Category Archives: arts and crafts

We didn’t really dress that way, did we?

I made it to the last day of an exhibit called Counter-Couture at the Bellevue Arts Museum, which allegedly “celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s.” I went to be reminded of my life after college. … Continue reading

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Ceramic painting for dummies

For many years, a group of friends and I visited arts and craft shows together and came up with a simple mantra — “We can do that”– which we intoned after each show. After years of completing, collectively, dozens of … Continue reading

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Homage to dilettantes

Clearing out years of accumulated stuff is like shining a spotlight on your past.  As part of my current focus on de-cluttering, I have found all the evidence I need that I’ve been a lifelong dabbler. And I’m certain I’m … Continue reading

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Origami has gone beyond paper cranes

Origami is the art of paper-folding; it shares something in common with paper cutting, namely, that both look simpler to do than they are. Ever tried to fold a crane? How about a thousand cranes? According to one Japanese legend, … Continue reading

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Paper cutting in China and Denmark

There’s nothing like having a group of three- and four-year-olds as teachers.  Six years ago, when my husband and I visited schools in China, we got to spend a couple of hours in a lab preschool connected to a university. … Continue reading

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Garden of translucent delights

I used to think retirement meant living a life of spontaneity.  In fact, that life we used to live, which consisted of dropping in on friends any day of the week and being invited to stay for dinner, driving to … Continue reading

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Hawaiian music without the bubbles

In my youth I thought the ukulele, as well as the songs played on it, were among the purest examples of what my peers and I called “lame.”  (Funny how the word has resurfaced in recent years and seems to … Continue reading

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Quilts: links to art and family

You can see the shapes of Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian and the colors of Franz Marc in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s African American Quilt Show, “Bold Expressions.” The quilts on the museum walls are predominately from the American South … Continue reading

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Through beginner’s eyes

Good teachers understand what it’s like to be a student. That’s what a middle school principal told me years ago, when I described my humbling experience while taking a hot glass course. I learned that sticking a metal rod into a … Continue reading

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Sharing a tradition

Yesterday, my fellow English conversation class teachers and I held our second annual Valentines baking event for our adult students.  We learned from last year’s experience that this year we needed to simplify.  Instead of baking five kinds of cookies, … Continue reading

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