Date : June 11, 2024
“Painting is a form of poetry
Colors are words
Their reflections rhythms.
The completed painting,
a completed poem.”

Sonia Delaunay
[from Kunst Please podcast

Substitute ‘painting’ for?
natural dyeing

Images from ‘Sonia Delaunay’ catalogue from Tate exhibition 2015
Postcard from ‘Sonia Delaunay: Living Art’ Bard Graduate Center 2024

Date : May 31, 2024
is just blue, or azure sky blue?
red or scarlet poppy red?
pink or carnation pink?

In her 1898 book,
“The Use of Color in the Verse of
English Romantic Poets,” Alice Edwards Pratt 
delves deep into the poets 
“descriptive, discriminative, dramatic, aesthetic”
words of color
such as—
“autumnal leaf like-red”
“rose-ensanquined ivory”
and charts each poet’s color
by terms for--
“mountains and hills”
“sky, cloud and air”
“deep waters”

Happily I found Pratt whilst reading
Nicholas Gaskill’s essay, ‘Language and Psychology’
in the ‘A Cultural History of Color: 
In the Age of Industry’
edited by Alexandra Loske.



Category : Art, Color, Shakers, Textiles
Date : May 21, 2024
old spools
new threads
from a spooler

spool:  a rod or cylinder, usually having a hole running from end to end, and a rim at either end, upon which thread, wire, etc. is wound

spooler: one who or that which winds thread or yarn on spools

from 1983 Webster’s New 20th C Dictionary

dandelions & dickinson

Date : May 5, 2024
in celebration of
poetry month


The Dandelion’s pallid tube
Astonishes the Grass,
And Winter instantly becomes
An infinite Alas—

The tube uplifts a signal Bud
And then a shouting Flower,—
The Proclamation of the Suns
That sepulture is o’er.


Dickinson wrote this poem as a letter to her friend Mrs. Edward Tuckerman and included an additional line, “Vinne told me.”

Celebrating  Harvard University Press new edition The Letters of Emily Dickinson edited by Cristianne Miller and Domhnall Miller.

Dickinson’s letter to Tuckerman is in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA)


Category : Art, Books, Poetry
Date : May 4, 2024
seeing writing editing 
typing cutting sewing
prototyping a chapbook

as a maker, it always helps
to bind a book
hold it in one's hand
consider next steps.

Thanks to Holly Wren Spaulding & Poetry Forge
for the recently completed course, 
A Body of Work, where we took snippets
and ponderings and made them into poetry.

studio rainbows

Date : April 23, 2024
studio rainbws
in circles & squares

waxed linen thread spool
'Thought Forms' squared chart
stacks of Shaker boxes
Winsor & Newton 'Revival' dot card
& grids of buildings clad in 'beauteous colors'

purple poetry prompt

Category : Nature, Poetry
Date : April 15, 2024
this morning’s poetry prompt
from Heather McKay Young 
pick a color & I chose

on my morning walk,
I found myself on the purple trail
by happenstance
by coincidence
by necessity
by unknown choice
by poetry

eclipse day

Category : Art, Color, Shakers, Textiles
Date : April 8, 2024
on eclipse day - 
circular images -
maps & cities
rugs & blots
sun & buckets
utopias & moons

1/Polly Jane Reed, Spiritual Map. The Holy City.1843, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2/ Mary Gartside orange blot, An Essay on Light and Shade, 1805, Dr. Alexandra Loske
3/ Elder Joshua Bussel, Shaker Village, Canterbury NH, 1850 - detail, Winterthur Library
4/Edward Deming Andrews color slide, Winterthur Library
5/Knitted rug attributed to Sister Elvira Hulett, C. 1893, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon


Category : Color, Poetry
Date : March 25, 2024
March 21 is International Colour day.
March 22 is World Poetry day & World Pigment Day.

I’ll be reading a bit of poetry on 22 March (12:50pm EST)  for the Slade School of Arts, 
Colour & Poetry: A Symposium VI, 21st - 22nd March 2024.

A cross and inter-disciplinary two-day virtual event held by the Slade School of Fine Art, in celebration of International Colour Day, World Poetry Day and World Pigment Day. T

The symposium hosts a range of speakers representing the arts and humanities, science, and industry, drawing upon knowledge from within and outside of the UCL community.

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