When I began to reawaken from my Guillain Barre-induced winter’s nap, people asked what I thought the experience would mean for my life, and for my art. One of the first things I realized was that I felt enveloped with healing thoughts and good wishes from all the people who sent me cards. And I … More My Healing Cloak
This is the week that our renovated basement becomes my weaving, spinning and dyeing studio. Years in preparation, months of remodeling, an unbelievable number of little decisions, and now within a few hours my friends, Gary and the movers brought all of my stash and tools out of the garage and into the light! … More Tranformations
This has been a surprising year for me…I contracted a rare neurological disorder in January called Guillan Barre Syndrome, and have been slowly recovering my motor and brain functions ever since…every nerve cell in my body is new. So my creative work will be new, too.
This summer I’ve been working on pieces for the Asheville Reef, a spin-off (no pun intended) of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef created by the Wertheim sisters of the Institute for Figuring. It’s wonderfully organic and free-form…not your grandma’s crochet!
A small group has been meeting at HandMade in America and talking about how we could create better connections, identify and fill gaps in the market, and grow the fiber economy in our region. Last Tuesday morning, I read an email from Chris at Joybilee Farm in southern British Columbia that rocked my world! It … More Asheville Fibershed
Just returned from a 2-day ArtYarn workshop for the Pinellas Weavers Guild, and it was great! Here’s the awesome class members, plus our hostess (in profile) Betty Scrimshaw. Here’s what the new Spindolls had to say: Judi, Thank u it was the very best workshop I have ever taken soooo much fun and everyone was … More Introducing 8 new Spindolls, plus Betty
When I started spinning 3 years ago, I was enchanted by the creative spirit of Lexi Boeger, also known as Pluckyfluff. While I needed to develop my basic skills before attempting her wild and crazy style, she was my spinning hero. In the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep, I’d read her blog … More Introducing Spindoll Art Yarns
August 2-8 was my debut as a teacher at the John Campbell Folk School, and it couldn’t have been more fun! We had a class of 5 students making brightly colored silk paper…each an artist in her own right, enthused to learn a new medium, make unique work, and have some laughs in the process. … More Luminous Paper at the Folk School
I’ve been wanting to go to a fleece and fiber festival since last December when I realized I’ve become a fiber addict. I made a list of all of the ones I could find on the internet, then read about them on blogs and in magazines. The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival sounded like the … More MSWF – where the sheep aren’t nervous
I took a shibori class with Joan Morris at the Tampa Convergence. She designed fabric for costumes in the Lion King and included work with vegetal dyes…something I hadn’t tried before. I entered the workshop with a sense of great anticipation and a healthy curiosity. A slight, precise, intense woman, Joan reawakened and validated my … More Shibori Samples, Intensive