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a bit about me

I am a poet, dancer, quilt-maker, curator and community organizer, doing my part in the greater human project of evolution by making spaces for people to come together and MAKE. 

I try to pay attention to the world around and within me. 


Here: some reports from the field. 

May 31, 2015


Umbrella Prints is the beautiful collaborative endeavor of textile designers Amy Prior and graphic designer Carly Schwerdtan. The Australian textile house specializes in organic printed fabrics that feature sweet and simple hand-drawn designs in unusual colorways.   As part of their focus on sustainability, they save every bit of their beautiful fabrics, even the smallest pieces (known as "trimmings") that are left over when cutting out patterns for various projects. Every spring, they throw down a challenge to artists, designers, quilters, thinkers and makers of all tpes to create and share something they've made with a Trimmings Pack.  


There's a special category for quilters, with Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers at the helm as the industry judge.  I've been in love with Umbrella Prints since I first discovered them at Nido, in Burlington, VT a few years ago. As an improvisational quiltmaker, with a love for juxtaposition and count...

March 4, 2015

On Saturday, six bright and brave young quilters joined me at Litte River Studio for a day of improvising with fabric.  "Following the Thread" is a hands on workshop I've been developing to introduce some basic concepts of Improvisational Quilting, and share some techniques that I've been using to make my one of a kind quilts. 


We spent the day lost in making, occasionally coming up for air long enough to have a snack, or visit a neighbor's sewing station to see what they were up to. Periodically we put our work up on the design wall, so that we could stand back and really see the emerging compositions.  


All in all a delightful day, spent in good company, in the glow of making.  Enjoy some of these beautiful photos by Jess Snow, and stay tuned for the next workshop, coming this Spring!


February 27, 2015

Enjoying having Marlee Grace of Have Company in residence this week at Little River. One of the projects we're sharing this week is making this simple and elegant dress by Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing. 


The simplicity of the pattern is an invitation to slow down and take one's time with each step of the process.  Ironing the pattern paper to make it smooth, then ironing the fabric reminds me to breathe, to really experience the exhale. Smoothing out the wrinkles, and gently pinning them together is a meditation on attending to one thing at a time.


But it's cutting the fabric that really gets me.  Like the magic of making a decision.  A simple action that cannot be erased. To make a mark that makes a space. To call forth something from the cloth by cutting it away from the wide, unbroken field of all that is possible.  The space the body makes, and what can be made by moving into it. 

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