the beginning of urban (and personal) renewal.
My improvisational patchwork process is getting a boost from taking an improv theater workshop. It also affirms my deepest values: discovery is the path to freedom, freedom is the path to connection, connection is the path to joy.
I always make a big mess when I'm piecing a quilt top. I mean a HUGE mess. It's insanity. There's fabric everywhere, underfoot and on every surface. If my studio was in a zero gravity zone scraps would be floating to the ceiling. Imagine that! I can't show you the quilts I'm making for my book on improvisational patchwork, but I CAN show you the aftermath!
Once I've finished piecing a quilt top, it feels great to get my studio in order again. Wouldn't it be nice to be the bionic woman --able to condense eighty minutes of scrap sorting into one? Okay now it's on to the next quilt.
How do you sort your scraps?
The pattern of this all linen quilt was created by chance through a random process of throwing coins as prescribed by the I Ching.
Scrap Doodling is a playful improvisational patchwork process utilizing fabric scraps without concern over the outcome. It's like drawing but better!
This rainbow of fabric reminds me of the lengthening and shortening of days. Happy Summer Solstice and a season full of fun and creativity.
This one quilt "Manna" brought in $16,000. I wonder about the power, the extravagant generosity of art to move people and rain bread from heaven.
I spied a graffiti Easter egg hanging in a tree. A down and out bottle face waiting there for me.
Riding along the bay in East Oakland on a sunny Sunday afternoon in winter restores my rhythm of attention.
I considered the space between warp and weft when piecing these curves with bias cut strips to create this modern improvisational quilt.
I will be presenting a new framework for improvisational quilting that breaks free from the design/pattern/copy paradigm of traditional quilting: on Feb 5 at "Stitch Modern" a quilt show with special events hosted by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild.
Experiencing FLOW, being fully engaged in creativity, work or play, is one of the habits that increases happiness.
Free-cut continuous bias strips were machine pieced through an improvisational process to create the curved patchowork in this modern quilt.
In a split second my split sections were on their way to becoming TWO modern quilts instead of one!