Digital composites · War

Summoning the Ancient Goddess of War

A day during the war in Ukraine.  An older woman angrily confronts a Russian soldier. She forces a package of sunflower seeds on him and issues a curse: “Take these seeds and put them in your pocket, so at least sunflowers [Ukrainian national flower] will grow when you all lie down here.” I have read… Continue reading Summoning the Ancient Goddess of War

Digital composites · Life, etc.

The Power of Touch

The View In recent years, a wave of studies has documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health. (Dacher Keltner) Humans are wired to be touched. From birth until the day we die, our need for… Continue reading The Power of Touch

Process and Techniques

Rag Tag Emmas: The Guardian of the Chakras

Just over a year ago, my friend Casey Weibust and I tossed around ideas about combining dolls and books. That first casual conversation has turned into a new project for me (and an obsession): Rag Tag Emmas. So called since the dolls are made from bits and pieces and (according to the Urban Thesaurus) "Emma"… Continue reading Rag Tag Emmas: The Guardian of the Chakras

Life, etc. · Process and Techniques

The Real World

Dream: 1: a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep 2:  an experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream (vision, daydream, reverie) 3:  something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality 4:  a strongly desired goal or purpose; something that fully satisfies a wish. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)      … Continue reading The Real World

Paper Crafts · Process and Techniques

Women’s Work

Throughout the history of art, decoration and domestic handicrafts have been regarded as women’s work, and as such, not considered “high” or fine art. Quilting, embroidery, needlework, china painting, and sewing—none of these have been deemed worthy artistic equivalents to the grand mediums of painting and sculpture. The age-old aesthetic hierarchy that privileges certain forms… Continue reading Women’s Work