To calm myself through this awful season, I turn to what I have done in earlier difficult moments. As earlier mentioned, I have been sewing. In grad school, I made what I called “ugly pillows.” Here’s a new one made from scraps from a vendor in Tennessee. I also garden. Lots of produce and herb… Continue reading musings
A magazine editor who commissioned me to do a piece of art once told me “you’re an artist, not an illustrator. You don’t follow directions.” He bought the work anyway. Same thing happening with my mask, which became a mindfulness exercise and one with four pieces of paper towel as a filter. Upcycled fabric. Used… Continue reading mask making
Above is a piece of cloth from the 1970s. My late mother in law may have used it for a dress. It was in her cedar chest along with the unopened flat sheet below. I took out a 1970s Singer sewing machine a friend gave me a few years ago. Wish me luck as I… Continue reading masks for medical workers…giving it a try
Spring flowers have always brought me cheer. I am from South Florida and a time when that part of this country had just two seasons. In Alabama, we have two. Summer and Sprinter (Spring-Winter). The irises started returning about a month ago. Other flowers are blooming. Even our apple and blueberry blooms are out, signaling… Continue reading spring thing
As I tweak my syllabus for my Alabama at Oxford Study Abroad course in order to teach it online or in Tuscaloosa – assuming we must stay here this summer given coronavirus crisis – I was heartened to hear a honeybee is on our property. It is in our apple tree. It was fitting to… Continue reading honey
I found this today on an old flash drive. It was a commissioned piece. It began as a drawing that was digitally manipulated. I like the color purple in it. I like the feeling of womanhood/sisterhood/motherhood in it, too.
Imani Perry’s Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry is on the menu for my next “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class. While reading the book for a second time, I decided to charge a pair of cordless ear phones first seen on an undergrad in my “Antebellum America Swagger”… Continue reading unexpected pairing: miles and lorraine