I bet you have been wondering what I have been doing lately. I have been focused on FOUR, and only four, things:
1. Stitch until I can stitch no more
I am putting so much stitching on my three new big pieces that I actually had to learn to run the foot control with either foot to give myself a break. I’m thread crazed at the moment. I’m working in a total junkyard since I moved to Studio B while we are having some work done on the back of the house by Studio A. I will say that cramped and cluttered don’t seem to bother me when I am under a deadline.
2. Curating Sightlines Invitational for SAQA
What a joy ! I have spent hours upon hours visiting website and blogs of the 166 artists who sent in Requests For Consideration for this Studio Art Quilt Associate’s exhibit. I have studied every artist’s materials four times already; the invited artists will be announced August 31. This innovative exhibit will feature 14 invited artists who will create five to eight artworks on the theme of their choice. There are specific specs for some of the artworks, but each artist will have a ten foot wide by 7 foot high panel for his/her artwork. It is an innovative concept inspired by this exhibition by tACTile, an Australian group of textile artists.
The exhibition premiers at International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2011 and travels to the International Quilt Festivals in Chicago and Long Beach. A Sense of Direction: Sightlines will also be available for travel.
3. Prepping for the Boundary Waters
Trip fourteen and it still takes some thinking to squish everything my sister and I need into three fifty-pound packs. I am spending a fair amount of time prepping and drying all our veggies. Then I will package all our meals. A labor of love as you can buy stuff to eat, but, hey, I like to know what I’m eating. Plus in the Boundary Waters you can eat whatever you want because it’s paddle, portage, paddle, portage. So my general plan is healthy stuff followed by chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. I’m only partially kidding about that.
4. Getting in shape for the Boundary Waters
Three fifty-pound packs. Two of those have my name on them (literally, as I have all the straps just the way I like them) as Nancy carries the canoe over on the first trip. Since I broke my sternum I need to train more seriously as it takes FOREVER for all those muscles and whatever else pinged off to become strong. It is so worth it, but if I could sustain being in shape year round I wouldn’t have to work so hard now.
So I’m a little busy for the next couple of months, but I will be checking in periodically. Enjoy life! I am.