Thursday, March 10, 2016

Baby watch in Chicago


I am in Chicago for the next several days, knitting a baby surprise jacket for, surprise! My toddler grand daughter. We are also anxiously awaiting the arrival of her new brother. Could be seriously any minute now. 

This morning I took advantage of a rare quiet moment to update my class schedule on this blog. Look under teaching schedule for more information. I have added a rigid heddle weaving class in Elk Rapids in April. I have also added a Rigid heddle class at NMC in late May, and an introduction to coil basket class in June. 

I will still be in Chicago at the time of the opening of the Opening for the Michigan Handweavers Guild biannual at the Dennos Museum on March 19. I will be sorry to miss the opening, but very excited to see what my fellow fiber artists have been up to. I haven't heard yet if my two tapestries made it in, fingers crossed! 

In the meantime I have been doing yoga (yoGA) with Teagan. Strolling around the neighborhood (hi doggy! Bye bye doggie!) with Teagan. Reading to Teagan (BOOK! BOOK!) and "napping" with Teagan. We went to the children's museum at Navy Pier. Great place! we spent a bit of time in the stuffed animal room. There were at least 20 stuffed dogs, cats and rats scattered around the room. Interspersed were furry vests and Scaly tails for dressing up as your favorite beasty. Another room geared for toddlers and babies was filled with items to stimulate imagination, like a pine cone table, streamers, magnetic blocks and much more. Both rooms were filled with kids and parents. Chicago is a great place to live. But I am happy to be a visitor, and look forward to returning to watch Spring arrive at my lake up north. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Wings and Water

I am very pleased to be included in this show at The River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac Wisconsin. The opening reception is St Patricks Day, but I won't be there. I will be snuggling with my new grandson in Chicago. He will be at least 3 days old by then.


Below  is my entry, titled "Waterfall" It is a space dyed cotton warp and Theo Moorman inlay in linen and cotton.


It seems appropriate to be in this show because here in my new environment I find I am completely fascinated by birds, and by my lake. The sun, moon and sky also shape my day. It has had a big impact on the work I do now. But this piece was made in another time, and this reminds me that wings and water have always figured strongly in my intentions.

I have added a new beginning rigid heddle class to my schedule. It will be April 2, at The Wild Hare Rug Studio in beautiful downtown Elk Rapids. I you would like to join us for the day, contact me at nmcray@mac.com and I will give you all the details.
This beginning level class is just before the slightly more advanced Textures and Patterns class at Interlochen on April 9.

It is 28 degrees here today, and there are big mounds of snow piled up against my pole barn. Yet, the light has changed and it feels like Spring. I am ready!