Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Little Dusty But Not Forgotten

Well, my making and artistic friends, it's been a while since I have written a blog post, and by the looks of the few spam remarks I have received (and now deleted), it seems I need to start paying more attention. I sigh, because, like, why???? 

In any event, I have been extremely busy since ... well ... like fall of last year, and then COVID-19 hit and while I am still busy, the forced physical distancing has actually provided an opportunity for me to now catch up on my social media. If this is the way to communicate with others at the moment, then I will make the most of it, as I have been attempting to do with this blog for many years now.

Of course, when the going gets tough, makers get going on new projects! Despite all of the other designing tasks on my plate, I started a new project for moi late last week:

This will become my very own Tweedy Origami Cardi and I cannot wait to finish it! I am farther along than that initially snapped Instagram photo, so things are moving along. I am really trying to upgrade my wardrobe, and I made a commitment to myself at the beginning of the year that for anything new I purchased, I would make one thing to go with it. I purchased some pants back in January, so this is one of the tops I will use to create an outfit. I have so, so, so, many things I want to make for myself. Seriously, there really is just not enough time. NOTE: get a load of my Insta comment - I thought we'd be social distancing for 10 days - what a pipe dream that was!!!! 

I hope everyone is busily working on a project that brings them joy, in an environment that is healthy, with enough snacks to keep it all interesting. I know the news makes it seem like we will never get through this, but we will. When we do, all the makers and artists are going to re-enter the world with a force, just everyone wait. Even now, as I write this, artists are taking to social media in unprecedented and unique ways. This pandemic is forcing us to re-evaluate what is (and indeed who are) societally important. I hope we learn this lesson well and deeply. 

Peace out (and d.on't hoard the toilet paper, man!).

Monday, January 20, 2020

Another Day "On" is Marked

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." 

Quoted in Let the Trumpet Sound : A Life of Martin Luther
King, Jr (1982) by Stephen B. Oates

I have used the above quote in a previous blog post commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and it remains as relevant as ever at the beginning of this new year and decade. At a time when some are still fighting to be treated with dignity on public transportation:


I never take my privilege for granted. I was involved in a service project today, and it filled me with happiness to see so many showing up in my community (many with their small children in tow) to mark all that MLK, Jr.'s work stood for.

Of course, as Bernice King talked about today, it cannot only be about just one day, right? I have been involved in a long-term service project, and trust me when I tell you it is difficult to show up every day and do emotionally difficult work, but I do so precisely because it is difficult, despite my white, cisgendered privilege (though, as a female, gender equity remains unfinished business, but that's for another day). 

I hope each of you commemorated today in a way most relevant for you. Never take your own privilege for granted, yet never give up hope that one day we all will sit in the privileged seat.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

And Another New Year Begins

Everyone, happy new year and bonne année! With this new year, and indeed the beginning of this new decade, I present this year's indie dyer call:

Further visual inspiration for dyers can be found on this Pinterest board. If there are any additional questions, do feel free to check out the appropriate Ravelry thread in the D+D Summer Fun swap group.