Sometimes it's advantageous to set a project aside when it reaches an impasse.
I can't remember exactly why I stopped working on this series in the summer of 2013,
but I remember exactly why I started ....
beadwork on naturally dyed cloth
that hopefully could symbolize thoughts I was having about
how we humans guard ourselves.
Not only the different ways we protect ourselves from each other, 
how we wear masks so that our real selves can't be seen or fully known,
but also how we guard ourselves out in the world.
Somewhere there's a list - a long list of words I wrote to itemize all the ways we might do this.
Need to dig that out now
because I think the time is ripe for carrying on with this.


  1. How perfect to know when the right time is showing up...finding that word list...a promise to begin the magic.

    1. Quite frankly, Mary Ann, I'd completely forgotten about this project ... it was so timely when it 'showed up' in the form of repetitive circles - some broken - on a large piece of cloth and separating them into individual pieces was somewhat cathartic in and of itself. Like so many things, they became *lost* in a pile of wips. I enjoyed working with a list of prompts - dunno about the magic part, but working through the ideas is certainly a balm.
      Thanks for your sweet words.

  2. Christi you are such a good photographer!

  3. Oh I know all about protection and hiding behind masks.Keeping secrets and never letting anyone in. And then there is protection on a larger scale, but sometimes it's all out of hand and out of our control no matter how much you resist that thought. Somedays, you retreat and find other things to occupy your mind. It's like a power nap. You wake up with your head clear and the energy to fight on.

    1. Ahhh, it's a weird kind of comfort but I'm glad what I said made some sort of sense outside myself. And, I think retreat can be its own kind of "power nap" most definitely. No shame in it! Keeping secrets is a big one - so is lying by omission. Thanks for your feedback, Carol.

  4. I love the texture of the photos and textiles. Thanks for doing 2 posts so close together. I am always inspired. Janet from Friday Harbor

  5. I am so glad that you are back to blogging. I have followed your Facebook and instagram--but it is only a soundbite---but I guess most of Social Media is that--now. I love a blog with something to make me think or feel--even a small piece of cloth--I check Jude's blog every day and feel better about human beings in general after reading. Thoughtful and feeling--taking the small bits of life and examining them--slowly--into instantly. Thanks again

    1. Janet, your kind words mean a great deal to me ... thank you, just what I needed to hear. I'm feeling like this simple path diversion will be ever so helpful. Maybe I will even be able to find a new way of saying things (because the old way needs a facelift imho ;>)) Pretty darn sweet that you keep visiting here (and elsewhere) even tho I basically 'went missing.' I hope I'll be posting some creative work that will bring you some goodness. Thanks again for the note and for ever being here.