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NM State Capitol SAQA Fiber Arts Show

I’m honored to be included in the New Mexico Chapter of the Studio Art Quilt Associates‘ biennial Fiber Arts Show, “Structural Diversity,” in the Santa Fe State Capitol building.  My two images “Seamlessness” and “Cataclysm” from the Resilience Project were juried into the select show and will be on display during business hours at the Capitol, April 14-August 17, 2017.

Beautifully displayed show!  Quite a surprise to see my image, “Seamlessness,” right up front on the right.

 

“Seamlessness” statement:  I’m deeply inspired by the structure of our Universe emerging from an energetic realm of possibility.  My favorite scientist, Brian Swimme, calls this pure generativity, or “Seamlessness.”  I’ve imagined matter and light coming to being, using hand-altered fabric, swirling piles of thread, and stitched paths of interconnection.  Are these atoms forming, or the galaxies themselves?  Whether tiny or immense, all aspects of life and space are interconnected in this seamless web.

 

“Cataclysm” statement:  Endings and destruction are part of the fabric of our Universe– unavoidably.  Brian Swimme’s teachings on “Cataclysm” inspired me to consider actually embracing this letting go as an important part of re-creation.  In this image, I am exploring that breakdown.  I am also asking a fierce question about dismantling structures of power, thought, and violence that harm our selves, each other, and the planet as a whole.  As I literally cut apart and shredded guns, bombs, a colonial mansion, and trilobite fossils, I imagined us transforming those materials into new life-enhancing forms for the future.

 

The two twin images near each other in the first corner of the show display.

 

A great turnout for the opening night!

 

The Great Seal of New Mexico with our SAQA Fiber Arts show in the background.

 

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Art Cards Coming Soon


Thanks again to all those who have been supporting the making of Listen For Joy Art Cards.  In my last update, you’ll remember that I applied for a spring grant to include writing with the card decks.  It turns out that I did not receive that project grant— but something different and in the long run better— I will be given a generous, more broadly supportive gift in the fall to benefit my work in 2018.  What a surprise!  I’m amazed and grateful!!  The autumn financial support will give me some breathing room next year, and will mean that I’ll have the chance to experiment with new art and new ways of connecting that I’ve wanted to try.  This is deeply welcome good news!  I can’t wait to see what unfolds.

Meanwhile, the change in grant also brings a different kind of good news— I’ll be making the Art Cards sooner than later!  I’ve decided to go ahead and offer shorter, more concentrated writing for the decks, and fold that into a Kickstart-type fundraising campaign likely starting in June.  Basically, we and all our interested friends will collaborate to pre-order decks so I can pay to have them printed, and I’ll offer some other fun campaign goodies along the way.  If we’re successful (we can do it!), the printing goal is for this fall!  Hurrah!!

This is the year to hold these cards in our hands.

Last week I sold art prints at the New Mexico Social Worker’s state conference, and so many of those helping professionals are excited to use these decks with their clients.  One woman serving in hospice imagined out loud that she would love to give single cards to her patients along with flowers, to bring specific images of comfort for their dying transition process.  What a sacred, beautiful idea!  I get teary-eyed again just now imagining all the ways the Listen For Joy art will be able to inspire and serve people in the hand-held deck form.

After all this time, I’m still so excited to make these Listen For Joy Art Cards come to life!  It’s been a longer journey than we expected so far… but now I can see the next phases lining up and shining the way forward.  If you haven’t already, please consider signing for my eNewsletter list to get the next email to announce the campaign date and invite you to help get the word out.  Yay!!

With blessing and enthusiasm,

Melanie

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