Monthly Archives: February 2010



I believe so strongly that we get more out of every experience if we truly focus on the NOW, putting aside all distractions, that I chose “present” as my word for 2010.  Present as in “being present” not as in “gift” although practicing being present is really a gift to myself.

Recently, the Zen Habits blog had a post about Being Present – 4 simple ideas to help you focus on what is happening in your life right now.  Here’s the link; hope you enjoy it.

Of course, sometimes we need a diversion which takes us “out of the moment”.   Here is a piece on my design wall that is NOT part of the 2 series I’m working on for 2010:

“Whispering Branches” (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

This design came out of reminiscing w/childhood friends about laying on the ground at dusk, looking up at the emerging stars.  That was definitely an “in the moment” experience.  Techniques used: hand-dyeing, discharge dyeing, screening.


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In day 2 of the Mary Hetts workshop we learned more techniques and continued our hammering, firing and designing.  My reason for taking this workshop was just to have two days of inpiring play and creativity; Idid not expect that I would be motivated to actually apply metal work to myart.  As is often the case, I got much more than anticipated, and metals turn out to be the perfect addition to my “Ancient Messages/Modern Messages” series, just started, fully described in my November 12 post – and does anyone have grafitti images that you want to email to me with permission to use?

I digress – back to the workshop.  Mary came back day 2 with at least as much energy as the first day.  And she did love how easily excited our group responded to every new idea – we’re so easy!  We are also quite creative, and here are some photos from the workshop.

Here is some “twining” by me – a stitch I could actually do!  I really love the colors that come out of the surface of metals when they are heated.  And I find the rigid nature of metals to be the ideal compliment to the softness of fabric.

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After the first day of a workshop with Mary Hettmansperger, those of us who were not already adding other “objects” to our fiber art are now moving in that direction.  Mary creates unique and beautiful jewelry and mixed media art quilts.  She is a patient and giving teacher and has a wonderful sense of humor, making class a pleasure.  We are working with metals, which means we get to play with hammers and fire – so much fun!   And Mary brought tons of materials for us to use; we really enjoyed watching her empty her purse and pockets in search of a demo bracelet.

Here is Mary demonstrating how to get balls on the end of a wire and how to get that beautiful reddish brown color on copper…

and, oh yes, always use a pliers when you’re firing…

Here are some beautiful oak leaves by the talented Tracy McCabe Stewart.

And another piece of art by Alice Jenks.

I added some copper leaf shapes to a piece that I thought was finished before yesterday, but it apparently was not!

More to come after workshop day 2…

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