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April 7, 2009

CMP ATC's - Luck

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I posted these to Flickr today, knowing that both of my recipients had received their cards. Every time I thought about posting these, I'm filled with this need to "explain" them. Isn't that odd? They really are about luck though, and I'm sure the people who received them looked at them and "read" them in a particular way, which is the whole point!

April 9, 2009

Totes and Placemats

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Taking a look at totes and placemats from the last several months.

April 13, 2009

Bench.

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I want to go here... and sit... the right moment in life, the right person, the right pair of binoculars. I want to sit.

April 20, 2009

Creative Therapy: Pastiche

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The new episode of the Creative Mom Podcast is titled "Nudge." (It's forthcoming... recorded late last night and hindered by the heat here in the Bay Area which kept turning the fan on my computer on... which meant I had to wait until it clicked back off each time because it's too noisy.) In Episode 127, you'll hear me talk about "nudges" and about sketch nudges that have been important for me recently.

Catalyst #58 went live today at Creative Therapy, and as I saw the announcement about it, it struck me that Creative Therapy also is a "nudge" for me right now. The art I've done for CT in the last several months has really pushed me and forced me to keep working on pieces that I might otherwise have never done.

This piece... it's for the "Favorite Word" catalyst. I had a very different idea in mind, though the fiber collage was part of it. I was waiting on some prints I'd ordered from Snapfish to arrive because I had something multimedia planned, and while I waited, I decided I'd go ahead and start the fiber component. I thought I would then cut it up and integrate it with the other elements. But once I started playing with the pieces, something very different took shape.

These pieces have had (and continue to have) a profound impact on me.

April 22, 2009

Coffee Sleeves

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I'm showing off our coffee sleeves in celebration of Earth Day 2009 (the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, in fact --- Earth Day pre-dates me. Really?!?!?!). Read the fully story on the Here2There blog. If you'd like to order one, let us know. Each is unique, hand-made, your favorite colors... even your kid's art is possible.

Whatever you do today, think about ways in which you can make a difference - and a change.

Ziploc bags may only be a few pennies each, but how many do you use in each lunch... multiplied by "x" number of kids.) I am surprisingly "green" in my fiber art. Many of you are familiar with the pieces I make using scraps and piles of thread that would otherwise be thrown away. I love that I can "reuse" so much of what might otherwise be trash.

I hope you, too, find ways to live more "green."

April 28, 2009

Creative Therapy #59 - Apologize to Someone

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This is my contribution for Creative Therapy #59. (Congratulations to founder Karenika, by the way, on her new baby!)

When I first saw this topic on the list for the group of artists who respond to the weekly Creative Therapy catalysts, I moved right along... "apologize to someone"? Nothing jumped out at me. In fact, I signed up for other catalysts in May. Then the moment with the gumball machine happened... the stuck penny... the shaking... the gumballs all of a sudden raining down around us... our confusion... and then the discovery that the force of the gumballs (gobstoppers, really) from within had broken through the glass.

I still haven't gotten rid of the broken machine. Gramma replaced it with a new plastic one, but there's something so compelling about the broken one.

At any rate, this piece came out of that. It's a tongue-in-cheek moment. Yes, even so, it fulfills my growing need to create art that - to me - matters.

(PS - not surprisingly, the scan is pretty bad and not overly true to color.)

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