Friday, January 28, 2011


Perfectionism keeps me from:

Long history of perfectionism, but this really helped.

"The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.  His procedure was simple: fifty pounds of pots rated an "A", forty pounds a "B", and so on. Those being graded on "quality" however, needed to produce only one pot - albeit a perfect one - to get an "A". Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of the highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

To require perfection is to invite paralysis. The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do - away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart. You find reasons to procrastinate, since to not work is to not make mistakes. Believing that artwork should be perfect, you gradually become convinced that you can't make such work (you are correct). Sooner or later, since you can't do what you are trying to do, you quit. And in one of the perverse little ironies of life, only the pattern itself achieves perfection - a perfect death spiral: you misdirect your work; you stall; you quit."

From "ART AND FEAR" by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


On quiet winter mornings snow flowers bloom.

Friday, January 21, 2011


"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you...In spring, summer, and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself"--Ruth Stout

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Yesterday I spent the day making covers for the journals I hope to use this year. I used covers from old books that were falling apart instead of going to buy new book board. I used tissue paper that I painted with acrylic paints a few years ago. The blending of colors and the crinkle of the tissue  creates great TEXTURE. On to filling them with paper and adding the binding.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


I found this video on another blog. It states exquisitely why I do what I do. She seems to be a spinner/weaver/knitter, but I think it applies to all the fiber arts and to anyone who works with their hands. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday Texture

When I took the Cloth to Cloth workshop with Jude Hill (, I got turned onto Glennis Dolce's beautiful fabrics. She uses a variety of wovens that are rich in TEXTURE by themselves, but the addition of the indigo dye seems to bring that texture to life even more. Love, Love, Love these fabrics. See more at