Grief Quilts from Sherri Lynn Wood

Have you ever been listening to a podcast or a speech and someone says something exactly as you have thought it, only clearer than you ever thought to say it? Quilter Sherri Lynn Wood did that for me in an interview on the While She Naps podcast. She said, “I...
Balance and Tension Mobiles – in the Wild

Balance and Tension Mobiles – in the Wild

This piece, with its miniature teapot and creamer, is currently in the Reunion I show at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. This is the first time it’s been in a show and not in a glass case! This series didn’t originate, but did advance a lot while...
Dump Your Guilt Quilt!

Dump Your Guilt Quilt!

Ideas can drag us down. Objects can drag us down. I’m talking about UFO, Unfinished Objects, the bane of all craftspeople and artists. They can make us feel like “I can’t start that new project until I finish my UFOs.” or “I can’t...
Podcasts for Inspiration!  Creativity Tip #16

Podcasts for Inspiration! Creativity Tip #16

Have you discovered podcasts? I was thinking recently that podcasts are the new blogs, the new thing that people are excited about, where lots of interesting ideas are being discussed. I listen to podcasts in the car and when I’m working out — and now that...
Student Work: Activist T-shirts and Regular T-shirts

Student Work: Activist T-shirts and Regular T-shirts

A variation of the Rock the Protest Poster class, in the Activist T-shirt class, students learn (quickly, as this is a two hour workshop!) to identify their idea and think symbolically. Here are some Activist T-shirts by tweens at day camp: Inking a...
Student Work: Rock the Protest Poster

Student Work: Rock the Protest Poster

In this class, I work with students to give them a process for figuring out what topics they care about, and then how to express their position on that topic using images and words. We also talk about photographing their posters in order to share them online. Here are...