Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hangeth in...

Did I ever mention my aversion to winter? Okay, nevermind then. I'll move on.


Guess what this is?  Okay, okay, so what if it is still quilt #2 in the Poetry Series...if I wanted to be all technical about it, I could claim it as quilt #5 if I include the 3 smaller pieces that inspired this series to begin with, so there, now! And no, that is a gum ERASER and not chewing gum sitting on the pointy thing for the circular attachment.  I lost the little knob for it.


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I was at the workshop for less than 10 hours this week, four of which included napping.  With the limited time I was there, I rearranged my workshop space again with the help of my youngest son, so the other hours had to be dedicated to doing the most important which was going in circles on quilt #2 above.  The weather is warming this weekend and I hope it holds through a few more weeks.  I had planned to be there today but I'm honoring my body's request for rest. 


I started physical therapy last week for the sciatica and it helped tremendously but I was unable to make it in 2 days this week due to muscle and joint pain followed by a trip to the ER which turned out to be for dehydration.  But the flip side of all the discomfort is the opportunity to stay still long enough to read through the stack of books about "prayer" I was able to get from the library before all the physical trauma. When I embark on my next series, I'm thinking it will be on Prayer.  If, this will be the 3rd of series work that I have going.  When I first started to think about doing a body of work I imagined that I would work on one quilt after another until a series was complete but that isn't and hasn't been the case.  I know that I could never keep up with what my mind thinks up so I tend to latch on to the ideas that become most compelling due to what is going on with me through experiences, emotions, and ideas.  Even though I'm reading on "prayer", I'm thinking that I'll do another Liberation quilt after I finish #2 in PS.  The Liberation quilts can be seen on my website (which isn't complete) at http://www.wix.com/karoda/karen-r.-davis 


Liberation (LS) was my first attempt at series work.  It came about totally unplanned.  In the first one my goal was to work with foiling and couching and applying metal on a quilt and while working on this quilt I would have this all encompassing sensation of being FREE.  The sensation would start out physically and then move into what is called in African American slang as "being on the one"...everything was vibing on the one when I worked on this particular quilt.  The second in LS, Cilium 2, has been in 3 shows and several locations and a few weeks ago I decided to retire it and hang it here at home in the hallway and the first one in my bedroom.  Here is Cilium 2 hanging up at the Calving Barn hallway at the Mary Anderson Center during a demo I was doing on silk fusion for Magic on the Mount Festival a few summers ago.  A partial view of Cilium 1 is the next photo.


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For next week,  my goals are to focus on lettering/calligraphy and reading and going back through the workshop I took on digital collage brushes with Gail Schmidt from Creative Workshop ning group and a minimum of 5 hours at my workshop toward the end of the week.  Also, to return to physical therapy.


And I was going to leave this photo off, and not gush over the time I spent with my grandson this week but he is an old soul and she is just a wild woman and they brung me such joy :)


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7 comments:

  1. Liberation I grabs me, I like your use of line and the contrasting colors. If this is what you create when in the zone, I hope you find it frequently!

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  2. Your health is number one. Winter is so hard for people with your lung problems. So happy to see you are enjoying the grands. Hangeth in, indeed.

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  3. oh I am glad you didn't leave that picture out it brought me a smile. Have been thinking about you frequently as this winter drags on. And on. It's actually a bit ridiculous.

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  4. How nice to a Cilium again. It is strange to watch a an artist's progression through blogging, then be taken back to a piece that seems to have been a point of digression, a series that was personal and introspective and exploratory. You really exploded with a creative freedom after you began that series!

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  5. Cilium 2 is lovely. Glad you are feeling better now. Spring is on its way.....we have daffodils blooming in the garden, so keep the faith and hangeth in!
    xo

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  6. Cilium 2 is lovely. Glad you are feeling better now. Spring is on its way.....we have daffodils blooming in the garden, so keep the faith and hangeth in!
    xo

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  7. Cilium 2 is lovely. Glad you are feeling better now. Spring is on its way.....we have daffodils blooming in the garden, so keep the faith and hangeth in!
    xo

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