Sewing My Life Together

Crafting Words and Fabric

This week after work has been spent editing the article I am writing on developmental approaches and autism. It is an intellectual labor, I am slow, and I don’t love the work. That is,I didn’t love it until I realized that what I was doing was crafting my words….looking at a sentence, trying to pare it down, trying to say what I want to say in as few words as possible. The art teacher at one of my schools has a quote on her wall that says, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”. That is also true of crafting words…a writer wants his/her words to reach the audience of readers, to allow them to understand one’s point of view, and the do this as succinctly as possible. When I write, I often use too many words and try to write EVERYTHING I KNOW about a subject….because I want the readers to know and believe/accept what I believe. (as if that is even possible in this world). So I slowly craft a sentence, a paragraph, write the correct citation, and then move on to the next paragraph. This is the 3rd edit of this article that I am writing with two colleagues, one in Michigan and one in California….so we use email and phone calls to edit.  I have many more hours to go on this project, because it is not an easy thing for me to do.

But on Thursday night I took time off to work with fabric.

Yellows and greens printed with green lines and maroon dots…also maroon lines and green dots…

These yellows and greens are alternately printed with green lines and maroon dots, then maroon lines and green dots….the first thing I made from this is this:

I have lots more fabric left and I am thinking of doing a small art piece with it, but I think I need more colors and shapes….and time! Maybe later this afternoon….I also machine quilted this card and am hoping to quilt my art piece.

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This entry was published on May 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm and is filed under Cards, Crafts, Painted on Fabric, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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