Mending our Communities - beyond Stitching Art


The love we give…

Years ago, when I was attending college and teaching Art to school-aged children for the YMCA’s after school program in Manhattan (NYC), I stumbled upon and became fascinated by Origami. I purchased a kit at a local Barnes & Nobles, a favorite spot for starving college kids or at least for me.

When my child became old enough to learn how to fold paper into different shapes, I returned to Barnes & Nobles, this time in Madison, WI, and purchased an Origami calendar. I have had the immense privilege of watching my child love this technique and elevating her art by creating hundreds of these beautiful cranes and hanging them up at the shop where I work or gifting them to others.

I also realize what an immense gift it is to have paper to fold in the first place, any kind you like, because of the vast varieties available to us today, here, in the USA. I did not have that. Growing up I also did not know about Origami and I had never seen a real life crane until moving to the Midwest.

In Japan, the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures… and symbolizes good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years (google dictionary).

Living in a small town continues to be a journey for me; Art and a number of you, have helped me get through the toughest of times. I can’t convey enough how traveling and teaching in other communities have strengthened my resolve to make it work, and spread joy through Art, right here.

My family and I continue to volunteer and give back at every opportunity we can; we want to enjoy living where we are and contributing to the town with our talents and sweat. We feel immensely grateful to be able to share our lives with Ai, our exchange student from Japan, however short she is here. I have my friend Joanna to thank for introducing me to 4H in general even though my partner grew up being a member. Seeing our lives through Ai’s experiences will go down as a top five all time high for me. I can now say the same for my partner and child.

I also am grateful beyond belief to have been born in another country, to experience a rich life here and continue to expand on the knowledge base that living affords us.

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I also wanted to offer an update on my teaching schedule going into 2020; it has been a while since my last blog post. The workshops I have planned for the end of March during the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails have been announced and you can find them under events on my facebook page; as always, I’m thrilled to be part of this team. Registration starts sometime this fall.

You can expect fun and innovative classes and events next year but they will be fewer. If there is a topic that interests you this year, be sure to grab a seat as it may not return.

Thank you for following my adventures and mishaps and enjoy this beautiful season = the season that makes sense (at least to me :).