This is Gravity's Rainbow, 14 x 17 inches, more handmade fabric than not, entirely handstitched, inspired by Jude Hill/Spirit Cloth.
It feels a bit like I've come home, to cloth that is. I'll paint again at some point, but for now my love is working with fabric again. Everything I do, though, will be handstitched.
My hands really got a workout the first couple weeks I returned to cloth, and I had a tremendous amount of pain from overusing them. Not arthritis I'm glad to say, just overuse. I've learned now to take it easy and spread the work out over more days than previously. The stitching is addictive, however.
I just reopened my Etsy Shop, and listed a number of paintings in addition to the handwoven fabrics that are there. I also listed three small framed art quilts, with a few more art quilts to follow.
I've been reading lots, as always. Here are a few books I recommend:
- At Home and One Summer, both by Bill Bryson
- Traveling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
- now reading Kissed by a Fox by Priscilla Stuckey and enjoying it immensely
- Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
- and about everything Barbara Ehrenreich has written since For Her Own Good, which is from the 1980s.
In other news ~~ Life is good and I'm glad we're on the cusp of summer. Been cleaning up my garden, such as it is, a little bit at a time. Continuing to eat extremely well and I've lost about 10 pounds without that having been a specific goal. Mail art still comes in and goes out. Now that the weather has warmed up I'll start walking again more regularly.
Thanks to all you folks who have continued to read the blog in my absence over the past couple months.
Enjoy the last of spring! Blessings.