Trees have been one of my themes in art work for many years now. It hurt my heart to know these trees were beyond saving and so, as a Hambidge Fellow, I was able to arrange a stay at Hambidge Center even through it isn't official residency season there during the winter. That way I was able to leave town, leaving my husband to listen to the chain saws and chipper that ran for about a week. Yes, I know, one can't always run away from what's unpleasant and hurtful. This time, however, I did.
My stay at Hambidge was very, very good. I was able to complete some things that needed to be done--both weaving and writing tasks. The stay there was interrupted for a long weekend when I came home so my husband and I could travel to Nashville to see the Howard Finster exhibit there before it ended. Then I went back to Hambidge for almost another week. Oh -- and there was a trip to Asheville thrown in there when I went to the Southern Highland Craft Guild's Folk Art Center for a meeting in the middle of the month.
And the John Campbell Folk School class that I wrote about several days ago happened at the end of January. When I counted the away days in the tapestry diary I found that I was gone for 17 out of the 31 days of January. What a way to start off the new year--more days away than at home!
So here are a few things that are happening that are new directions for me and that the challenging month of January helped to bring about. First, this piece that was done while at Hambidge: