Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rewind To May 2015, Jewelry Design

Computer model

Real life jewelry pieces

In May, I started looking into 3D printing and realized that it has become so affordable in recent years that I'd like to explore its potential and learn its limitations. To do this, I designed and created a line of geometric jewelry. This first line was produced by an online service bureau. It's beautiful, but so intricately detailed that I could never print these myself with affordable equipment. If I made them larger, though, maybe I could print them myself... Hmmm...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rewind to January 2015, Palette and Pattern Experiments

My favorite "summer" tea bowl

The extracted palette, applied to some pretty math

In the next few posts, I'm going to record some creative tangents that have flared up as I explore options for what to do to support myself after weaving.

These images show a little project I did last Winter, dusting off some old code that I wrote to analyze a photo and extract the "feeling" from it in the form of a color palette. I then use the extracted color palette to "paint by numbers" in a mathematically-created design.

A few years ago I created hundreds of these types of images with the idea that one day I'd do something creative with them. Well, I'm not ruling out that idea quite yet. This method of extracting color and applying it to pattern is still swirling in the back of my mind to find a place in my art world.

Return, return, return!

Hellooooooo, out there! Is there anyone else who, like me, doesn't get around to unsubscribing from inactive websites? If so, you're in luck! This blog is becoming active again.

Why, you might ask? Well, after five years of focus on my weaving, I'm finding that a singular focus doesn't serve me any longer. The repetitive motion is having longterm effects on my shoulder and my creative spirit is restless. Therefore, I'm unbranding myself as "The Weaving Monk", disconnecting the social media stuff around that part of me and focusing on exploration of other avenues of creativity.

I'm also refreshing this blog because I'm becoming disenchanted with the social media scene. It's easy, fluffy, and temporary. When I look back at my "feed" to remind myself where I've been, I'm appalled. There are few postings of real substance there. Instead, I seem to have slept for a couple of years, just passing on tidbits of other people's writing and "news".

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Blog Platform

For the last couple of weeks I've been working on a new website, including a whole new blog platform.

You can now read my blog at
If you use an RSS reader, point it at

I will not be posting on this blogger-based site anymore.

The reasoning for it is simple - the whole new site is managed through a service called SquareSpace. When I hired a web designer to design and implement the site, he recommended that I look into this service. When I looked into it, I discovered that I could design and manage the site well enough that I don't actually need a designer. SquareSpace does all of the heavy lifting, including better SEO, a better search function, and drop-dead simple email and social network integration.

Thank you for your years of loyalty. If you'd like to keep following my story, just c'mon by the new site.