(Thank you-again- Mrs. Winter for another quirk in my personality that you helped me develop in Academy.)
(The etymology of the word Television is derived from mixed Latin and Greek origin, meaning "far sight": Greek tele (τῆλε), far, and Latin visio, sight (from video, vis- to see, or to view in the first person. Irony in itself.)
Ironically, it’s quite evident that the gargoyle guardian of the temple(TV’s reposing place and home of the societal adjustment bureau of the indefensible and the bearer of all knowledge no matter how warped) is failing to protect me from random full bore idiocy. And, yes I really do have a guardian gargoyle on top of my TV. Those words-Continuum Oblivion- have become like a koan-or an unimaginable mantra- without answer-- repeating over and over in my mind. Creating so many ideas and worthless thoughts without end. Yes, I realize I am only getting my just desserts according to the endless lectures I/we endured while at PUA and WWC.
Well-perhaps now that’s over and stated and
only a hum/drone in the background of my logical(gr) order of sense, I can get down to something important like what I have been doing with my weaving and other things. But, Never as much as I’d like…
I did finish Chene’s portrait. I started one of the two of the bracelets. I am about a third done on the feather bracelet and the other is at least on the loom with the cartoon. I stand a good chance of at least finishing…reality check-probably not, because of too many interferences in the next week. On the other hand I am still here. The world hasn’t ended. I wasn’t caught up in the rapture yesterday…who knows what could happen...in the next week before the ANWG conference!?!
I really miss my friend Marge. She’s been dead for 10 months. Pat brought over to the studio a Muri Dai that has a couple of feet of kumihimo that Marge braided. Every time I walk by the table in the downstairs studio I think about her. Her biting sense of humour, her compassion and so many other things that she shared with me- her ability to accept the way things are and just deal with it. She was always so inquisitive about trying things. I really miss her. I know how fortunate I was to know her and realize that she was more then ready for her next step.
Rosalie Nielsen was here delivering work for a show that is going up in Corvallis. It’s a show with an interesting premise-
“The professional artists involved in this exhibit have their roots in the weaving world. They have been known as both artists and teachers for many years -- disproving the old adage that Those who can-do, while those who can’t- teach. These artists definitely can,do and Teach. In fact, in Oregon, there is a tradition of this type of co-existence. Many of our fine-crafts artists do this.
The Corvallis Hand weavers and Spinning Guild, who acted as curators for this show, wanted to show how this tradition is continuing by asking four well-known artist-weavers to exhibit their work and for them to choose the work of some of their students to exhibit as well.”
The “students”(?) that are showing in my section are all professionals who have or probably will be part of the next generation of tapestry teachers and are already influencing other weavers- Lynn Hart, Lois Hartwig, Shelley Quiner and Peter Rocci.
26 years ago Rosalie taught a kumihimo class for the Corvallis Hand Weavers guild. There were about 20 of us in the class. 3/4’s of the class has now died of old age. The one thing that hasn’t died from the class is knowledge and influence that has been passed on from that class. It’s legacy, so to say... Pat and I both have taught hundreds of people how to do the simple 8 stand braid that we learned in that class. I have written at least two articles in various journals on 8 strand braids. Pat teaches it to 4-H students and others. I used to teach it in an art camp to several hundred children at a time as they floated through the various stations in the camp. So Many years ago!
SHIFT-Change of mood- please!!
I have been trying to take pictures of my not so abundant peonies this year. The one by the studio door that usually produces dozens of blossoms only has one blooming and two buds. The foliage is rich , abundant and extremely dynamic and luscious blue greens looking more so then most years. The deep pink peony by the door is a deep deep red. The kind of of red that is almost impossible to weave..
I enjoy taking pictures, but the enjoyment is focused on the acquiring images to use in my tapestries and when I teach.
Last week Spencer, Chene and I went to Sisters, OR to look at things, take photos and just in general relax. I have been going their for mini vacations and thought breaks since I was in High school.
There are several book stores that spencer and I like to browse through. Picked up a couple of great books. Looked in horror at a Peter Collingswood book that was priced as a rare book for over 100 dollars. (Note- if you are looking for one download it for free at Google free books or the Gutenberg project.)
I found an incredible book- Tribal rugs by Jim Opie. The pictures are great, but I cannot figure out why if they are willing to discuss every detail in these books, but not how the technique is done. I was once told that discussing and analyzing the techniques removes the work from the art world into the craft world and looses it’s intrinsic value dollar wise, culturally and intellectual interest.
Yesterday, we saw Pirates of the Caribbean-Stranger Tides an okay fun movie, but with an incredible Hans Zimmer music score. I spent most of my time listening to the movie instead of seeing the movie.
Did recognize a famous Hawaiian waterfall that I took pictures of when when we visited Asa and Kathy. So not all of the movies was shot in the Caribbean.
Need to end now and begin the work week. The list of to do is enlist, but most of it ends on Sunday.
BUT, It’s all pretty much fun!
Cheers and All,