Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Joy-full

I went to a dyeing workshop a couple of years ago and brought home sample pieces that then sat unused because they felt too precious. My recent reorganization brought them together with other dye, rust and discharge trials ...



Then the peace pin project opened my hands to start letting them go. The truth is I find so much more satisfaction now seeing them out in the world rather than hidden away.

In fact, I'll be choosing from this lot in order to make a pin for a long-time friend from Virginia ...


who has since moved to California and started (yet another) design business ...

There has been a new peace pin sighting in New York, from Jude who is most responsible for my journey into slow cloth:

Which triggered an email requesting a peace pin from Laura in New Hampshire. Laura also sent a picture of a beautiful saori weaving she made for Earth Day, which I'm posting here with her permission ...


There was also this post about a peace pin landing on Hazel's Word cloth ...

that inspired my Remember 2016 cloth

That in turn generated a comment from Shelly requesting a lavender pin ... but with no contact info, so I'm hoping she'll read this and send her mailing address to lizackert@gmail.com.

While I've been busy making pins, Don has kept busy, too. He found a funky duck in a Johnson City Gallery ...


which he has since stained and painted ...


He also scored a couple of pieces while we were antiquing with Williamsburg friends who stopped by for a couple of days ...


Love the business card, which reads in part, "raw materials for creative living" ...


I spotted some indigo Ikat while we were there, but it was a tad pricey. If it's still there next time, I might try to dicker them down. 

Lastly, we found a cool mixed media roadrunner painting at a Wimberley art show last weekend ...


which displaced the clock up and to the right in order to make room for it on this wall ...


So I'm thinking it was no coincidence that this fellow showed up when I drove into town today ...





No doubt about it ... roadrunners are aptly named!

12 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I have never seen a Road Runner except in a Wiley Coyote cartoon. Cool. I like the pics grouped on your wall. I've been mulling over how to change the main wall in my living room. No, not road runners. You have me thinking about it again.. That duck was an awesome find and your husband made it REALLY special. Quite a conversation piece..
xx, Carol

Liz A said...

Carol -

When we lived in Virginia, blue herons were the birds that made me happiest. On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, pelicans. Here in the Hill Country it is the roadrunners that are endlessly fascinating. One visited our back porch a couple of years ago, then jumped onto the car for a bit. It made the most other-worldly clacking sound.

Mo Crow said...

do road runners say beep beep?

Liz A said...

Mo -

Ha! More like "clack clack"

Mo Crow said...

have never sen one in real life, the Coyote and Roadrunner are burned into my memory banks from watching cartoons after school!

Liz A said...

Mo -

Looney Tunes were always my favorite cartoons ... Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner most of all!

Hazel said...

How stories connect with each other is such a swell thing!

Liz A said...

Hazel -

We are story people

Barry said...

Hi Liz - a blog post full of new life and sightings - just full of positive potential. Go well. B

Liz A said...

Thanks Barry. I once heard a speaker state that "unrealized potential" was one of the saddest phrases ... better, she thought, to realize every potential possible in the time we have allotted.

Nancy said...

That duck!!! Phew, caught my typo on that! lol I had roadrunners at my first home in this valley...pretty cool birds! Love the woven piece.

Liz A said...

Nancy -

About that duck ... Don's dad used to do incredible decoys, so this duck has layers of memory painted onto it.