Thursday, May 29, 2008

Giveaway, Ebay Auctions, Art and More

First the giveaway. You see I'm still cleaning (this may take months ladies) and next to go are the zines. Not that I've absorbed all the knowledge in them, or finished being inspired by all the art they hold, but it's time to clear my space and my mind, so out they go. So here's an extra copy of The Studio by Teesha Moore. You just can't get these anymore. So leave me a comment and you'll be entered to win this issue #14. It's got 4 full-color pages, contributions by Lynne Perrella, Nina Bagley, Anne Bagby, Linda & Opie O'Brien and more!

Now if that leaves you wanting more, or just in case you do not win, I have even better news. Hop on over to Ebay where I am auctioning off the likes of 20 issues of The Studio. And - Play, Studio Reloaded, Art & Life, Artitude, Dog-Eared Magazine, LK Ludwig's Memory & Dream and many, many (some rare) more.

In a continuing effort to bring you more art, here again is another 1999 Fragment. On the back I have written:
OK, I've been working (playing) at writing down these thoughts about each Fragment and I've just had a really moving revelation. I still can't put it into words yet, but something important is happening during this process. Strangely enough, this physical feeling occurred inside right before I laid eyes on this piece and when I saw it, it really expressed visually what I was feeling at that moment. I may need to keep this one. It may have more to say.

Now, almost 10 years later, I know what that feeling was. I know what this Fragment was trying to tell me. I had found my voice. I had found what I had been searching for for over 40 years and it was staring me in the face. I had created what was in my soul.

Now, after 10 years, this voice wearies, has grown hoarse and weak. I still love what it says but I am ready for more. I know that it will not take another 40 years for my voice to emerge again, but it does take time. I think I am doing exactly what needs to be done ~ even the cleaning. The process of finding and going through and sorting the accumulations of the past 10 years, the notes, ideas, journals, art and materials that have accompanied me on my journey is for sure a step on the way to my next revelation. These revelations don't come to you if you just sit and wait for them. As I have known all along, you must keep moving, taking the next step, even though you do not know why or where it leads.

I am making some major changes in my life. Actually the changes are exactly what I wrote down as goals to achieve, changes that I wanted to occur. But the changes will occur in a completely different manor than I thought. Rule #1, be very, very specific in saying/visualizing what you want. What I find amazing is how much the 1999 Fragments echo the journey I am on now. Looking them over is like reading a guidebook, a trusted guidebook.


"Will you choose Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3? It's a scary decision. Choosing the wrong door could limit your future options, take you down a path you don't really want to go. But what if you could open every door? Unlimited options, unending possibilities. Unless you really are a game show contestant, there is no one stopping you from opening every door you come to. And you have every right to explore what you find behind each and every door.

Do you? Do you open every door? Have you stopped opening doors, looking for new experiences? I have always opened every door. Most of the time I can look right inside and tell I don't need to go there. But I have to open them all to know. I've always been open to new experiences, new ideas. I love coming across new doors to open. I will always seek them out."

50 comments:

Dale Anne Potter said...

Isn't it fun to look at all our older pieces and figure out if what they are saying still holds true today!
And, I am still slowly cleaning out my stashes of things as well.....must really be SPRING!

dragonflyer333 said...

I think we're all on a self discovery tour through our art! I think it's great that you can look back now and see exactly what you couldn't see at the time. It's an amazing process!

Cathy Wegner said...

I love your banner! Yes, I am thinking the same thing lately. We just moved into a new house and we moved waay too much stuff. I need to let go of some stuff. (I haven't figured out how to get my DH to do the same.)

Chris Tessnear said...

Leslie, I love your work and would love to be part of the giveaway. I too need to clean sweep the place and just start from scratch. I admire your tenacity in doing it. Chris Tessnear cqt144w@mindspring.com, www.creativeinspirations.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Thank you. Your last few posts have been a big encouragment to me. I'm currently in that waiting place and struggling to clarify my priorities and remember the joy. You have truely helped me through today.

Heidi Miracle-McMahill said...

hi leslie,

i love reading your blog! and I love Teesha Moore! I'd be thrilled to have a copy of The Studio!!!

heidi miracle-mcmahill

barbara burkard said...

...with my husband losing his job after 12 years..this last week.we are also opening windows...although some, we find, have been painted shut with years of security...

love your work, old or new...hugz

Sally said...

Your books have been just the answer to combining paper and fabric and a "Little" sewing. Thank you for opening my eyes.

Sally

Dianne Adams said...

