I am seeking to set a mood in my life this coming year. The mood is peaceful, healthy, green (my favorite color!), with blurred edges mostly (but with some straight lines and hard edges for structure). I will fight when necessary, keeping the path in focus through all times.
If I seek to change something in or about the world around me…I will think of this quote:
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”
Additionally, I will remind myself that to recognize life’s beauty is a gift, to share it a treasure. I will seek treasure.
Wonder up- not down.
It’s been a belief of mine that we need more wonder in the world. We need it now more than ever. Apparently, Socrates said, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” I looked it up and it has been argued that this was actually said by Aristotle, or even Plato as he was interpreting Socrates’ ideas on the matter. Another interpretation yields this- “Wisdom begins in wonder“. No matter who said it, when or where , it is a timeless thought, don’t you think? The Greek word “filosofia” means “lover of wisdom” as in philosophy.
So, I will continue to seek wisdom through wonder. To ask the question- “what if?”
Turning the page now…see you on the other side.
Love, enjoy, wonder-
Words that now feel different or words I won’t use (most of which I never did anyway):
Tremendous Huge Deplorables Terrific Great
Words I still love:
Things I plan on doing more of:
We can all help by lifting nets in rough seas.
We cannot despair. For despair leads to the graveyard of buried hopes. May any despair you feel turn you down a path to wonder more, to listen more, to help more.
Just a little follow-up to the day at the elementary school. I love these letters.
I received 33 letters from the kids at Menlo Elementary. I love each one. I will share a few- just know they were all special and heartfelt. Each one included an illustration. Mine were from one of the 3rd grade classes. I love how they saw me. I would include more but this would be a
V E R Y long post.
I am doing lots of repetitive things in the making of this shibori ribbon. Lots of measuring, counting, winding, ironing and pot stirring. Waiting for pots to heat up, things to cool off, dry up, unwind. In the in-betweens and during the repetition I have time to think. And wonder.
People often ask me things at workshops like “What kind of brush do you use” or, “what brand of “x” do you buy?” I try to answer the best I can but really it’s not about these things. It’s more about your commitment to what you are doing, the time you devote to it, your willingness to repeat something over and over than to anything else. Take my brushes for example:
They are simple, basic and acquired over time. Some are repaired, most not very expensive. But it’s more about HOW I use them and how they’ve become part of my daily routine. I get used to these simple tools and I like things that last- especially under the duress of the dye studio. Most of these are made by hand and the maker has also taken care and added their skill to the process.
This past month two of the family cars have been sent to the scrap yard. They were each around 30 years old. I really hated to see them go. They have served us well -one was already a salvage vehicle when we acquired it over 10 years ago. We got an additional 10 years out of it! But we were faithful and repaired them many many times. I seemed a shame to not! They were replaced by two *new* cars 5 years younger. I saved a memento…
Looking around the other night while folks were in the back studio rehearsing my eyes settled on this-
You might remember these from some time ago. I was actually thrilled when my son fell in love with this. It works and he has used it here and there. As a recording engineer, I think he wanted to recreate the fidelity of past recordings in some of his current work. It gave me the chance to tell him about how my dad had one of these at home and how I learned to splice tape back in high school for a “video” project I did about the Kent State killings and the Vietnam War. Must have been around ’74-’75. I made a slide presentation of images I collected from books, newspapers, drawings I had done etc. and had made into slides. To this I set music, radio news recordings and overdubbed my voice recorded on a Sony reel to reel. I didn’t think it was really a big deal as I had watched my dad put together such things many times but when I presented it in class apparently, it was a big deal. I wonder who owned this machine in the past? I hate it when useful things become obsolete. I like it when folks find a way to use the obsolete.
A good musical instrument never becomes obsolete. One recently came our way and it will be repaired and played. This definitely has some spirit and a story. We will find out more soon.
It’s late now, and the pomegranate tree casts its shadow on the back fence as the last of today’s silk steams.
The next post, in which I introduce you to Squirrelly Gurl ( for those who don’t follow FB), is forming in my mind…
It was a rough weekend here in shiboriland considering the energy that had to be expended to sort out the problems created by someone who’s complete lack of ethics and honesty ended up with her taking all the materials from my online class and using them as her own.
Adele at A for Artistry responded quickly and became part of the solution by removing the class and communicating with me to complete resolution. I thank her for that. She further sent me the class materials that were to be posted for this online class-and guess what? They were all my materials! My samples, my words, even photos of my own hands demonstrating the techniques! I was blown away. I thought that it was likely that she was using the materials in some way but jeeze. All she did was remove my name at the top and the copyright notice at the bottom and replace it with her own name. Can you imagine? Adele of course was horrified and feels terrible. I will be taking further measures tomorrow by informing sites such as the Dyerslist, the Dyers Forum, and several other sites where she has been posting her workshops and let them know what has been going on. It will be up to them as to whether they remove the posts or not.
I will also be changing the nature of my online classes. The class that was most affected was the older shibori techniques class. Most of the lessons were PDF based. The blog featured other videos and such but the PDF’s are easier to steal. It looked to me like she just printed them out, cut and pasted them and recopied or scanned them back in. When I get a chance, I will be reworking that class in a way that makes it more difficult to steal.
We are both interested in creating a solution! That is how we can feel better about all of this-by creating a solution.
In yesterday’s post, I created a list of guidelines for those who want to teach…even Martha in the comment section chimed in with a very good addition to the list.
Today, I made a list of the things I would want from a teacher if I was hosting their class. I’m sure there are things you would add (please feel free to do so in the comment section). I think these sorts of things would help protect the host, other teachers, and the students from fraud of this nature occurring in the future.
This would be a start. What would you add?
This is the world we live in now and we better get smart about it. Mediocrity will become the new norm if we let it. Things are changing. It’s awfully easy for this to happen if we don’t take precautions. Remember this piece? I am still working on it…it is about transparency…and hope…and seeing on through to the other side.
I do want to thank everyone who chimed in on this past post-especially those who offered solutions and ideas. I know we are all outraged by this sort of behavior, but in the end it’s what we DO about it that will count. We can’t just sit around being outraged and exhausted by it all. That’s not gonna change a damn thing!