Artist, Activist,Visionary, Mother
Creating Building Growing Sustaining Healing
Just as all of you have stories from your lives, so do I.
Sometimes I feel that I have lived many lifetimes. I speak about some of them in the next few pages.
For the most part, I have lived a life of adventure, innovation, creativity. I moved across the country after building a house in Maine, making maple syrup, cross country skiing & sledding from my house, seeing the Northern Lights from my back deck, splitting wood, and living true adventure like Little House in the Big Woods!
A whole life in California with my husband and 2 children, he passed on, they grown up. Now living in my tiny house.
One of my most beloved trips was taking my adult children to Peru and exploring with friends there, learning the Andean Cosmology, visiting Machu Picchu, a dream I had most of my life.
Another was traveling by myself to see the full solar eclipse two years ago (I'll be at the next one in 5 years!!!) then driving up to visit my stepson and family in British Columbia, camping along the way and back.
Come on in and take a look at my artwork. I'm hoping you will find it as enjoyable as I have creating it!!
Art and beauty are in the eye of the beholder it is said. What do you behold when you seek out beauty? When you want to express your passion for life, what kind of "art" do you do or enjoy?
There are as many ways of expression as there are people with the delightful, sometimes challenging, diversity we have in thought, beliefs, cultures, experiences.
Bringing beauty into peoples' lives now by selling my art, as I have with landscaping, I am happy to show you what I've been doing. I have long had a relationship with fabric. Being of the generation I am, it started with my mother making doll clothes, my clothes, teaching me how to sew. Then taking Home Economics classes which weren't about how to write checks, balance check books, knowing how and what to invest in. No, it was making our own clothes and recipes of food. This would help the economies of our homes!! This was in the era of finally getting to wear pants to school in the 9th grade! And I suppose being of the baby boomers generation which came from the adults who witnessed World War II, and frugally helped by raising hems on dresses, planting victory gardens and recycling so as not to use too much metal, etc needed for the war.
Quilts have a long history in most cultures of using scraps from less worn parts of clothes to make warm blankets, from the wealthiest to the poorest. Today, the traditions carry on, both in the traditional patterns as well as variations of this, and the modern styles. Most artistic expressions have gone this way, We are a very creative species!!
I still love fabric! The feel, the texture of the various patterns, or even a somewhat 3 dimensional texture. Putting the colors together, creating a palette, then a painting with the piecing together of the materials. I love to put together different mediums such as watercolors, photos, beads, string, yarn, weavings all into quilts.
Since I live in a tiny house (check out that page too!), I have been making children's and adult lap quilts, as well as smaller wall hangings. I have made quilts for a number of my 11 windows and 2 doors to keep as much warmth in as I can, as well as to create practical beauty when I don't have much wall space.
I have long been a lover of Nature. My many years as an organic landscaper taught me ways to protect our environment, pollinators, pets, people, air, water and me! I plan to make many more quilts that depict our environment and how we can take care of it. Some of the children's quilts have themes I have written about and added links to organizations that might help people to be inspired to take care of our planet even more than they already do.
Social and environmental justice is essential to me, and in the world, I believe. Sharing this planet with so much life can be challenging, and so beautiful. If we can all have respect and compassion for all the needs we share with all of life, and be sure that all of it can live by this sharing, perhaps there will be harmony.
A collection of my journeys with creating art, building, gardening, and health are in these pages as well as my blog.Thank you for visiting here. May you find inspiration in your own journeys of your life.
Art and Quilts:
My Tiny Home
Sagestone Sustainable Landscapes