Re-Engagement and the Challenge of Faces

There’s no doubt that summertime is consuming:  farming, tending the Creamery, animals, visiting relatives.  Projects had to be “pick-up and put-down-able,” easy to carry around, and look like you actually made some progress after an hour (which would be about the time most I’d have for a sitting).  These parameters meant that tapestry wasn’t on the radar for the summer …

Unicorn in a New Medium

For the past year and a half, punch needle rug hooking has been a new fiber medium for me.  After taking a one-on-one intensive session at the home studio of Amy Oxford (pioneer of the Oxford Punch Needle), I was soon poke-poke-poking wool yarn into a deeply textured pictorial form.  Originating in eastern Canada and New England, rug hooking began …

Being Unicorn

I’ve recently been leading a series of creative writing workshop, based on Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones.”  One of her challenges is to do a timed free-write starting with the prompt “Be an animals.”  Of course I chose the unicorn.  The following is somewhere between poetry and stream-of-consciousness. I am a unicorn—graceful, curving, smaller than a horse, larger than …