Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sampling of My Work from My Second AB Round Robin

This spread I did in Fran's "Past, Present and Future" is very special to me. The book invited the artists to pick a time that they wanted to travel to. In January 1996, I attended a “Progression” session. There was a group of about 40 people. Alice Anne, the woman leading the session, had us find a spot on the floor to lay down on our backs, relax and close our eyes. She explained that she would be taking us through an exercise that would transport us exactly one year into the future (to January 1997). She used the metaphor of the train to take us to our destination. As she spoke, each of us envisioned our own individual journey into the future.

When my train came to a stop, I disembarked onto the platform. Alice Anne asked us to take a look at our feet, explaining that the type of footwear we had on would tell us about the journey that lay ahead. I was wearing a brand new pair of white Keds sneakers. When I looked up around me, all I could see was clear blue skies and endless cornfields and wheat fields. It was a place that I imagined Kansas to be.

At first, I was excited that I was able to visualize anything at all during the progression session. However, as other participants began to share their experiences with the group, I learned that some people went to much more exotic destinations like Indonesia or Macchu Picchu. At the time, I didn’t understand why I had ended up in Kansas, but seven months later, in August 1996, I met my future husband. He proposed in October 1996 and we were married in March 1997. You guessed it—he’s from Kansas. That progression session remains one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had.

Fran’s book allowed me to do a piece about the present (1996), going to the future (1997) which is now in the past.

Gail had a fun theme for this round robin. She called it "The ___red Book." You could pick any word that ended in "red." I chose WIRED and used wire in my spread to illustrate it. On the right side, I took a piece of screen and spelled out the word "wired" using wire. I embellished the edges with wire and glass beads. On the right side, I made a cut-out star and filled it with coils of wire. I also decorated the edges of the page with coiled paper clips.

In my second AB Round Robin, Rosemary's theme was "The Goddess Within." I made a beaded art doll and placed her on a winding road that leads to a mirror in which she can see herself. I also incorporated a piece of chipboard which states "All who wander are not lost." Finally, I attached a ceramic doll that I had found which says "Follow Your Heart" which fit the theme of Rosemary's book perfectly.


  1. Wow. These are all wonderful. What an experience "in Kansas." What part of Kansas is he from?

  2. Hi Rita,

    Don is from Olathe. Ever heard of it? My mom-in-law still lives there.

  3. I loved your first story and your year progression!! Very cool! and your art in these books is wonderful!