Wednesday, January 29, 2020


"it's the body's strength but at the same time it's what's left
now I'm going further inside the body to the nerves
a meeting of inside and outside
it's not as rigid as that
it's not exactly that
I can't say it came from this or from that"
Betty Goodwin said this when she was 68 years old in 1992

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


if you were living in your heart you'd be home now
bumper sticker by Anne Lamott

Thursday, January 16, 2020

each mark is a reminder of my hand's caress

when you repeat an action again and again, you produce an effect of certainty or security in your viewer's mind.
you're not trying to discover something, or to convince yourself of something.
you're dealing with certainty as a formal concern, and that soothes the viewer

Jackie Winsor

Saturday, January 4, 2020

spontaneous slow art

I've started making with reckless abandon
Picking up whatever cloth is nearest and turning it into a piece.
Creating something that I had NO plan to create even 6 hours before.
Not even 3 hours.   Not even 20 minutes.
As spontaneous as is possible in the slow method of sewn art.
my journal entry today

Thursday, January 2, 2020

mystery of Anna

My grandmother's name was not in the family bible when we searched for it during our 2013 visit to Finland.
We think that she was born around 1896.
She had three sons:
Martin born 1916
Paul born 1923 (my dad)
Henry born 1929
She wrote letters to Lydia - an older sister born 1885
She wrote letters to Kerttu - Lydia's daughter- probably born 1919
My grandmother's name was Anne
She came to Canada from Finland with my father when he was 5 years old to get married to a widower with 4 children.