Celebrating Inspiration

The new issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine has arrived!  (May/June 2018)  I am so grateful.  I have missed several issues of my subscription for last year and this year, so I talked with the local Postmaster and my husband called the magazine.

I am happy to be able to say I have received it this time.

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Cloth Paper Scissors is perhaps my favorite artistic resource magazine.  The projects are many and varied.  The featured artists use an array of media.  Each artist has a strong conviction and presentation of her art.

I usually have to take a break from looking at it because the ideas are so powerful they become overwhelming for me.

Today, on the inside cover, I exclaimed “Woo!” so fast that my husband laughed at me.  (I found an idea that will work well in my Meditation Drawings.)  My husband knows how much I enjoy the magazine and the aesthetic it presents.  Artists are important!  Beauty and creativity are important.  Celebration and acknowledgement, and the processing of heaviness and loss, are important.  Art provides that medium.

Today, I began studying one of the articles near the beginning of the magazine.  I enjoyed comparing different types of media and how they look on different types of paper.

Then I thumbed through and started at the back of the magazine.  I got overwhelmed at the portrayal of a recipe using burlap for the chocolate chip cookies.  I love texture so much, and even this simple representation was so charming that I just lost it.

I went in and hugged my husband as I wiped tears out of my eyes and declared that I needed to take a break.  Fortunately, he was just taking a recipe involving baked knots of bacon covered with cheese out of the oven.  It was a delicious break.

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I really am so glad to know how art, simple or complex, moves me.  I am so grateful to the artists who honor their desire to make and express art.  It enriches my life so much.

Celebrating how art moves me has allowed me to explore my own creative side, (actually, about ninety-five percent of my being), and it now makes sense to me to be moved so deeply by so many different ways artists express their ideas.

© 2018 Kathryn Hardage


Purple Sweatshirt Jacket Design

I always enjoy combining different fabrics to create exciting combinations.

This time, I chose purple fabrics to decorate and embellish a lavender sweatshirt jacket.

Because the sweatshirt bunched when I sewed the fabrics to it on the sewing machine, I hand-stitched all the patches.

I used a variety of decorative threads with a basting stitch.

After I completed the surface of the sweatshirt, I sewed patches of the purple fabrics together to create the edges of the jacket opening.


I made loops out of purple fabrics for button closures.

I sewed on mulberry buttons my husband made from a branch from a mulberry tree.

I sewed the loop closures in a “frog” style.

The finished jacket is light and comfortable to wear.

It is one of those things I keep on thinking about with more design ideas.

Maybe someday I will add more to it.

I am enjoying wearing now very much.

© 2018 Kathryn Hardage