Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nothing prepared her

"I wanted to write a novel about a woman I would recognize, who had a reflective side to her life"

"I wanted to write about a woman's discovery that she was an artist and the impact of that.  Nothing had prepared her for this sense of herself."

Carol Shields

Friday, May 15, 2015

in Holland

design wall in Holland

I have been too busy to stitch.
I am attending the ETN conference in Leiden and visiting friends.  Very little time off.

In Amsterdam I saw the Riksmuseum and the stars on the ceiling and Marian Bijlenga's studio and the Oasis of Matisse.  I have been sleeping solidly but not for long periods.  My feet are swollen and achy, I should have brought real shoes, not sandals.

Monday, May 11, 2015

slow design

My ideas don't occur in a specific moment.
They are more like processes.

nina canell  sculptor

Sunday, May 10, 2015

roots and wings

My mother is a practicing textile artist, and has been so for my entire life.  Growing up I was privy to many conversations about the place of art in the life of a mother, a woman, a person in the community.  Art and art making were integral to my upbringing, from the activities I was given to pass time in our home, or the cultural landscapes of new cities we would visit as a family, art took precedence.  My desire to be an artist comes from my understanding of the language of art and it is the conversation that I want to be part of both on a local, daily, and intimate level as well as a larger global dialogue.

(part of April's letter to apply for grad school - written 2014)

Friday, May 8, 2015

sun cloth

Abstract design comes from inside.

It gives the work an alien feeling.
that is mercilessly intimate.

a Frank Webb idea

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I don't exactly know

take away the sun
paint the moon white
put the sun into a darker sky

simplicity / complication

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

drawing in

evidence of time spent

the ice is out
the birds are singing

Saturday, May 2, 2015

the beauty of a cloud

 design walls in newfoundland
April asked me:  "Do you think you are a disciple of Agnes Martin?"

"Agnes Martin doesn't talk about her work so I'm not going to talk about mine" she said.

"I'm interested in the beauty of a cloud." she continued.