Saturday, August 22, 2009

Join me...

You may have noticed this little gizmo on my sidebar for a while and not gotten very far if you clicked on it. Now it's live and I'm about to do a bit of shameless self promotion. I'm teaching with LQuilt - joining a roster of international teachers like Els van Baarle, Valerie Hearder, and Cherilyn Martin. Several months ago the photographer-director came to my studio to film two on-line workshops; the first of which should be up and running now. If you can't take an in-person screen printing class with me, this is a great option to get you started - and while it's not quite the same as being in the classroom with me, I hope it will be a close second till we can meet in person! LQuilt launched at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England and has already generated a lot of buzz - so click on the gizmo above and go see what's offered. End of shameless s.p. and on to other things... Taking a break from sewing green strips, I decided to audition a background for last week's urban storefront piece.Same piece of fabric, 3 different placements. I have already made up my mind. This is a piece I dyed and it is so vivd that I can't believe it came from my dyepots. Also, it is not 419 - it is more like Kona so it is probably a piece I dyed last January in Pam Morris' garage when I was teaching in Fla. Hmmm....it must be the water. Speaking of water, we had more storms today, alternating with sun - another crazy weather day. Oh - my left hand, for those of you who asked: don't know yet. I have a lump. The x-ray didn't show anything and I have to have an MRI. Meantime, the doctor says it might be stress injury from repetitive motion and I have a wrist brace because it hurts more when I bend my wrist (only annoying me, not helping) and he has me on Celebrex which IMO is totally useless.The only stress injury I can think of is closing the tailgate door on my car because it is so damn heavy -- but I didn't think of that till now. I have to go back in 2 wks. So that is that for the moment. I have to stop typing now for a while because the lump is throbbing. Some gin might help...

9 comments:

ever jeanne said...

love the storefront piece - and i'll bet that florida water did indeed have an effect. (i can't drink it!) good luck with that problem write - hope it's soon a thing of the past.

Sheila said...

If the gin doesn't help (the GOOD stuff only, mind you) red wine is always relaxing or my medicinal libation is Dewar's White Label. My favorite for the storefront piece is #3...which did you choose?

Gerrie said...

I love this. Before I saw the title, it conjured up an urban scene.

Anonymous said...

wow, Rayna, that gorgeous background is it. Gives a entire new atmosphere/meaning to the piece.
Of course it is what you dyed here-I mix my dyes up well and I love the P&B dyers cloth we used.

Pam
SW Florida

Anonymous said...

Love the first background! The orange in the center background relates to the oranges in some of the nearby buildings.
Had a lump in the back of my hand, and the index finger eventually started going numb. Turned out it was an inflamed tendon sheath in the wrist (not carpal tunnel). Celebrex did nothing, but the nurse said that these drugs work on some folks and not on others. They want to hear if it's not working and they'll try something else. Finally found a drug that helped with the pain, but tendon release surgery was the permanent solution. It's been more than 7 years since the surgery, and it was definitely worth it.

Karoda said...

I've never heard of LQuilt...Appreciate the link!

Healing vibes on the way to you!

Debra said...

Hi Rayna,

Just bought your book and have started some pieces! I'm interested in your on-line workshops--cool idea. When we register, is the class on a certain date or whenever we turn on the computer? I might try to get some friends to do the workshop with me and compare results.

Marilyn said...

I love your cityscapes. The first one is my fave, the third is good too. It's going to be a wonderful piece.
Sorry to hear of your hand troubles.I had a weird bump that suddenly arose on my left hand. It was a ganglion on my tendon. Didn't hurt unless I bumped it. Looked up on the net and found out lots of info and decided to ignore it. A few weeks later it was gone.

Judy said...

oh that background is yummy!!!!