I enjoyed your post. Keep moving and keep opening the doors. Even leaving them cracked open to come back to at some point is an option. I guess we all come to this point as we grow and mature. Ah, the wisdom of life experiences!

Anne-Marie said...

Hi, Lesley! I applaud U for weeding out your stash(es)... Boy O boy, do I ever need to do the very same. You're a great inspiration to a lot of us who hold onto things we think R so "precious" when these very things can bring delight to others.... such as a copy of The Studio! I've got to say, I'm not familiar w/ this mag. I wonder when it came out? OK, now I must realy get back to my planting.. good luck to U w/ your "weeding"!

dewatobay said...

Lesley, besides being generous with your art, your greatest gift (for me) is being vulnerable with your feelings. Your writing about "fragments" , and the realization that you had found your "voice" is a gift from the heart AND your art is the connection. geez, probably too emotional to make sense! maria

Catherine said...

Ooooh, I would be so happy to get this, THANKS for offering it up! Have a great day!

Sharon said...

Your post today is beautiful with words from today and words for long ago.

beadbabe49 said...

I've always got room for a magazine with nina bagley's work...sign me up please!

AlteredByMe said...

Love your artwork. Cleaning out my stash is something I need to do myself!


arlene9999@earthlink.net

believemagic said...

love the new look of your blog and reading your thoughts from long ago and now

Linda Misa said...

When art comes from the inner dreaming there are no wrongs - kind regards, Linda.

Anonymous said...

It seems like cleaning out is part of the art process! I bet new and exciting creations will come from this excavation! I wish you good luck cleaning out your artwork, stash, etc. and most of all getting in touch with what was driving you back then bringing you to the place you've arrived at today!

Wabbit said...

I had forgotten you were cleaning. I started cleaning too. Cleaning more than just tables, boxes and shelves. And then to come here and find yummy eye-candy. You're always an inspiration, even when you're cleaning! Thank you.

Aliogator said...

How wonderful it is to look at older pieces of art we made. Thanks for the giveaway. Alison

Judy said...

They say that cleaning is good for the soul and it must be true. Great blog entry, Leslie. Would love to win Teesha's book. Thanks for the offer.

bpb5844 said...

Thanks Leslie. Your work and writing made a connection with me. I'm approaching a crossroads in my life and today I found some much-needed encouragement and motivation thanks to you. - Beverly

Carol Sloan said...

Hi Lesley,
I read your blog entry and sat here and thought about it...I am 46 years old (young) and have gone through a lot in my life...bad, good, awesome, terrifying, numbing...you name it, been there/done that, have a few shirts to show for it. But I am realizing more and more that I know nothing...I think I KNOW so much and 2 days later, I have learned so much. You know what I mean? I think I KNOW what I want...and 3 days later, I get more than I wanted to begin with. So, life is funny. Ten years ago my goals were loose, out there somewhere...Today my goals are BIG. They are new to me, new in my new found confidence...I have decided that THIS year is MY year. I am READY, oh so ready for this to happen. To live. To breathe...to partake in my life. To stop being an observer in things and make some things happen! And, you know what? With this attitude, things ARE happening. I am growing in to myself every single day. Piece by piece, fragment by fragment I am BEING...So there, take that world. I am HERE.
Wow...never meant to say all that. I suppose that your unselfish and honest words touched a cord within me. All I can hope is that my words touch you in some way.

De Crow said...

Lesley: I was so touched by your comments about looking back at a piece of art created many years ago and finding that it not only still speaks to you, but also provides you with retrospective answers. To me, this is like a dream that one recalls from many years ago - the perspective of years having passed allows one to "re-member" in an entirely different way, a way in which there is brand new knowledge of the dimension/depth of one's unconscious creative muse - the then and now become almost a seamless join - in balance and in harmony.

Whether then or now, your creative muse, which IS the voice of your body of artwork, continues to speak to so many of us. Long may she reign in your art and in your heart!!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Great post-I really like to lookj at older projects to see the different directions I have gone. I would love to be part of the giveaway-thanks for the opportunity!

denise said...

I've always thought of myself as a life-long learner. The construct of "process over product" works well for the preschoolers I teach, but also defines a bit of how I approach my art. Just last week my dear friend told me I am a "change-junkie"! I think these all parallel your thoughts of opening every door. It's related to how we keep growing and learning - regardless of the years of experience we have.

stephanie t. said...

