“The Amy Machine”-Work in Progress Report #2

Sometimes you get a gift/blessing that you don’t recognize at the time.  Or aren’t ready for.

Then, one brilliant day, ( for me last Saturday, and a new moon! ), the gift reveals itself.  And you end up giggling with the perfection and timing. (well, that’s what I did!).

My project- a large 4 panel (5′ x 7′) fabric/linocut/assemblage piece- “The Man Who Couldn’t Hear Orange”, has been languishing for a long time.  Blogged here that it was time to take control and finish this.  For feng shui reasons alone!  See earlier blog…

One of my tools is an older sewing machine–I don’t hand quilt-I use the machine to make quilt type marks to solidify the structure.  So excited to get started.  Then, the machine begins to cough up thread/snarl/jam.  Horrors!  My newer machine can’t make the marks I need!  No $$$ at this time to fix it.

Then!  The Amy Machine!  My friend decided to give me this over a year ago, because she felt I needed it.  It is an “all the bells and whistles” kind of tool.  I hadn’t had the energy to explore it.  Wasn’t sure it was what I should be using.

Saturday!  Took out the manual and after 1/2  hour got the thing bobbined and threaded.  Computer selected. And what is the upshot?  It is perfect for all the things I have been dreaming of making this past year.  When I was too ill to work at all.  I needed “the art before the force”?  Sorry, punning can be vile to some.

Called Amy-who was very happy-and kept reminding me it is my machine-not the “Amy Machine”.  What we call and name things/people/situations is extremely important. Haven’t decided on my new machine’s name.  (OK, I do name some equipment-my current computer is Minerva.  My music XHD is Calliope.)  What is the name of the Fate who draws out the threads of life?  Love the internet–Clotho! Kind of apt for a sewing machine.  Also called the Norns.  The Daughters of Necessity.

So, If you are stuck-artistically/personally/physically-et ceterally- don’t give up before the miracle!

Have a great time doing something today!

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“Windy City”–a construction (for sale!) Lucite/masonite/brick/lock and key!

But We Need The Eggs

OK-a blatant steal from “Annie Hall”.  Read on!

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Was watching a cooking show segment-game show premise.  Two TV chefs as contestants answering questions. Pretty silly.  The Question?: How many eggs does an average chicken produce in a year?  300?  600? 900?  ( I figured 300 would be more than enough). The “experts” guessed 600 and 900.

Started talking to my husband, Richard. He said, “300, if you’re lucky.”

I began to imagine the process through the eyes of the hen… What a huge imposition!  An egg is BIG compared to the size of your average chicken. Whose idea was this? Does it upset the hen?   My husband opined that chickens aren’t deep thinkers.

Anyway, this has changed my thoughts about eggs forever… and chickens.

Above is one of my monoprints-suitably chicken related for the purpose of today’s entry.  Comes from an article I read some years back, when the Dalai Lama was a tad bit anemic?  Made me feel a less inadequate person at the time. I mean!  We all have frailties-hope he’s feeling better.  I know I am.