- Deconstructed screen printing
- Make a Stamp from a Photo
- Simple Batik Tutorial
- Unique Batik Tutorial
- Best EVER book covers
- Tray Dyeing Tutorial
- Dyeing embroidery thread
- Framing - 3 ways
- The Art Greenhouse
- Paste Paper
- Rice Bags
- All About Thermofax Screens
- What is a thermofax screen and how do I use it?
- Making your own sketchbooks two ways
- Travel Sketchbook with Removable Signatures
- Making screens for silk screening - 2 ways
- Avery Note Tab Stencil
- Make your own permanent Gelli plate
- How to snow dye
- Handling soy wax and thickened dye
- Necessities or Not
18 July 2013
Ten years ago I doubt if I knew what a blog was. Now I have 6. This is the main blog and where I put most of my time. I also have my Surface Design Workshop blog which is a business blog, my What I can see from here watercolor blog, my Maine Coast Fiberarts which is where I moved everything from my website when I closed it down. I started a private blog for a few friends who wanted to work on Jane Dunnewolds book, Finding your own Visual Language and I grabbed my name as a blog just because.
When I was getting my masters degree, an important part of my research was spent defining what constituted community. What is community? Basically what community came down to was a group of people united by an ethnicity (Italian), a cause (Earth First), a location (neighborhood) or any other major impetus that united them. In the literature back as far as 1997 when I was writing, researcher alluded to internet communities. I thought this was absurd. How could you have a community of people who can't even see one another. Well...now I know.
A community of people have come to this blog and interacted, shared their thoughts and in many cases their life stories with me via email and I feel as close to those people as any friends I have here in Maine. Some of those connections are 4 years old.
Now I have some unpleasant news to share with my online community. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The 11th, I had surgery to removed the "lump" along with all my lymph nodes in my arm pit. Tuesday, the 16th, I will have a bone scan and CT scan to see if there is cancer anywhere else. My chemo starts in 3 weeks and afterward radiation. Both of these treatments will leave me a bit fatigued.
My goal is to continue to keep up this blog only for as long as I can even if it is only one post a week. I find it therapeutic plus I have come to really appreciate contact with all of my online friends.
This may have been a poor venue for sharing my recent news but there is really no good way of delivery these facts. I struggled with telling those who read my blog at all but I just felt it was the right thing to do.
So keep posted and I will keep sharing my adventures in surface design and life in general.