Saturday, May 11, 2019


the caress
is an awakening to a touching between us.
It is a gesture that is at the same time
an act, an intention, an emotion.
Luce Irigaray

Friday, May 10, 2019

old material, new way

side a
side b
wool has longevity as a natural fibre
wool blankets tend to serve generations of people
our experiences are imprinted on their fleece
stains, worn bindings, mended areas

Marie Watt

Thursday, May 9, 2019

this is not a hobby for you

'you have such integrity in your work'
'you have got to guard against your desire to take eveyrthing to such high standard'
'there is no point in being academically ambitious if you become creatively sterile'
'nurture your creativity with things like your family life.  You need to"

Joan Richardson 2011
phone call conversation with my tutor during my degree work from Opus School of Textile art, Middlesex University UK, (notes from my journal of that time)

Friday, May 3, 2019

I work like a gardener

I work for a long time, sometimes years, on the same canvas.
But all this time, there are periods, sometimes quite long,
when I'm not doing anything with it.

It doesn't worry me if a canvas remains in progress for years in my studio.
I think of my studio as a kitchen garden.
Here, there are artichokes.  There, potatoes. 
Leaves must be cut so the fruit can grow.
At the right moment, I must prune.

I work  like a gardener.
Things come slowly.
Things follow their natural course.
They grow, they ripen.
I must graft, I must water, as with lettuce.
Ripening goes on in my mind.
So I'm always working at a great many things at the same time.

Joan Miro  

Monday, April 29, 2019

space for internal things

I think that things that are inexplicable and outside of your understanding give you space for the internal things that are incomprehensible to you.  They connect you to a more open construction of the world, or meaning of the world.  Less daily concerns.

Kiki Smith

Thursday, April 25, 2019

a tragic fate

The artist does not go through the rites of passage.
She remains a child that is not innocent
and yet cnanot pass or shake the bonds.
She is not able to liberate herself from the unconscious.

It's a tragic fate.   Louise Bourgeois