Designing, but not for weaving

LayersFirst—the good news: I am taking a couple of art workshops. One of them is called Creative Drawing and the other is Experimental Water. I think that means water media. We’ll see. But…

For the first time in my life there is nothing imposing any kind of constraint on my life. Yes, there are responsibilities, but there is no school, “real” job, spouse, young children, etc. I am in charge of designing a new life for myself, a really scary thought. Part of this new design is to expand my social sphere by joining a couple of groups and taking some short workshops. The new women that I am meeting are very welcoming, interesting and nice, but, I found myself feeling angry when I got home. To the best of my ability to analyze this phenomenon, I think I am angry that I am even having to do this in the first place. Since I’m not much of a joiner, I would probably be much happier at home, but I’ve got an instinctive feeling that cocooning would be the wrong thing for me to do. So, I am taking an art class with what seems to be a good group of women. Then I am also joining with a group of women who do outdoorsy kinds of things. Putting my toes in the water. Maybe I’ll take an archery class or join a pistol shooting league. That last would be REALLY expanding my sphere. But I’m still angry. I would much rather stay in my comfortable cocoon with my wool yarns, dyeing and weaving. So, my new design is not the picture above, but life. But since the title of that piece is Layers, maybe it applies…

On top of everything else, it doesn’t help that half the state of Texas is on fire. Yes, we’ve got cooler temperatures (they will be rising again by the weekend), but still no rain. I read in the paper this morning that La Niña is back, the cause of all our drought problems. All of this while others suffer from floods!

Think I’ll go clean up the studio and round up all those yarns. I need to dye some other colors, but I’m debating that because it requires a flame. I know, obsessively worrying.

4 thoughts on “Designing, but not for weaving

  1. Donna Kallner...

    No matter how many gee-whiz textile techniques you know, our greatest creations are the lives we construct for ourselves. Good for you! Have fun with your new adventures, and keep us posted.

  2. Fran

    Sherri; I am the same…….I have to force myself to go out and be in groups. Aside from enjoying myself at the things I do at home, I guess it’s the introvert thing. (Which is n incredibly rich experience,) But, balance is something to attain, too.
    I like your blog and your tapestries. Take care Fran

  3. Sherri Woodard Coffey

    Fran, your comment reminded me about how years ago in a class for my masters, we took an informal personality test. To me, the results of the test explained my whole life. It showed that I am equally divided into introvert and extrovert characteristics, which validated my need social interaction, and then my need to go home and hibernate alone for a while.


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