Category Archives: Mantras for Creativity

What blocks and/or supports your improvisational flow?

Improvisors and quilt makers. I’m researching this question and need your input! Continue reading

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Patchwork Scrap Doodling

Scrap Doodling is a playful improvisational patchwork process utilizing fabric scraps without concern over the outcome. It’s like drawing but better! Continue reading

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Extravagant Generosity

This one quilt “Manna” brought in $16,000. I wonder about the power, the extravagant generosity of art to move people and rain bread from heaven. Continue reading

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On Being Judged

Finding and trusting one’s own authority is essential to developing authenticity in improvisational process. Continue reading

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Death Valley Bound… Again!

There will be no distinction between inside and out when I return to Death Valley. There will be no past or future, only the space of the present.
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My Blue Bike Ride

Riding along the bay in East Oakland on a sunny Sunday afternoon in winter restores my rhythm of attention. Continue reading

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Repetition ~ act of saying over again

Repetition is the foundation for all pattern making. I was inspired by these wine barrels on Treasure Island today. Continue reading

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Color Channeling

My creative space becomes animated when work is flowing. So many subtle influences are at play. Continue reading

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Death Valley Walkabout ~ Ubehebe Crater

Death Valley is the living image of God’s presence in absence. Continue reading

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Good Friday Prayer

It’s Good Friday, the day of Christ’s death and burial, so I chanted a little prayer to Jesus while I was stitching today. Continue reading

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Cha-zak Cha-zak Ve-nit Cha-zek

I’m concluding my trip to Death Valley with this beautifully chanted mantra. It’s a Hebrew blessing, thanking God for imparting strength. Continue reading

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Strong Women Row To Win

I’m now in the desert on the home stretch. This mantra reminds me that I AM strong and I will go the distance! Continue reading

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To God Be The Glory

I’m now in the desert half way through my week. This mantra reminds me to feel great gratitude for the glory of the landscape that is so much more than me. Continue reading

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We Are One With The Infinite Sun

There is plenty of solitude in the desert but this mantra reminds me that even though I’m alone right now I am connected. Continue reading

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Vacation Mantra Giveaway

In 2008 I traveled for 4 months from North Carolina to Florida to California in the Mantra Trailer. I parked on street corners across the country and invited people inside to get in touch with their interiors and explore their … Continue reading

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Mantras (mind-tools) for Creativity

My creative practice is improvisational and in order for me to make anything that communicates a sense of presence to the viewer, I have to be present when I’m making it. My improvised work is informed by design but mostly … Continue reading

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