Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Friday, September 16, 2005

My Humble Thanks and Off to the Races Again

I have been totally blown away by the responses to "Why do you create." I hope everyone who has the time reads through the stories and statements. They are not only personal stories but amazing statements on the need to create. Thank you all for lots of grist for the mill. You know I will be using these from time to time to inspire students...with, of course, credit given to the author.

Yesterday's trip was a whirlwind but fun. Gotta to visit with an old friend, Marit Kucera of Art Spoken Yardage...use her fabric almost exclusively as a beginning canvas. Saw some gorgeous quilts. Ate way to much off diet food and was home by 11 p.m. Now to get ready for Long Island....fooled you..have been working on this all week knowing time would be at a premium. Speaking of premium, gas in Texas is 2.79.9...that would be 2.80 a gal....and we are where most of the production plants are along with Louisiana...but we all know those plants will be off line for awhile.

Judging for Houston is this everyone keep your body parts crossed. I entered one of my new abstract pieces...Earth Strata I....made it past the jury but judges get to see them up close and personal. Hoping I at least don't get thrown out of the show. The winner calls should start next week so keep your phones close.

Today is filled with last minute details like getting the clothes in the suitcase, going to bank and grocery store and maybe getting my nails done. They are in a sad state from paint and other surface design materials....ought to at least make an effort. Having to do a slide show in LI since my entire body of work (the ones I still own) are in San Antonio. Wish me luck haven't done slide show in ages...usually do trunk show but all I have to show is work in progress. Hope they won't be disappointed at the lack of real quilts.

Will try to post some pics from class but this is a quick turn around so if you don't hear from me until the 20th, it's just because we are cooking. Once home gonna be swamped getting ready for quilt market....who's big idea was this anyway?

1 comment:

Valeri said...

Shows and teaching visits are fun but they do take a lot of preparation don't they! Look forward to hearing about it when you get back!

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