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Hear ye! Hear ye! In case you haven’t already discovered it, Sharon Boggon has done it again. She has initiated yet another venue bringing together people who are interested in and/or making things with textiles and fibers and anything else that can be combined with textiles and fibers. You can visit and join this social network at Stitchin Fingers.

Already several special interest groups have been established and hundreds of members from around the world have joined.

Dear Readers, I hark back to William Blake. (I hope some of you have been interested enough to read my essay on why Blake is so important to me.) One of his mythological characters, Enitharmon, is a woman who weaves the fibers that produce the material world. (Sounds like quantum physics to me.) Her partner, Los, is imagination. Enitharmon gives form to what Los imagines. Together, these are the forces that create the universe we can perceive.

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This is the title of an essay in the current New York Review of Books that I urge you to read. Ingrid Rowland writes about women artists throughout Western history. She begins with painters, but in the middle of the third column, she argues that art is not limited to painting and proceeds to go off on a riff about women and textile art. It’s a wonderfully affirming article about the contributions of women to aesthetic history and to our culture.

Don’t miss it!

In this essay, Rowland mentions Alice Neel. One of her paintings, a self-portrait from her last decade, I especially like. It is a frank, unabashed portrayal of the effects of aging on an elderly woman’s body. Click on it so you can get a good look at it.

In her introduction to the May TIF challenge, in which she asks us to think about what we call ourselves, Sharon Boggon wrote:

“Have you noticed that the term maker is being used to describe the activity of various people who may in the past be referred to as crafts person, or applied artist? For instance the British Crafts Council provides some interesting and thoughtful reading but in the Makers in Focus which looks at the working environment of West Midlands people producing crafts, the term ‘maker’ is used to encompass practitioners who variously describe themselves as craftspeople, or applied artists.”

Ingrid Rowland wrote about the artful weaving of ancient Roman women:

“The proverbial Roman woman’s epitaph, Domi mansit, lanam fecit (“She stayed at home and made wool”), praises a creator with the same verb, facere, that artists used.[4]”

Facere–to make.

In my previous life as a corporate manager and management consultant, I was making things happen. Now, disabled and housebound, I am making things. I like that.

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