Okay, the census job is finished, the convergence of guests has dispersed, and the moving of boxes and re-arranging of furniture is almost done. I am looking forward to breathing again. And stitching. The poor marine mammals have been in the hoop for so long I had to spread the cloth out to see where I'm at. The great whale is nearly complete, then just a sea lion, a porpoise and a seal to go. And the windrose or navigational lines.
It is nice to sit out on the deck and stitch. Jasmine, heliotrope and sweet alyssum wafts in the breeze, and hummingbirds dart and hover.
I'm an artist who has been making stuff for 30 years. I used to spin, knit, weave, quilt, design, write, embroider and garden, and I still do most of these things, but for the last few years I have been focused on stitching images from Canada's first natural history, the Codex Canadensis.
I try to live a life of minimal consumption and maximum creation. More and more, I see how these are connected.