This has been a fast and, in some ways, overwhelming year. I have spent a lot of time and energy in caregiving and have had to adjust a lot of what I’m doing to this new life challenge. But, I’m happy to say I have made a lot of progress this year.
There is sad news as well as happy news. Mesilla Valley Weavers, my home guild based in Las Cruces, NM, disbanded this spring. We worked to keep it going for several years, but in the end it’s time had come. The good news is that several members are working to bring it back to life in some form.
And, this fall, I began a new monthly e-newsletter, Southwest Weaving News, as a way to keep us all connected. SWWN shares news of All Things Fiber in the Greater Southwest and beyond. My thanks to Annette Paez who designed the logo for the newsletter.
If you’d like the latest issue or would like to sign up to receive it around the first Monday each month, send me a note on my Contacts page or email me at LBKFiberArts@gmail.com.
In other news, I’m still working steadily on my online coiled basketry school, Vibrant Vessels Creative Coiled Basketry. I have the good fortune to be mentoring a student right now who is helping me critique and finetune the curriculum and I hope (the Universe willing) to have the first course up early in 2023. Want to learn more? Email me at LBKFiberArts@gmail.com or send me a note on my website.
I have also been able to get back to teaching my tapestry class, Contemporary Tapestry: Painting with Threads. This grew out of an OLLI class I had been teaching which migrated to Zoom in 2020. I now teach this independently Wednesdays on Zoom. I have room for a few more students, so if you’d like to join us I’d love to have you! Contact me through my website or email at LBKFiberArts@gmail.com.
What else has been going on? Not much, I guess. I’m happy to have weathered the year without getting sick. Yea!! And, I’m looking forward to the New Year. My best wishes to you for the coming New Year and Thank You!! for staying in touch. Those of you who have expressed interest in my Vibrant Vessels school–Thank You too for your patience and continued interest as I build it. In the end, I believe it will be worth the wait.
Happy New Year everyone and may 2023 be all we hope it will be.
The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. –Bernard Baruch