In spite of the fact that so far, no work has come out of either of my new studios, there IS some “work” getting done and news to tell. I have had some work and articles published in two magazines in the last few weeks. The summer issue of Pages, published by Interweave Press has my stenciled journal in it…they actually extended the original four pages to six and I was very happy with the way that it turned out. (I got a bit nervous about the whole thing when the editor started referring to it as the “peek-through journal”…sounded a bit racy, and not what I had in mind at all. But, the article looks great! (Photos, page by page are in the entry “Can You Hear It?”, posted July 23, 2013) And, somewhat serendipitously, my “kimono” (photos, “Finished…Maybe”, February 26, 2013), part of a gallery exhibit at the City Quilter in New York City last year, caught the eye of a visiting editor of the German magazine Patchwork Professional…and there it is on page 37 of the 01/2014 issue! In German… sure hope it says good things!
My son is getting married soon and I have been tapped to do the “paper stuff”. I designed their guest book…and, am very pleased with the way it turned out. I started with a rather large wire-bound book of watercolor paper (Cachet), randomly stenciled pages with alcohol-inks, and cropped and pasted down photos to tell their story. It helped that I had lots of interesting photos to choose from: I never realized just how much they have travelled! It will take a brave person to be the first to write in it…but, after that, I am hoping that the photos jog memories of shared good times…and that the messages written in by their guests reflect that.
Using similar techniques and colors (purple, by special request), I am also devising place cards, table ID’s and dinner favors. All is taking place in an old logging camp up in the mountains above Santa Cruz, ceremony in a redwood cathedral grove (stunning), party in the barn…guests to arrive by steam engine…hence, the cabinet cards, train schedules, and tickets…(those are still UFOs…but, working on them…)
I complained enough to my daughter about the brown curtains in her living room, that she finally just told me to “just make some”…working on that…WHITE and lovely.
And, I guess the post script to this entry is that I have never given up on finishing the mystery knit-along I started with my daughter in December. I feel like the very last runner crossing the finish line, long, LONG (months and months) after everyone else. AND, the very sad thing is that it isn’t because I haven’t been working on it. I have…almost EVERY DAY…obviously, ripping out far more than I knit in!…but I finally conquered Clue 4 (thank you, lifeline), and am more than half through Clue 5! Then, DONE! I have learned a lot in the process, and am truly glad I stuck with it…No studio? No problem…in this house, any flat surface can (and does) serve!!!!