To try to keep my art separate from my sewing from my outdoor enthusiasms from my personal growth from my reading...does not work for me. These artificial divisions only keep me from exploring how what I love informs other parts of my life.
I have long kept notebooks or records of what to sew-these have proved to be good reminders of what appeals to me as similar style details show up over and over.
This is my time to push myself and to play with color and line in various forms. I am not sure where the play will be, whether on a quilt or a blouse or a canvas. I do know there will be fabric somewhere in it.
Unlike my attempts in the 60s/70s to affect political change by going back to the land, this is a conscious effort to support the art in life and give my interest in politics a back seat for a time. I will still read political commentary, I will vote, I will talk to others about current events, I will help those who need it, I will contribute financially and emotionally to social justice. But art is first in my emotional involvement in 2016.
Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth"; Vietnam footage