Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Four for August

Hello everyone. In July, I outlined a six-month plan to do a fund-raising campaign. Each month I will create four 5 x 7"watercolors on the theme of mending/healing.   Prints of these will be available for $20, of which 50% will go as a donation to the ACLU of Northern California. (postage is extra) My particular concern is for immigrants' rights issues.  Today I sent off $60!!!  A BIG thank you! You will receive an email acknowledgement from the ACLU of Northern California.  If you are interested in participating, please contact me through my email address (click on "complete profile" in the sidebar under "about me".  Then click on "email" under "contact".  This will all be a little easier once I have my new website.  If you have trouble reaching me, please let me know in a comment.
Here are the four August prints with their accompanying haiku:
Hearts become as stones;
they do not care to listen.
The weeds take over.

 
 How did the little
lantern of hope find itself
there in the wildness?


Mother Nature, how
please, do you regard all this
constant shouting waste?

 
May we have balance,
decency, kind words and peace...
a sigh of longing.

Thank you, dear readers!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

July's four

Hello everyone.  Referring back to my last post, in which I outlined a plan for the next six months, here are the 4 watercolors, with their explanatory haiku, created for the July offering.

Tired of argument
all ears fly off to the school
called Listen in Heart.

and elephant ears
fly off on prevailing winds.
This is a problem.


The ears mingling on
the planet of listening
acclimate slowly.


So hard to listen.
Words shoot like bullets from an
unprincipled heart.

Each 5" x 7" print (on archival paper) costs $20.  Half of this will go to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California  www.aclunc.org.  I am particularly interested in supporting immigrants rights in agricultural areas.  
If this interests you, please contact me via the email address in my complete profile, and if
you have any difficulty reaching me, please alert me to the problem in the comments!
We will use PayPal, as that is the safest and easiest.

I hope you have had a good July and are heading into an August full of pleasant surprises! Love, S.
P.S.  In case you are wondering how Gilly is...she is doing well!  The operation was a success and we are working on strengthening her hindquarters. 

words and images © suzannaklein 2017









Saturday, July 22, 2017

A plan

Hello everyone!  I have been hatching a new plan which represents my small effort towards addressing the situation my country is in.  For six months I am going to do a series of 5" x 7" watercolors, hoping to post one (or more?) a week, on the theme of mending and healing.  The plan is to sell prints of these images for $20 per. I will donate fifty percent of the earnings,  for six months, (July 1- December 1, 2017) to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Northern California.  I am particularly interested in helping with immigration issues. The ACLU is a respected organization which directly assists people whose civil rights are threatened.

To make things simple if you're interested, email me (the address is in my blog profile); I'll work out the shipping costs, send you an invoice with Paypal instructions, and then send you the print(s) as soon as the transaction is complete.


In addition,  an explanatory haiku will accompany each image:

"Tired of argument
Ears fly off to school
called Listen in Heart."

This blog is, for the time being,  going to be the vehicle for this plan, but in time, a separate website will likely emerge.  If there is any problem with reaching me, please leave a message in the comments.  Thanks!  Sending love, ~~s.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hello from home

Hello everyone!   My experience at the World of Threads Festival,  mentioned in my last post,so long ago, was wonderful.  Then came the election and all my words disappeared.  Recently however, they have been returning.  I will just say hello for now, and send love to you.  ❤️.  No promises, but there may be more.

