Sunday, July 23, 2006

FIRST POSTING by Pat Spiller

This is my first posting on Deepwater Journal: Dina, Robin and Martha, the wonderful women of DWJ invited me to join them and I am thrilled to do so. I am Pat Spiller .

Virginia Woolf wrote that "a woman must have money and a room of her own......" I have no money. But I do have a room of my own for making things: art quilts, wearable art, soft sculpture. And the moments I spend playing there are truly great gifts of time and space. For a very long time, I did believe that "something productive" must come from that time and space. That I needed to "account" for spending time there. Much more recently, I have experienced the value and the wonder of just "play" with no outcome expected. What a great relief! Now, I am free to experiment, explore, make mistakes, make art out of mistakes......WOW.

This year, Legacy magazine published one of my fiber journals and an essay about my mother (Reader's Remembrances, April/May issue)

In 2004, Quilting Arts Magazine published a piece of wearable art and a related fiber journal. Both thrilling experiences for me.

Seizing the moment and accepting the challenge to publish my work was frightening. Exciting. Wonderful. These were the first and only times I sought a public venue and was thrilled (and still disbelieving) when each was accepted.

I live on the New Hampshire seacoast with Larry, my best friend and life partner. Together we have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. In my work life, I am director of development at a small private school for children with severe physical and developmental disabilities, a truly wonderful school with a fantastic staff, talented and dedicated. Visit our website if you have a minute; it took first place in a 2006 statewide challenge for "best education site".

I am really looking forward to posting my musings, rants and work in fiber on DWJ.

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

(Editor's note: The first work is from 'Finished Postcards - Mid June, '06.' The second work is called 'Bank of True Love'. 4" X 6", mixed fiber media on postcard.)


queenlint1 said...

Women. Readers. Go visit Pat's site for some really wonderous fiber art! I met Pat through Martha Marshall's art blog. You'll find her to be a funny, thoughtful, prolific artist and writer. See how circles grow?? Can we expect to see things from all of you?


Martha Marshall said...

I've just visited Pat's blog and love her wonderful art and writing!