Friday, April 8, 2011

winter slowly hands itself over to spring

There will be so much to do in the garden and in the studio to ready ourselves for this summer with vacationers to retreat to the studio and the Northcoast Open Studio we have planned for the first weekend in June. I will be sharing this weekend with my dear friend Patty Demant who continues to inspire and support my own artistic and bumpy path.
After a long year of grief and personal exploration I find myself being healed by the surrounding landscape of this Chia Jen Studio. My work has spread into more writings with emphasis on poetry. The textile work is being pushed towards an end result for a jacquard woven course that I will be attending in August. It has been a decade since I first researched translation of my surface design into complex tapestry and jacquard wovens. Finally I will be able to see the 'translation' on at least a small scale.
As the theme of my work has been accessing a more dimensional result in textile design I will continue to use a variety of applications to execute interesting patterns that can be even further developed with the jacquard system.
All this is to say that I continue to work, albeit reclusively, in my redwood retreat. I am finding that not for the first time in my life, nature embraces my creative efforts and delivers a path out of sorrow into new life and ideas. I can only hope that I will be able to focus these images, words, and designs into art work that you will find interesting when you come to visit. Perhaps you will even be driven to purchase, thus supporting this walk back into 'life' and creation that I am traveling on.
I want to take this moment to thank everyone for all your support this last year as you helped me carry the greatest burden a mother can know... the loss of her child.
On a brighter note, I want to mention that Patty and I are hoping to really celebrate creativity and the arts on that first weekend so if you stop by there should be some music and food and drink.
Life is short eh? So we best get on with indulging in it and give ourselves over to the life force!

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