Friday, October 28, 2016

hello from away

hello everyone!  In the interest of getting a tiny bit caught up,  I want to share a bit of good news with you.  I am very temporarily in Toronto, to celebrate the fact of 5 of my small embroideries being in the World of Threads Festival here.  I thought this a good excuse for a train trip across Canada, and then a visit to see my family after the exhibit.  Alas, I am technologically challenged about how to post photos that are on the iPhone onto the ipad, and I can't seem to persuade the iPhone to post thru Blogger, so this is all that is possible now.  MOST OF ALL, I want to invite anyone who might be nearby, to come to this show!  I am thrilled to have been included and so much look forward to seeing  all the works and meeting my fellow artists!

www.worldofthreadsfestival.com

It opens tomorrow and continues through November 27, 2016

(Because of running out of words for a while, I have been posting on Instagram, which is a little easier.  My address is @emilysuzanna  ).  I hope to do more catching-up soon). ❤️, s.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Stitch-in

Hello everyone,

I must preface this post with the statement that I am not usually drawn to making political statements.  However, I am just home from my first evening of "stitching activism."  We gathered at the Handcraft Studio School in Emeryville to create squares filled with tally marks which represent the women whose life choices will be seriously affected by a case which is being heard now in our great state of Texas. I love Texas.  There are so many songs and tunes from and about Texas (part of me is a musician.) Many many women live in Texas. Each of our stitches was a stitch in support of a particular woman's right to choose her own life path. My total for two and a half hours was 510.

Everyone's piece was different!  (I'm really sorry I didn't take more pictures.) It was inspiring to sit in a room of men and women stitching in solidarity for our sisters at risk. The conversations were profoundly moving. We have all bumped up against these issues in one way or another and sharing our experiences perhaps for the first time, was an experience to treasure. The stitch-ins are happening in many places. You can learn more here.

In other news, I've been experimenting to enhance the process of more spontaneous embroidery. I have a hard time drawing on the cloth sometimes while an idea is developing but I was inspired on Instagram by ladyjanelongstitches ' work to try using a product called Sulky fabric stabilizer. You can draw on it, then baste it onto the background piece and stitch directly onto it. Then, when you're ready, you put it under the faucet and the drawing completely washes away!  This is my first (unfinished) experiment:

It represents the big activity on my block which is a neighbor house being raised to
create more space.  There are 4 of these houses.  They (including mine) were built in 1926 for small families who lived in this small working class town.  The house was recently bought by a larger family who wants more space for each person.  In my extensive time on this block (since 1975) I have known that house to be lived in harmoniously by a family that at one point included 5 people of 4 generations.  I could not do that myself, but Margaret, who lived there, could, plus she was a good neighbor.  She distributed cookies to us all on holidays.  She was retired and watched over us.  I loved that.  Anyway, change is coming, and our new neighbors, whom I don't know yet, are building a bigger house, which profoundly affects the amount of sunshine which will shine in the yard of the neighbor to the north.  So. Here we are. 

Somewhat abruptly, and lastly, because it is late, here is Gilly after getting her annual shots, resting (briefly).  

Love and peace to all~~s. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hello Shadow

It's Groundhog Day! (Tuesday, February 2, 2016)  This year, to celebrate, I stitched a groundhog,  and mounted it in a frame with no glass. It's home-dyed fabric which I scrunched up a bit, inspired by one of Grace's recent pieces. 

I also had the idea of making a stuffed groundhog, sort of like the Christmas donkey (earlier post). With that in mind I made this fellow out of air-drying "clay" (it's not really clay but was easy to work.  The smell was rather poor though):
The plan is to drape the cloth around him (her?) and then stitch it up, sort of like molding a dress on a dress form. I'm not at all sure this will work, and I do want to find out, but ran out of time for now. 

Liz wanted to see some detail from grandson's quilt.  Here are 2 of the squares, hand-pieced and quilted:


This last photo is of the back, to show the family hand prints that were the quilting pattern. I quilted it once from the back and once from the front because it was a little too thick to make the stitches on the front look ok on the back. I learned so much on this project. What will be next? (Maybe some smaller pieces.)

Well, just to bring things full circle, here is Gilly with her groundhog--

There is another plan for tomorrow, which is to do some stitching in public.  That is, to go to a cafe to work on a stitching project.  It's so different from working at home, and I like to see the people on their computers looking a bit curious about hand-work.

Well, happy Groundhog Day to you and if you have encounters with your shadow, I hope they will bear good fruit. 
~~xoxo, s.