21 Oct

Time is Running Out

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These are the postcards I’ve made as incentive for my readers (that’s you guys!) to donate to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Seven of these lovelies already have homes — that’s a big mahalo (thank you) to Natalya, Connie, Doreen, Stephanie, Del, Diane, and Debra!

The fundraiser goes until November 6th, so if you want one of these postcards, go to the JDRF tab on my Facebook page, or directly to my walker page here and make a donation as small or large as you want. And no worries if a bunch of people donate — I’l happily make more cards! It’s that good of a cause.

These are titled “Taylor’s House,” not because the house looks like my neighbor Taylor’s (though her house does have a lanai out back like the one on the cards), but because these houses are in honor of Taylor and her learning to live a full and happy life even with Type 1 Diabetes. These houses also reflect the red dirt and drier landscape of the central Oahu area in which we live, though in real life, our houses are much closer together. I’ve made them with alternating fabric, stitch, and paint, so there’s a nice atmospheric quality and they really are little tiny pieces of art.

**Thank you so much to all those who have donated so far! I will indeed need to make a second batch of postcards. I also need street addresses for a few of you — I’ve been sending a thank you email through the JDRF site but I think it may have ended up in a few junk folders (Nancy and Connie, please email me privately or leave a comment here (without your addresses) so I can email you directly).

04 Mar

Local Inspiration

I’ve been very busy lately. It came after a bit of a slump, but I decided to make some new clothes, which led to riffling through fabrics, which led to unearthing old projects, which led to inspiration for new projects, which led to… You get the idea. When people say “just do something, anything” to get out of a slump, they are right.

I’ve been posting more crafty than arty things lately, partly because that’s who I am, but also because working on the crafty has lit a fire under the arty. No art to show yet, but it’s coming.

I love the way one thing leads to another, especially in conversations and with inspiration. I take a walk around our housing development most school mornings after I see the kids off at the bus stop. One of the first things I pass is a row of Naupaka bushes. Looking at these half flowers, I was inspired to make simple postcards for the Hawai’i Quilt Guild’s annual show (they’ve invited everyone to make postcards). The Naupaka postcards led to Ilima postcards, and the whole process (along with another train of thought related to using kid’s drawings as fabric for something completely different) has me now thinking about local plants as inspiration for custom fabric. These sketches are far from fully realized, but I love the idea of the patterns being pretty graphic and not looking like typical “Hawaiian” fabric.

I’m not sure if I’m going anywhere with this, but the path and where it intersects others is a lot of fun.