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Climbing Out of a Black Hole


I have been in a big funk, feeling sorry for myself and mad at myself for some dumb things that I have done over the past few weeks. I am going to chalk it up to too much emotional baggage. I  screwed up the last major piece that I made. I think I can fix it, but it will take some work. I screwed up an entry into an exhibition which disqualified me. That is only the half of it.

Anyway, today is a new day. I am climbing out of that black hole and making one instead. I joined the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge group. The latest challenge was outer space using some different materials and embellishment. I will be late posting, but I am determined to get something new done. I decided to do a black hole.

The photo above was painted with metallic paints. I used a circle of freezer paper to create the hole. After it was dry, I over-painted with transparent black Setacolor paint.


Next, I will do some stitching and embellishing to create a deep space scene.

Tomorrow, I am hosting my first Columbia FiberArts Guild board meeting. I have the agenda and handouts printed. I made pumpkin bread to serve with coffee and tea. After some final  cleanup in the morning, I think I am ready.

14 Responses to “Climbing Out of a Black Hole”

  1. Nia says:

    Keep climbing up Gerrie. We are all sending our love and best wishes. Keep up the good work.Love you blog. 🙂

  2. Gari says:

    Sorry about the black hole: been there. I think creative people tend to slide there once in a while in order to also experience the mountain top when it comes. And mistakes are part of being human, ask me how I know.

  3. Vicki W says:

    Looks like a good start at climbing out of the black hole! I guess we have to have those periods or else our egos would get out of control!

  4. Susan says:

    You are too hard on yourself Gerrie! Just look at what you have been doing over the past few weeks and think that you are amazing to have got through it all, still able to create.

  5. connie akers says:

    Gerrie, Keep moving up and out of the hole. The new work will grow out of the darkness just as gardens sprout forth from the dirt. Isn’t it always easier to tell others to keep moving forward? Some time easier said than done. Take care of yourself; take a deep breath and don’t look back.

  6. kathy says:

    Hey let me refer you to a site…with Wendell Castle’s 10 Rules of Thumb…they are pretty interesting. Go here http://emilyevanseerdmans.blogspot.com/2009/08/wendell-castles-10-rules-of-thumb.html
    You’ll enjoy them. I did.

  7. kathy says:

    Hi Gerrie, I’m with Sharon…keep creating and keep writing your blog and don’t worry about the goof-ups….life has plenty of those! Let’s see…what can I share with you about mine? Remember my remark on FB about surviving those class evaluations? Well, I didn’t hit a home run with everyone! And some of them made some not so wonderful remarks….that’s people for ya’.

  8. Michelle Riskovich says:

    HOpe this week goes better! Hang in there.

  9. Deborah says:

    Oh I am loving this black hole. The fabric one, of course! I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    You’ve been in my thoughts over the past several weeks.

  10. Sharon J. says:

    Aw Gerrie, sorry to hear you’ve been having a hard time. It’s easy to say focus on your blessings…I know you do. I get a lot of inspiration from you and your blog…we may not have ever met, but I am sending good thoughts your way and hoping you’ll have an easier time from now on.

  11. mary manahan says:

    Keep creating, Gerrie! Starting a new project always helps me get out of a black hole.

  12. KathieB says:

    Sometimes things work out, sometimes you have to pick up and move on. Today IS a new day, a fresh start. Onward!

  13. dee says:

    sending you big hugs and hopes for a better day ahead. Love ya!

  14. Kristin L says:

    Glad to hear you are climbing out of your funk. A black hole is much better on fabric than in real life.