Friday, April 29, 2016


The process is something like that which takes place
in the kaleidoscope.
The kaleidoscope, as you know, has little pieces of colored glass in it, and when these are viewed through a prism they reveal all sorts of geometrical designs.
Every turn of its crank shifts these bits of glass into a new relationship and reveals a new pattern.
The mathematical possibilities of such new combinations
in the kaleidoscope are enormous, and the greater
the number of pieces of glass in it the greater become the possibilities for new and striking combinations.

This very apt metaphor, the kaleidoscope, captures our process as curious artists seeking inspiration. 

Allowing ourselves opportunities for collaboration, reflection and time away from our routines
is a necessary ingredient to taking care of ourselves as people and as makers.

Providing space for experimentation and exposing ourselves to new practices expands
our expressions for future investigations and the making of meaningful art.

Engaging with peers in a safe, nurturing and creative space allows us to let go, to fall into
the beautiful unknown of creativity.

I invite you to honor yourself by joining us in Gloucester this summer as we commune
with nature and art and community. 

Stitching Nature
A FiberLAB Summer Retreat in Gloucester

August 15-19, 2016

Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount until May 1!!
To register, scroll down Paypal link in the sidebar to the right of this blog.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016


I took some time off today and went to Lanesville for a personal tour of Dogtown with my friend Adria Arch and her cousins Richard and Jane. What a beautiful meandering path through the woods and around several quarries. Vegetation is just beginning to spring and I'm looking forward to the bounty that will be here when we hike in August during the 2016 Summer Retreat: Stitching Nature.

Inspiration and pattern underfoot.
Check out the spectacular color of the quarry water and the reflections of the trees.

A great source of fiber! 

A dreamy meditative place to get lost in.

Pattern and texture everywhere you look.

Adria and I are each offering workshops this summer at Lanesville Community Center. 
We're enjoying exploring all the sites together. 

Next trip... We'll be scoping out the fantastic beaches in the area.
In the meantime I'm busy collecting travel maps and guides for Cape Ann activities, restaurants, cultural districts.
Anyone interested in a massage?

Contact me for more info.

Monday, April 18, 2016


The wonders of working with soluble fiber and the sewing machine. It's magical to be able to create your own fabric using any material that will fit on the sewing machine platform. It lends itself to spontaneity and unexpected results... fun!

I've been using some of these samples in my ongoing fiber journal. I'm designing these experiments with FiberLAB participants in mind, they are providing me with so many ideas for applications to all my other work - including this summer's Summer Retreat in Lanesville STITCHING NATURE.

The early bird discount deadline is fast approaching – Make it before the clock strikes at midnight on May 1st !!!

Check back often... I will posting many more experiments leading up to the summer workshop in Gloucester!