pushin’ the needle too far

June 11, 2018

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Surprises/Discoveries:

I was pushin’ the needle too far… I’ve been through three machines in my ~35 years of sewing. I never broke a needle until this quilt. Strange. There was nothing untoward happening, that I know of… But clearly I lost pace with mind, breath, pushing toward the end. This was in the last 30 minutes or so, after taking the longest time in my record to make a quilt. This second to last day (which could have been the last but for the broken needle), all i could hear was that Indigo Girls’ song.

I did not let the presser foot down, for any stage of the patchwork or quilting.

I also didn’t set out to practice such a degree of organicity in physical and visual form. This may be the truest improv of all my quilts thus far.

And another surprise- scrap paper works fine as a stabilizer under stretch knits.

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Satisfactions:

After failed attempts in recent years, I pulled off some simplicity and empty space. There are many stunning modern and improv quilts out there that inspire me – mostly those with great amounts of “negative” space and very few powerful, simple, often small elements of shape and movement.

I worked with my machine. No snags, abrupt stops, tension drama or fits-and-starts emerged, as they tend to at least a few times in any sewing project for me. Ha! And then the needle broke, or, ehem, I broke the needle.

I only used scissors- no rulers, measuring, cutting mat, or rotary blade.

I like the not-straight edges. I failed to find a decent place to photograph this one – the edges are a bit wonkier than they appear.

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Dissatisfactions:

I began by trying to hem the knit fabric the way i do other patchwork. (The top is made of knits only.) I couldn’t deal with the stretching, bunching, bubbling, and wrinkling. (I’ve no serger – that’s long old dream.) So, the top is all applique-ish.

I had no plan for the quilting, just let it happen. The lines appear to be begging for more topo map like variety in the proximity of curves and shapes. I began contouring, and now wish i had let it venture into more geo/landscape type peaks and valleys.

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What’s Next:

No more stretchy knit fabric for a while, if ever again. Solid colors and stable cottons are what’s next. It’s not gonna be improv, at least not in design/imagery. There is a direct inspiration that i will be copying/translating. I’ve had this one in mind for years…

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Reflection categories prompted by my experience as a test quilter with Sherri Lynn Wood’s The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters process.

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a grave green yard

May 12, 2018

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or is it a grave inch

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a grave day

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a grave breath

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a grave tree

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a grave accounting of hospital arm bands sticky and hard to remove

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a grave foot…

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stone

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or a grave headstone

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close. up.

March 4, 2018

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or is it…

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up.

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…then…

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close.

 

sewing and snowing

January 17, 2018
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peacocks transform what is poison for others into beautiful colors in tail feathers – these creatures are a longstanding symbol for genderqueer/trans and oppressed others’ power – we bring/demonstrate/teach/share/explore beauty and love and embodied autonomy and capacity for change with All Beings

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tail

the quietude of this particular day is warm with birds and tracks, wool and time

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2

some part of me has always enjoyed the simplified symbol/cartoonish shape inspired by the anatomical heart…

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snow days are a quirky challenge, as i lose wages and gain space in other wei/ways – contemplative lifestyle + capitalism = strange blend

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made this scarf for someone – the very day after bemoaning to another artist/beloved that i was going to have to set aside artistic endeavors while i focus on sustaining my life with an overwhelming/lovely entrepreneurial endeavor – found me claiming space-time to sew lickety-split ; )

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whole

surely allows time to draft a workshop proposal for an embodied learning summit focusing on racial justice :: draft of workshop title and  description below…

…all and any feedback welcome!

title:

Nama Rupa and the Master’s Tools

description:

We communicate with postures before we ever speak. We form and then we name. We learn movements in gravity before we learn words. We reform and we rename throughout life.

All oppression in some way is oppression of the body. Yoga is a practice of liberating the body and mind. With cultivated awareness, even right down during and within particular conditions that outwardly and inwardly limit thinking/believing and feeling/being and acting/doing, we grow and we change.

With Audre Lorde’s oft quoted quote, let’s reach down into our deep present-past – before words – into our original language – movement. Let’s unpack the Nama Rupa of self and politics – names and forms unfolding in consensus reality. Let’s discuss, meet between words, re-write ourselves whole with broken/repaired bodies, minds, and All…

…versions of this workshop are also being drafted into articles/essays for a couple of publication potentials…

in the stillness of the sun

December 20, 2017

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that’s not it.

a

this is it.

1

that’s it.

2

this isn’t.

c

winter’s  wind     and         breath

each leaf   moved differently

shaking      gentle            still

 

thanksgiven&taken

November 22, 2017

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for the Eno People

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for the Eno River

a

for brokenhearted ignorance

b

part Cherokee?

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Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

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about NC Native Communities

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Triangle Native American Society

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Thanksgiving/Thanks-taking and Privilege

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Rethinking Thanksgiving

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Eno Indians

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Eno Tribe

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sp a c e as formmm

October 9, 2017

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history of repeating divide and conquer can’t stop–

because the need for the strategy will not go away.

it won’t work; doesn’t succeed in its goals–

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because we keep sticking together,

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connecting, coalitioning.

we rise up with irascible constancy and love,

even under the thumb.

between, beyond, within

September 22, 2017

where you’re from  <——–>  who you are

between, beyond, within

allyship  <——–>  identity

between, beyond, within

being exclusive  <———>  feeling included

between, beyond, within

students teaching  <——–>  teachers learning

between, beyond, within

bird landing  <——–>  parent dying

between, beyond, within

never the right time  <——–>  it is time

between, beyond, within

neutrality supports oppressor  <——–>  equanimity enables action

between, beyond, within

celebrating diversity  <——–>  further objectifying

between, beyond, within

dancer sleeping  <——–>  coma patient dreams in dance

between, beyond, within

poverty  <——–>  privilege

between, beyond, within

ignorance of intelligence  <——–>  wisdom of heart

between, beyond, within

sun setting  <——–>  lamp lighting

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“You have become undone, released, unmoored.
You are floating and will seek safe harbor.
This New Perspective will allow the insights to
pour out on us, seal us, reprove us, imprint on us,
teach us, reveal us, search us, speak to us,
instruct us, renew us, intercede for us, strengthen us,
quicken us, comfort us, lead us, sanctify us,
flatter us, humble us, right us, re-imagine us,
chastise us, and completely fall on us.
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“One who bears a bowl of water feels its weight,

but if you go right into the water it will be all over

you, and you will not notice the burden of it.

~ David Byrne, The New Sins, p. 93
(modified for gender neutral language)

after birth

August 27, 2017

a..

b

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c

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d

paper water and wing dust

July 11, 2017

 

b.

c

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d

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e

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f

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g

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h.

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