Follow Your Art

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When is something art? When you stop and think about it, that is a very profound question. I’ve been in wonderful art museums, seen a famous piece of “art” and thought a second grader could have done better. So, is art, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder? Is it something new and unique from the mind of the artist? I don’t know the answer, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately.
I’ve always thought of my work as “crafty.” Many of the fiber arts can be craft, but can also be art. I think of some of my early attempts and most of them were more craft than art. It was only when I began to weave and work with cashmere and wool that I felt empowered to call my work art.
What I create comes from my mind and flows from my fingers. It is unique in this world. I feel compelled to fashion something new and useful from fiber. I am excited to wake up and start working on a project. This convinces me that I should, with all my heart, follow my art!

It’s Spring–Think Pink

I’m celebrating the first day of spring by finishing this fun cashmere scarf.  It’s still cool enough to wear cashmere, even in Oklahoma.  In fact, it’s almost never too warm for cashmere.  Even when it’s 100 plus outside, it can be chilly inside and a cute scarf is just right.

This project made me think of my mother.  She was a breast cancer survivor….twice.  She went through as many stages of grief and recovery as there are colors in this scarf.  The edges are finished with a soft ruffle….a feminine touch she would have appreciated.

My mom would have loved the fact this scarf is made from recycled cashmere sweaters.  She was a child of the Great Depression and was good at using up every bit of something and recycling, before is was fashionable.  She was eco-friendly before there was such a thing!

I’m listing this on my Etsy site today in celebration of Mom and Spring!