Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I created a prayer flag for Vivika DeNegre's project.  "Trust" is for all of us to connect with what is good in our lives, and to remember that goodness is always available within us.  For a start, I send this out to my nephew going to his first college orientation.  May he trust himself enough to maintain a sense of openness moving out into the world.

To make the flag, I used some raw silk from my stash that I had covered with leaf rubbings several years ago, to that I appliqued, painted and embroidered further on the flag.  

It is a pleasure to contribute to another flag project in a new format, and widen the creative circle connecting to and celebrating positive energy. To those of you new to my blog...I hope you will take a look at the prayer flag project - the Bhavana Project -  that I began in 2005.  Click on the page link .  Synchronicity is a wonderful mystery!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Merge and Flow

Wen Redmond posted some photos for the Surface Design Association members' show on her blog.  My quilt, Fluid Fissure, is not shown in these shots, but what a fantastic array of textiles and ideas!  We were to submit to the "Merge and Flow" theme within a 12" x 28" (either vertical or horizontal) format.  So follow the link above to see some of work entered.  Thank you, Wen!  This exhibit runs until June 30th in Minneapolis.

Fluid Fissure, detail -  2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sacred Threads 2011

The Sacred Threads exhibit opened on Wednesday.  For those of you on Facebook, here is a photographic peek at the showUnfortunately my quilt, Energy, is not shown.  Since I am unable to attend, I appreciate getting to see the some of the work, and it looks like a superb collection of creative expression.  The exhibit runs until July 4th at the Church of the Epiphany, 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon, Virginia 20171.  If any of you dear readers are going, I would love to hear your response! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer is Here

I have returned from my nephew's graduation with all the related festivities on Friday, followed by taking a meditation intensive over the weekend.  Letting it all settle in now.  To move from the emotions of Friday to quiet sitting seemed challenging at first, but workable.  It is all about being stable, clear and present, whether among family or sitting in the meditation hall.  I come away feeling lighter...for awhile at least.  You know how it goes...  The little tests of life..someone cuts you off in traffic, worries crop up....will I remain stable and open then?  Don't know about you, but I am not there yet.  I get triggered, but little by little things do shift.

Monday's visit with friends to the Huntington Library and gardens in San Marino proved to be a wonderful transition.  Such a beautiful tranquil place.  I finally was able to see the new Chinese garden area....spectacular!

And we were able to see the exhibit of John Frame  "Three Fragments of a Lost Tale"...sculptural, film and photographic imagery that is unsettling, intriguing, complex.  I appreciated that there were no information wall labels (per the artist's request), for it allowed me to just experience the work as it is.   If you have seen Frame's work, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Flags in the Community

Today I came across another fiber artist inspired to start a prayer flag project.  Her name is Vivika DeNegre.  It is wonderful to see the direction someone else has taken with flags as a healing vehicle. Sharing through this creative form can be very uplifting.   I find Vivika's flags have a delicacy, yet make powerful statements.  

So while waiting for Anne to work on her flag in my current Bhavana Project flags, I am considering contributing to Vivika's project.

Below is my 2009 flag on Reflections on Peace.  The words are: "May we be protected and nourished. May the work we do together flourish with energy, clarity, and friendship. Peace, Peace, Peace"

Bhavana Project, Set 3,  2009

Monday, June 13, 2011


"Patience is not learned in safety.  It is not learned when everything is harmonious and going well.  When everything is smooth sailing, who needs patience? ...Patience implies willingness to be alive rather than trying to seek harmony." 

- Pema Chodron, excerpt from Start Where You Are

Friday, June 10, 2011

Merge and Flow Opens

Surface Design Association's Confluence conference is in full swing...the member's exhibit
Merge and Flow  showcases pieces which reflect the theme, confluence, and measure 12" x 28" in either a vertical or horizontal orientation.  Theme:  When cultures and ideas flow together, our art and our world are transformed.  I am happy to say "Fluid Fissure" is a part of that show which runs through June 30.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

SAQA Auction 2011

Striations,  12" x 12"
Here it is!  I sent off my contribution to this year's Studio Art Quilt Associates' Auction , which will begin on Monday, September 12th at 2:00 pm EST and conclude on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm EST. Price points will again be: $750, $550, $350, $250, $150 and $75.  The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.

"Striations"  is made of commercial & hand dyed cotton that is embellished with fusible applique, oil sticks, gold foil, couched chenille yarn, hand embroidery, machine quilting.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Revisiting the Flags

Photo by Don Nofte - Spirit House 2006

I am beginning to share posts on the Bhavana Project's second set of flags which started in December 2006.  Debby Everett from Santa Fe created flag #2.  She took the flags along with her on a trip to Thailand and photographed them in many wonderful locations including several "spirit houses".  Such houses are shrines to the protective spirits of the the place in which they sit.  Seems appropriate, don't you think?

Photo by Don Nofte - Spirit House Thailand 2006

Photo by Don Nofte - Thailand 2006

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Art Festival Takes a New Direction

For this year's 6th Annual Shambhala Arts Festival, the coordinators decided to have mini contemplative art "courses" and offerings instead of an art exhibit.  I enjoyed the event immensely.  The Festival was opened with a Kyudo shot (archery)...beautiful!  We moved on to contemplative viewing practice.. refreshing to fully see the art in front of me and leave the ideas about it behind.  It was interesting to hear others' responses in the sharing exchange, some in line with what I felt, some adding a new view.  This will be fun way to see art in museums or galleries in the future.  (As as side note, a similar idea is being initiated by the Slow Art Day movement.)  Food tastings were interspersed in the day's program...letting all the senses be present.  Have you tasted, I mean really tasted, a chocolate covered strawberry?  The sweet, astringent, tart, creamy, juicy flavors intermingling in that one bite!  So rich.  Also in the program were musical offerings, object placement and more..all to allow us, the participants, to have a direct experience of art in everyday life.  It was a wonderful day.

Some of you know that I have been taking Shambhala Art classesSo what is Shambhala Art?   It's "purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art, from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline.  It is a viewpoint that encourages us to see things as they are, rather than just how we think or imagine they are."   The classes include a 5 part exploration of processes (of which I have taken 3 levels), as well as specific art forms including flower arranging, photography, calligraphy, and archery.  I find I can appreciate the creative process more fully if I begin from a clear and present place.  I am better able to listen to that intuitive voice guiding me as each work unfolds.  Meditation is part of my daily practice, as is art making, so it wonderful to be able to link them together.

"Our message is simply one of appreciating the nature of things as they are and expressing it without any struggle of thoughts and fears. "     - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


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