This is my second library show in a row this year, and will be up until January 31st. I like showing my work at a library. Lots of people get to see it, and the setting is less intimidating than a gallery.
I am sharing the space with Jane Feldblum, who agreed to exhibit her beautiful knotted cotton and linen art at the library with me. I first met Jane 10 years ago when she was giving chair massages at a winter party mutual friends put on every February. During my massage I learned that Jane had been an art teacher in Albany before pursuing her education as a massage therapist. Jane has made art in several different media, but it is her fiber work using knotted cotton and linen that sparked my interest. Her pieces are small, and made from hundreds (maybe thousands) of knots. She has also used copper wire in her work, which of course looks great with my woven copper!
It is always exciting to discover how the pieces “talk” to each other (a comment from my friend Jeanne)
during a shared show. Jane’s and my art look great together, and are having a lively conversation. If you live in the area, I hope you can drop by to see/hear it!
I know many people who made these potholders as kids. I re-discovered them in the fall, making lots on a larger loom with great colored cotton loops. So much fun to give and they almost always evoke childhood memories of crafting at home as a regular event.
Conversations about these simpler times often include neighborhood games like “kick the can” usually played late into the evening; hiding in the cemetery was an exciting and scary thing to do, riding bikes to friends houses, roller skating on the sidewalks- downhill with escape routes!, ice skating once the local pond was frozen over, sledding, and Sunday drives with our families. It was safe enough to be out all day on a Saturday walking and exploring wherever we wanted without adult supervision.
Certainly a more innocent time, and with the advances in technology our world and awareness has expanded. Overall a good thing, but I enjoy the experience of working with my hands to create which stays with me in this fast paced world.