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… and the winner is ….

drum roll please!




Lucy, please email me your name and mailing address and I will send you 2 fat quarters and a small surprise. My email is

Here’s how this random drawing was scientifically conducted:

Here’s the “hat” (actually a tote bag with fused embellishments):


and here’s my completely impartial, preliterate assistant!

So thanks to everyone who joined in, this was fun. I’m still visiting different people’s Fall Festival entries, which will likely take me months. Stick around, everyone, don’t be a stranger!

And for everyone who DIDN’T win, remember I’m doing another small giveaway which will start on Saturday October 24th, when I belatedly throw open my studio right here. So do come back and try again!

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Theme Thursday

For a peek at how British design legend Zandra Rhodes worked on the design for the opera The Pearl Fishers, click:

I’m currently working on a silk wallhanging and love the pink and orange she uses.  She reminds me a bit of Freddy Moran, so colourful and bold and talented.  And they don’t need to dress up in red hats and purple dresses to express their individuality just like everyone else either!  Secretly I’m envious (which I realize is a really corrosive emotion) because I’m still fighting against the chameleon and my urge to fade into the wallpaper.

In desperate need of a travel fix, I stumbled across 1001 and its “panophotographies. ”   (you can tell the authors are French and in need of an English editor LOL!)   These are 360-degree photos of UNESCO World Heritage sites.  I went to Zanzibar, Axum, and Samarkand, then for comparison checked out Luang Prabang in Laos and Ayutthaya in Thailand, places I’ve been blessed to have been able to visit in person.

It takes a while to get the hang of zooming around in the photos, and there are some limitations in that you can’t zoom in for really close details, but visually it’s a great treat.  It’s like being inside a bubble because you can look down and see pavement (remarkably similar everywhere I went!) or up and see sky.  The African sites (Axum and Zanzibar) are full of people; less in Laos, and for Samarkand I wonder if they cleared the area before starting work.  There’s not a person to be seen.

The site has over 2,000 panophotographies, so it’s going to take a while to work through them all!

I found several less creative but useful online references today:  Art and Architecture Thesaurus , the Union List of Artist Names and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.  I stumbled across these from The Map Room.  Within minutes of this little cyber-detour I had actually made use of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus to check a document I was editing.  And stumped by a word someone had used at a meeting which was not in the dictionary, I googled it and Urban Dictionary galloped to the rescue!

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Theme Thursday

In the Raw Art Yahoo Group, Quinn McDonald suggested posting links to sites that may be of interest to fellow artists in our blogs.
are two blogs by a creative and entertaining crafter in the UK. I feel I have a lot in common with her and it’s a joy to read what she has to say.

Rima, who is a nomad in Britain, blogs about her life on the road with wonderful illustrations. She and her partner have committed to living their dream in a courageous way.

Savanna Redman is one of us raw artists. Her website is at
You also HAVE to read what she says here at the Dharma Trading website (if you’re not a fibre artist, trust me on this one! Dharma is THE go-to store for fibre art supplies)

Fingers crossed that these turn into live links!
Posted by Ruth at 8:51 PM
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Movable Books

Check out Paul Johnson’s website,

This British artist is coming to Island Blue to do two workshops in July, but they are both sold out 😦

Prices of his limited editions I feel are VERY reasonable.

He uses fabric dyes on water colour paper and is doing pioneering work on developing literacy through the book arts.  The work is vibrant, rich in text, and draws you right in!