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What is Normal?


I was finally able to get my studio ready for some major creativity to happen. We were able to assemble a large double sided design wall. But…..

As many of my long time readers know, I am very vested in politics and I am an unapologetic progressive. I have been spending a lot of time over the past month following the presidential campaign and found the ugliness disturbing. I believed the polls and thought for sure Hillary would be the first woma n president. My hopes were dashed a week ago today, and I spent much of the week wavering between panic attacks and sobbing. Yesterday, I decided I needed to get back to some sort of normal and because I have meetings almost every day this week, I needed to buck up. So that explains why I have been mostly missing.

While I have been keeping track of politics, I have been doing some slow stitching. I wanted to make a 7 x 10 piece for the SAQA trunk show. I cut up some shibori circles to use as jelly fish bodies and made the piece up above. Then, I reread the prospective and realized all the pieces had to be a portrait orientation so I started over!!! I am seed stitching the back ground right now.


Mr C finally figured out all the parts we would need to make a portable design wall that I had seen on the internet. It requires pvc pipe and fittings, U-bolts and foam insulation. Here are photos of the assemblage.





This is my daughter cutting the felt to fit the insulation. So glad to have her help.


This is a U-bolt!




The felt still needs to have some spray glued to attach it better to the insulation.

There is felt on both sides. It is 6 x6 so that it fits easily in the space I have to store it. It is very light, yet sturdy so I can pull it out for working. I am so happy with this. It was something I really missed in my closet studio! Next week, I hope to start on something big.

On Sunday, Mr C and I decided to get out of the house for an art date. We went to see the Warhol exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. Here are some images from that.




So, what is normal. My life has been so topsy turvy for a year, that I am not sure. I do know that I am feeling so much better. Getting my energy back. Working on the lower back problem. I want to be strong for the times ahead of us. I will end with this:


3 Responses to “What is Normal?”

  1. Mary Helen in OR says:

    Thank you for sharing your angst. I have never felt so angry and disconnected. I feel as though I do not know how to have a conversation about the issues that really matter with people who are so far right of my values and that this very inability to have honest discussion makes me part of the problem. Thanks for putting words to your feelings. Maybe some time in the sewing studio will help me heal. Nice to have you back.

  2. Connie Rose says:

    Loved the original jellies AND the new one! Also the design wall. Please be careful you don’t trip over it — that looks like it would be easy to do.
    Politics, oy! I’m off Facebook again now, for all intents and purposes (i.e. the newsfeed), likely forever. I just can’t stand it anymore.
    So glad you’re feeling better! Have a great week.
    Love you.

  3. Jeannie says:

    I love your design wall and the fact that it is 2 sided is exciting. I know what you are going through. I feel it deeply, too. I don’t think I have seen women as angry since the ERA failed. I am hoping that we will stay organized and really effect some change. I love your jelly fish. Ever since visiting the aquarium in Newport, I’ve been fascinated by them. Have a great week. Carpe Diem!