Here…

So much lately, I feel at a loss for words when approaching the blog. My inner self is exploring why. I continue in the studio, trying to find my way yet feeling a bit lost. But I am Here.

But this IS the way, the path, and I am looking to find it again. Everything up to this point has been a vehicle that brought me to this place. It’s always that unsettled and uncomfortable place that leads me on, leads me forward…to Here. I am not a stranger to this feeling. When one is self employed (for over 40 years now!) one recognizes this feeling. Part of it is the unknowing of what comes next, or how to continue. But we do continue.

I’m actually feeling sick to my stomach this morning, a state of anxiety overwhelms. Who are these politicians who cravenly use their donors dollars for personal gain while demeaning others and darkening lives? Do they vote for the greater good, or for their own monied interests?  I’d like to just walk away from it all but feel the pull to do SOMETHING. So I do a little, locally. That’s where I live. Here.

I’m hoping that when I get this post finally done, I will feel a little better. I have started so many posts over the last couple of months only to walk away from them unfinished, later returning to find myself unable to complete my thoughts.  But that’s where I am…right Here.

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This past weekend found me at the Japanese American National Museum, leading the shibori and indigo workshop. As always, it is such a warm and inviting environment with great people creatively working together, sharing, caring, and telling stories. I am so fortunate to have many continuing students always mixing in with new comers. For two days we learn and teach each other. We even started a Sunday morning “Breakfast Club” meeting prior to the start of day two of the workshop. (Great idea prompted by Komo-one of the museums biggest advocates who drives from San Jose for the workshops and brings mochi from Kogetsu-do!). I love when Keiko comes with her enthusiasm for shibori and the stories of her many family members who were interred in the  concentration camps during the war-I learn so much from these women! Then there’s Cheryl, who is signed up for her second adventure on the Silk Study Tour to Japan and takes advantage of the trip to visit relatives there that she had not seen for many years and who are growing older all the time. I could go on and on but suffice to say, when I hear two of the newcomers tell me at the end of the workshop “this weekend has been the most fun I’ve had in years!”, my work is done and I go home fulfilled.  So thank you all!  Here are a few photos…

The new exhibit at the JANM is Kaiju vs. Heroes-a wonderful collection of Japanese toys from Mark Nagata who had an equally wonderful story to tell about his collection and how it inspired his life as an artist and illustrator.

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I have one more workshop to give before the end of the month- I may have mentioned it before, I can’t remember. It was full but Beth Marx, who organized it just emailed me that there was one cancellation- so if you are interested you can email her Here. I am filling in for the other instructor who wasn’t able to make it.

So now I prepare for my classes and booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival. I’m hoping to be ready enough. Sometimes, enough just has to be ok.

And, the pomegranates are ready! It’s fall. Or as we call it Here, our endless summer.

for eating and dyeing

10 thoughts on “Here…

  1. jude

    and well HERE we are. Isn’t it a strange world. Yet Here, Here is ok, We are Here. I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately. I guess I’m Here with you.

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  2. Lisa Panaccione

    Hi! Not sure if you’ll get this or not. I’ve been trying to complete an order for a lengthy time . PayPal is frustrating me. I entered my Credit card info. Shipping info etc. Maybe you can find my order? One purple brooch which will be a special gift!! Plus two half yards ribbon. Thank you! Lisa Panaccione I love your work !

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  3. taichi2012

    I am glad that you are “there/here”. I was a participant in the 2011 Silk Study Tour, which was a wonderful part of my life. I will forever be grateful to you.
    Here is what you probably don’t realize–many people read your blog and Facebook posts–we see how you and your community are fighting “the big guys” in Long Beach and we a heartened to see that some people don’t just give up.
    When someone asked Jane Goodall what to do about the environment–it was so overwhelming–she said, ” Pick one cause that is close to your heart and make a difference–volunteer, write letters, donate money–but never give up.” Can you imagine what would happen if we all did that?
    Well–I start locally and have picked a cause and then picked one state wise and one nationally. Keeps me busy—but I can’t give up. Janet Wright, Friday Harbor, Wa–San Juan Island

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