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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Self Portrait Tuesday October 18

I have loved doing the self documentary series for Self Portrait Tuesday...thanks Kath. It makes you think about your daily life...kinda like an exercise in dharma. Since maket is my main focus at the moment, I used packing clothes as my subject this week. Will try to post next Tuesday's return from Houston....should be easier I will have an able assistant to take some photos instead of having to get in odd positions to photograph myself.

Can't wait to see what Kath will think up for November. I know it will be a challenge but fun, even if it is just single portraits. For those of you who are thinking of participating, I highly recommed this project. It is not only fun, but revelatory.....and somewhere I think there is a chance to use more of our artistic skills.

Today is quilting day again....although I may make one last leaf just to ease Deb's pain over the phallic symbol at the top....but Deb it is so avant garde....don't comment on that.

Market is my last official duty this year. I have had a great year teaching and trying to work in the studio while also producing the dvd's. All in all a good year tinged with some sorrow and some tense moments with all the new babies....but I wouldn't trade it for anything. This is grist for the mill. Let's face it I work off emotional stimuli.....whether joy or sorrow. I do discipline myself to work some everyday but the best work comes from somewhere inside. Revelatory to me, whether it is to the audience or not.

Taking laptop to Houston so will try to keep you updated on the daily workings of my first foray into the trade show arena. Off to sew...

Sidebar: For those of you coming to Houston from cooler climes, it will be 93 F today and tomorrow...cooling to 85F on Thursday but remember I live 262 miles North of Houston. So do the usual, plan for any possibility....and bring an umbrella or rain coat...always necessary in Houston.

3 comments:

Deb R said...

Well this Deb thinks you should've left that...um...interesting blank space in the quilt to see how many people spotted the resemblence! :-)

Cool documentery series, Gabrielle.

teri springer said...

" So do the usual, plan for any possibility....and bring an umbrella or rain coat...always necessary in Houston."

No kidding....how about a canoe, too??? I have never seen more rain anywhere than HOuston. Even when it ISN'T raining it might as well be with the humidity....Still, as much as I hate heat & humidity, and I LOVE the weather we are having (53 right now with a bright sun, clear blue sky.....) I would love to be getting ready to be headed down....

teri

PaMdora said...

Hi Garielle, I know you're on your way to Houston, but consider yourself tagged. If you haven't already done it, you must list twenty nifty things about yourself. I made my list this morning. If you've already done, we'd probably like a refresher!

I'm in NYC right now, but will be flying to Houston on Tuesday, so thanks for the weather travel advice.
Pam

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