Wednesday, December 30, 2015

- Remember

For the past several years I have chosen one-word "resolutions" for the new year ahead: Create (2012), Blog (2013) and Stitch (2014). Easy to remember, flexible in their application, and ultimately successful, they have been gratifying. More to the point, they have become lifelong habits. Stitch even became a new index term in 2015, replacing the more traditional term Needlework in recognition of my journey toward new forms of creative expression as documented in the examples below.

So picking the word for 2016 should have been easy, right? Not so much. There are so many things I want to do: learn to draw (better), organize photographs (finally), start some of the many project ideas that have accumulated (maybe even finish some others), and gracefully enter the next decade of my life (yes, I will turn 60 just before the summer solstice).

Today the word for 2016 finally came to me: Remember ...


Remember to create, blog, and/or stitch every day ... remember the good times from the past 59 years ... remember to have fun ... remember to organize the pictures ... remember to celebrate what has already been accomplished.

Therefore, without further ado, I will begin remembering with a look back at what I stitched in 2015, some done, some not, but all of it a wonderful learning experience (with thanks to Jude Hill for pointing out that I "Learn by Playing").

The new year began with the completion of several Christmas presents
(note: the pictures have links to posts related to the making of each cloth) ...

Close Your Eyes I for Jackson


Close Your Eyes II for Griffin

Triangulation for Don

Don and I collaborated on a number of his assemblages, including this homage to Pueblo kachinas ...

One of many pieces inspired by our travels in New Mexico


Sash details

A series of explorations into Jude Hill's techniques resulted in the Table Series as they all ended up serving time in the dining room ...

Tea dyed linen


Rust dyed from a cheese grater

Linen cloth weaving, ultimately lichen dyed


The Turquoise Trail, another New Mexico memory piece

Dyeing was a major component of the year and was a contender for 2016 word of the year ...

Dramatic results from Thimble Flowers that later faded away

Gifts also figured into the year ...

Blue Heron ... a 70th birthday gift


7809 Orisha ... 
a housewarming gift from the Kitchen Towel Series
Some projects got started, but then were put aside ...

Austin Skyline
Armadillo Road

Rightly making way for more important projects ...

Hearts for Charleston


By the Bridges II

While the peace flag made in 2014 made its way to India Flint's Solace Project in Australia ...

Sew/Sow Peace, end of 3rd row/beginning of 4th row

Last, but far from least, I began the Patchplay series of posts that documented the development of my own take on traditional patchwork ...


Beginning to put it all together


Embellishing with hand-drawn stitch

Becoming The Land of Flood and Drought

There was more, enough to fill a year's worth of blog posts (128 and counting) with some left over to begin the new year (Christmas presents and more of Don's assemblages from the Porch Series chief among them). But I'm going to stop here so I can get ready to go out and celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary ... another remembrance.

11 comments:

Marti said...

Remembrance, noticing, creating, celebration, simply, love of life, the gift that you and Don bring to us via this blog. May your day today, your 38th anniversary, sing with joy.

Dana said...

Happy Anniversary!! and thank you for the look back at your inspiring projects from 2015. Remembering holds our experience in conscious readiness for multiple levels of connection with our lives. How lucky we are to have memories! How flat our existence would be without them.
Best wishes to you and Don on this day and for a new year of memory making.

Thread Born said...

Wow...I'm so impressed! Stitching will be prominent in 2016 for me...but WOW...again. Such a wonderful selection of very personal projects!
Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year!- Julie

jude said...

that was fun.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

a VERY HAPPY Anniversary to you both!!!!!
and how good you are feeling, remembering, re-View-ing ....it's a Lot
of BeautyFull and Pleasurable work....BIG SMILE

Mo Crow said...

Happy Anniversary!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you all ... we had a wonderful day with just enough sunshine to put a golden glow on it all. And I can't say enough about how much your presence here means to both of us!

Anonymous said...

'remember' is such a centering, deep word... what a great choice. and what an amazing, varied, and well-crafted gallery of work from the year. quite a grouping of beautiful objects!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Dee ... I count Hearts for Charleston as my most moving creative experience and will always be grateful for the opportunity you provided.

over the rainbow said...

Yes. Remember. Beautiful. Happy Belated Anniversary to you and Don. What an accomplishment in itself. Now I have to remember to brush my teeth and take a long walk (Self)……;-)

Liz Ackert said...

I enjoyed your insight on picking words that are opposites of current experience ... indeed, I seem to have trouble remembering words and such of late. So perhaps, subconsciously, I realized a need by picking this word for this year.

And ha! You should see my quotidian remember list ... flossing, vitamins, exercise, etc. ... to which I have added laughter and gratitude