A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece

Quilt:Voluminous layersCountless hues and valuesEmbedded with meaningPersonal herstoryMinuscule patches that speaks volumesEnsconcing with warmth and protectionHand Stitched patternsEndless sizes, shapes and formsPiecing, Stitching, Darning, Mending, Ripping Producing Quilts:The next one is always better than the one beforeOrganized cutting and construction stepsStaying at the machine until the entire set is piecedProcess over productCreating something original comesContinue reading “A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece”

Forty Years and Counting

Today is the opening for Fiberarts International. It’s pretty special. The best and the brightest innovation in a traditionally warm and fuzzy medium. Meeting the artists and the guild organizers yesterday, I am awed by this organization’s influence and support of my personally arduous and circuitous path in an ever changing definition of the fiberContinue reading “Forty Years and Counting”

THE WAY

Cleaning Piece IVWrite down everything you fear in life.Burn it.Pour herbal oil with a sweet scent on the ashes.Yoko Ono It is no easy feat to walk 115KM/70MILES, the minimum requirement to receive a compostela, the certificate of completion of the pilgrimage and be awarded the credencial, the official St.James stamp; but three of us,Continue reading “THE WAY”

Ichi-go ichi-e: this is the moment

A simple practical idea from the art of tea or Sadou, the way of tea. Ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会) is a concept expressing the ideal roughly translated that means one time, one meeting or one encounter; one opportunity. In the way of tea we respect and honor the moment as a once-in-a-lifetime gathering, a simple encounterContinue reading “Ichi-go ichi-e: this is the moment”

Ending The Search

In this very moment lies an invitation to the Silence that reveals itself when you simply stop.Perhaps your mind is asking, “Stop what?”Just stop. Stop asking.Stop trying.Stop pretending.Stop believing your stories of whom you are or where you have to go.Stop thinking you know something don’t know something.How?There is no “how”; “how” is more mindContinue reading “Ending The Search”

Pussies Of America Finds A Home

To: Women and Girls Foundation100 W. Station Square Drive; Suite 315Pittsburgh, PA 15219 It is my pleasure to gift you: Pussies Of America; 42”H X 54”H; Recycled denim, tee-shirt knits, Perle Cotton; Hand Embroidery, Hand Appliqué, Machine Piecing; $1200.00; 2017. Pussies of America was one of over 500 quilts made in response to an openContinue reading “Pussies Of America Finds A Home”

The Power of Seventy

Seventy is made of two perfect numbers, seven- representing perfection and ten- representing the ten commandments and the completeness of The Holy One’s law, symbolizing perfect spiritual order carried out with all power. Midrash: The Holy One, Who has seventy Names, gave the Torah, which has seventy names, to Israel, which has seventy names (NumbersContinue reading “The Power of Seventy”

Life Is The Practice

Do not do a spiritual practice as if your life depended on it. Practice as if it is your life. Let it be empty. Let it be light. Let it be sweet. Let each moment be a mystery that brings you to the next moment. Empty means without preconception. Without preconception means you are freeContinue reading “Life Is The Practice”