Friday, November 16, 2007


I am still working with the labyrinth designs, this is my latest take on it...

I'm trying meld the textures of the fabrics with the labyrinth design without it getting too busy. I am interested in creating something with a meditative quality. this seems to be the most successful so far.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

bonsai 2,3,4

This is the rest of the bonsai series, I'm considering fine art prints or cards of the designs...

I have a couple other unrelated designs to finish before I make a final decision.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


bonsai-tree-1 Originally uploaded by alsokaizen

This is a new piece of virtual piecework I've been working on. I have three more companion pieces that are nearly finished. I've been wanting to use the pattern that is on the pot for a while I created it nearly a year ago and never really found a use for it until now.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Itajime Shibori Dyed Rice Paper listed on Etsy

I'm trying something new at my Etsy store. I've decided to list some of my Shibori paper for sale. I'm putting them up as single sheets or coordinating sets.

I love this stuff and I have been experimenting with it for awhile now. I've successfully used it with archival glues, resin and acrylic mediums so I figure why not share the wealth? My absolute favorite way to use it is in my virtual piecework...

this piece was created as a part of my japonisme design group

and this is one of the designs in my Hawaiian Quilt card set (also on Etsy)

So we will see if there is any response!

Friday, November 2, 2007

30 Day Experiment (more than 30 days late) review

I have dragged my feet trying to describe how the experiment worked out. All around I think it helped me to become more productive and far more aware of the habit of sharing too much. However I was unable to completely follow my own rules. I tried to be much more circumspect regarding upcoming projects, and I think I succeeded in not discussing them for the most part but it was hard to do. I had a number of events that put me in a position to discuss my work and I find it very difficult to limit those conversations to the present or the past, they kept spilling over into possibilities for the future. I definitely couldn't help myself in the morning pages... I truly think that that is one of the ways my brain sorts itself out. I do think that just becoming more aware of the behavior was constructive, and I am continuing to try to keep my head in the present.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

finally finished

Hooray we did it! This has to be the largest outdoor project we have undertaken and it was absolutely worth the effort. When we moved into this place there was a 45 degree slope covered with gravel that had to be negotiated in order to get to the front door. Now we have actual stairs and a nice clear path that won't grow weeds, I feel deeply satisfied. It's true we still need a railing and some lighting but hey a little bit at a time...kaizen!

Rasta our dog definately approves!