6.30.2008

tangled year

When this blog was begun over a year ago, I was moving into a new studio(house), trying to reorient myself in my art practice, and wanting to record and share my makings and thoughts with others. What was found through musing and making was a thread, or more precisely thread. From a tiny scribble on a bed drawn three years ago, blossomed a tiny mattress sprouting thread, a thread drawn round a bracelet, a thread unleashed from a bird's cry, Toru Okada's plaintive desire to unravel a tangled thread mirrors my own (see my sidebar), embedded thread, the crisscross caresses of powerline threads, and just now I am exploring the origins of thread by making some of my own. Spinning and untangling, I gather, will keep me busy for a while still.

In honor of the year of making and writing here and the community I've had the pleasure to meet, I'm giving away one little drop spindle's worth of hand spun wool thread. This is spun on the spindle I made with the wool of a sheep that lives locally. I find it a simple beautiful object, and as I consistently find myself wishing that others could touch the things I make, now seems the perfect opportunity to share. I'll choose at random one person who leaves a comment here between now and Friday July 4th. If you've never commented here before, please do, I'd love to hear what you think of my threads or the other work I've been making this year. Be sure to leave an email address if you don't link to a blog so I can reach you.

10 comments:

Jacqui Dodds said...

Hi Erin

I love all your different threads and your work - especially the sketchbooks - you have greatly inspired me. Happy One Year Blog!

Jo Stocker said...

Hello Erin,

I think I will use this opportunity. More though to share with you that I have found and seen in all of your posts an interest so very near to my own. I am only just getting started with my own blog and suffice to say that your persistance and the beauty of your work are an inspiration. Thank you so much!

Jo

seth said...

A special gift from a special artist. Congratulations on a year of blogging. I have quite enjoyed seeing your work and reading your posts.

redredday said...

has it been one year already? so fast. i feel greedy for wanting as you have already given me lots. but hey, who's stopping me?? ;). so pretty that spindle you made and the images of the the spun thread so tender and dreamy...i imagine it would be like unraveling stories from within...

habitual said...

I love all of the meanings and interpretations the word 'thread' allows....beautiful post and blog!

small graces said...

I am new here, I saw your banner in the artful blogger and felt drawn to it. I am a mother, fiber artist and shepherdess. It's so nice to meet you!

mansuetude said...

i am allergic to wool... but i think your work and words are soulfull, and wonderful. Had friends go to penland, it is supposed ot be quite INTENSE>

your perspective is loved.

asphaltandair said...

i too have been blogging for just about a year. the readers are mysterious (and not too many leave comments).
as you know, i greatly admire your often mystical and always inspired creativity.
so nice to have you in my blog community.
and extra, extra nice to be making a zine with you too!
zzzzzppp!

Erin said...

Thank you all for saying hello. Jo and small graces, so nice to meet you.

small graces- I wish I could see more of your garden, those potatoes look delicious.

jo- glad you know you are here. can't wait to see more.

seth- thank you, I appreciate not only your work, but the time you take to continue to build on the community.

mansuetude, I had a back up in case you won, and yes Penland was wonderfully intense.

Karin, I am so glad to be in the same sphere and working on our zine. Perhaps we should update our deadline. . .

Mien, :) spinning is quickly becoming an obsession, counting out the inches as I pull the fiber fluff into string, makes it a rosary.

habitual-the things you make are amazing. really.

If you don't win but you still want a bit of thread perhaps we can work out a trade.

Erin said...

and the winner is . . .
habitual!

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