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Oh the Weather Outside Is ...

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The Genesee-Orleans Regional Art Council in Batavia NY is having an art show entitled, "Oh the Weather Outside Is ...", and I submitted two wall-hangings into the show.

The first, Madras Christmas uses cotton for the warp in a ripsmatta pattern. The weft includes the cotton thread used for the lime green selvedge yarn and a sea-blue sari ribbon. The hanging measures 10.5" by 20"
The second hanging entitled, Winter Mist is woven from chenille and accented with beads. It measures 15" by 19.5", but feels heavier due to the beads on the fringe at the bottom. For this hanging, I painted the hanging rod silver and added a chain to support the hanging.



All in all, I think both hangings look well.


Writer's Toolbox - Opened and Closed

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How many? That question is one that writer's face often: How many words? How many characters? How many view points? How many clues? How many books?



When I first started writing back in the mid-nineties, I wrote books as the idea struck. Most of the time, I had one book, and that was all. The older I became, the more I realized that my favorite books were part of a series, and I decided to write a series.

Yeah - that went over easy.

Writing a series, no matter how much one loves the characters is not an easy task to accomplish. One of the hardest aspects about writing a series is keeping the characters interesting and engaging, especially what I would term open series. Open series are those with no logical ending. These are the series that have no particular dictates placed upon them, and usually involve mystery series.

A closed series, on the other hand, are series with a defined ending. The ending might be defined through a common writing practice such as the fantasy or romantic…

Number Games

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I admit that I am a science fan; in fact, had it not been for my love of writing, I probably would have gone into science as a degree ... that, and my tenth grade Biology teacher completely freaked me out when she dissected dead animals with her bare hands. I'm also slightly germ phobic.

In college, I learned one valuable lesson: art has science, and science has art. This is part of the reason that one of a university's colleges is the College of Arts and Sciences. Creating pottery glazes requires knowledge of chemical reactions; weaving has a mathematical grid underlying its structure and beauty. Part of what makes overshot patterns so amazing is the illusion of circles on a square plane. Then there are fractals which are just plain cool. Don't tell me that there isn't art in science.

For weaving, numbers and design always work together to create something beautiful. For example: Fibonacci numbers: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 etc. is seen in the image below:

The sequence is b…

Making the Most

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It's late October, and the holiday season is just around the corner. Here in Western New York, the weather forecast predicts snow possible and below average temperatures definite. The leaves remain on the trees, but many are falling away. It's windy, cold, and the scent of moisture fills the air.

It's autumn.

This is my favorite season; October is my favorite month. Helps that my birthday is at the beginning of the month, but I love the colors of fall and the changing weather. One thing that autumn reminds me to do is make the most of what I have. In ages past, humanity understood the need to preserve and make do with little. Now in our world where we Northerners can purchase oranges in December, we have lost that knowledge.

Many articles currently focus on parents with children because children remind us that we can do with little. Children are not the only ways to remember how to make do with little. Artisans understand this necessity since we are forced to live with l…

In This Life, You Will Have Trials

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The Christian walk is not normally an easy path to take. It was never meant to be, but there are days in which it is harder than it should be. Interestingly, it always seems to follow around conversation with friends and family or messages at church.

Case in point: Sunday, the church I began attending (I'm in the process of switching churches) talked about trials in life, and how we should respond. Trials, those pesky, unexpected events that threaten to upset our faith, exist in the world.

Sometimes, they come to test our commitment.

The photo above was taken earlier this year at a friend's house. She lives near a small creek, but if it rains hard enough, and long enough, that creek is one of the first to flood. Events come into our lives where we need to choose to allow them to frustrate us or allow them to inspire us.

This morning, I planned to take two copies of Azure Maris to bookstores for up-coming book signings (already have two lined up for December and March, by the…

Pursuing God's Dream

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I grew up in a fairly conservative Protestant world where we went to church twice on Sundays, once on Wednesday and whenever the church doors were open. My dad lead the high school youth group; my mom led the lower elementary youth group (called King's Kids). For those who know of AWANAS, Patch the Pirate Club or some other entity, I never heard of them until I turned 12 when I moved from Pennsylvania to New York.

