Touched

Fiber Art Now article by Shana Kohnstamm

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The Fall issue of Fiber Art Now is heading to mailboxes all over the world and soon to bookstores and independent retailers. It's been a desire/goal/dream of mine to be featured in FAN and now that it's a reality, I am overwhelmed with a range of emotions: excitement, embarassment, nervousness, pride. Putting the magazine in the hands of my 93 year old grandmother was the ultimate joy. If you were a reader this time last year, you may remember that I did not believe she would survive after a spinal injury left her drug addled and unable to use the lower half of her body. Her recovery of body and spirit has been awe inspiring. 

   The essay itself is written by me, as part of the "In Their Own Words" series. It's unnerving to know that my words are out there. At the same time, I feel confirmed that I am on the right path...making good decisions, saying "Yes, I can do that" and "No thank you" at the appropriate times to the correct opportunities. 

Touched is taking up all of my mental energy, even in dreams. The artwork that has already arrived for the exhibit is gorgeous beyond my expectations and it fuels me to push on. Two week until installation begins! Until then, I will attempt at making my own work again. It's been too long since I allowed myself to play. 

Getting Touched by Shana Kohnstamm

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Hello patient people. A couple of months ago I started journaling in the hazy post-sleep-pre-caffienated minutes of the morning. It's an exercise in focus, not necessarily one to generate any astute writing (it's hardly creative.. terribly terribly boring, actually.) Having this tiny paper & pen ritual where none of my thoughts are broadcast is quite soothing. The surprising benefit is that my handwriting has improved slightly. The surprising disadvantage is that I feel very little desire to blog. So much so, it rarely occurs to me as a "thing to do"!

So, without an ironic smirk, I am blogging because I have something to share! And it is this: Touched.  My pet project is coming along swimmingly and it's hard for me to talk about anything else these days. In a mere 12 weeks, I hope to be installing this show at Ground Floor Gallery and dearsweetbuddha let me have some hair left on my head when I do. The anxiety I feel about pulling this all off is relatively small compared to the sheer excitement of seeing the works of my peers and colleagues in person.

The images and words that are pouring in from the carefully selected artists are stupefyingly gorgeous... they are making me look like a genius for pulling them all together, and for that I am most humbled and grateful.