I am a long time lurker...
Love the life you put into your pieces...each one is like a conversation.
I am staring at two giant piles of Teesha stamps, and wonderful bags of vintage cloth scraps purchased as grab bags at ArtFest....That and a whole summer in front of me...heaven!

Sue Walen said...

What a blog! I'll be back often. Please enter me in the giveaway contest.
I'm off to eBay....
Sue Walen

Mary Ellen said...

What a great way to share the wealth! Thanks for the opportunity.

Ev said...

what a great way to document your thoughts. The 1999 fragments are facinating, I wish I could see them all.

Anonymous said...

Just linked to Teesha, what glorious colour. I remember loving slowly reading though your fragments pages. The new header is still wonderful.
Bev Longford

Ingrid said...

I think we all can relate to the message in your blog and see the importance of decluttering our lives by cleaning out our stash. Thanks for sharing.
Best-
Ingrid

fulviastudio.com said...

Those pieces are still very valid, Lesley. Keep taking steps, literally, and the road will unfold under your feet. Much success to you, Fulvia.

www.fulviastudio.com

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Hi Lesley, I have just been introduced to your blog and love that the first post I read was about your fragment series. I have never been one to keep consistent journals so my art is something I can look back on & reflect moods, life changes, stages I'm going through, etc.

How Xciting to be able to absorb your thoughts during the making of each piece. I am a NUT for fabric and have always enjoyed opening a book or magazine to see your work in action.

Thank you for entering my name in your giveaway. I am embarassed to admit that I adore Teesha's art however have never gotten hold of one of her zines before. Hope I win!

Art on, Monica :)

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

p.s. hope it's ok that I link you?

susanj said...

Your words bring me to tears, and perhaps the tears will rise me up like Alice to the keyhole where I can peek inside the door. Now if I only had my key!
I read your blog with tears and joy.
susan

Ann Morrell said...

What a super idea to offer such great items as a give a way. I have so many purchased items like this, that I have used for inspiration, or to learn a technique and they are now just sitting on my shelf taking up space...think I will borrow your idea for sharing.

Angie in AZ said...

I'd love to be in your zine drawing since it contains work from a few of my favorite artists! And oh, the thought of cleaning out.... I need to do it in my studio AGAIN! It's over flowing. Parts of my house need desperate attention too such as bathroom cabinets, kitchen cabinets, etc... UGH! One more thing to add to the never ending list! I love that you are showing some of your older pieces. Looking back always shows us how much we've grown and tells us so much about ourselves, doesn't it?

Beth said...

Don't you just love going through your STUFF and finding things you'd forgotten you had?! It's neat, isn't it?

I need to get rid of some magazines, but they're such good ones, I hate to let them go. Anyway, best of luck on cleaning out your things!

Beth Davis

Beth said...

It's fun to go thru old items and run across stuff we forgot we had, isn't it?

Beth Davis

Anonymous said...

It's fun to run across stuff we'd forgotten we had, isn't it?

Beth Davis

Lizbethem said...

Art, like life, really is a journey. I am open to newness and always searching.

GossamerMuse said...

I love your art and am inspired by seeing how your path has developed, artistically and spiritually. Thank you for sharing your skills, thoughts and dreams!

Anonymous said...

I hadn't really thought about how art affected me. Recently I have gotten involved in art swaps and it made me realize that I had missed doing some kind of artwork.

Valorie
valivesay@yahoo.com

Gail P said...

Loved seeing your "older" work and have enjoyed watching the changes you've made over the years. You continue to inspire me!

Bethany said...

wonderful idea, and on creating grandkids, if i'd known she'd be this much fun, i'd had her first. this isn't nearly as funny as the first time i typed it and i've now tried three times, hope it's a charm because i give. having difficulies posting a comment.

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

Lesley, I just discovered your blog via Claudine Hellmuth's. I've been destashing too. How about 10 years of Threads Magazines?

Joyce said...

I enjoy your blog and have some of your remants I got at the Chicago Int'l show a few years ago. I use them carefully! ;)

I've enjoyed the links to Teesha Moore and others... great reading!

Kudos for cleaning out! ;)

~*~Patty said...

Lesley ~ I just received my box of fabric delights today - Wowee! I'm in heaven :) Please count me in on your Lovely giveaway, thank you!

katie said...

yes, doing whatever needs to be done at the moment...i'm following you as far as the cleaning out my accumulations that have taken over. i can visualize how sweet it is going to feel to have all this space soon, in the house, studio, and my head. the fragment collection is precious - i remember that being my introduction to you and your art; how fiber creations could be streamlined and simple and yet speak volumes...