Eiko Okano’s exhibition of quilts is up at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. (Someday I want to go there.) I first saw Okano’s quilts long ago and at that time wanted to buzz into her studio and be a fly on the wall as she created. Unlike our quick-study Instagram world, where quilts are being produced at the rate of 300 a second — or so it seems — I imagine her process would take a bit longer.
I love the wild, dancing rick-rack scribbles in the border of this quilt, and those buttons!
I want to hang this one in my kitchen. These photographs are all taken from the IGSC website, where more of her quilts are shown.
In charging up my creative batteries, which often we speak of as “mojo,” I found this series of ten videos from 99U, which are about the creative process.
I intrigued by the concept that this one gives us, that — believe it or not — springboarding off of things that others have done, is a time-honored path to creativity. Notice I said “springboarding.” No one likes to have their work cloned, unless maybe you are making a pattern or something that is designed to be cloned.
I watched this in process with the release of Sherri McConnell’s quilt, “Flower Garden,” in a magazine this week. It’s the old hexie flower you have come to know and love, but Sherri gives it a modern twist, a new spin, and now I want to gather up hexies and start making my own. She started this several years ago, once again giving me hope for my own long time lines for some quilts.
And, as usual, after a spurt of creativity, I take time to clear off my workspace, find the floor again (stacks of fabrics often migrate there when I am looking for a “certain piece”) and plan out time in my calendar.
A change is as good as a rest, my mother says, so this past week we took a break from calendars and sewing machines and usual activities when we drove up to Manzanar (about a four-hour’s distance), to visit this National Historic Place. The memorial is evocative, terribly sad, and enraging, all at once.
The Mt. Whitney mountain range is stunningly beautiful, and we took some time that night to enjoy the sunset and rising moon.
On the way home, we stopped at Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch, a Mojave Desert attraction, all built by Elmer, a man who gets up in the morning, fires up his welding torch and gets to work. Unless, of course, he doesn’t want to.
I have a re-cap post on the Mad for Solids 2018 coming, but I wanted to thank you all for the efforts you made to put my quilt design and curated stack of solids in the Winner’s Circle. I enjoyed getting to know new quilters and their creative worlds, not only those who also had stacks, but you quilters, with your IG and FB and blogging sites. Keep up the good work of interacting and supporting and cheering each other on. I love this quilty world!