Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sandra Brownlee Workshop in Scotland 2013

Artist, Sandra Brownlee will be teaching in Scotland at Big Cat Textiles
 in Newburgh, Scotland in August, 2013 and (big smile) I will be there.
See more about the workshop here.

I was introduced to Sandra's work through India Flint who will also attend this workshop, but not before she teaches a few workshops herself.
See more about India's teaching schedule in the UK here.

Artist, Lorraine Glessner posted about her work last February.

Mohawk Paper posted a wonderful description with images of her handmade book, Departures and Returns, which is the counterpart to her exhibition in 2009 with the same name. The book was a finalist for a Masters Arts Award of Nova Scotia

Also Karen wrote a series of posts on her blog about meeting Sandra during a workshop at Haystack taught by India Flint and about visiting Sandra's studio. (oh joy!)
Please, grab a cup of something warm and enjoy the journey through Karen's words and images. (sigh).

If you are willing and able, I encourage you to set out to Scotland this summer and take this class.  Just imagine, Sandra, me, India, and few other new good friends and maybe YOU...sitting and stitching. Meditating, eating, walking, learning...

 Alison Mountain at Big Cat Textiles and Cat in the Hat told me that she has a few spots remaining to be filled. 

Come join us, won't you? And do send me an email if you plan to go.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Intuition and the Creative Spirit

C. Mauersberger, Drawing using Intuition made on Sunday 1/20/13
while thinking about Elizabeth Duvivier.
Human Heart. Pixie Dust.
I am going to spend a long weekend at Squam Art Workshops  in June this year.

Before I spoke to Squam founder and director, Elizabeth Duvivier, today I began to meditate about talking to her. We've only had one previous chat and a few emails, but I felt that I knew her.

I began to draw 
The resulting image is what you see above.

At the end of our discussion, I told her that I made a drawing in preparation for our phone meeting.
And that I would email an image of it to her.

Then I realized that the drawing is all about her. 
Call it intuition or whatever you like... I drew a human heart with clouds of colored pixie dust spilling out of its arteries. My inner voice connected with my hands before my conscious-self understood the meaning.

And that is what Elizabeth does. She promotes creativity as a way of life and fabricates fabulous gatherings in the woods to train, inspire, heal and to expand our creative spirit.

The best way to describe Squam is by using her words from the Squam Art Workshop website:

"So, what is Squam?
Here are three things it has been for me:
a journey into greater, sustained joy; 
the beginning of an adventure; 
a life changing revelation and revolution (with all of the glory and none of the politics)."

Founder and Director Elizabeth Duvivier with her dog Daisy
photo credit:  Sarah Rainwater for Apartment Therapy

Learn more about the art retreats at Squam here.
Perhaps, you might find yourself taking a class or two at Squam this year...

If you do, let me know, because I want to meet you while I am there.

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Notes

Language, Notes
C. Mauersberger 2013
January blues
both G and I have had colds for over 12 days. 
I'm trying to clean out my studio, engage in fitness, eat well, and make art.


DAILY Home remedy: Green drink
Home made juice: Kale, cucumber, apple, ginger, lemon, celery...

 Circle stitches
Ugh, even these don't appeal to me. 
Must be the fog between my ears.

Germs, Cold, Flu, or otherwise.
I am sooooooooooooooo
OVER having a cold.

Location: W 117th Street, Cleveland, Ohio
Date: January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


It is the beginning of anything today.
Snow in my yard and sidewalk on January 1, 2013
wool skirt from thrift store, fall, 2012

Altered Skirt, as of Jan. 1, 2013

Altered Skirt, detail, 2012-13