amongst books

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Sunday, August 08, 2021

Sunday Thots

 Another Sunday, another laundry day. I woke up with my mind full of ideas for my work as always. Four loads of laundry, including one for masks. Summer means less laundry, fewer and lighter clothes. So far we have taken elevators 2, 1, 2, 2 and we have two more rides to go to pick up the drying and bring it home.

 While waiting, I have been reading a few of the newsletters I subscribe to. This week’s the Colour by inkmaker Jason Logan was particularly interesting, as he talks about his correspondence with a fellow inkmaker and the red of a 4000 year-old Turkish carpet, among other things that just fill me with wonder.  

 Another newsletter I love to read is Katrina Rodabaugh’s Make Thrift Mend. I learned of her sewing work when I was doing research for Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry. The newsletter is partly autobiographical about being a mother of young children while also working as an artist, writer and teacher.  She works “at the intersection of fiber arts, slow fashion, and sustainability.” Of particular interest to me is her work with natural dyes and also mending. She includes links to her books and to other artists’ work, along with some of the lovely things she has available through Etsy. This time around she mentions “Mystical Stitches: Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment” by Christi Johnson, and I admit I’m fascinated. I can’t sew but I can write and such things often work their way into my writing. Also I have a lot of friends who sew and many of them make visual poetry and stuff like this is right up their alley.

 This has been a weekend of cuddling down with Charles and watching old films like Back to the Future and Pretty Woman, dozing a bit during the films, which is totally fine. I love the peaceful cocoon that Charles and I have here. We both need it more than ever.

 Creatively I’m leading a very enriching life. I am very grateful for my life full of love and whimsy and wonder.


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