Thursday, July 26, 2012


An assemblage of wrappings spelling out the word PEACE in English, Salish, and Tibetan. WEAVING PEACE is an ongoing project I will be doing in August at the Hangin Art Gallery and Coffee House in Arlee. Anyone who can make it to Hangin Art during my residency (August 4- 31, call for hours) is invited to add their colors.

Salish word for PEACE in 4 different color selections (above) and Tibetan (below)

And English below....

I have posted these pictures on my Facebook page: Weaving Peace-Weaving Together, but I haven't figured out how to link back to this blog.

Monday, July 23, 2012


Talking Threads is a system of assigning a color and number to go with every letter of the alphabet. The number code is constant. The letter “A” = 1, “B” is 2, C is 3 and so on down to “Z” which is 26. To spell GENEROSITY (pictured above): G=7, E=5, N=14, E=5, R=18, O=15, S=19, I=9, T=20, and Y=25. There are 9 different letters, which means there are 9 different colors. The color selections were made by me and 5 of my friends. Each bar is cut out of a piece of matte board randomly 1” or ½” wide and the length is trimmed after the bamboo yarn is wrapped around the bars. The process is quite meditative, and the quality of the word seems to enter through the hands as what looks like a miniature quilt takes shape. The wrapped bars are templates for possible future weavings, but they are also complete as artifacts of contemplation.

I don't think that I have ever actually explained the process on my blog, but in the spirit of "generosity" it seems like the right thing at this time. How the work is displayed is shown in the second and third images of the post if you click here.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New Camera, New House, New Class, New Show

But not necessarily in that order!

First let me mention my upcoming class at John C Campbell Folk School. The class runs from Sunday September 16th- Saturday September 22nd and is called Color Horoscope Weaving---the Ultimate Color Experience. (INTERESTINGLY AS I AM WRITING THIS, I SEE A DOUBLE RAINBOW OUT THE WINDOW!) This will surely not be the last time I mention the class, however. I have been trying to figure out a way to put the class in my sidebar, but I memory of how to do that escapes me today. I will have a run at it tomorrow.

Unfortunately my new camera arrived AFTER I went up to see how the Poetry Wall was settling in. My friend Marti took a wonderful picture of the piece, but I haven't been able to capture the image. Our computers are not speaking to one another. But I did want to show you the reason I decided to get a new camera. Notice the attractive green line on the left side of the image below. I was able to crop it out in the image above.

When I get a great image, I will include the statement that accompanies the piece.

Below are TALKING THREADS ---more on that later as well.

Now to a view of my new place. I am still surrounded by boxes yet to be unpacked, but the good and bad news is there is lots of room.

So not only do I have a green line, but the whole lighting thing was off. The new camera, a Nikon Coolpix 7100, has many more bells and whistles (and an on-line manual which I have yet to begin to study), but I charged up the battery, popped in my old memory card and snapped the pic below. The purple blanket under Gary is just so I can slide him around easily until I settle on the perfect placement. Gary and Grace are now very close although you will notice each has a separate room (grin)... Also the good and bad news is there is plenty of room for more looms

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fifteen Mintues of Fame

Here is a lovely article about me in the Missoula paper. Unfortunately they wanted to have the photographer come take my picture at the very moment when the movers arrived.

To top it off, my camera has become quite ill, so there are no pictures yet of the show, but soon.....

New camera is on the way!