Tuesday, August 21, 2007






I want to thank each and everyone of you for your very kind responses. I know I am not the only person to whom this has happened and that there are many similar stories out there, and I appreciate some of you taking the time to share those stories to reassure and to help soften the very real situation in which I find myself. Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom to be able to climb out again. I have decided I am in no state to deal with the garage workroom situation, at the moment and as I will be going to France in 3 weeks to teach at Val d'Argent. I am going to focus on the journal project I will teach there as well as in Belgium. I had done journal quilts in relation to the experiences of Chateau de Chassy some years ago and have used them as the basis for the class in the past- but as I am without my main machine at the moment I have decided to do some journal quilts in relation to Syria- to show students how to focus on elements of a visual experience, how to use photos and different techniques to develop work in a cohesive expressive manner.

Susie asked for pictures of my other Hellfire quilts- I will post those I can find photos of in the next few days- in the days before digital I was sometimes a bit slack in recording- though mostly I did have them photographed- so some are slides and I can't find the scanner slider dooverwackie thing at the moment- could be anywhere. So the photos are of Hellfire I, Hellfire II, Hellfire III and Hellfire V. As I was scanning I realised that I seem to have 2 Hellfire XIV's- and they are distinctly different from each other. I must have lost count.
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Olga said...

To have a positive focus and to remove yourself physically from a source of pain can both be very healing. Your workshop sounds great, and I hope that you get as much positive energy from your students and surroundings as you I'v sure you will give them.

Muza said...

I am sorry to have been reading about your difficult family situation. I have two small children that are still needing me in a lot of different ways but I cannot imagine many worse things than a child that does not wish contact with its mother. May you find the strength to cope with this.
I have only been reading your blog for a few weeks now but I have very much admired your work and it has come out splendid even if created in an indadequate working space.

Del said...

WOW! What great quilts. I'll look forward to seeing the entire series one day.
I have no children, but I once was one! My mother wanted me to stay near her and disapproved of my move to CA soon after I turned 18. She punished me for years and did not want to hear about my life. About four years before she died in 1972 we finally broke down the barrier. My point is... Keep the door open for communication in the future, let her know that you will always love her, no matter what. Del

Stitching with Schnauzer and Siamese said...

I have loved looking at the Hellfire quilts. I remember the horror of the pictures on the TV at the time. I envy the participants in France and Belgium, who are able to attend your teaching sessions on journal quilts.I would love to as well. Your work remains so inspirational for me. It was not quite clear to me.. will the students be basing their work on the chateau, as part of their visual journey, or Syria? I do not know how you manage without yorr main machine. Sure you will have a great time.Take Care.
Best wishes