Sunday, September 20, 2009

Into the Swing of Things

Home, one of my mixed media paintings

This past week, my life slowly began to return to normal. As I have written before, in my world, family comes first. Over the past month, family duties called, and frequently! My primary duty has been as nurse to my husband, as he recovered from foot surgery. Between carting ice bags, food, a guitar, laptop, tea and water up and down the stairs of our home, I had little time to think about work. When I wanted to work, I had to find alternatives to sewing, since my studio is right next to our bedroom, and I didn't want to wake my sleeping giant with the noise of the sewing machine motor.

Along with some new handwork, a baby quilt for my etsy shop, I re-read a few books, including one of my favorites, How the Irish Saved Civilization. I took the time to also read a new book from the Ohio University Press Ohio Quilt series, Philena's Friendship Quilt, the same series in which my first book appeared, Uncommon Threads: Ohio's Art Quilt Revolution. It was actually nice to have some time to read for pleasure.

A new book, which just came out, and which I have not yet read, was written by former Shelburne Museum curator Robert Shaw. Entitled American Quilts: The Democratic Art - 1780-2007, Shaw's book promises to be a great read. As a leading scholar in the field, Shaw's previous books, including The Art Quilt, numerous articles, and his concise introduction to Art Quilts: A Celebration, have vastly contributed to an understanding of the art quilt movement in the United States.

To get back into the swing of work, and with fall coming on here in the midwest, I moved my 'garage' workspace into the house this week. My upstairs studio, with just one very large work table, does not have enough room for me to spread out and work on some of my other design items. I needed a place to work on my TagTalk greeting cards, collages made from recycled clothing tags and product packaging.
By moving a few side chairs in my family room, I was able to create a space to organize my vast collection of tags. It's nothing fancy, but has already improved the speed of my composition process.

Some of my TagTalk cards
So, as you can see, I have been busy, as I get back into the the swing of things. As the days shorten, and winter approaches, I look forward to many happy hours of sewing bliss.


  1. I absolutely LOVE that mixed media painting!!! (of course you know I love the cards...yes!)
    I will be back in the swing when the time is right...I keep telling my self. Self doesn't listen really well. Hmmmmmmm.
    Great items!


  2. Thanks, Anne. Wish I had more time to paint right now. Have several started, but they are hanging on my studio wall unattended.
    Hope your life returns to normal soon. I guess we all just have to go with the flow, and hang loose : )

  3. Love your tag art,thanks for sharing them with us.

  4. Thanks, Leslie. Fun to have some "fun stuff" to work on along with artwork!

  5. Rejoice in what we can do while we guard and heal our beloved family members.Ken is dealing with diabetes for the first time in his life and he so loved his we are both on a quest to find and live in a healthier way of life. The tag art is a great way to touch and energize your muse as you work quietly for the moment ..Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart