...the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like
the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your
in the family of things
--from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
I am inspired by usual, yet extraordinary things--family, friends, colleagues, nature, the creatives who came before and flow through all of us, astronomy and geological history. I love thinking about the profound shifts and transformations of my home in Oregon, once under oceans full of sharks, now nestled within the third generation of the Cascade mountain range, with rivers carrying those memories back to the Pacific.
Quilting carries memories. Knowing hearts, working hands, life's scraps made into something beautiful. Beauty matters most to me. Not necessarily pretty, or perfect, or nice, but authentic, made with skill and compassion. True, even raw beauty may seem uneven, undone, unpredictable--yet anything that expresses honesty and respect is inspiring to me.
My grandma Margaret taught me to sew at age 8. Grandpa Paul helped cut out her dressmaker designs. Their partnership, and the safe space they provided to learn and create, was essential. I hope to create a similar space for my students, whom I also find inspiring and awesome.
Grandma Margaret & Grandpa Paul, "First Quilt," detail.