Throughout my childhood, I was told that 'God has a plan for your life. Find it, and pursue it'. I realized that it wasn't necessarily a magic wand or some great elusive quest to find the plan, but something that I was to pursue, follow, evaluate and execute. I knew my strengths and my likes, so I pursued those paths. After all - who wants to work at a job they don't like and are unqualified for if she can do something that she loves and is gifted to do?

 My personal belief is that God gives each of His followers a dream, but He doesn't leave the fol…

Book Review

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So, it's Tuesday, and I'm finally posting the first of the month review! This month's book, Islamic Art in Context by Robert Irwin, covers the variety of topics involved in a cultural art overview.

The book begins with a general background of Islam (for those who do not know the history or culture connected to the religion). From there, the author proceeds into general topics: architecture, how artists were viewed, literary topics and guilds.

What I have found interesting so far, is the response to the thought that Muslims are forbidden to create human images in their artwork. This belief has been passed around for some time, no doubt reinforced with the Taliban's destruction of the Buddha statues in 2001.



The photograph above is from the copy of the book that I borrowed from my library. It provides a better image of the cover.  In this image, there are clearly human figures represented. The back attributes the lower image as the "parade of the Ottoman guild of…

End of a Crazy Week

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I will sleep well tonight ... when I finally make it to bed. Between my time at the Artisans of North Street Shop in Batavia NY and working on the edits for Shamrocks of Stone, it's been a fairly busy week. Add into that helping Mom paint her rental property, developing concepts for the winter season, watching my cousin's children, and a marketing meeting for the Artisans, it's been a slightly crazy week.



One of the hardest elements for me to develop are items that sell at the local fairs. While I enjoy weaving and bookbinding, creating items that people will purchase proves to be difficult. Many people who travel past my tables or booth comment about how much they like the items or how well I create the items, but spend their money elsewhere.

I have yet to decide if it is my items do not interest the local audience, or if I need to change the items I create. Not many journal anymore, which is a sad commentary. Personally, journals are a way that we can slow down and disc…

Book Updates

Just a quick update about Azure Lights and Shamrocks of Stone. The good news: Azure Lights' second edit has been sent back to the publisher, so that major portion is done. Yeah!

Shamrocks of Stone, the first book of my second series, is currently in the first edit stage. I have the written edits done, and I am adding the changes to the computer. Earlier this week, I had troubles with the computer, but it seems to be working now.

Why doesn't it always seem that when I need to finish a book, the computer has troubles?

New Journals for Sale

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Just thought I'd show you the two journals for sale at my Etsy shop, Bridgette ní Brian. First is the Lime Medallion Journal:


This journal is priced at $12. It is 5.5 inches wide and 7.25 inches tall.
Second, is the Orange Paisley Journal which is the same price and size as the Lime Medallion Journal.

If you're looking for something smaller, tomorrow I will have a smaller version of the Orange Paisley Journal for sale as well.

Saturday Events

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Hope any of you in the Batavia NY area will stop by and visit. Batavia is half-way between Rochester and the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area. Take the Thruway to the Batavia exit, turn left to go into Batavia. At the second traffic light turn left to head towards downtown Batavia. Follow Route 5 (Main Street). At the fifth traffic light (Harvester Ave) turn right. You should see signs for the Artisan Market. You'll see a sign for Batavia's Original Pizza place, turn there.

If you're coming from Route 63, there will be signs out for the market on 63 as well.

Hope to see you there.

Disappointments

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Over the weekend, I was at a little fair called Appleumpkin in a smaller town called Wyoming NY. The previous two weeks I talked about changing culture both a general overview since it is not only the artists who change culture, and also how we change culture from within. One of the side affects of changing culture, or at least attempting to change culture, is disappointment.



Throwing yourself out into the public realm is setting out a welcome mat for friends, or a bulls-eye for enemies. Not all disappointments come from what people say or don't say; sometimes, and I would argue most often, comes from the breaking of expectations. At the end of the day, you feel like your dreams, expectations and hopes are nothing more than rubble like the photograph above. Tears from sorrow and from anger are shed, but the important thing is to take another step, whatever that step might be.

Currently, I'm in that spot: tears are shed, and I seek the next step to take. Is it to entirely thr…