Tuesday, November 29, 2011

House Quilt Project

This week I completed a 12" x 16" piece for the House Quilt Project  , organized by artist, Jamie Fingal.  This project assists the Wounded Warrior program and  Furnishing Hope, by working with designers to create interior rooms and entire houses to help those in need.   They furnish four homes a month, sometimes with only a weeks notice, for wounded US Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It was very satisfying to work on something different that will give back to the community.  May the art help the healing process and bring some enjoyment to those who have sacrificed so much.  
Jamie is always looking for more contributors, so if you are interested, follow the links above and read on.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


"How do we cultivate the conditions for joy to expand? We train in staying present... We stay with our own little plot of earth and trust that it can be cultivated, that cultivation will bring it to its full potential. Even though it’s full of rocks and the soil is dry, we begin to plow this plot with patience. We let the process evolve naturally."   -Pema Chodron

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Practicing Patience

"Your best teacher is your last mistake."  --Ralph Nadar 

Ah yes!  The opportunity to learn comes at the most unexpected times.  Creatively, many a mistake has lead to wonderful new directions that I might never have considered.  
Now in knitting, mistakes with stitches are often are easily rectified, if you don't mind undoing what you've just done.  This just happened to me the other night as I was knitting the socks you see above.  I figure it is an opportunity to really learn the pattern and practice patience. (The pattern here is Anne Hanson's Almondine from Ann Budd's "Sock Knitting Master Class".)

Thanks to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's (AKA the Yarn Harlot) "At Knits End" for bringing this juicy quote to my attention. And to my SAQA friend, Margaret Blank, for telling me about Stephanie.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wishing Trees

After a delicious afternoon tea at the downtown location of Chado Tea Room (one of my favorite tea places, with over 300 choices of teas!), my friend and I came across these Wishing Trees in the Japanese Village Plaza of Little Tokyo.  After doing some research, I learned that one of the shop owners created the trees for the annual August Tanabata Festival, where wishes are written on paper and tied to the trees. Later, the bamboo trees are to be thrown into a river or set on fire at a shrine, and the wishes are said to come true.  Read more in the LA Times article.  Here it is November, and the trees are still there, so I hope these wishes will be fulfilled.
On a side note, there are two live wish trees at the Arlington Garden donated by Yoko Ono.  She must have had this tradition in mind.  Do you know of anymore?  I love the idea....

Here is a related photograph from Sacred Threads 2011...this was the expressions tree where viewers of the exhibit wrote responses, prayers, comments on silk ribbons and decorated the tree.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall Harvest

I am grateful for the taste of fall fruit - pippins, persimmons, pears, pomegranates!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Interpretations Reception

Visions Interpretations 2011 opened last Friday on a rainy Southern California day.  It was an easy train journey from home, but then the drive from train station to museum took about an hour!  So it goes....I was rewarded at the end by a fabulous rainbow...and, of course, a superb exhibit.  The opening coincided with art walk night in the Liberty Station area, and the evening progressed with a good turnout.  I was thrilled to finally see the exhibit...well curated and an excellent representation of images, ideas, techniques and styles.  Happy to share the evening with family and friends, I particularly enjoyed talks with fellow artists, Annette Guerrero, Lisa Kijak, Marianne Burr, and  Shelley Brenner Baird.  We missed those who could not attend... many were in Houston for the IQF.  All in all it was a fabulous and fun evening.  Here are images of the 38 pieces from the Visions website...no photography was allowed at the reception (except Beth Smith did take a photo of artists with their quilts, as you see). You will just have to go see this exhibit yourself!  It runs through January 22, 2012.  The Crazy Quilt exhibit is also there when you visit....

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Theater in Fashion

Today a group of us went to see the stunning exhibition Il Teatro alla Moda -Theater in FashionAmazing costumes that are works of art, created by couture designers for the stage.  The colors, textures, creativity, craftsmanship, drawings - Wow!....if you are in the area do not miss it! This exhibit, which was to run only 4 weeks, has just been extended until December 18th at 253 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.  Wednesday - Friday Noon to 7p, Saturday - Sunday 11a to 6p.  $10 admission most days. Free admission on Wednesdays.   Click the link above for more details.


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