Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Does listening to music boost your serotonin levels? I  read somewhere that working with your hands does. I have experienced the increase in happiness that comes with using my creative powers. I just have to say there is nothing on earth like working in my studio on a sunny day (now that my studio has windows) with music I like turned up way too loud.   Happily in the flow. Loving life. In my own sweet little world. I want to attribute it to practicing my art form - but maybe it was the turkey salad I had for lunch.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Art opening on May 4 at Grove Gallery!

One of the very best things I have done for myself, since the selling of Woven Art, has been to join the Grove Gallery Artist Co-op. It is situated next door to Woven Art in downtown East Lansing.

I actually had the idea of Grove Gallery almost 6 years ago. The space next to Woven Art had been empty for quite awhile - and that's not good for business. I wanted a lively, creative business to fill the void.  I had the opportunity to work with the City of East Lansing, and CRMC, our landlords, to dedicate the space to working art studios and gallery space. Once it was up and running, I returned all my energy to running and growing Woven Art.

Time went by, I sold my shop to the wonderful Meg Croft. She is continuing the growth and creative inspiration that is Woven Art.  Last December I submitted an application to join Grove as a working artist. I am most happy and grateful that they took me in.

The artists that are Grove Gallery are friendly, supportive and inspiring and talented.  It is exactly where I need to be as I continue my transition back to full time art making.

From April 18 to May 18, Grove Gallery is featuring the artists that are new this year. That's me! Also  Jack Melangton - a photographer from Ann Arbor, and Sue Hale, a fiber artist who lives on the west coast of Michigan.  A diversity of art forms, that work oddly well together, thanks in large part to the display genius of Barb Hranilovich and Gretel Geist.

Thanks to all of the Grove artists for the warm welcome, and the new arty energy that comes from hanging out with art and other artists.

Please consider yourself invited to the opening reception on Sunday May 4. You can come in anytime - the show is up. However, I will also be there for the opening, and there will be yummy refreshments. I would love to see you.

Friday, April 4, 2014

On how knitting makes the world smaller

Gary and I were at a bar on a small island, very far away, about a week ago. It was open mic night, and the talent was varied and amazing. Gary struck up a conversation with our table mates, and somehow worked it in that I am a knitter.

"Susan - we have a knitter!", said Suki.

Susan immediately came to welcome me and struck up a conversation about knitting. I told her that I have loads of experience helping knitters, as I used to own a yarn shop. I enjoyed ten years of picking up dropped stitches, deciphering patterns, and mostly giving encouragement, and boosting confidence.

Before long Susan had invited me to come back in a year, stay with her and knit with her island knitting group. I am charmed and thrilled. I also found out that she had taken a class with Sarah Peasley, who happens to be a very good friend.  So - small world. Small, friendly world if you are lucky enough to be a knitter!

I have experienced the power of knitting as an ice breaker before. It happens often in groups that expect you to be a knitter, such as the major knitting conferences, or at retreats. But occasionally I get to meet another knitter under other circumstances - and every time, gain an instant bond. 

Here is a picture of tapestry #3 in progress. Only about 3 inches more to go. Though I started this over two months ago, it seems to have the feel of the ocean, and maybe the beach.  I didn't plan it that way.

Sunday I am teaching a double heddle for the rigid heddle loom class. There are a couple of open spots, but you need to have a remeasured warp ready to go. Call 517-203-4467 for more information.