Systems, go!

My friend Andrew (http://designsmithnl.com) is a pretty smart guy. He helps companies develop processes and systems so that they work more efficiently and with better quality results and products. When someone needs to make a restaurant or manufacturing system work better, Andrew puts on his cape and flies in to look at what they’re doing…

By default

“Yeah, but I didn’t lift because I won the spot. I was there by default, because the person who won at Nationals didn’t want to go.” An athlete and I were walking back to the hotel having a conversation about lifting and competing and the topic of winning (be it a place on a team…

Guilty (and useful) pleasures: lifting videos and recalibration

I love watching other peoples’ powerlifting and weightlifting training videos on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Watching a wildly assorted set of body shapes, ages, abilities, and personalities work through similar movements is pretty fascinating stuff if it’s where your interests lie and social media have made sharing easy and accessible. It’s like a strange combination…

One year.

Sometimes when you start out on a journey, you end up precisely where you expected to be, via the route planned, and what you encounter is more or less what you expected to find. The scenery is what you had researched, the people are what you were hoping (or at least, expecting) to find, and…

This is not Before and After

About seven months ago, I looked at myself in the mirror long and hard and realised that I needed to change a few things about my life. Some of the big pieces were doing just fine (incredible marriage, awesome kid, good job) but one of the largest had fallen completely out of alignment and needed…

Poised and ready

  I posted a version of this photo earlier in the summer, while on Exploits Islands, but I wanted to pop this one up now for several reasons. Firstly, having limited bandwidth on the island, the resolution of the photo originally posted was not great. Looking at it on a tiny phone or camera screen…

Progress?

After a more than few hours of wrestling with logic, wool and loom, I managed to achieve something akin to warping. Today I spent time rearranging the mis-threaded strands in the reed and heddles and making sure that the tension front to back seemed relatively even. That sounds like I know something, doesn’t it? Please…

Balance

I’m always struggled with balance. Trying to fit exercise, work, family, marriage, friends, motherhood, housework, dogs, volunteer responsibilities, garden, and hobbies (to list but a few) into a twenty-four hour day feels more like a labour of Hercules than a task for an ordinary mortal, most days. (Of course, I’m guessing that Hercules also didn’t…

Deep breath

After finishing Tori-iru, my studio was utterly and completely trashed. There was no flat space that was uncovered, including the floor. Scraps of fabric, batting, paints, threads and heaven knows what else were everywhere. I took a day to sort things out again and to breathe deeply and let my mind relax. When my mind…

An update

I’ve been working on the same piece since about 8:15 this morning with only a few short breaks and am about done in. After last night’s post, I flayed myself with details for a bit, then went and had a good night’s sleep. The morning dawned fresh and new and I decided to apply a…

Merde. Pardon my French.

I have heard it said that one of the tricks to creating good art is to know when to force a piece into the shape that your mind’s eye has created and when to let it take on a life of its own. I generally don’t have a problem with this, but then, I generally…